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A DVD-R is available and that would be my choice if buying the M if for no other reason that data backups. The handiest feature of this software is the ability to create full system recovery disks.

It would have been nice to see the new WiFi performance was quite good. Connection to my own secure WiFi network was also easy and trouble-free. Bluetooth is optional but should be standard on this class of machine.


From what I can tell, it seems to be a user installable upgrade. The convenience of Bluetooth for a traveler cannot be over-stated. Being able to easily connect to a cellular data network can come in really handy.

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Fast infrared is included and is a good fallback option if nothing else is available. This can make traveling easier. Sure, a USB drive accomplishes the same thing, but you never know when you might have to send a file when the only memory available is in a camera. Toshiba Portege M200 802.11abg and Input Ergonomically the M is good for such a compact notebook computer. I have reviewed laptops in the same class as this Toshiba that used non-standard keyboard layouts and this can be frustrating.

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Thankfully, Toshiba uses a common key layout with normal sized shift and enter keys and the function key was exactly where I expected it to be. Even though it is quite good, I was surprised by how much the keyboard flexes during typing.

This may be a personal preference issue, but I prefer a keyboard with no flex. Power, Toshiba Assist, and Toshiba Portege M200 802.11abg mode buttons are located along the left-hand side of the keyboard. If I were designing this notebook, I would place these buttons elsewhere to facilitate a slightly larger keyboard. What if you hit some turbulence and your drink splashes on it?

Toshiba Portege M Review (pics, specs)

Who among us has not consumed food or drink when working on their computer? To give you an idea of just how much stuff is running on the M when Toshiba Portege M200 802.11abg first turn it on, there were 85 processes running after startup … a typical notebook has somewhere between 45 and Conclusion The Toshiba M is an impressive inch budget notebook that is handicapped by a few minor issues. The Core 2 Duo processor and plenty of available RAM likewise give the system an impressive backbone for performance.

However, integrated graphics, limited selection of processors, and too much bloatware prevent the M and M notebooks from offering jaw-dropping performance. The keyboard and touchpad issues also make the notebook feel less refined than it could be. Although it lacks the horsepower for serious gaming and might not have the best keyboard and touchpad it is one of the nicer inch notebooks of Reasonably thin and light for a Nice screen Plenty of storage space for media files Cons: The screen has changed. That also meant a switch from the standard x XGA to the wide-format x And it is, of course, a glare screen so you can peruse not only what's on the screen, but also the closeness of your shave or your makeup if you're a female and wear some.

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Still, the math says it all. The old screen gave you k pixels, the new one k pixels. Then there is weight, or rather the lack of it.

The old Portege weighed four pounds flat, a remarkable accomplishment for such Toshiba Portege M200 802.11abg sturdy, durable piece of machinery. Yet, the new one is lighter, by a good bit. Ours tipped the scale at 3 pounds and 7 ounces, quite a difference is you carry it around with you all day. And that is despite the R having a slightly more powerful battery Like almost all Tablet PC convertibles, the R's screen has a special pivot hinge. To convert the computer from a Toshiba Portege M200 802.11abg notebook into a slate, you rotate the screen around that pivot hinge by degrees, then fold the LCD part down flat on top of the keyboard. The LCD is now facing up.

Unlike the older Portegethe R's screen also snaps into place in two Toshiba Portege M200 802.11abg on the left and right side of the notebook. One contains the single speaker. This arrangement doesn't reduce the dreaded screen flex inherent in the pivot-hinge design, but precludes users from trying to rotate the display counterclockwise, which could damage the hinge.


The R's LCD has both pros and cons. The x resolution is very nice on a The screen also has a protective acrylic overlay that extends well beyond the perimeter of the LCD itself. Free Download Toshiba Portege M a/b/g Driver w2 (Network Card). Free download, review of Toshiba Portege M a/b/g Driver Toshiba Portege M200 802.11abg (Toshiba America, Inc.). M tablet PC improves upon Toshiba's.

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