Lightweight but powerful toshiba portege r835-p56x If you’re looking to get an ultraportable notebook with premium features, you’re in luck. There are a number of models available on the market these days which belong in this category and the Toshiba Portege R835-P56x is one of them, though it does come with a lower price than other similar models, so a budget conscious buyer should definitely consider it. The Portege R835-P56x comes with a weight of only 3.2 pounds and a Core i5 CPU of the second generation. Other nice features are the support for USB 3.0 and the WiDi 2.0 technology which allows you to stream video to TV’s wireless.
The notebook’s chassis uses an alloy of magnesium with a dark blue lid which looks quite good. If you pick the notebook you will not get the same feeling of durability as you would from a MacBook Air, but considering the price you’re paying for it, the quality is quite decent. Some of the features of the notebook include the fact that the keyboard resists liquid spills and the hard drive is protected against such events as well.
Thanks to its small size, this model is quite light and you’ll find it hard to find more than a handful of models which have this weight and combine a DVD drive and a 13 inch screen as well. The DVD drive’s presence does mean that it can’t be very thin, but it’s thin enough.
The keyboard of this laptop isn’t as large as we might’ve wanted it to be, since it’s placed between the big touchpad and the battery area. You might feel that the keys are a bit cramped, but with a bit of practice you should have no problems using it in the long run.
Display and Audio
The screen of the Portege R835 is a 13.3 inch model with a resolution of 1366×768, which offers colorful and bright pictures. The viewing angles in the vertical are a bit narrow, so you might have to push the display a bit, in order to see the image well.
As for the sound, the quality is OK, as long as you don’t crank it up all the way to the maximum level. It was also loud enough, so you don’t need additional speakers in order to hear the voices in a movie.
The specs of the Portege R835 include a Core i5 2410M CPU at 2.3GHz, a 5400 RPM hard drive of 640GB and 4GB of RAM. The boot up time for the laptop was only 49 seconds for Windows 7, which is around 10 seconds quicker than a regular ultraportable, though clearly not as fast as a notebook which has SSDs installed.
The HD graphics from Intel are integrated and they come with a definite improvement over the previous Portege model, the R700 model. The gaming scores were also increased and you should be able to play World of Warcraft on the Good settings at 44 FPS.
When the battery was tested with specialized software, it lasted for 6 hours 20 minutes before it ran out. The test consisted in Wi-Fi surfing, continuously, with the screen set at 40% brightness. There are a total of 6 cells on the battery.
For the most part, the Toshiba Portege R835 is a good notebook. Issues from previous versions were addressed with this model and the graphics were also improved, while keeping the battery life quite decent, at over 6 hours. While it might not look as good as other more pricier models, it offers quality at a decent price, which is all you can ask from a laptop.