Toshiba Satellite M40
- Good performance, many multimedia features
- Short battery life
Stylish and powerful, the Satellite M40 has some great multimedia features, but is let down by minimal battery life.
Price$ 2,999.00 (AUD)
Toshiba has packed quite a bit of performance into the Centrino-equipped Satellite M40's stylish silver chassis. However, our 3kg test model (PSM40A-03k009) also proved to have limited battery life, with the battery lasting just 62 minutes in our worst-case scenario test.
This model ships with an Intel Pentium M 760 processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, 80GB hard disk and a dual-layer multiformat DVD writer.
The machine is well suited to multimedia use, with its 15.4" extra-bright screen with high-contrast coating, 128MB Nvidia GeForce Go 6600 graphics plus VGA-out, S-Video TV-out, three USB 2.0 slots and one FireWire port.
An integrated five-in-one media card reader is also built into the front fascia and has a sliding plastic protector. The reader supports Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card.
The M40 also has dedicated CD control buttons, which can be used to quick-load a special interface to play a CD without the need for Windows. This, in addition to the M40's built in harman/kardon speakers, rounds out the multimedia feature set quite nicely.
Integrated networking capabilities cover the gamut of available options: 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth and infrared for wireless communications; and Ethernet and 56K modem connections on the wired side of things.
Toshiba pre-installs a range of useful configuration, security and recovery utilities.
A one-year international parts and labour warranty is standard. Domestically, it includes on-site courier pickup and return.
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PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
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