The Satellite Pro T130 has a good keyboard and excellent screen that make it a good choice for those who need to work on the move, and want something better than a netbook. However, it may not suit those wanting to run more demanding software than email, web and office tools.
Good keyboard; clear and bright 13.3in screen; reasonably portable.
Single-core processor; no optical drive; battery life short of 11-hour claim.
£549 (configuration tested)
Toshiba's Satellite Pro T130 is a slimline business laptop designed for mobile professionals who want a stylish, portable system with a decent battery life at a price that doesn't break the bank. The T130 arguably meets all these needs, the only compromise being its somewhat lacklustre performance.
Announced last year and available now, the Satellite Pro T130 is a compact laptop with a 13.3in wide-screen display based on Intel's 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo ultra low voltage processor, to which Toshiba attributes its longer than average battery life. It ships with Windows 7 Professional as the operating system.
We found the T130 pleasant to use thanks to its large keyboard and impressive screen, with the slight drawback that the screen does not push back very far, so that it tends to face towards your chest if you are sitting with the system on your lap. At 1.76kg, it is also fairly light for its size.
Our review system came with 4GB of DDR3 memory (upgradable to a maximum of 8GB) and a 250GB hard drive. It supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but does not have the option of a 3G mobile broadband connection and lacks an optical drive.
While Toshiba quotes a battery life of up to 11 hours for this system, in reality it lasted for less than half this time in our tests. Using the Battery Eater Pro benchmark, the T130 ran for four hours and 28 minutes, which is still impressive but far below Toshiba's claims.
Toshiba's choice of a Core 2 Solo processor for the T130 means that its performance is not going to match that of a system with a dual-core processor. The overall Windows Experience Index score for the T130 is not actually too bad at 3.2, with the lowest score coming from the Intel graphics, but it feels somewhat sluggish when opening applications despite having a large 4GB of memory.
In design, the T130 has a wedge shape that slopes from 34mm at the rear to 22mm at the front. Our review unit appeared glossy black from a distance, but up close was revealed to be covered by an eye-twisting chequered pattern both inside and out.