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Toshiba R15 - S822 Tablet PC

by Linda A. Epstein
July 2005

Toshiba R15 - S822 Tablet PC

Revelutionary Tablet PC by Design

With the design of a notebook and the flexibility of a tablet the Toshiba R15 is reasonably prices and provides plenty of performance.   A perfect machine for the first time tablet user, road warrior or students on the go.

While the Toshiba Satallite R-15 does not have an indoor outdoor display, but as you can see the screen quite well outdoors in indirect sunlight with out a problem. 

14.1 inch TFT active Matrix LCD display, Intel Pentium M 1.6 GHz processor, built in DVD and an 60 gigabyte hard drive Toshibas R15 Tablet PC is an excellent choice for students and those who want the convience of having a tablet PC with a built in Optical Drive.   

The R-15 is a Convertible style Tablet PC,  that boots in under 45 seconds with 512 ram installed. We got an incredible 5 hours and 7 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. 

Toshiba's first Tablet PC with integrated CD burner and 14.1" XGA display, the Satellite R15 also features Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology for powerful processing capability, wireless connectivity, and extended battery life!

Toshiba R-15 outside in direct sun


scribbler boxWhat's in the Box:

  • Toshiba R15 Tablet PC
  • Quick Start Guide
  • AC adapter & Power cord
  • Pen
  • Toshiba Satellite R10/R15 Series Resource Guide
  • Windows XP Recovery Package
  • Toshiba Recovery and Applications/Drivers DVD

 

 


Specs:  
  • Intel® Pentium M 1.6 GHz
  • 14.1" TFT active Matrix LCD display
  • 512 MB (1x 512 MB) standard Maximum memory to 2 GB
  • 60 GB hard drive
  • Intel(R) 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller

 

The Toshiba R-15 Inside in normal lighting conditions

The Display: 14.1 inch TFT active Matrix LCD display is 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:  5 Hours 7 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 R-15 the fan keep this machine at a comfortable temperature.

WiFi: Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection (802.11b/g)

Ports:

  • 3-USB (2.0) ports
  • i.LINK IEEE 1394
  • SD card slot
  • TV-out (S-Video)
  • External Microphone jack
  • Built-in microphone (monoaural)
  • Headphone jack
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • V.92 modem port
  • RGB port

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
  • Ships with full version of Microsoft One Note 2003

Software included:

Toshiba Software and Utilities

  • Toshiba Config Free
  • Toshiba Custom Utilities
  • Electronic Users Guide
  • ToshibaSpeach system
  • Toshiba Touch and Launch

    Third Party Software
  • Microsoft Office OneNote™ 2003
  • Microsoft Works
  • Zeno Reader
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0
  • Quicken 2005
  • Norton Anti Virus
  • InterVideo Win DVD 5
  • MS Reader
  • Sonic Solutions Record Now!
  • Sonic Solutions Drive Letter Access

The Pros

  • Good value for the price
  • Nice display
  • Built in optical drive that is removable
  • large selection of USEFULL software pre installed - including a full copy of OneNote 2003
  • excellent assortment of accessories

The Cons: 

  • Heavy - at 6.1- 6.5 pounds its not a Tablet that you can carry around in your arms all day
  • No Bluetooth
  • While we applaud toshiba for including so many useful applications, the default from the factory is set to load to many programs on launch, so you need to "tweak it" for best performance. 


In Conclusion: 

A good choice for those who want or need a large display and built in optical drive.  Good value for the price.   The Toshiba R-15 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 R15 is reasonably prices and provides plenty of performance.   A perfect machine for the first time tablet user, road warrior or students on the go.

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Toshiba Accessories

 

Toshiba Pen

Toshiba Digital Tablet PC Pen

Overview
The Toshiba Digital Tablet PC Pen is designed to work with your Toshiba Satellite R10, R15, Portege M200, M205 and Tecra M4 series Tablet PCs. It lets you interact with your Tablet PC in a more natural way by incorporating the convenient and intuitive aspects of pen and paper into the PC experience.

Using this tablet pen and Tablet PC Input Panel, you can write directly on the screen and save your notes in your own handwriting, or convert them to typed text for use in other applications. The pen can also handle common mouse and keyboard tasks like opening applications, selecting text, and displaying menus. Since the grid provides the power to the pen through resonant coupling, no batteries are required.

Features:

  • Electronic tablet pen that looks and feels like a real pen
  • No batteries or connecting cords needed
  • Side switch activates the 2nd mouse button
  • New pocket clip design to prevent loss of the pen
  • Deluxe model includes an eraser end
  • Keep spares handy at home, in the office and in your carrying case
  • One year limited warranty

 

Toshiba Pen Tether

 

 

 

 

 

Toshiba Tablet Pen Tether DLX

No more lost or misplaced tablet pens. The Toshiba Tablet Pen Tether DLX is designed to secure the tablet pen to the tablet when there is a concern for the pen getting lost, stolen or misplaced.

The tether connects directly to the tablet so the pen is always within reach. When not in use, the tether coils to less than 7 inches in length but expands to over 3 feet to give you complete access to your tablet screen. The expanded length makes it ideal for floor demonstration use as well.

This Pen Tether is compatible with the primary Tablet PC Pen (PA3316U-1ETC or PA3316U-2ETC) for the Satellite R10, R15, Portege M200, M205 and Tecra M4 series Tablet PCs. As an added bonus, the included self adhesive attachment plate can be attached to the Toshiba Advanced Port Replicator (PA3314U-1PRP), Tablet Multi Dock (PA3315U-2PRP) or just about any flat surface around your workstation to always keep an extra pen close at hand on your desk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Toshiba Advanced Port Replicator III

Overview
The Toshiba Advanced Port Replicator III is an adjustable port replicator designed to work with a variety of notebook PC form factors and port configurations. While providing fast access to your desktop environment, it eliminates the hassle of connecting multiple cables time after time.

This saves wear-and-tear both on notebook ports, as well as, the cable plugs themselves. Ever have a network plug disconnect because the end was worn? Since the Toshiba Advanced Port Replicator III comes with its own 75W AC adapter (a $79 value), it will also save you the expense of purchasing a second AC adapter for home!

    Features & Specifications:
  • Cable management system for quick docking
  • Eliminate the need to reconnect cables and peripherals
  • DVI (Digital Video Interface) supports the latest digital monitors. (See Model Specific Compatibility list).
    • Ports: 1-RGB (monitor), 1-Serial, 1-Parallel, 2- PS/2 (for keyboard and mouse), 4-USB (2.0), 1-IEEE 1394 (FireWire), 1-RJ11 (modem), 1-RJ45 (LAN speed varies by model), 1-DVI-D (Digital Video Interface), 1-Line-In (audio), 1-Line-Out (audio) and a security lock slot
    • Network Speeds: Ethernet 10 Mbps; Fast Ethernet 100 Mbps and Gigabit Ethernet 1000 Mbps * (*Tecra M1 is equipped to support Gigabit over Ethernet)
    • Power: Input: 100 ~ 240V 50/60 Hz (Universal); output: 15 V x 5A
    • Dimensions: 14" x 6.3" x 2.1"
    • Weight: 2.3 lbs (w/o AC adapter)
  • Compatible with Toshiba Satellite R10, R15, Satellite Pro 6000, 6100, M10, M15, Portege 4000, 4010, M100, M200, M205, M300, S100, Tecra 9000, 9100, A2, A3, A4, A5, M1, M2, M2V, M3, M4, S1, S2, S3, TE2000, TE2100 and TE2300 series portable computers
  • In the box: One Toshiba Advanced Port Replicator III, 75W Global AC Adapter with power cord (PA3283U-1ACA) and user's manual
  • One year limited warranty


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

 

 

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