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Review

Toshiba Portege M400-S933 Tablet PC

by Linda A. Epstein
June 2006

Toshiba M400

 

Toshiba M400-S933 Tablet PC

With the addition of the M400 Tablet PC, Toshiba continues to offer users  a convertible style notebook that includes the functions and flexibility Tablet PC.  the Toshiba M400 comes with your choice of the Intel® Core™ Solo Processor or, for optimal performance, the Intel® Core™ Duo Processor.  

The M400 is a Convertible style Tablet PC that boots in under 60 seconds with 512 ram installed. We got an 3 hours and 29 minutes battery life with the Tablet running in always on mode, the wireless on, no standby, no hibernate and the screen and hard drive set to always on. 

With its 12.1" Diagonal Wide View Angle XGA Display , 1.66 GHz Intel® Core™ Solo Processor, built in DVD and an 80 gigabyte hard drive make Toshiba's M400 Tablet PC an excellent choice for anyone who wants the convenience of having a Tablet PC with keyboard and built in optical drive in a lightweight package.   

 

M400 outside in shade

The Toshiba Protege M400 does not have an indoor outdoor display, however you can see the screen outdoors in indirect sunlight with out a problem. 

 

m400 Left SIde

Toshiba M400 left side view

Heat vents - security cable connector -   USB (x2) - PCMCIA slot -   Firewire

The Portégé® M400 packs powerhouse performance into a supremely portable package. Extended battery life and an array of connectivity options keep you productive and get you connected while on the go. Mobile productivity goes even further with rigorously engineered Toshiba EasyGuard™ technology designed for optimal reliability, security, connectivity and optimization—in any mobile setting.

M400 Right Side view

Toshiba M400 right side view

  Push to release Stylus holder - Card Reader (SD, Memory Stick-XD ) - Modular Bay


M400 Tablet PC  Box

What's in the Box:

  • Toshiba Protege M400 Tablet PC
  • Quick Start Guide
  • AC adapter & Power cord
  • Pen
  • Toshiba Protege M400 Series Resource Guide
  • Microsoft Office Edition 2003 Trial Product Key
  • Toshiba Enhancing Mobility by design Accessory book

 


M400 back view

Toshiba M400 Back View

Power in - USB (x1) - VGA Out - phone/ Modem port - Ethernet Port


Specs:  

  • Intel® Core™ Solo Processor T1300 1.66GHz
  • 12.1" Diagonal Wide View Angle XGA Display
  • 512MB PC5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM
  • 80GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA)
  • Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 8MB-128MB dynamically allocated shared graphics
  • CD-RW/DVD-ROM Multifunction drive

The Toshiba M400 Tablet PC inside in normal lighting conditions

The Display:  In true toshiba fashion the 12.1" Diagonal Wide View Angle XGA Display  is beautiful.  It's clean, crisp and clear and the black border around the viewable portion of the screen eliminates the problem of trying to close an app from a non responsive corner of the screen.   While this is not an outdoor viewable screen you can see from the photo below that you can see it well outdoors in indirect light

Battery Life: 3 hours 29 minutes in always on mode, wireless on, no standby, no hibernate and the screen and hard drive on.

Heat:  Heat isn't an issue with the M400 the internal fan keeps this machine nice and cool.
WiFi: Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)

Fingerprint Software: easy to use and we were able to enroll our fingerprint on the first try.

Ports:

  • 3-USB (2.0) ports
  • i.LINK IEEE 1394
  • RJ-45 LAN port
  • RJ-11 modem port
  • Headphone jack
  • Microphone jack


Notable Features:

  • Toshiba Shock Protection System to provide higher impact protection and reliability for key hardware components.
  • Spring loaded pen slot makes it easy to access the pen
  • Hidden pen compartment on bottom of machine with extra pen
  • Ships with Microsoft One Note 2003 and GoBinder Lite


Software included:

Software and Utilities

  • My Safe
  • Toshiba Config Free
  • Bluetooth Remote Camera
  • Raid Console
  • Electronic Users Guide
  • Password Utility
  • Toshiba Assist

    Third Party Software
  • Protector Suite Software ( Biometrics)
  • Microsoft Office OneNote™ 2003
  • Microsoft Works
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Trial
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0
  • Microsoft Education Pack for Tablet PC
  • Microsoft Experience pack for Tablet PC
  • Agilix GoBinder Lite
  • Franklin Covey Tablet Planer 30 day trial
  • InterVideo Win DVD 5
  • McAfee Security Center
  • Sonic Solutions Record Now!
  • Sonic Solutions Drive Letter Access
  • Yahoo Music Engine
  • DVD-Ram

The Pros

  • Excellent display
  • Light weight
  • Built in Bluetooth
  • Built in optical drive that is removable
  • large selection of USEFULL software pre installed - including a full copy of OneNote 2003
  • Compartment on underside of the M400 holds a spare pen
  • Excellent assortment of accessories

The Cons:  M400 Taskbar

  • While we continue to applaud Toshiba for including so many useful applications, the default from the factory is set to load way many programs on launch, so you need to "tweak it" for best performance.   (I recommendation is that you install a utility called "Start up Control Panel" for this)
  • Poor sound quality  - not a machine we recommend for those who like to listen to music while they are working.


In Conclusion: 

A good choice for those who want a crisp clear display and built in optical drive. Toshiba continues to provide good value for the price.   The Toshiba Protege M400 looks good and it feels good in your hands. The hardware and software configurations make the Tablet PC user experience as easy and friendly as possible and the available accessories make it an excellent choice for users in any setting.

With the design of a notebook and the flexibility of a tablet the Toshiba M400 with the Intel® Core™ Solo Processor is reasonably prices and provides good performance.   A perfect machine for the first time tablet user, road warrior or students on the go.    

For the Power user, those who plan on upgrading to windows Vista in the future  or those of you who have the budget to do so, I recommend ordering the M400 with the Intel® Core™ Duo Processor.

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Toshiba Accessories

 

Toshiba Battery Protector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toshiba Battery Recharger with Integrated AC Adapter

This Toshiba battery charger provides external battery charge to portable computer batteries, enabling multiple, ready-to-use batteries to be available for mobile warriors. You will never be out of power on the road.

Compatible with Toshiba Satellite 5200, 5205, A10, A15, A50, A55, M30, M35, R10, R15, Satellite Pro 6000, 6100, M10, M15, Portege, 3500, 3505, 4000, 4005, 4010, M100, M200, M205, M300, S100 and Tecra 9000, 9100, A1, A2, M1, M2, M2V, M3, M4, S3, TE2000, TE2100 series portable computers and Qosmio E15, F15, F25, G15, and G25 series AVPCs.

Specifications:
  • Power:
    • Input: 100V - 240V~ ; 0.61A-0.25A 50-60 Hz
    • Output: 12.6V == 3.6A
  • Dimensions: 9" x 5.5" x 1.25"
  • Weight: 1 lb 9.6 oz (with power cord)
  • In the box: One Toshiba Battery Charger with Integrated AC Adapter and User's Guide
  • One year limited warranty

Note: If you need a battery charger for your Portege 2000, 2010 or R100, please use Toshiba Slim Port Replicator with AC Adapter and Battery Charging Module (PA3156U-1PRP).

Toshiba Screen Protector

 

Toshiba Keyboard Protector for Portege and Tablet PCs

The Toshiba Keyboard Protector is specially designed to protect the most valuable part of your notebook computer - the motherboard, which is housed right below your notebook keyboard. The silicone keyboard protector is ideal for any environment and the general wear and tear caused by everyday use.

It prevents damage to your keyboard and computer from dirt, crumbs or even accidental spills. It is must-have protection for your portable PC.

Features:

  • Keep your computer and keyboard free and dry from any messy crumbs or spills
  • Machine or hand washable - Just let it dry and place it back on your keyboard
  • One year limited warranty

 

 

Toshiba Case

 

 

Toshiba 3-in-1 Tablet PC Leather Portfolio for 12-inch Portege

Ideal to be used for storage or to carry your Tablet PC between meetings, this Toshiba 3-in-1 leather portfolio case is designed for your portable convenience. Retractable handles, zippered closure and elastic retention straps secure the computer and other accessories in place, and it can be used either in PC mode or Tablet mode.

Features:

  • 3 in 1 convenience - Use for storage between meetings and work in PC or Tablet mode
  • Fits inside your existing notebook carrying case
  • External file sleeve with business card and SD memory pockets
  • Constructed of soft glove leather with scratch-resistant lining
  • Elastic retainers hold notebook PC snugly
  • Retractable handle can be retracted into the back cover, so it is out of the way while working
  • Designed especially for Toshiba Portege M200 and M205 series Tablet PCs
  • Compatible with Toshiba Portege 3500, 3505, M200, M205, M400 and M405 series Tablet PCs
  • One year limited warranty

 

Toshiba Port Replicator

Toshiba Express Port Replicator (w/ 90W AC Adapter)

The Toshiba Express Port Replicator is an adjustable docking solution designed to work with Portege M400 or M405 series portable computers. It provides you the convenience of easy conversion of your notebook to a versatile desktop environment with cable management. This saves wear-and-tear both on notebook ports as well as the cable plugs themselves.

Since the Toshiba Express Port Replicator comes with its own 90W AC adapter, it will also save you the expense of purchasing a second AC adapter for home.

Features:
  • Cable management system for quick docking
  • Eliminate the need to reconnect cables and peripherals
  • Convenient front hook and guide plate design provide easy docking and undocking
  • System switch with one-touch disconnect button
  • Integrated lock slot for optional cable lock help secure your notebook PC and express port replicator
  • Open design to accommodate extended battery packs
  • In the box: One Toshiba Express Port Replicator, 90W Global AC Adapter with power cord (PA2521U-3ACA) and user's manual
  • One year limited warranty
Toshiba Pen

Toshiba Tablet PC Reserve Pen

This Toshiba Tablet PC Reserve Pen is designed to work with your Toshiba Satellite R10, R15, Portege M200, M205, M400, M405 and Tecra M4 series Tablet PCs in case of an emergency situation. Compared to the PC pen that was included with your Tablet PC, this reserve pen is smaller and can be stored next to a main battery inside the computer.

So in case you lose the regular Tablet PC pen, you can still input using the reserve pen until the regular PC pen is relocated or replaced.

Features:

  • Designed for an emergency situation when you can't find your regular Tablet PC pen
  • Small and lightweight, so it can be stored inside the Tablet PC
  • No batteries or connecting cords needed
  • Side switch activates the 2nd mouse button
  • Designed to work with Toshiba Satellite R10, R15, Portege M200, M205, M400, M405 and Tecra M4 series Tablet PCs
  • One year limited warranty
 

 

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