The topic of today’s "User Opinions" article is the Toshiba Portege M700 Tablet PC. The M700 has been a tough competitor on our Most Popular Tablet PCs list, staying in the top five for several months. I can see why it has had good reviews, I mean all day battery life and the beautiful LED backlit display make it worth the price.
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The M700 has gained a lot of popularity since its release especially with business users, and some users have commented on its pros and cons, which we would like to share with you. The opinions are chosen based on the value of the information (in our opinion) to our readers. We don’t necessarily pick only the "positive" opinions or only the "negative" opinions. We pick the opinions that we believe will be most helpful to you as you shop for and compare Tablet PCs.
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The M700 Tablet PC has a 12.1-inch widescreen LED backlit display with digital pen support, optional touch capability and anti-glare display for indoor/outdoor viewing. The Portege M700 offers a smooth transition from notebook to Tablet PC with powerful Intel Centrino Pro processor technology and support for wireless 802.11a/g/n, making it a highly mobile standard for productivity. Every user will enjoy the lightweight, solid chassis and battery life, especially if you are always on the go from class or work.
One tiny package
Pros: The touchscreen is nice and the fact it’s light and portable. You can change power options to greatly extend battery life. It has good pen interface and comes with fingerprint scanner and webcam. In Vista, OneNote is actually much better than with XP because you can train the handwriting recognition.
Cons: It only comes with Windows Vista. There is no option to get XP, if that is what you prefer. The touchscreen option delays shipping.
Toshiba M700-S7005V with some upgrades
Pros: I am one of those people who look inside right away. Easy to get the bottom off. Swapped out the memory to 4GB. Should get the 200GB Seagate tomorrow. Emergency pen from my M200 fit, M200 battery works fine as does the pen and Kensington 120 power supply (slim and less heat).
Cons: Must make a Recovery DVD as the one in the box is Windows XP not Windows Vista Business as I ordered. Customer service said it was so I could down grade to XP if I had problems with Vista (sad realizations). There is space for a "Turbo module" but no Socket (to the right of Wi-Fi module under the keyboard). I am not saying it is good or bad but would like the option!!
Not good for outdoors
Pros: Very Quiet! I didn’t hear the fan or the HDD. Pen input and finger response was good. You can scare people, if they don’t know it is a tablet PC, if you turn the screen to tablet mode. The side locks of the screen make a click noise like if the screen breaks.
Cons: Bad outdoor screen. Outdoors during the day I could not see on the screen. There were a lot of reflections. I could see what I was wearing, but a mirror is cheaper. In the house if viewed under an angle you could see the window, etc… behind you. So, my M700 did not have the LED anti-glare Backlight indoor/outdoor screen as mentioned on their site. Also the pixel warranty is bad. You can only get a replacement if there are more then 2 dead pixels or 6 stuck colors. For the kind of money you pay, I find this bad. I had to buy an add-on warranty from the shop for zero dead or stuck pixels. Only trials of bloatware (Norton, Office). No Office OneNote installed, but some strange DesktopSMS program.
Small & Excellent
Pros: The M700 is easy to use. XP Tablet 2005 Recovery was a life saver for me. Solid design and sleek appearance. It has less heat and sound issues then its predecessor. Way better battery life and detachable DVD drive.
Cons: The camera is good, but cannot be rotated, so you have to stay put during Web chats or calls.
Excellent light but full-featured and robust tablet
Pros: It’s full featured. Includes DVD writer, fast processor, 2GB RAM and crisp clear screen so it can be a desktop replacement. The LED back-lighting is bright, even and consumes less power. Even on full brightness battery life is reasonable. Good keyboard feel and the rotating hinge is the best I’ve seen. My first tablet lasted under a year (a Toshiba) my second one (a Gateway) had a much better hinge but after a year of hard use it was getting wobbly. I’m expecting this one to last a lot longer with the end pivots.
Cons: Preinstalled trial MS Office. It caused problems with the copy of Office 2003 I installed and took a while to eradicate completely. Afterwords I discovered I had also eliminated the full copy of One Note 2007. As I have a copy of One Note 2030 that wasn’t a big problem, but I’d rather be given the option to install only what I want and not have to uninstall it. I don’t like the small left shift key which means I keep hitting the \ key instead of shift. I also don’t like the bilingual keyboard (Canadian model) just too much clutter on the keys, one small key has End/Fin/Break/Interr written on it – none of which is legible. The faint blue English writing is too small and faint to read in low light. None of these are as bad as the dark grey on black FN key assignments which I have to squint at to read. Let’s have some contrast please!
This thing is a Porsche
Pros: The 2.6GHz processor, 4GB RAM and 1GB flash are great …. this thing rocks! It comes with plenty of features and is fast.
Cons: I would love to have this thing with OSX Leopard instead of Vista Ultimate! Something to think about.