"The R500 comes preinstalled with Google Desktop, Google Picasa, InterVideo WinDVD, a 60-day trial of Microsoft Office Professional 2007, a 60-day trial of Norton 360 All-In-One, Ulead DVD MovieFactory, and a slew of Toshiba's homegrown utilities. Toshiba safeguards the machine with multi-level password security, CompuTrace LoJack for Laptops, and TPM 1.2 circuitry. Toshiba's EasyGuard technology offers shock absorbers for the LCD, magnesium alloy chassis, and a SSD (the latter also benefits from accelerometer protection). The system is covered with a three-year warranty and 24/7 tech support.
Priced at $2,999, the Toshiba Portégé R500-S5007V is a solid ultraportable, but we would recommend holding off investing in this machine. The newer Portégé R600-S4202, which we hope to review soon, comes with a faster 1.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor, improved graphics, more RAM, and an enhanced display for a more reasonable $2,099."