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Toshiba Libretto U100 - Toshiba Libretto

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

Our Score:

7

In use the trackpoint works very well, while the left and right selector buttons are actually placed either side rather than below it. To the right of the trackpoint is a fingerprint scanner for the implementation of biometric security. Now I’ve had masses of email before about the failings of fingerprint recognition as a security measure, and I accept most of the points. However, I maintain that any extra level of security is a good thing, and making it easy for an end user to implement biometric security is better than that user implementing no security at all.

The screen is a 7.2in TFT affair, complete with Toshiba’s Trubrite coating – basically this is the same as Sony’s X-Black or Rock’s X-Glass coating which gives increased contrast and bright, vivid colours. With a native resolution of 1,280 x 768 some may find this screen difficult to work on, but to be honest I’ve never really had a problem with small, high resolution screens – but then maybe that’s why I have to wear glasses now! Of course where a high-contrast, widescreen display usually excels is gaming and movie watching environments, but you’re not going to be able to do either on the Libretto – the integrated graphics aren’t up to game playing and there’s no integrated optical drive, so DVD watching is off the menu too.

Despite its small size, the Libretto has a liberal sprinkling of features around its chassis. On the right you’ll find a modem socket and a network port for the 10/100 Ethernet adapter. Also here are two USB 2.0 ports, a headphone socket, a mic socket and an analogue volume wheel. On the left is the power socket, a hard switch for the 802.11b/g WiFi adapter, a Type II PC Card slot and a proprietary output for connection to an external monitor. The front houses an SD Card reader, an eject switch for the PC Card slot and a four-pin FireWire port. While on the subject of connection options, the Libretto also has integrated Bluetooth – version 2.0 no less.

Andy 3

August 6, 2008, 5:02 am

Unfortunatly, I could disagree more about the review. The Libretto is a marvellous little PC. I have owned one for quite a few years and it does everything I ask of it. Yes, the keyboard is small but you get used to it and I can type as fast as I do on a full sized keyboard.I am using the Libretto now to type this and I find the keys positive and very easy to use.





The Libretto goes everywhere with me. I use it with a aircard so email is always on, mobile IM, it plays my mp3's in the car via bluetooth and its my map(Google maps) It fits in my jacket pocket and has been worth its weight in gold by being able to download information immediately. It even acts as an alarm clock and wakes me up in the morning. I have looked at a few of the newer sub-notebooks, and frankly, can see no reason to change. No, it doesn't have built in webcam but have you tried mobile webcam outside of a 3G area in the uk? Pointless!





The only downside is Windows XP as an operating system. Its getting very slow, with lots of things loading on start up but thats my fault. I really should clear all the dross out cos it did load very quickly to start with.





It's been dropped, kicked and sat on and still works. It's the real deal for road warriors and still the best of the bunch, I think.





Bravo Toshiba!!!

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