Netbooks are currently flooding the market, and you'd be forgiven for thinking they're the only option when it comes to small, portable computers. There are, however, other models to tempt business users who spend much of their time on the road, and the Toshiba Satellite Pro T110 is one of the latest.
An 11.6in screen makes the chassis slightly larger than most netbooks, measuring 286 x 211 x 25mm, and increasing to 38mm at the rear. It's also heavier than a 10in netbook and, on our scales, clocked in at 1.54kg (1.94kg including the power supply).
Toshiba has done a good job in terms of style. The glossy chassis has a subtle chequered motif inside out and out, while the silver rim adds a touch of class.
The company claims that the Satellite Pro T110 is designed to "offer the performance and functionality of full-sized laptops". However, although the Intel Celeron 743 processor is more powerful than the Atom N450 that graces most netbooks, we wouldn't exactly call it a performance-based chip.
Perhaps the most notable feature of the processor is that it's an ultra-low voltage model, which means that battery life gets a shot in the arm. Unfortunately, it also affects performance and, with a clock speed of 1.3GHz, you won't want to tax the T110 with anything too processor-intensive. It's fine for multimedia presentations and other such tasks, though, and Windows certainly ticks along more smoothly than on most netbooks.
Another restriction of netbooks is that they only come with the 32-bit Starter edition of Windows 7. Toshiba has preloaded the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional on the T110, which means that it includes corporate-focused features such as a network backup tool.
Toshiba also includes a DVD that lets you downgrade to Windows XP Professional, which will please IT managers who prefer to stick with what they know.
2GB of DDR3 memory is supplied as standard and, should you want to upgrade to the maximum 4GB, a small panel on the underside can be removed to reveal an empty memory slot.
The screen measures 11.6in and has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768. Being a widescreen model, it's well suited to movie watching, but many corporate users prefer old-fashioned 4:3 ratio screens due to their suitability for reading documents.
Another feature more aimed towards the entertainment market is the screen's glossy coating. In an office environment, this simply serves to reflect nearby light sources.