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The venerable Portege line, Toshiba's [OTC: TOSBF] ultra-portable notebooks, has just gotten a little more venerable. The R500, the company's well-received 12.1-inch LED-backlit laptop, has officially gotten an upgrade to a 128GB solid state hard drive. That's twice the storage of other solid state machines on the market, like the Lenovo X300 or the MacBook Air, without a commensurate price increase. The R500 is still prices at just $2,999, becoming perhaps the first practical value proposition amongst its ultra-light counterparts. The 2.4lb machine also features a 1.33GHz Core 2 Duo processor, a super-thin 7mm SuperMulti DVD burner, 2GB RAM, and measures a scant .77 inches thin.

Toshiba is boasting a serious effort towards power-saving technologies, claiming it subjected most of the notebook's components to "meticulous energy efficiency evaluation." All that work must have paid off, because the company is claiming 8 hours of battery life on a single charge, provided you're doing "normal" computing work.