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Toshiba Satellite T130-11H - 13.3in Laptop - Toshiba Satellite T130-11H
As hinted at earlier, one area where the T130 really struggles is in performance. Despite being on sale at similar prices to the likes of the Acer Aspire Timeline 1810TZ, it comes with a sluggish single-core processor that's absolutely annihilated in our PCMark Vantage testing, trailing the Acer by 40 per cent and the AMD-powered HP Pavilion dm3-1020ea by 35 per cent. Admittedly the latter is around £100 more than the Toshiba, but a portion of that cost can be attributed to the HP's external optical drive.
These results were reflected in our subjective experience of performance. While the T130 is faster than a netbook, it still has the slight sluggishness and unresponsive feel of such devices. Likewise, it struggles with some high-definition content, too. 720p video runs fine and 1080p does too, albeit hogging most of the CPU cycles, but you can forget about any HD flash video. Ultimately, given there are excellent alternatives available at a similar price, there's little reason to put up with performance as disappointing as this. As such, assuming you're interested in the T130 as a whole, you're better off looking at one of the other models in the range, some of which offer a dual-core processor instead.
Its one saving grace is battery life. Again the T130 doesn't quite reach the heights of the Acer Aspire 1810TZ, but seven hours and 20 minutes of productivity is a mighty result by anyone's standards. This is also the one area where it holds an advantage over the similar sized HP Pavilion dm3, whose battery life stops short of five hours.
Unfortunately, though impressive, this battery life isn't enough to rescue the Toshiba T130-11H. Its performance just isn't up to spec given the alternatives on offer. It is, however, based on a sound chassis, so the more expensive dual-core versions should offer far more palatable performance and be greatly improved as a result. Toshiba has promised to send us one of these soon, so keep any eye-out for a follow-up review.
While the chassis, keyboard and general feature set of the T130-11H are just fine, it's let down by a lackadaisical single-core processor that doesn't offer anything close to acceptable performance. Provided you can afford a bit more, we'd seriously recommend opting for one of the more expensive dual-core models.