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Toshiba Satellite T130 Notebook

By on June 3, 2010
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Although slim and light, the Satellite T130 falls short in usability and battery tests.

An Atom-based netbook has become the general norm if you want a small and thin laptop. However, as good as the Atom is for simple tasks like web browsing or emailing, it’s lackluster performance generally leaves you craving for more. This is where the thin and light segment of notebooks step in and today we’re looking at one such model by Toshiba- the Satellite T130.

With a thickness of just 22.2mm in the front that increases to 32.2mm on the back, the Satellite T130 is a pretty sleek looking notebook. I recieved the Iron Red Metallic version which I thought looked OK but certainly managed to grab my wife’s attention. With a 13″ screen, the notebook’s dimensions are big enough to accomodate a keyboard that is much easier to type on than the tiny ones that are equipped on Atom based netbooks. The bigger screen also allows for a higher resolution- 1366×768 in this case which gives you a lot more screen real-estate than a netbook. While colors look good on the Satellite T130, the viewing angles of the screen aren’t that great- especially top to down.

Based on the 1.4GHz Intel Core Solo U3500 CPU along with 3GB or RAM, the Satellite T130 is a lot more zippier than your average netbook which you will see with the benchmarks posted a litlte later in the article. Our test version came with a 250GB hard drive that was split into two partitions. The Intel GMS 4500MHD powers the graphics that, along with the HDMI output, allows for easy playback of high-def videos. As expected, BlueTooth and WiFi are included, however, Toshiba chose to include the older 802.11g based WiFi instead of the newer 802.11n based adapter.

On the left of the notebook, you have the VGA and HDMI outputs along with one USB port which can charge your USB based device such as your Smartphone or your iPod even when the computer is in standby/sleep modes. The right sports two additional USB ports, audio connections, an SD/Memory Stick card reader as well as the wired networking jack and the power connector.

Uability wise, I found the Satellite T130 strictly ok. The keyboard was a bit mushy and a bit louder than I would’ve liked. The trackpad is decent but the mouse buttons are a bit too stiff and a finger print magnet. Also, during charging, the left side of the notebook becomes a bit hot- especially the area to the left of the trackpad making it a slightly uncomfortable palm rest.

For testing, we used our usual set of benchmarks and have compared the Satellite T130 to a netbook as well as your average 15″ notebook.

  CPU 3D Hard Drive Overall
Toshiba Satellite T130 592 98 472 354
LG Haier R450 15″ Notebook 1447 32 283 335
Toshiba NB305 Netbook 331 81 508 234

As you can see from the numbers posted above, even though the Satellite T130 has a single core processor, overall, its about as fast as the LG Haier with a dual core Intel CPU. Compared to the Toshiba netbook, the Satellite T130 is quite a bit speedy.

Battery life on the Satellite T130 is about average- we managed to get 4 hours out of it which seems to be quite a bit less than the 11 hour life that Toshiba advertises. Priced at AED 3,115/- (US$850), the Satellite T130 is decently priced for a thin and light notebook- its too bad that its usability and battery life are disappointing.


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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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