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Toshiba Planning New MacBook Air Killer

Gordon Kelly


Toshiba Planning New MacBook Air Killer

While the headlines may go to Apple's MacBook Air or Lenovo's ThinkPad X Series, the Toshiba R Series actually comprises the lightest fully featured laptops in the world - and Tosh is at it again...

Following in the 12.1in 822g R500 and 12.1in 813g R600 is news of Toshiba's first 13.3in R Series and somehow it will also weigh under 1Kg.

vozExpress has claimed quite the exclusive with news and a teaser shot of the - so far unnamed - new machine and learnt it will feature a 16:9 LED backlit display, choice of Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs, 4GB RAM and an optional 512GB SSD. USB 3.0 connectivity will be available too via a dock.

Even more significant than all this, however, is news of a Super Charged ion Battery (SCiB) which will allegedly charge from flat to 90 per cent in just 10 minutes and has a life expectancy of 10 years. The SCiB will be a secondary battery to the laptop and we don’t know how capacious it will be, but if this is a sign of where laptop batteries are headed it would change everything.

An official announcement is expected soon and it may just give the superlative Sony Vaio Z Series sleepless nights. We're excited, very excited indeed...


Via vozExpress


May 10, 2010, 12:04 pm

Toshiba has never managed to lose that strange agricultural feel about their design - I remember when those big ol' grey Protégés were lauded for their robustness and solid design but ever since then Toshiba has continued to send to the ball a lineage of smart gawky girls who can't dress or put on make-up to save their lives, but tend to be alright on the dancefloor. I would be very interested to see just how well this manages to stick the knife into MB Air. In my opinion, if they wanted to stick the knife in and twist it as well they should reduce the Logo to a discrete T in the middle, but I know that would have high-level brand steering implications. Shall watch with interest.


May 10, 2010, 12:14 pm

I hate the phrase "MacBook Air Killer". The Air was never the benchmark for anything in the first place, except a great example on how to waste a load of money.


May 10, 2010, 12:50 pm

@Steve : Err..... design?


May 10, 2010, 1:27 pm

Wafer thin and lacking pretty much everything. Ingenious.

Tariq Pugh

May 10, 2010, 2:44 pm

@steve - ditto that. Sorry Hedge, coke cans are also made from aluminium (and more useful).

Tosh needs to trump the Vaio Z. So it needs a decent screen and graphics horsepower (gt330m or radeon 5650 with 1gb), and some original industrial design (probably involving carbon fibre). However, none of these are strong points for Toshiba. So will have to see. The battery charging feature will be a major game changer if it works, though.


May 10, 2010, 3:11 pm

@ Tariq

I own the new Z and I find it just the right thickness. Whilst the Z series is very thin, I have used thinner laptops (such as the Latitude 13 that Dell sent me to play with) and even though its using a CULV CPU and Intel graphics, the palm rest and keyboard becomes very warm just when the machine is idle!

For Toshiba to produce a machine that "trumps the Z", then they are going to have their work cut out because components produce heat and that heat needs to go somewhere! If they are going to make it that thin, then I can only assume the fan(s) inside will be working so hard to keep it cool the thing will sound like a pneumatic drill! ;)


May 10, 2010, 3:43 pm

@Steve - have to agree with you, although I am an Apple supporter. The MacBook Air seemed to be designed as a headline grabber. In practical terms it's the perfect solution to a problem that doesn't exist! Unless someone really does need a ridiculously thin and expensive, underspecced and limited laptop.


May 10, 2010, 4:20 pm

@Tariq : Yes, if you wanted to have a coke-imbibing competition I'm sure you would be much more successful drinking it from a coke can than a Macbook Air.

I'm pretty indifferent about Macs myself but even I can see that applying the usual cost/feature analysis - which never seems to include overall-quality-of-fabrication, a sort of technical umami, as a feature - in Macs vs Others arguments is facile. Are you one of those people who thinks that people who own Rolls Royces should be satisfied with Nissan Micras? As always, it is dependent on what it is you're trying to achieve and what it is that you demand from your tools. Another example : people who buy a pair of SE530 (and who aren't necessarily rich) probably do so because they value what they get out of them more than they do cash.

Put that in your coke can and drink it. =}


May 10, 2010, 6:33 pm

There's already a "Macbook Air killer".....

The 13" Macbookpro. It's a work of art; slips into a very sexy neoprene carry case; and comes highly powered and specced for around a grand. You can't fault it.


May 10, 2010, 6:54 pm

@Dan - other than it costing a grand ;)


May 11, 2010, 12:02 am

@Gordon & co

Don't forget that although your first Mac can be relatively expensive their resale value is also very much higher compared to a similarly spec'd PC so if you continue to upgrade every 2-3 years the upgrade outlay isn't too bad

Tariq Pugh

May 17, 2010, 3:30 am

@Steve: Doubt you'll check this thread so late in the game, but how irritating have you found the fan noise to he on your Z? It's currently top of my lappy shopping list, but I've heard it has a curious sound in speed mode. Given that that is the only criticism I've read anywhere about the current z, the new Tosh would have to be mighty special away me.

@Hedge: I think you'll find the Micro is all the car any man could way for, and more! Also, stop making assumptions about my reasons for disliking Apple's design language.

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