Toshiba launches mini laptops

Toshiba has announced a range of new laptops aimed at keeping things mobile.

The company has launched the Portégé R700, which it claims weighs just 1.3kg and measures 25.7 mm at its thickest point and is also said to have an eight-hour battery life.

It has a 13.3-inch LED-backlit screen, a VGA webcam, fingerprint reader, and comes installed with Windows 7. The laptop will also be available with a hard disk offering up to 500GB or a solid state drive with up to 512GB. Consumers can also pick between Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors.

Unlike many small laptops on the market it also has a built in DVD-RW drive. Ports include HDMI and VGA for external displays, a docking port, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA and three USB ports.

Toshiba has also announced a Windows 7 dual-touchscreen mini laptop, which is doubles up as an eBook reader.

The Toshiba Libretto W100 has two 7-inch touchscreens and runs on an Intel Pentium U5400 processor.

Thanks to the touchscreen technology the laptop uses a virtual keyboard meaning there is space for two screens and two buttons. One of these brings up the keyboard while the other lets users manage apps and cut and paste info. It also comes with Amazon’s Kindle software for Windows, which allows users to download and read books.

However, there’s a downside. It only has a battery life of three hours and unless you’re Johnny 5 from Short Circuit, it probably means you won’t be able to finish a novel in that time.