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Toshiba Portege M400-100
Member Name: xxsupergirlxo
Toshiba Portege M400-100
Date: 27/05/08, updated on 31/10/10 (170 review reads)
Advantages: Great pc, good features - tablet
Disadvantages: keys break easily, loud fan, not a modern machine any more :(
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!
It's been a while since I wrote this review, so I thought I'd let you know how my Portege is holding up. Well, for starters, I'm typing on it right now. It's been in for a service which I received for free due to my Toshiba extended warranty (well worth getting!!!!) and my once-missing R key has been replaced. I also managed to damage the k,l,n,m, comma and full stop keys (possibly water damage) and they replaced it no query. There was a dead pixel on the screen and I got a whole new screen too. The hard drive died too (random occurance) and toshiba replaced it under warranty. There has been little wear and tear since the replacement of said items, and that was about 2 years ago! The fan is getting louder (or perhaps other modern computers are getting quieter?!) and as the memory space runs out on the computer, it is a tad lethargic and crashes more often. If you are planning on getting this computer, I suggest buying the extended warranty as my hard drive failed the day after my old warranty ran out (luckily I had purchased a further warranty that day!) and that's likely to happen mainly due to sod's law. Typical, eh? So yes, toshiba have a fabulous warranty/repair service and great customer care, and if something goes wrong with your toshiba item do not be afraid to get in contact with them as my many experiences with them have all been positive!
Summary: Pretty great laptop!
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