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Toshiba Satellite 35DVD
Member Name: Jon Tech
Toshiba Satellite 35DVD
Date: 20/05/01, updated on 08/02/04 (431 review reads)
Advantages: , loads of ports, build quality is OK
Disadvantages: gets hot, not a very high spec., battery sticks out
[Updated 6th Feb 04. Well, this turned out to be a great machine! I am still using it now, nearly 3 years since the first review! The original battery packed up after 12 months and was replaced under wty, as was a flickering TFT display. I have fitted a 20Gb hdd in place of the std. 10 Gb, and am just about to swap that for a 30Gb - probably the largest this system can support. I have also fitted a DVD / CD-r / CD-RW drive in place of the std. DVD / CD drive. I will miss this laptop when if finally dies. If you can pick up a used one in good condition, go for it!!!]
I am slowly working through all the models of 'Ultra Portables', and this is being typed on the Satelite DVD35.
After a pretty low-profile period on the market, I think this model may already be moving to 'end of life'. It looks smart, and oddly for a Toshiba has a touch pad rather than 'The Nipple'. The over-all look is one of reasonable quality and functional design. On closer inspection, the keyboard is a bit rattley and some of the case a bit flimsy It is nice not to have any fragile clips and covers to break off though.
The main attraction of the DVD35 for me is the very compact size (similar to the Sony Z600's - 12" XGA TFT screen) but the system has a built-in bay for DVD or Fdd - both modules included as standard.
On top of that - which I think is great as I rarely carried external drives with me but often needed them - the unit has most ports built in to the system unit without need for any port replicator.
Included in the system are:
std. parallel port
Monitor / VGA
USB (standard connector)
IEEE 1394 / firewire.
2 x PC Card slot
10 / 100 NIC
Now as standard built-in ports that's cool on an ultra-portable notebook.
So what's the catch? Well there are a few. Firstly, the battery bulges out at the rear of the case. Not too much, but enou
gh to spoil the lines! Also, the case lacks the quality feel of the Sonys. One of the biggest draw-backs is the spec. Just a Celeron 500 with a 10 Gb hdd and 128 Mb RAM. Now being honest, this is ample for most mobile workers, and the system is totally happy playing DVD videos, so the spec. is quite adequate for most likely uses.
Now this low-ish spec. would perhaps be OK in exchange for a cracking battery life and real cool operation. But you don't get either of these. The bottom of the case would double as a kitchen 'hot-plate'. Certainly uncomfortable
for any prolonged use 'on the lap'. And the battery just lasts long enough to get to the climax of most DVD movies, but not to see the end. Something around 60-70 min's is likely to be your lot with the DVD running. Running normal stuff, 2 hours is more likely, which is not bad.
MS Works Suite 2000 is included with the UK model I have, which has various useful bits - household finance, Encarta Atlas, Autoroute, Word 2000, and the usual Works cut-down spreadsheet etc. I thought it was a good package for this level of system
Generally, I like the system. The performance does not feel at all slow. Boot-up is lively enough, and navigating around app's is quick too. The wide range of built-in ports, built-in DVD or fdd, a good TFT display and compact size all add up to a very useable product.