Toshiba Portege R835-P81 Review – Overview
Unless you have unlimited budget, there isn’t really a perfect laptop. There are actually just alternatives among competitive options.
However after using this Toshiba Portege R835-P81 almost a month, I think this unit is a perfect device for all computing needs while I am on the go.
If you are a high-end gamer, I will recommend you to check out Toshiba Qosmio with a larger display, an i7 processor, with dedicated video memory.
In terms of design, there is nothing fancy, but this Toshiba Portege R835-P81 has a brushed metal finish which makes the whole unit looks sleek and stylish, it doesn’t look cheap or plasticky.
I have noticed there is no fingerprints, if it matters to you.
With 3.2 pounds in weight, and a bit more than one inch thick, this Portege P81 is no doubt very portable.
Although I was skeptical with the 13.3 inch screen in the beginning, which is actually notable downsize from the 14 inch model, but then it was not easy to get a device with under 6 lbs laptop, and for me, this unit is an amazing size for the weight.
If you want to carry around your laptop lots, and you want to have enough computing power with even an optical drive, then this Toshiba Portege R835 model laptop’s weight and size definitely will be most welcomed.
Toshiba Portege R835-P81 Performance and other features
Performance wise, for the price, it is tough to beat a 2nd generation i5 processor laptop, which should be more than adequate for most users needs.
An i7 processor unit will definitely add power for most users, but it would kill the battery life.
And the 6GB of DDR3 of RAM is really plenty for most people. The 640GB hard drive size is really nice but I wish it was at 7200 RPM, it does matter when you transfer large files frequently.
Extra nice features are included, a DVD drive, which usually other ultra portable machines don’t have. (It is not blu-ray).
Future ready ports; a USB 3.0 together with HDMI port that enables you (with a $100 adapter, not included) to stream your desktop’s video and audio easily and wirelessly to your HDTV with 1080 resolution.
Battery life, my analysis is, awesome. Although the manufacturer claims about 9 hours battery life, but if you works with multiple programs with surging, video and audio, I could still get 6-7 hours battery life.
This is really impressive for a laptop, I doubt you can get that much battery life with heavy usage with another products. This is actually what an 13 inch and an i5 chip gain you.
Toshiba Portege R835-P81 Conclusion
In conclusion, you cannot find any laptops with the greatest battery life, best processing power, most robust construction, good graphics capabilities, and very low price.
It’s worthwhile to determine exactly what kind features are must-have for your requirements and then you can narrow your choices accordingly.
If you are like me, what you need is a very light model with amazing processor power and an optical drive with a very affordable price then this Toshiba Portege R835-P81 is really worth to be considered very carefully.