Toshiba R835-P56 Review

Toshiba Portege R835-P56 13.3-Inch LED Laptop (Magnesium Blue)

I always need mini laptops, which have 13-inch screen, because they are more portable for me, as a graduate student who needs to carry the laptop around.

Fortunately, I work in IT world, so I am fortunate to be able testing numerous of laptops, for instance, the new Acer TimelineX, Sony laptop, and HP’s.

In Comparison to those laptop Toshiba wins on portability, quality, features and functionality, and most important, the price.

After testing many laptops from various manufacturers, I purchased Toshiba Portege R835-P56 , I notice there is huge different in performance.

My older 13.3-inch computers were very slow when I run heavy programs such as Microsoft Office in several application windows, together with email and surfing the web.

Toshiba Portege R835-P56 is fantastic, it is very light, very thin, and small, at 13.3-inch! I got it at $644.99 here.


Furthermore, this computer has big memory and I like its performance which can run many applications and programs at once without issues.

A very nice laptop just for most application, 4 gigs of RAM, i5 “Sandy Bridge” dual core processor, and 640GB Sata HD, plenty of storage.

Not too much different with other available laptops out there, Toshiba Portege R835-P56 also comes with a lots of bloatware, it comes with these softwares, 30-day trial Norton Internet Security 2011, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, Windows Media Playeer 12, Microsoft Live Essentials, 30 day trial of Toshiba Online Backup, as welll as other Toshiba Utilities, like the eco utility, USB sleep and Charge, and Hard Drive Impact Sensor.

I removed some programs that I don’t think they are useful, the removing softwares was very simple, easy and very fast. Not a biggie.

Toshiba Portege R835-P56  is a solid laptop, it has a very sharp LED backlit monitor, fast performance working on i5 dual core processor (Windows 7 experience is top notch!), as well as incredible smooth trackpad.

Unlike other laptops, Toshiba Portege R835-P56 placed its ports smartly.

The battery life is fantastic, although the product description says, it has 9 hours battery life, I can get it around 6 hours with some environmental settings.

One thing you should be aware of, is the magnesium alloy cover is a fingerprint magnet, although it gives really a fantastic and professional looking laptop finish.

Toshiba Portege R835-P56 Specs and Features


  1. Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3 GHz “Sandy Bridge” Processor (2.9GHz with Turbo Boost Technology) with 3MB cache
  2. Packed with 4GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM( expandable max 16GB)
  3. Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  4. 13.3-inch TruBrite TFT LED backlite Display at HD resolution(1366×768 native resolution) along with 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  5. Intel HD Graphic memory (64MB 1696MB dynamically allocated shared graphic memory)
  6. 640GB Serial ATA Hard Drive at 5400 RPM (Toshiba Hard Drive Impact 3D Sensor is included)
  7. 8x SuperMulti DVD drive
  8. Wireless-N Wi-Fi network and Intel Wireless Display capabilities
  9. 3x USB ports (1x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0)
  10. Dimension: 8.94 x 12.44 x 1.05 inches
  11. Weight: 3.2 pounds
  12. Other features: Toshiba softwares, intregated stereo speakers, HDMI amd VGA audio video output, Microphone input, Memory card reader(SD, SDHC, Mini SD, and Multi Media card compatible), and a webcam.

Toshiba Portege R835-P56 . Bad, Good Reviews, and Summary

After using it a few weeks, here is my cons and pros:


  1. Awful viewing angle, but I need to say, most laptops have this issue
  2. Not too great speaker and webcam quality
  3. The magnesium casing is a fingerprint magnet, if it bothers you, an extra cover is needed


  1. It looks elegant with magnesium cover
  2. Thin, lightweight, small, and very portable
  3. Powerful performance little thing
  4. Really great LED monitor and graphics

Toshiba R835-P56

To summarize all, I need to say, my pros outweigh the cons, and I needed a light, portable laptop which has has solid power and performance, this Toshiba laptop delivered it.

Toshiba Portege R835-P56  is definitely a mini computer packed with bigger computer’s memory.

If you are looking for one, then Toshiba Portege R835-P56 13-3-Inch LED Laptop (Magnesium Blue) is a good choice.

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