Toshiba Portégé M400-3G143

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Toshiba Portégé M400-3G143

The Portege M400 intelligently fuses breakthrough notebook mobile technologies, on-demand business applications and the intuitive versatility of a Tab...

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Review of "Toshiba Portégé M400-3G143"

published 21/04/2008 | xxsupergirlxo
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Pro Great value for what it is, very portable, durable, useful, good screen, fun to use
Cons Easily breakable keys, no touch screen, only stylus/lightpen useable not fingers.
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"Top of the range Toshiba"

This really is what it says it is - Toshiba, the mark of quality and reliability, and Portege, meaning it is portable. The Toshiba Portege is an excellent laptop.

My Experience

When I first got this on order from amazon.co.uk, I looked at the box and thought 'jees its huge!' After stripping down the 100's of layers of wrapping and cardboard on the laptop, I finally got to it. It is very petite in real life, yet a good weight at 2.1 kg - not too heavy but not too light, about the weight of a little over 2 bags of sugar. It's 29.5 cm wide, 24.9 cm high and 3.9cm deep. Very easy to just stick in your backpack if you need it for a school or work project.

Using it is a pleasurable experience! It is excellent to use with either the touch pad or stylus. The stylus is very touch responsive, and this can be utilised for graphics artists and amateur artists alike.

The screen is great, very bright and you can even see it outside in bright light. Like a high definition tv screen almost, it is such a high quality.

One thing I found depressing was the frailness of the keys on the keyboard. I have broken one off by doing nothing other than quick touchtyping (although i may be rather too vigorous sometimes) but now I am left with a little rubber ball thing to press for my R key.

The laptop has very good battery life and often I can use it with a fully charged battery for around 4 hours, granted I am usually listening to music and working/drawing on it.

The hibernation mode takes quite a while to activate and also bring the computer back to life when it has been in hibernation.

I enjoy using the biometric fingerprint scanner, it makes me feel like a member of the FBI :). It is useful, now nobody but me can access my laptop. Great for stopping nosey friends from looking at your work!

The XP tablet edition works very well, and allows all of the features of the PC to be utilised to their full potential.

The one main thing I am disappointed with this PC for is the fact it is NOT TOUCH SENSITIVE. You can only use the stylus with it. This may be a good thing in some ways as you don't get a fingerprinty screen, but it would be nice if it was touch sensitive so you wouldn't have to use the stylus all the time, or when you really can't be bothered just click on the buttons on the screen and not have to navigate with the mouse or reach for the stylus. Yes I am rather lazy sometimes!

The laptop also comes with a 3g sim card and can be used wireless with the (expensive) 3g services as well as at hotspots. This may be attractive to any (rich) people who need to look at their emails immediately or watch a very important video on youtube.

The price of the computer isn't too steep either, about the same as most extra-portable or tablet PCs are nowadays.

Overall this is a great computer, I would highly recommend this or one of the m700 range - exactly the same as this but with a touch screen, not just using the stylus. Congratulations, Toshiba, for making another excellent creation for us all to enjoy!

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  • manlybeach published 21/04/2008
    You would think the keys would be stronger than that wouldn't you? Very good review xx
  • Hsaxo published 21/04/2008
    good review :-)
  • headcase44 published 21/04/2008
    A very good review with some interesting detail. Thanks. J.
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Product Information : Toshiba Portégé M400-3G143

Manufacturer's product description

The Portege M400 intelligently fuses breakthrough notebook mobile technologies, on-demand business applications and the intuitive versatility of a Tablet PC into a supremely mobile package that exceeds performance and productivity expectations. With the Portege M400 there is no compromise in either the Notebook or Tablet PC functionality giving you the best of both worlds. Toshiba's latest Portege M400 Tablet PC now comes with integrated 3G UMTS HSPDA offering broadband level speeds wirelessly of up to 1.8mbps. Perfect for remote workers looking for full office connectivity on the road. Toshiba have partnered with T-Mobile to offer a 'ready-to-run' experience straight out of the box. A T-Mobile 3G SIM is included and installed in the M400 3G models and offers a 30 day trial to T-Mobile's HSDPA service (excluding Ireland).

Product Details

Product Description: Toshiba Portégé M400-3G143 - 12.1" - Core 2 Duo T5500 - Win XP Tablet PC 2005 - 512 MB RAM - 60 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Mechanical Design: Convertible design

Operating System: Win XP Tablet PC 2005

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 / 1.66 GHz / 2 MB Cache

Memory: 512 MB DDR2

Storage: 60 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL

Display: 12.1" 1400 x 1050 / SXGA+

Graphics: Intel GMA 950

Networking: 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR , Gigabit Ethernet , fax / modem / cellular modem

Wireless Broadband (WWAN): 3G

Battery: Up to 4.3 hours

Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Security Chip , fingerprint reader

Dimensions (WxDxH): 29.5 cm x 24.9 cm x 3.9 cm

Weight: 2.1 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

General

MPN: PPM41E-00H01CHK

Product Type: Notebook

Mechanical Design: Convertible design

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 / 1.66 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 2 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Front Side Bus: 667 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GM Express

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino Duo

Memory

RAM: 512 MB ( 1 x 512 MB )

Max RAM Supported: 4 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 533 MHz

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots: 1

Storage

Main Storage: 60 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - removable

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed: 24x(CD)/8x(DVD-R)/4x(DVD+R)/2x(DVD-R DL)/2.4x(DVD+R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 16x (CD) / 2x (DVD-RW) / 4x (DVD+RW) / 3x (DVD-RAM)

Display

Type: 12.1"

Resolution: 1400 x 1050 ( SXGA+ )

Widescreen: No

Colour Support: 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Max Allocated RAM Size: 128 MB

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio

Input

Type: Keyboard, digitizer, touchpad, Tablet Pen

Communications

Wireless: 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Wireless Controller: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet

Compliant Standards: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Wireless Broadband (WWAN)

Generation: 3G

Technology: HSDPA

Modem

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.17, ITU V.92

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion

Run Time: Up to 4.3 hours

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Connections & Expansion

Expansion Bays: 1 x Ultra Slim SelectBay

Slots: 2 x memory ( 1 free ) ¦ 1 x PC Card ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x docking / port replicator ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 3 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A

Memory Card Reader: 5 in 1 ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card )

Software

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, WinDVD, Toshiba Management Console, Bluetooth Service Center, Sonic RecordNow, Toshiba ConfigFree, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, Connectivity Doctor, InterVideo WinDVD Creator Platinum 2, Toshiba Summit, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Norton Internet Security 2006 (90 days subscription)

Miscellaneous

Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Security Chip , fingerprint reader

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), administrator password, system password, hard drive password, power-on password, hard drive I/O control, keyboard lock

Compliant Standards: GOST, SASO, CB, FCC Part 68, R&TTE

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 29.5 cm

Depth: 24.9 cm

Height: 3.9 cm

Weight: 2.1 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 3 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 3 years

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 20 - 80%

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