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Toshiba Satellite T130-11H review

Toshiba Satellite T130-11H
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £469
inc VAT

Light and slim, but large enough for a decent keyboard, the T130 has the battery life of a netbook and far better single-application performance.


13.3 in 1,366×768 display, 1.8kg, 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU2700, 3.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Toshiba’s T130 is a slim ultra-portable laptop that uses one of Intel’s new Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (CULV) processors, giving it a battery life of almost eight hours.

There’s no optical drive and it has fewer expansion ports than a typical laptop, but it makes up for this in portability at only 1.8kg. Its glossy, attractive case makes it look a class apart, even if it’s hardly more sophisticated than a netbook.

Along with the low-voltage processor, the T130’s long battery life is largely due to the big battery that bulges from the bottom of the case. This has the advantage of tilting the keyboard at a slight angle, making it more comfortable to type on. The 13.3in screen means there’s enough room for a full-width keyboard, and we were glad to find that no keys were out of place. There’s even a double-height Enter key.

The keys are flat, but have bevelled edges that keep the typing surface of each key far enough apart from the next so you don’t miss-hit adjoining keys. The wide touchpad has a slippery surface that gives fine control over the cursor. The touchpad’s buttons consist of a wide see-saw strip below the touchpad, but it’s so stiff that only a centimetre at either end has any travel, making it frustrating to use.

Although the SU2700 processor conserves power, it has only a single processing core so isn’t very good at multitasking. Its abysmal score of 3 in that section of our benchmarks dragged down the overall score heavily. It scored 43 in the image-processing test, so when it’s focused on one task it’s far nippier than a netbook. The integrated Intel graphics can’t handle 3D-intensive games, but can play HD video with no problems. You’ll want to connect a set of headphones or speakers, as the internal ones are typically poor laptop affairs.

The 13.3in screen has a native resolution of 1,366×768. It’s not as bright as we’d like and vertical viewing angles are tight. The glossy finish reflects strong light sources, too, which is hardly ideal if you’re trying to work on the move. The screen can only tilt back to 45°, so it could be awkward if you’re resting the T130 on your lap. There’s an HDMI output, so you could plug into an HD TV if you wanted to show off some photos or watch video clips. Other ports include three USB, plus the usual LAN and VGA connectors.

Toshiba has sacrificed an optical drive and multitasking performance in the T130, but delivers a light and slender laptop with a long battery life. It’s far quicker than a netbook in day-to-day tasks, and the bigger screen makes it much more pleasant to use. The only niggles are the glossy display and the stiff touchpad buttons, but they don’t detract enough from our overall enthusiasm to stop us awarding the T130 a Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Pentium SU2700
Processor clock speed 1.3GHz
Memory 3.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 34x323x223mm
Weight 1.8kg
Sound Conexant Pebble HD SmartAudio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption idle 10W
Power consumption active 18W


Viewable size 13.3 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500M
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 250GB
Optical drive model N/A
Optical drive type N/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Modem No
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Software included Microsoft Works 9
Optional extras External DVD Super Multi Drive PA3761E-1DV2, £57

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £469