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Hi All,

Just wondered what your thoughts were on the Toshiba Portege R830-13C Core i5 2520M 4GB 320G? I've hunted around, and this seems about the best i can find for the money.
I need a reliable, lightweight, business type machine that might do light field work, so the splash resistant keyboard and Mg casing appeal to me.
Also this machine comes with a 3 year warranty, is this invalid if i say add a ram chip or SSD?

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if you add ram or put and SSD in, that keeps your warranty intact, because those are user upgradable items.

what is your budget for this laptop? if you want splash proof keyboard I would look at a lenovo thinkpad, they are pretty beastly machines for being resistant to abuse.

here is a good place to start.
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/products/L...420/index.html
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Budget is around £1000. I was swayed by the face my parents trailed an old Toshiba around the world, and mate had one, they seemed very robust. Hadn't looked at Lenovo, any model suggestions?

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and thx for the word on warranty that makes me very happy
    
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Budget is around £1000. I was swayed by the face my parents trailed an old Toshiba around the world, and mate had one, they seemed very robust. Hadn't looked at Lenovo, any model suggestions?

cheers Oz
Well so you know, Lenovo laptops are IBM laptops. The Thinkpad line is the well known IBM flagship line.

I would start with looking at the Lenovo Thinkpad T series for the powerful machines. If you want something small and lightweight, I would go with an X series.

http://shop.lenovo.com/gbweb/gb/en/n.../t-series/T520
I would look at the T520 series, they are powerful, and they are very tough laptops.

You want the thinnest laptop ever, with all the benefits of the thinkpad line, go with the new X1.
http://shop.lenovo.com/gbweb/gb/en/l...d/x-series/x1/
watch the video you will be in awe.

the x1 actually fits all your wants, plus it is super thin and lightweight. I don't know if you want the GPU power because it only has the intel HD GPU in it.
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lol.. you are evil! that video of the X1 is very cool.. its only a few pounds more that the Toshiba... now i have a dilemma on my hands..
    
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The portege does not support sata III, but it does support sata II. It uses a 1.8 inch hard-disk, so without a ssd it will be slow.

The lenovo will have a better screen, but thinkpad quality has gone down a lot since lenovo took over. Lenovo is not one of the more reliable manufacturers, there was a study done recently by square trade (I think).
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Hmm, can't see in any of the specs for the Portege the hard drive size, 1.8" might be a deal breaker, as i do intend putting an SSD in very soon, it does say it is a 7200rpm drive.
    
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Here's some reviews on the Toshiba Portege R835, and I'm not sure about the R830, but the R835 uses a 7200rpm 2.5" drive. Also both laptops use Intel 6 Series chipsets so they should support SATA III.

Laptop Mag: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/lapt...r835-p56x.aspx
PC Mag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383651,00.asp
cnet: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/tosh...-34449812.html
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Also both laptops use Intel 6 Series chipsets so they should support SATA III.
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The r835 SHOULD but sadly the sata III speed were disabled by Toshiba.
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