4 star rating

Toshiba Portégé M700-S7002 Review

$1,799.00
Pros: Touch and pen input; Fast performance; Good battery life; Strong wireless throughput;
Cons: Intrusive volume wheel placement; Bland thick chassis
The Verdict: This convertible offers road warriors plenty of computing punch and a smooth tablet experience.

REVIEW

SPECIFICATIONS

The Toshiba Portégé M700-S7002 is like the Volvo of tablet notebooks; it won’t win any style points, but it’s reliable, sturdy, and gets the job done. A convertible featuring a screen with both an active digitizer for pen- and touch-input capability, the M700-S7002 also comes with the business ruggedness that mobile professionals demand. It may not have the panache of other tablets, but those who use it won’t be disappointed.

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Bulky but Durable Design

Weighing 4.6 pounds, the black and titanium-silver M700-S7002 is far lighter than it appears and feels comfortable when held in the crook of your arm in tablet mode. At 1.6 inches thick, it’s a little chunky for our tastes, but the 12.0 x 9.4-inch footprint makes it small enough for easy portability. The keyboard is spacious enough to enable comfortable touch typing, but the touchpad is on the small side.

Toshiba’s third-generation EasyGuard protection technology safeguards the M700-S7002 from spills and bumps through the use of its spill-resistant keyboard, magnesium-alloy chassis, display panel absorbers, accelerometer, and a shock-mounted hard drive. 

Toshiba Portégé M700 Display and Audio

The 12.1-inch (1280 x 800-pixel resolution) matte finish display is bright and colorful and replicated flesh tones well in our Rush Hour 3 DVD. We experienced some minor glare when holding the tablet at certain angles, but it wasn’t too distracting.

The volume wheel, placed on the front edge, is awkward to use when the system is in standard notebook mode; we kept brushing against it and altering the volume while using the touchpad. When the M700-S7002 was in tablet mode, however, this was no longer a problem.

Tablet Experience

In tablet mode, we navigated Windows Vista Business menus with a finger and crafted notes and pictures in Windows Journal with the included digital pen. The handwriting recognition software was smart enough to instantly recognize the vast majority of our scribbles, including Web addresses, except for a few instances when our handwriting was a bit too sloppy (you can also input text using a responsive on-screen keyboard). The system can learn to adapt to your unique handwriting, which is a godsend for those with less than perfect penmanship.

We like that you can scroll Web pages by swiping with your finger; this feature worked well on our tests, even with a very light touch. Finger and pen flicks were also responsive. In general, the tablet features felt very natural and intuitive, much like taking notes on paper.

You’ll find a row of buttons along the right side of the display bezel that opens Windows Mobility Center (which lets you adjust the system’s display brightness and volume, and view system settings) and Toshiba’s configuration center (where you can adjust security settings and wireless connections). There is also a small thumbstick for navigating menus.

Portégé M700 Features

The Portégé M700-S7002 is pretty well equipped for the price. You get a 2.2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 5,400-rpm 160GB hard drive. This convertible features three USB ports, as well as FireWire, Ethernet, VGA connections, plus a 7-in-1 memory card reader. Unlike earlier Toshiba tablets, this one lacks built-in mobile broadband, but you can always plug a modem card into the PC Card slot.

A 1.3-megapixel webcam let us enjoy Web chats with friends and colleagues, but the visuals, as with most integrated webcams, lacked vibrancy. An 8X DVD+/-RW optical drive is housed in the modular bay that can be swapped for a secondary 100GB hard drive ($269) or to bring the system’s weight down to 4.1 pounds.

Convertible Speedster

We enjoyed a silky smooth computing experience with the M700-S7002 when playing music, working in documents, and surfing the Web. The integrated X3100 graphics served up a 3DMark03 score of 1,795, which isn’t impressive but is plenty good for business use. Still, it’s 52 points higher than the Fujitsu Lifebook T4200, a similarly configured, $1,750 system that won an Editors’ Choice award.

The system produced a decent MobileMark 2007 score of 132, and the six-cell battery lasted 4 hours and 8 minutes on a charge, which is good but just shy of the average for a thin-and-light system. For even longer life, you can add a secondary six-cell slice battery ($179) that bumps the endurance time to 9.9 hours.

The 802.11a/g/n radio pushed data along at a brisk 17.5 Mbps at 15 feet away from our access point and 16.1 Mbps at 50 feet.

Business-Friendly Security

The M700-S7002 comes preloaded with a wealth of software, including CompuTrace LoJack for recovering the notebook should it get lost or stolen, Google Desktop, Microsoft Office OneNote 2007, and TPM circuitry for enhanced security. Thankfully, the PC is relatively bloatware-free, save for the 30-day subscription to McAfee Internet Security Suite and a 60-day subscription to Microsoft Office Professional 2007. Toshiba covers the system with a three-year limited warranty and 24/7 tech support.

Verdict

Priced at $1,799, the Toshiba Portégé M700-S7002 is a very good choice for road warriors who demand power, portability, and the flexibility of having both touch and pen input. Although it’s a bit on the thick side, the M700-S7002 can stand up to business travelers.

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Technical Specifications
Toshiba Portégé M700-S7002
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The central processor unit, or CPU, is the brain of your notebook.
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CPU
2.2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500
Operating SystemMS Windows Vista Business
The amount of memory our reviewed configuration comes with.
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RAM
2GB
The maximum amount of memory this notebook supports.
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RAM Upgradable to
4GB
Amount of data your storage drive can hold.
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Hard Drive Size
160GB
The rotation speed of a mechanical hard drive.
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Hard Drive Speed
5,400rpm
Your notebook display is the primary viewing device for your laptop computer.
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Display Size
12.1
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Native Resolution
1280x800
An optical drive allows you to play or record to DVDs, CDs, or Blu-ray discs.
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Optical Drive
DVDRW SuperDrive
The speed of the optical drive.
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Optical Drive Speed
8X
Graphics chips are responsible for processing all images sent to your computer’s display.
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Graphics Card
Intel GMA X3100
The amount of memory available for graphics processing.
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Video Memory
251MB
Wi-Fi connects you to a router or hotspot for wireless Internet access.
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Wi-Fi
802.11a/g/n
Bluetooth allows you to connect to wireless devices such as headsets, smart phones, and speakers.
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 2.0
Ports allow you to connect to external devices such as monitors, printers, MP3 players, and hard drivse.
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Ports (excluding USB)
Ethernet; Firewire; Headphone; Microphone; Modem; VGA
USB ports allow you to connect many external devices, from MP3 players to external hard drives.
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USB Ports
3
Card readers allow you to plug memory and expansion cards directly into a notebook.
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Card Slots
7-1 card reader; PC Card
Warranty/SupportThree-year limited warranty/24/7 toll-free tech support
Size12.0 x 9.4 x 1.6 inches
Weight4.6 pounds
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