When it comes to performance, the M700 isn’t going to blow you away, but it also isn’t likely to disappoint its target audience. I do feel that Toshiba should have specified a faster 4MB cache Core 2 Duo, which would have made the M700 a bit more swift, but even in its current guise it’s reasonably responsive. Toshiba quotes four hours 40 minutes battery life using MobileMark 2007, which is interesting considering that we couldn’t get MobileMark 2007 to run on the M700, despite trying many, many times. That said, having used this machine on battery power, that estimate is pretty realistic.
The three year international warranty also makes the M700’s business aspirations clear. After all, you wouldn’t want to be away at a conference, have your notebook die and then be unable to get it repaired until you get home.
Toshiba has also priced the M700 to sell with the machine available on the street for under £1,100. However, it’s worth remembering that you can pick up thinner and lighter notebooks for far less than that, but they’re unlikely to be vPro certified or Tablet compatible.
There’s no denying that the Portégé M700 is well specified and that Toshiba has priced it competitively for a fully featured Tablet device. However, it’s bigger and heavier then most 12.1in notebooks, and it lacks the solid build quality of the business behemoth that is the Lenovo ThinkPad. The keyboard is particularly disappointing, but if you’re planning to use it mostly in Tablet mode, that probably won’t bother you.
There’s not much that’s intrinsically wrong with the M700, but there’s nothing that stands out as particularly good either. This latest Portégé definitely hasn’t convinced me of the merits of Tablet computing, but to be fair to Toshiba, I doubt that anything could.