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.
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.