Opening up the T130 reveals a keyboard clad in a similar black finish to the rest of the machine, albeit with a semi-matt finish that’s not quite so prone to fingerprints and greasy smudges. On the whole it’s a good keyboard; we have no qualms with the layout and the keys themselves are large enough for comfortable typing. Initially you might find the key actions a little imprecise, if only because they lack that satisfying ‘snap’ of a really good keyboard, but it’s nothing you won’t become accustomed to over time.
Below it, the touchpad is a fairly typical textured affair that features the now ubiquitous multi-touch support. It’s a good size, but the two rocker-style buttons do feel a tad imprecise and the touchpad itself was occasionally quite laggy – an irritating trait for any laptop.
One doesn’t typically expect great things from laptop displays, not unless you’re spending over £1,000 at least. As middle-of-the-road laptop screens go, however, the one on the T130 is better than most. Colours are punchy, text is sharp and readable and it’s bright enough to be viewed in brightly lit locations. Provided your demands are no more taxing than watching videos and the occasional bit of photo editing, it’ll do nicely. It’s just a shame, as is so often the case, that the glossy finish to the display is so reflective that direct sunlight is a real problem.
You can forget about using the integrated speakers, though. Lack of bass aside they produce reasonable clarity, but they’re so quiet that they’re rendered more or less useless. Even online video, whose content hardly demands great audio treats, are barely watchable due to the pitiful volume. It’s a surprise given Toshiba is normally so strong in this respect.
One thing Toshiba can always be relied upon, however, is to install way too much software on their laptops. Not all of it can be fairly termed ‘bloatware’ and Windows 7’s tidier taskbar does at least mean you’re not irritated by the endless stream of icons, but we still feel Toshiba could be a little more selective in its choices – do we really need a webcam utility popping out from the side of the screen constantly?