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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Toshiba Libretto W100 Unboxing and Review

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 07:30 AM

"Toshiba's Libretto W100 is an exceedingly expensive way to get dual LCD touchscreens in a clamshell device, so you'll forgive us if we pay close attention to early unboxing reports to see if its worth the $1,400+ importers are currently asking."

At about $1,400, the Libretto W100 Windows 7 tablet sports two (2) 7-inch 1024x600 LCDs in a clamshell form factor that can open to lie flat on a table or work surface, or be used side-by-side when used as a eReader. Sporting a battery that lasts two hours (a larger four-hour battery pack is included), the first generation W100 can be rotated to work in portrait or landscape orientation (using both screens). With Windows 7 Home Premium, 62GB SSD, 2GB RAM and an Intel dual core processor onboard, simply hit the keyboard button to switch one of the screens into any of five haptic keyboards. Both screens can be used by Windows and linked into one larger screen. This is intriguing technology, seemingly well implemented by Toshiba. Check out the unboxing videos, I think that you'll be impressed! I am!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Which is More Important to You? Battery Life or Graphics Performance?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 09:00 PM

"Overall, we love this lightweight notebook's gorgeous design, snappy performance, and amazingly comfortable keyboard. But which of these two configurations is best? While both received a "highly recommended" rating of 4 stars, we gave our coveted Editor's Choice award to the Intel-powered T235 because it lasted 50 minutes longer (6:10 versus 5:20), it had better Wi-Fi connectivity, and it copied files faster than its AMD-based counterpart. Overall performance was pretty much a wash, though the T235D did a little bit better in graphics tests and gaming."

It's always interesting when two laptops have identical parts but differ on CPU and chipsets; you get to see how each CPU and chipset change factors that are otherwise virtually impossible to measure head to head. In this case, going with an Intel CPU and GPU gets you 50 minutes of extra battery life for $20 more. The AMD option brings better graphics performance to the table, and a savings of $20. Which is more important to you? Battery life or better graphics performance? For me, it's better battery life - hands down.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Value-Priced Satellite T235 Launches

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 05:00 PM

"For less than 600 bucks, it doesn't get any better than this. With its lightweight chassis, long battery life, comfy keyboard, and unique style, Toshiba's Satellite T235 is one of the best consumer ultraportables yet."

With great looks, a great keyboard, a great battery, a great price, and a weight under 4-pounds, Laptop rates the Satellite as one of the very best 13-inch consumer laptops. With a 320GB SATA hard drive, 4GB Standard (8GB max), a 6-hour plus battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS, this laptop is a strong contender for "best ultraportable." Potential netbook buyers may want to consider this a worthy alternative for not much more money.

Toshiba's New Mini NB250 Netbook

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:13 PM

"Toshiba has recently presented a new netbook which we were able to do a hands on with at their 25th anniversary press conference here in Taipei. The Mini NB250 which is already available for purchase online with a starting price of $290. In the inside of the Toshiba Mini NB250 netbook you can find an Atom N455 processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM memory, a graphics card powered by a GMA 3150, and a hard-drive that has 250GB of storage capacity. The screen size with LED backlight measures 10.1-inches and provides a resolution of 1024×600 pixels, and the usual extras include WiFi, a multi-touch trackpad, a few USB ports, and a memory card reader. There are two models that differ on the battery, while a 3-cell battery can last 4 hours, a 6-cell battery can go up to 8 hours."

Boy, the netbook market is sure boring now, isn't it? I'm generally bullish on netbooks in general - I don't buy the ridiculous "the netbook is dead" stories being bounced around the blogosphere lately - but I can't argue that netbooks are at all exciting lately. Huge numbers of people have bought netbooks in the past few years, and they're not going to upgrade them until something more exciting comes along - that's the main reason why sales are slowing down.

We've seen the CPUs inch forward slightly, but ATI or NVIDIA based GPUs are far and few between...I imagine this due to cost factors. So you end up the majority of netbooks sticking with the craptastic integrated Intel GPUs, capped at 1 GB of RAM, and using mechanical hard drives because SSDs are too expensive. Battery life is one of the few differentiating features, but for many users, four to five hours is enough. Design materials tend to be ho-hum as well, again due to cost. So the netbook is in a hard place. What's the last netbook that you got excited about?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Toshiba Satellite M645: Out of This World?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 01:30 PM

"It looks good, and it sounds even better. The 14-inch, 5-pound Toshiba Satellite M645 ($1,049) sports a a snazzy textured finish, plus Harmon / Kardon speakers powered by Dolby Advanced Audio Technology, producing the best sound we've heard from a laptop of this size."

Toshiba continues to improve their Satellite line of laptops, and the M645 continues the trend. Many pluses noted, and the few small minuses worth noting: VGA Webcam produced dark images; glossy display image washed-out during angled viewing and reflected when using less than full brightness; slowish standard 5400rpm drive; standard 6-cell 4400mAH tested battery life of only 3.5 hours; slowish WiFi transfer rates.

With seven preconfigured models and numerous configuration choices, starting at $719, the minor annoyances can, for the most part, be overcome for a reasonable price. $809 gets you an Intel Core i3 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 7200rpm drive, and a larger (5600mAH) battery, taking you to a reasonable five (5) hours of battery life. So, if you need a laptop that is a gamer, and strong on the multimedia side, consider taking a look at the new Satellite M645.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Toshiba: Free Laptops and TVs? We Were only Kidding!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 11:00 PM

"Buy a Core i5 laptop or a Toshiba TV, and if your country wins the World Cup Final, we'll refund your money. Simple and to the point, don't you think? Toshiba ran this advertising campaign in Germany, England, Portugal, Italy and Spain in the run-up to the global football tournament, but now that one of those nations has actually gone and scooped the silverware, refunds seem remarkably hard to come by."

As any soccer fan could have told you, chances were good that out of the five countries in the ad campaign, there were three countries with a very real chance of winning: Spain, Germany, and the winners in 2006, Italy. With Spain winning its first title, was Toshiba prepared to actually issue refunds for purchases? Apparently not - some small print within the ad stated that anyone claiming a refund must go to Toshiba's web site for further information on the rebate, and must have registered their product(s) by June 17, 2010. Sorry Spaniards!

Arguing for the purchasers and for the rebates, Spanish consumer group Facua believes that the entire set of conditions should have been more clear and easily accessible to purchasers, and that refunds should be honored for purchasers. This could cost Toshiba a lot of Euros!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Toshiba Portege R705 - Innovation and Performance for $800

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 12:30 AM

"Stuck on the Toshiba Portege R705's magnesium alloy palmrest is a shiny sticker celebrating the company's 25 years of "laptop innovation." Now, we're the first to hate on the plethora of decals that festoon Windows laptops these days -- and this one also deserves to be peeled off and tossed into the garbage -- but the sticker actually happens to speaks volumes about why the $800 R705 is such a big deal."

Toshiba is celebrating 25 years of making great computers by introducing the R705, a 3.2 pound ultraportable laptop listing for $800 exclusively at Best Buy. The R705 sports an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB storage, an optical drive, Intel's wireless display technology (also called WiDi), a 13.3-inch 1366x768 display, and a battery that Toshiba claims will last 8.5 hours.

Is this system as good as early reviews seem to say? Yes, with several small concerns: cooling of the processor during cpu-intensive activity; battery life only half of the time claimed (4+ hours); keyboard (keys) a bit small; trackpad left and right mouse buttons could be raised up; and some viewing angles less than optimal. But overall, great build quality, great performance, and feature-rich for the price.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Engadget's Toshiba Libretto W100 Preview

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 05:00 PM

"The Toshiba Libretto W100 made a guest appearance on the Engadget Show last week, and since we got to spend a bit more time with the dualscreen laptop we thought it was only right to release some more impressions into the ether. We also got confirmation from Toshiba that the somewhat-of-a-concept-PC will be hitting retail channels in August, including Amazon, and will cost $1,100. It may be one of the only dualscreen tablets on the market, but no matter how you break it down that price seems a little outrageous."

Engadget got to spend some more time with the alluring Toshiba Libretto W100, and came away with a few general conclusions; namely, that it's a fairly well-designed device with decent performance, but a killer price tag of $1100. This is the same problem that Microsoft's Courier concept had - I read that they'd have to sell it for $1500, and ultimately that's why it was killed. You can build the neatest technology in the world, but if it's not affordable, the mainstream public isn't going to buy it. Unlike Courier, the Toshiba Libretto W100 is coming to market, but I can't imagine Toshiba selling more than 50,000 of these. As my friend Michael Gartenberg likes to say, you can sell 50,000 of anything.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Toshiba Libretto W100 in Action

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:40 AM

There's an unfortunate focusing problem with this video, but you can still make out the very interesting hardware creation that Toshiba has come up with. So that's where Microsoft's Courier design went... ;-)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Toshiba's AC100 Android Netbook

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 02:30 PM

"For starters, this super slim smartbook runs Android 2.1 on a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 250 SoC (built around a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor) capable of about 8 hours of browsing and video playback (and 7 days standby) before needing a recharge. It's also packing a 32GB SSD, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 802.11n WiFi, optional 3G data, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and an HDMI jack beneath that 10.1-inch 1,024 x 600 pixel display."

I'd be curious to see how Android scales to a netbook. I'm really happy with it on my phone, but I'm not sure the experience would fit a netbook/laptop very well. But if it handles the apps that most people use netbooks for and offers great portability and battery life, the platform might gain some traction. Rumors have this priced in the upper end of the netbook arena.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Libretto Reimagined

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 03:00 PM

"It’s hard not to compare the Toshiba Libretto W100 to the ill-fated Microsoft Courier or the equally ill-fated original concept designs for the next-generation OLPC XO Laptop. But the Libretto W100 is something different. The computer runs Windows 7, has an Intel ULV processor, and has a starting price of nearly $1100."

The original Libretto brings back fond memories for me of days gone by; where computers were basic tools to do word processing and spreadsheet. How things have changed! The reimagined Libretto does look pretty, and I think the concept has some merit, but I wuestion the choice of a 7" display. There is a reason why manufacturers started offering 8.9", 10" and 11" netbooks. Unless one eats six pounds of carrots a day, a 7" display at a decent resolution is a test worse than an optometrist. With a screen that small, Windows 7 is probably not the best operating system to go with.

Toshiba's Mini NB250

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:00 AM

"The new Mini NB250 boasts a typical 1,024 x 600 resolution backlit LED, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 CPU, integrated GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. It's also packing three USB ports, a multicard reader and a webcam, plus 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Ethernet and Bluetooth. It comes with a three-cell battery standard, but there's an optional six-cell which will purportedly get you around eight and a half hours of life."

At $299 the Toshiba NB250 looks like a solid entry at the value end of the netbook line. I'd like to see the bottom end get a slight upgrade in screen resolution, but other than that, most of the other upgrades to the higher end models, I can live without.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Toshiba Dynabook Qosmio V65: TV on the Go

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Toshiba Laptops & Netbooks" @ 08:05 PM

Image credit: CrunchGear

Just in time to catch some of soccer’s 2010 World Cup from South Africa, Toshiba’s Qosmio V65 sports a decent processor/co-processor and memory specs: Intel i5-450M at 2.40GHz and 4GB, solid multimedia hardware: a digital tuner, Harmon-Kardon speakers, and Blu-Ray optical drive. Oddly, only 1366x768 video resolution is offered on a 15.6 inch LCD. Priced at slightly under $2000, and weighing in at 6.6 pounds, the Qosmio V65 is scheduled for a mid-June 2010 release in Japan. Availability outside of Japan yet to-be-determined.

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