Toshiba M700 Tablet PC First Thoughts Review

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  1. Tiffany Boggs

    Tiffany Boggs Editor/Site Admin Senior Member

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    Toshiba Portege M700 First Thoughts Review

    Most users know that Toshiba recently released the Portege M700 Tablet PC. The M700 is the updated model of its predecessor the M400, although it has many similarities to the R400. The M700 has a 12.1" LED backlight display and is powered by a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor. This business tablet is sure to have heads turning, so we wanted to share our first thoughts and benchmarks on this sleek notebook.

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    Toshiba M700 converting to tablet mode. (view large image)

    Toshiba Portege M700 Tablet PC specs as reviewed (price as as tested $1,799):


      Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz T7500 processor
      160GB hard drive
      2GB RAM
      12.1” WXGA (1280x800) LED backlit LCD display with both touchscreen and pen/ink capabilities
      802.11a/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet
      Full Suite of Toshiba 3rdGeneration EasyGuard Technology
      Shock absorbing design
      DVD Super Multi Drive
      2x Sleep and Charge USB ports
      1x USB port
      PC Card Slot
      SD Card slot
      RGB (monitor) output port
      Headphone and Microphone ports
      RJ-11 and RJ-45
      IEEE 1394
      Integrated webcam
      Fingerprint reader
      Windows Vista Business OS
      Dimensions: 12" x 9.41" x 1.47"
      Weight: 4.76 lbs
      6-cell Lithium-Ion battery (claimed 5 hour life)

      Design and Build

      I first must comment on how lightweight the M700 feels. It's not the lightest tablet out there, but it is very comfortable to hold. However, if you get the optional slice battery, which I recommend because it adds much more battery life, it looses the comfort factor in tablet mode. Substituting the weightsaver for the DVD drive is a great option if you don't need the optical drive as well.

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      M700 in notebook mode. (view large image)

      The M700 has a sleek design and a solid chassis. I didn't notice any flex in the design except a little around the keyboard. The dark silver color hides fingerprints and dirt well. It looks kind of dull compared to the high gloss HP tx2000, but it still looks sleek and professional.

      The hinge design is one of my favorite things on the tablet. The M700 has the same style hinge as the R400 Tablet PC. Toshiba designed it, so it feels more like a notebook. The hinge locks into place on both sides, making the screen solid. There is no flex. You can turn the M700 into tablet mode with ease, but when turning the screen back it "clicks" and is locked into place. It is great for presentations.

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      Up-close view of the durable hinge. (view large image)

      The touchscreen is responsive and accurate, but so is the pen. Taking notes on the M700 was a breeze. The display automatically changes orientation when in tablet mode as well. Navigating through different applications was simple and the overall feel of the M700 is function over style.

      Display and Keyboard

      The 12.1" LED backlight display is very nice. The M700 has one of the best screens I have ever seen on a tablet. There isn't much graininess and the colors are vivid. It reminds me of Fujitsu's T4220 display, very bright and colorful. The LED backlight display has another advantage though, it saves on battery life. The viewing angles could be better, but overall nice.

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      The M700 in tablet mode with pen. (view large image)

      The M700 has both a touchscreen and pen/ink capabilities. This way you can use your finger or the pen for navigating the Web. I recommend the pen for more precise navigating though.

      The keyboard has a rugged look. It feels that way too. It feels durable and looks like it can withstand all that fingerprint grease and normal wear. There are signs of flex if you type hard, but nothing major. Toshiba claims the keyboard is spill resistant, but I didn't try it first hand. I will take Toshiba's word on this one.

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      The M700 keyboard and touchpad. (view large image)

      Performance and Benchmarks

      The M700 sports an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz processor, had 2GB RAM and a 160GB hard drive. I didn't notice any signs of lag when surfing the Web or emailing and it booted up fine. I haven't tested any games on it, but it did get good benchmarking scores.

      Battery life on the M700 seems good. I got a little over 4 hours in Balanced Power mode. I didn't get the optional slice battery to review, but it gives you all day computing power. I know this because I got some hands-on with it at CES. I will test all power modes in my complete review, so users have an idea of what really to expect.

      PCMark05 measures the systems performance as a whole.

      NotebookPCMark05 Score
      Toshiba Portege M700 (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, GMA 965 chipset)3,399 PCMarks
      HP tx2000 (AMD Turion 64 X2 2.3GHz, Nvidia Go 6150 graphics)3,738 PCMarks
      Asus R1E (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, GMA 965 chipset)4,679 PCMarks
      Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.2GHz, GMA X3100 graphics)2,334 PCMarks
      Gateway C-140x (Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, ATI X2300 HD graphics)4,342 PCMarks
      HP Compaq 2710p (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.2GHz, GMA X3100 graphics)2,453 PCMarks
      Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz, GMA X3100 graphics)3,473 PCMarks
      Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, GMA X3100 graphics)4,171 PCMarks
      Gateway E-155C (Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.06GHz, Intel GMA 950 graphics)2,205 PCMarks
      LG C1 (Intel Core Duo 1.2GHz, Nvidia Go 7300)2,568 PCMarks
      Toshiba R400 (Intel Core Duo ULV 1.2GHz, Intel GMA 950 graphics)2,187 PCMarks
      HP tx1000 (AMD Turion X2 2.0GHz, Nvidia Go 6150)3,052 PCMarks
      Asus R1F (1.66GHz Core Duo, Intel GMA 950 graphics)2,724 PCMarks
      Lenovo ThinkPad X60t (1.66GHz LV Core Duo)2,860 PCMarks
      Toshiba Tecra M6 (1.66GHz Intel T2300E, Intel GMA 950)2,732 PCMarks

      HDTune results:

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      Stay tuned for more benchmarks and testing in my complete review, which will be published in a few days. I think business professionals and college students alike will be happy with how solid the design is on the M700 and the starting price isn't bad either.

      Ports

      The M700 is targeted toward the business market. It isn't packed with many entertainment features, but it has the necessities. There are three USB ports, IEEE 1394, PC Card slot, SD Card slot, monitor output port and more. The webcam is a nice touch for chatting with friends and family while away for business or even clients for meetings.

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      Left side view of the ports. (view large image)

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      Right side view of the ports. (view large image)

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      Front view of the M700. (view large image)

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      Back view of the M700. (view large image)

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      Underneath view of the M700. (view large image)

      Pricing and Availability

      The Portege M700 is available now on Toshiba's website with prices starting at $1,449. You can customize your M700 or buy one of the already preconfigured models.

     
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  2. enzoshadow

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    This is great review! I've been waiting for a full review for M700 for weeks.
    Although, I think the PCMark score is a bit low though for a system with this spec.
     
  3. g2tl

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    I'd love to find out the weight difference
    Ultranav on the x61t is sort of enough for Lenovo to convince me not to buy anything but their products. But the bezel issue is just too sickening.
    If the weight of m700 isn't back-breaking (I find the 8-cell x61t back breaking due to its weird balance) for me to hold for an extended pd of time, I might sell my x61t
     
  4. drmatt

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    Thanks for the First Thoughts - looking forward to the full review!

    Like enzoshadow, though, I'm wondering - why is the PCMark only 3399 when the T4220 with identical CPU, chipset and graphics scores 4171? That's a 20% difference, which is very surprising. I'd expect the scores to be much closer - is there a significant difference in HDD speed (e.g. 5400 vs 7200 rpm) or memory bus speed or something?
     
  5. djshelto

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    was the 4220 running vista or xp?
     
  6. ameel

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    Great first thoughts review, Tiffany. Thanks! I, too, am looking forward to the full review because I've decided to go for the M700 over the T4220 (I'll be buying it in another 3-4 months) and the lower than expected performance numbers come as a bit of a surprise.

    Both machines have the exact same basic hardware (2.2GHz T7500 processor, GM956 Chipset with X3100 Graphics Media Accelerator) and the same hard drive type (5400RPM serial ATA). Could you please tell us where the difference was? Was there more RAM in the Fujitsu? Thanks!
     
  7. dbasham

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    It could also be a difference in the drivers but I too am curious about the PCMark anomaly. Right now the M700 is my top choice because of the LED backlight and the great screen but I definitely want performance as well so the T4220 and the R1E are also in contention. Thanks.
     
  8. Mike_G

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    PC Marks are disappointing 3565 for the configuration in the signature.
     
  9. jkoneten

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    Those scores are quite odd. Anyone else have scores of there own to share?
     
  10. lavenderpup

    lavenderpup T4220 Owner

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    Even the hp tx2000 scores better? =o
     
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