Toshiba Satellite P100

Up until now, our favourite 17-inch widescreen notebook was Dell’s powerhouse XPS 1710. This issue, Toshiba snatches that title with the Satellite P100.

Entertainment notebook

Up until now, our favourite 17-inch widescreen notebook was Dell’s powerhouse XPS 1710. This issue, Toshiba snatches that title with the Satellite P100.

Here’s the feature set. First up, the superb 17-inch widescreen display. It has a native resolution of 1680x1050 and is coated with a glossy TruBrite layer that enhances contrast and generally looks sexy (in a geeky kind of way). The CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo running at 2.16GHZ (this, along with many of these specifications, is customisable) with 2GB of DDR2 533MHz RAM and a 200GB hard drive.

Gamers will be drawn to the GeForce Go 7900GTX, with 512MB of discrete video RAM. This is as fast as mobile gaming gets right now, and will likely remain that way until we start seeing the first chipsets supporting DirectX 10 start to trickle through from both ATI and Nvidia.

Also included with the Satellite P100 is Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g wireless, Firewire, four USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, 6-in-1 card reader, fingerprint reader and DVD SuperMulti drive that does dual layer, DVD-RAM – the lot.

The machine as a whole looks very smart, with a glossy finish, funky blue lights and a set of integrated Harmon Kardon speakers that sound as good as they look. Even though the P100 has virtually the same dimensions as Dell’s XPS 1710, Toshiba’s effort seems much sleeker and doesn’t feel anywhere near as bulky as most 17-inch widescreen notebooks.

Vista Home Premium comes pre-installed and runs like a dream on a machine with specs like these. What’s more, this version of Windows includes Media Centre functionality and comes with a rather nice Media Centre remote control – all that’s missing is a TV tuner to turn this machine into a fully fledged home entertainment system. (We’re guessing Toshiba needs to hold back features like tuners and HD-DVD drives so they can sell their Qosmio systems.)

We don’t care though, this thing looks brilliant and performs even better, which makes it our new king of notebooks.

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