The attractive Toshiba Portege R400-106 ultraportable tablet laptop comes with a sparkling white chassis (wonder where they got that idea from?), with a shiny Toshiba logo on the lid.

It's also very tactile, as the Toshiba Portege R400-106 is extremely small and light, at just 304x239x29.5mm and 1.7kg.

By losing the bulk, you will also have to forgo an optical drive, which could prove frustrating even in these heavily networked times. The Toshiba Portege R400-106 also lacks a large hard drive – it comes with just 80GB of storage space - and a large screen. Instead the Toshiba Portege R400-106 sports a display with a top resolution of 1,280x800 and the screen is powered by the Intel 945GM Express chipset.

So you are paying rather a lot for style over substance, as the pretty Toshiba Portege R400-106 subnotebook sports a price tag of just under £1,300.

It's not all bad new though as the Toshiba Portege R400-106 does shine in other areas. It is packed with security features to keep you precious data safe, including a fingerprint reader that means only you can access the hard drive.

The Toshiba Portege R400-106 also functions as a tablet PC, so you can twist the lid to sit on top of the keyboard and enter data direct to the screen, which probably explains the high price for such a low spec laptop.

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