Toshiba Portege R835-P56X – Super battery life!
Toshiba Portege R835-P56X comes with a zippy 2.13 GHz Intel Core i5 2410M processor, 640 GB hard drive running at 5,400 rpm, and 4 gigs of RAM. In my lab tests, this laptop was a bit slower than the latest MacBook Pro which had a Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor. The difference was bigger in multitasking tests as compared to the single app ones. Both these systems were faster than the 13 inch Samsung series 9 laptops which also has with the new Intel processor but a slower version. The Series 9 is sexier and thinner but the Toshiba Portege R835-P56X was much faster in my tests. Also noteworthy is that you can buy 2 Portege R835 notebooks for the cost of one Samsung Series 9 unit.
Toshiba Portege R835-P56X comes with integrated graphics just like the predecessor but the quality is improved now. Still, I won’t recommend this to be used as a gaming laptop. I tried Unreal Tournament III at a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels and got 63 fps or frames per second. But then I played Street Fighter IV which is a relatively newer game and got 27 fps at the same resolution which isn’t really playable.
One thing that the Toshiba Portege R835-P56X really shines is the battery life. In my labs, the previous model of this laptop ran for almost four hours when I put it through my video playback drain test. It is decent but not really spectacular. The R800 series was alive for a little more than seven hours and the better power efficiency can be attributed to the newer Intel processors; they are more efficient. This battery life is better than the 13 inch MacBook Pro by 19 minutes but still it is a lot; Windows based laptops are usually short of Apple MacBooks for battery juice.
A lot of laptops claim to have big battery life but the numbers are usually unrealistic. I was impressed by the results that the Toshiba Portege R835-P56X had to offer especially because my tests are quite challenging.
Toshiba Portege R835-P56X comes with a one year warranty for labor and parts. You can access support through the 24-7 helpline available and there is also a customized support search page which directs you to driver downloads and online documents for this model. This laptop earns my strong recommendation in the 13 inch size due to the fast speed and the big battery life.