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Toshiba WT310 review

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Toshiba WT310 Windows 8 tablet

Toshiba's WT310 offers decent performance and high-resolution display for professional users seeking a Windows tablet. However, battery life is short, and Toshiba makes the useful stylus an option while not offering UK buyers mobile broadband at all.

Pros:

Powerful and responsive; high-resolution 11.6in display; not too heavy

Cons:

Short battery life; integrated battery; stylus extra; no mobile broadband

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £899 + VAT

Manufacturer: Toshiba

Toshiba's WT310 is a Windows 8 tablet aimed at business users, sporting a Core i5 processor for performance while keeping its weight down to a reasonable 825g, making it a more or less a direct rival for Microsoft's Surface Pro device.

Announced in May and available to purchase now, the Toshiba WT310 is a slate-mode device with a high-resolution 11.6in display and a decent array of ports and connectivity options. This, however, does not stretch to mobile broadband in the UK.

Toshiba has equipped the device with a range of corporate-friendly features, including a trusted platform module (TPM) security chip and Intel's Anti-Theft technology, which enables admins to disable a lost or stolen device.

However, the model Toshiba loaned us for this review (the WT310-108) does not include Intel's vPro technology for security and management, which is only available on the top-end model in the WT310 line. The use of a Core processor also means that battery life is relatively short compared with other tablets, such as Apple's iPad or other Windows 8 devices based on Intel Atom chips.

Toshiba WT310

Design
The WT310 is a decent size, larger than either Apple's iPad or Microsoft's Surface Pro, but without being too bulky or heavy to use. At 299x189x12.4mm, Toshiba's device is about the same depth as an iPad in landscape mode, but is wider thanks to its letterbox-style 11.6in display.

At 825g, the WT310 weighs less than Microsoft's tablet, although it has to be said that the Surface Pro is at the heavy end for what is acceptable in a slate device. The WT310 matches the Surface on display resolution, sporting a bright 1920x1080 full HD screen.

In fact, we found the WT310 did not feel excessively heavy, despite weighing nearly 200g more than Apple's iPad. It also feels reassuringly well built, and Toshiba claims it has a resilient plastic coating that ensures the internal components are protected against damage from accidental drops or knocks. The screen is also protected by what Toshiba describes as hardened IOX Glass, which appears to be similar to Corning's Gorilla Glass.

Next: Hardware

Model: Toshiba WT310-108
Display: 11.6in 1920x1080 TruBrite touch display with hardened IOX Glass
Processor: Intel Core i5-3339Y 1.5GHz
Memory: 4GB DDR3
Operating system: Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)
Storage: 128GB SSD
Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth
Ports: USB 3.0, micro HDMI, SD Card, dock, headset jack
Camera: 3MP rear, 1MP front-facing
Dimensions: 299x189x12.4mm
Battery: Six-cell 21Wh lithium ion
Weight: 825g

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Daniel Robinson
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Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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