Toshiba announced a new laptop today that has some pretty impressive stats. The Protege R600-ST4203 is 2.4 pounds and less than an inch thick. And, more importantly, it has a 512GB solid state drive. Toshiba says this is the world's first 512GB solid state drive, and I believe it. Often, you see solid state drives in netbooks and they tend to come in sizes like, oh, 8GB or 16GB.

The problem is, most people simply won't need a hard drive that big. By pricing the computer at $3,499, Toshiba is clearly aiming at the true early adopters. Larry Dignan of ZDNet is skeptical the notebook will gain many followers. Most other tech pubs haven't weighed in yet but I'll keep you posted when they do.

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