The fact that Toshiba is releasing a new generation of its ultraportable Portege lineup is not that interesting from a gamer’s perspective. What makes it more interesting is the new cooling technology developed in collaboration between Toshiba and Intel. It makes it possible to add hardware which (normally) gets very hot while still keeping it at stable temperatures. In effect, tiny laptops like the Portege can be fitted with a standard Intel Core i7 processor without worrying about overheating.
What this could mean for future gaming laptops is more power in smaller and/or thinner casings and 14-pound Alienware monsters could be a thing of the past. Of course, we have no idea when the rest of the major players on the market responds with equally innovative cooling solutions, but they should, and the developments will definitely be interesting to follow