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Toshiba celebrates 25 years of laptops

Android AC100, Libretto W100 and Portege R700

Toshiba marks 25 years of laptop manufacturing today with the launch of three models – the Android AC100, the dual touchscreen Libretto W100 and the Portege R700.

The new models include Toshiba’s first Android device, a dual touchscreen model running Windows 7 and what Toshiba claims is its most advanced ultra portable laptop to date. Toshiba says it introduced the world’s first mass market laptop in 1985.

The Portege R700 will be available from July, the AC100 from August and the W100 will be on sale from late summer 2010. 

See our video buyers guide to the best laptops to help you choose.

Toshiba AC100 android device

Toshiba Android AC100

The AC100 is Toshiba’s first Android device and is designed for mobile use. It describes the AC100 as combining the functionality of a smartphone with the usability of a netbook. 

There’s a 10.1″ screen with LED backlighting and a full size keyboard. It’s 14mm at its thinnest point and weighs 870g. Toshiba claims the AC100 provides up to seven days battery life in standby and will start up in less than a second. It comes with wi-fi and optional 3G connectivity. 

The Android platform allows users to customise their device, according to Toshiba. Users can set short cuts for work related applications to appear when in the office, or for personal applications to appear when the AC100 detects they are at home. ‘Documents to Go’, for viewing and editing Microsoft Office files; Opera mobile, for web browsing; and the Toshiba media player, are among the applications that come pre-installed. 

To see how models from Toshiba, Dell and Acer performed in our lab tests check out the Which? netbook review. 

Toshiba W100 dual touchscreen

Toshiba Libretto W100 dual touchscreen

Toshiba claims this is the world’s first dual touchscreen device to run Windows 7. There are two 7″ touch sensitive screens which allow users to run Windows applications side by side and drag content from one screen to another. 

Users can separate the screens and use them for different purposes. One screen could be used to view Word documents or e-mails while the other is used to browse the web. The lower screen can be used as a virtual keyboard if required. The W100 can also be viewed vertically thanks to an integrated accelerometer.

It comes with a Intel Pentium processor and 2GB of memory. There’s wi-fi connectivity and an optional 3G module for users who want to use mobile broadband. 

Toshiba Portege R700 laptop

Toshiba Portege R700

The R700 is Europe’s thinnest, lightest full function laptop, according to Toshiba. It has a 13.3″ screen, 4GB of memory and up to 9 hours of battery life. 

The model comes with Toshiba’s Airflow Cooling Technology, developed with Intel, which it claims reduces laptop temperature and creates additional space internally. It allows the latest Intel Core processors to be integrated in the slim casing while keeping the noise of the fan to a minimum. 

The R700 is designed for mobile use and has a magnesium alloy chassis with a new internal honeycomb structure around the palm rests. Toshiba says this ensures the laptop is highly durable against flexing while protecting the components against potential damage and prolonging the life of the product. 

See the Which? laptops review to see how other Toshiba models do in our tests.

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