Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC First Look (pics, specs)

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Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC First Look


The screen rotation on convertible tablets puts a great “twist” on things!

We acquired our Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC on Friday and have had a couple of days to work with it. Here is our traditional First Look (although not a substitution for our full review to follow), but a chance for our readers to share our first impression of this model. Like they say, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Well this isn’t always the case with computer hardware as sometimes it can grow on you with time and acclimation. Or on the other hand, the initial excitement over some new feature or performance boost can enhance the honeymoon period, but once that ends, our opinions are subject to change. At any rate, enjoy a close look at our photos of the Tecra M4 Tablet PC and take our initial commentary for what it’s worth!

Of honorable mention:

1. The NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 dedicated graphics chip performance is unbelievable. We actually observed astounding frame rates in Doom 3 of up to 100 frames per second!

2. The trackpad offers multiple buttons and a brand new hot key resolution change that can be toggled on the fly.

Don’t want to mention it:

1. Our review unit has a dreaded, irritating stuck pixel (red) in the upper center of the display. This raises our eyebrows to quality control. We will take this issue up with Toshiba and post the results of a resolution (we hope) in the “Full Review”.


Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet PC Specs:

Processor: Intel Pentium M Processor 740 (1.73 GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)
Display: 14.1-inch diagonal TFT active-matrix LCD SXGA+ (1400 x 1050)
System Chipset: Mobile Intel(R) 915PM Express Chipset
Graphics Controller: Choice of NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200 TE 64M or 6600 TE 128M graphics
Memory: 512MB (standard) DDR2 SDRAM, 533MHz memory (max 2GB)
Hard Drive: 60GB (SATA/5400 rpm) HDD
Optical Drive: Slim SelectBay DVD SuperMulti Drive DVD+R (Double Layer)
Wireless: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g) wireless
Ports: 3 USB 2.0, RGB, Headphone, Mic-in, 240-pin docking connector, IEEE-1394, S-Video,
RJ-45 LAN port (10/100/1000 Ethernet), RJ-11, Fast Infrared, SD card slot
Battery: 6-cell Lithium ion battery (4700 mAh) – up to 3 hours
Operating System: Microsoft(R) Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005
Dimensions: 12.9- x 11.4- x 1.45-inch (f/r)
Weight: 6.2 lbs.
Warranty: Standard three-year limited warranty



front: indicator lights, wi-fi switch, dual array mics, mic jack, headphones jack,
volume dial, display latch release.



underside: docking port, RAM access, battery, HD bay, a lot of stickers.



right side: pen slot, optical drive, application launch button, button lock switch



left side: heat vent, kensington lock, IR port, USB ports, SD card reader, firewire in,
PCMCIA slot.



rear: USB port, VGA port, S-Video out, modem port, LAN port, AC in.



Where’s Waldo? Can you find the despicable spectacle? The stuck red pixel is not a
standard feature of the Windows XP screensaver.


Like the Toshiba R15 on Steroids:

Although the Tecra M4 may appear almost identical to the Toshiba R15 Tablet PC (sans the metallic finish around the keyboard), the hardware under the hood is a whole new generation of technology.

The Tecra M4 Tablet PC is spawned of a purebreed Sonoma platform. “Sonoma” is the fancy code name for Intel’s latest and greatest version of Centrino technology. Whereas the R15 has the “Dothan” platform with the older Intel 845 chipset, a 400MHz front side bus, and Intel Extreme Graphics, The Tecra is a completely different animal. With it’s super fast PCI Express Video Card, 533MHz front side bus, a 5400RPM hard drive and the new Intel 915 chipset the Tecra M4 is one blazing hot performer.

Check back with us in a couple of weeks for our fully detailed/unbiased review as we put the Tecra M4 Tablet PC to the benchmark grindstone and work diligently with it on a daily basis. Time to work, the honeymoon’s over!

Barry


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