Toshiba Portege R500 1.73 Pound Ultra-Portable Notebook Goes Solid State

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The 2.4-pound Toshiba Portege R500 may have cleared the FCC, but its younger, slimmer brother just weighed in at 1.73 pounds. How did Toshiba do it? By swapping out a standard hard drive and putting in a 64GB solid-state flash drive. The R500-S5003 has no moving parts (there's no DVD drive), and will cost $2,699. If you want an integrated optical DVD SuperMulti drive, tack on another $300 and get the R500-S5004 for $2,999. Definitely two great options for the businessman who wants to travel light. And with no moving parts, it's slightly less likely to break when you drop it. State? STAAAATE?! [Toshiba via Sci Fi]

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No moving parts huh? I haven't really been keeping up with Toshiba's ultra light laptop but eventually, if you leave it on for enough time it's bound to need some kind of fan to lower internal temperature. Perhaps I'm wrong (what with all the fan-less cooling designs), but most all ultra-light laptops I've handled contained some form of fan.