The Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC – What Users are Saying

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The Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC – What Users are Saying

Recently we reviewed the Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC. Our review was somewhat mixed. We liked several things about the M4, but overall felt that Toshiba’s quality control is under par. In addition to a user review submitted by one of our readers. There have been several user opinion posts regarding the M4 on this site over the last few weeks.

So what’s the word? Here are some recent opinions:

“- Good Laptop, if one could ignore the weight of “the laptop and the mindset of Toshiba direct Salesman and credit dept put together.”

Pros: 1.All types of ports one could imagine 2.High screen resolution and size 3.High speed proc and memory (533 FSB not offered in any Tablet PC till now.) 4. Overall, a very “self-sufficient” Tablet PC

Cons: 1.Need to deal with Toshiba’s Sales and credit dept!!!, you almost start wishing there was just one more Laptop maker who had similar good technical strength and you would not even consider Toshiba anymore. 2.Tecra M4 being heavy, does provide certain limitation on a Tablet Design – first I received a piece, that made more screeching noise than the speakers:) The case looked quite flimsy and when the support was called, they had no exchange policy. All you could do was to pay for another laptop and then return the previous one,,, and its all a nightmare dealing with the credit dept in ordering the second laptop, unless u send back the prev one!!! (I once ended up keeping a slighly problematic Dell Laptop, inspite of taking RMA, since I felt the comfort in Dell’s support service.) While in case of Toshiba, their behaviour helped me decide very fast and I returned all the machines bought from Toshiba. (For some, inspite of their 100% return policy, they charged me 15% stocking fee!!!) I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANY TOSHIBA MACHINE TO ANYONE, AS COMING FROM A TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, I CAN TELL YOU THAT ALL PC MANUFACTURERS BUY PARTS FROM THE SAME PLACE AND THEY ALL JUST ASSEMBLE AND BRAND THEM. THEY DO DESIGN THE CASE, ETC. BUT ONE SHOULD GO WITH A PC MANUFACTURER THAT PROVIDES A BETTER SERVICE AS THATS WHAT COUNTS MOST IN ANY TECHNOLOGY – AS TECHNOLOGY IS STILL NOT STABLE ENOUGH NOT TO HAVE PROBLEMS. AND PROBLEMS COULD OCCUR WITH TOSHIBA/DELL OR ANYONE. BUT WITH TOSHIBA, YOU MIGHT GET STUCK WITH A SLOPPY, NON-COURTEOUS AND HIGHLY UNREASONABLE SALES AND SO CALLED CREDIT DEPT!!!

“- One Tablet Monster!”

Pros: I have the 2.13 GHz, 2GB Ram, 5400 RPM 80 GB drive, 128 meg nVidia card, bluetooth 2.0, Intel Pro Wireless a/b/g, double layer DVD burner, reserve pen, extended battery, vertical docking station…all the options! This thing is fast…very fast. Not only can it blow away any other tablet as far as performance…it can also demolish many desktops! Plus…I can write on it!! The high resolution 14.1 in screen is great! What more could you ask for??

Cons: People complain about weight?? 6.3 lbs?? Come on…if that is too heavy…time to hit the gym!! Why would you want to view a 12 in screen in 1024 X 768?? It would be scroll time…every time!! With a 14.1 in screen at 1400 X 1050…minimal scrolling!! Biometrics?? Why?? Most people will have no need for that…unless you work for the CIA! Most users will find that to be a cool gimic. If I need the extra data protection…I’ll strap a laptop bag around my Rottweiler. Runs a bit hot…but with the internals it has…it should be expected!


“- I am a student of Computer Engineering & this Tablet PC just gives the best!”

Every things awesome about it & it is sooo much configurable to handle your needs, also to notice its Toshiba’s first to fulfill all Sonoma features

Cons: Its just the heavy weight, but features like included DVD writer covers that 😉

“- Okay machine…needs some improvements”

Pros: Screen Resolution Power Save modes Nice feature set (wireless, tablet, etc.)

Cons: Obnoxious level of trial software Runs VERY hot (no lap with this laptop) Heavy for a tablet, underpowered for a notebook Battery life is short, especially when running DVD drive Tin sounding speakers


Still not sure whether the Toshiba Tecra M4 is the right choice for you? Check back with us shortly to read our full review of Acer’s C314 Tablet PC, to be posted Monday evening!




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