Toshiba Portege M400

Toshiba’s new tablet PC, the Portege M400, is another whose release was timed to coincide with the new Intel dual-core CPUs.

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Toshiba’s new tablet PC, the Portege M400, is another whose release was timed to coincide with the new Intel dual-core CPUs. It’s a compact little number measuring 296 x 34 x 248mm, weighing around 2kg and featuring a 12.1-inch screen. The M400 uses a swivelling display so it can be used in either tablet mode or as a standard notebook when you’re not out and about.

Realising the potential for damaging a tablet is higher than most notebooks, Toshiba has gone all out with protection and security features for the M400. A magnesium alloy shell is lightweight yet exceedingly tough, the keyboard is spill resistant (and disturbingly springy), and the screen is made from a durable polycarbonate to minimise cracking after a fall. The hard drive is specially mounted, and a 3D motion sensor will disengage it to help prevent data loss. Security features include a fingerprint reader, signature sign-on plus BIOS and hard drive locks. Failing all this, there’s a three-year warranty should the worst occur.

Performance is boosted by a Core Duo T2400 processor (1.83GHz) and 512MB of RAM, while storage is handled by a 80GB hard drive. Although there was no optical drive in our review unit, there is a bay to house one. Plenty of other toys are available, including a card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, wireless networking and PCMCIA slot.

Benchmark testing revealed a respectable WorldBench 5 score of 81 and a MobileMark05 Productivity test score of an exceptional 234 minutes — just shy of four hours. All this doesn’t come cheap, however, and the M400 will set you back $4,700.

Toshiba Portege M400

RRP incl GST:$4,700

Toshiba, 0800 441 615, www.toshiba.co.nz

Feature rich with superior design and construction — but expensive.

— 8/10

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