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Tech Review: Toshiba Satellite T135

Toshiba Satellite T135
Pros: ultra-thin, lightweight, 13.3 inch TruBrite LED-backlit screen, Windows 7 preinstalled, amazing battery life

Cons: weak speakers, sometimes unresponsive touchpad

The Toshiba Satellite T135 is the perfect laptop for a life on the go! With its 13.3-inch screen, this is Toshiba’s thinnest and lightest Satellite model yet. It weights 3.88 pounds and is 12.7 x 8.78 x 0.87-1.35-inches. It offers the performance, flexibility and functionality you expect in a standard-sized laptop in a super small package. Featuring a power-efficient Intel ultra-low voltage processor and Windows 7, the T135 powers up quickly from standby mode and provides energy saving enhancements that deliver up to 9 hours of battery life.

The Toshiba Satellite T135 arrived with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, a dual-core Intel Pentium SU4100, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB of storage (5400RPM), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M integrated graphics, and a 13.3-inch HD Trubrite LED backlit display. This build is the dual-core SKU and sells for $699. As far as external features, the T135 has VGA, HMDI, 3 USB slots, a card reader, mic/headphone jacks, webcam, and ethernet. Communications are handled by wireless b/g/n. This SKU does not have Bluetooth while the more expensive T135 builds do. The inner and outer surface is covered by a checkerboard ‘Fusion Finish’ in red, white or black. My unit was red.

It features a full-sized keyboard and full-sized touchpad with multi-touch capabilities, enabling you to browse and control what’s happening on-screen with gesture commands–including two-finger pinch, swipe, rotate and scroll. Sadly the touchpad isn’t always very responsive. The flat keyboard performs very well and is comfortable to use. The silver button-bar below the touchpad is a continuous plastic piece that will toggle on either side for right or left clicks. I usually perfer separate toggle buttons but these toggle buttons work perfect so it wasn’t a problem.

Except the power button and the standard keyboard, no standard buttons are available, so the adjustments of the control panel like screen brightness is handled with the combinations of the function-key. One that I was shocked to find was the volume control located in the 3 and 4 number keys.

The digital web camera built into the LCD lets you quickly snap photos and participate in live video chats. The 1.3 megapixel digital web camera does more than just video chats. It includes Toshiba Face Recognition capabilities, just show your face to the webcam, the ultimate hands-free and hassle-free way to log onto your laptop. And if you’re using one laptop for several users, Toshiba Face Recognition lets you switch profiles with one simple look. This is such a cool feature!

The speakers are stereo and located on the base beneath the keyboard. This would have to be my main problem with the T135, the volume sounded very low even on maximum. I feel the speakers could be located in a different location to maximize on sound. Since this model has 3 USB ports, why not use one to maximize the sound with an external speaker.

The T135 doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive so if that’s something you need, you will have to purchase an external CD/DVD drive.

The Satellite T135 is affordable, thin, lightweight and the battery life is just what’s needed when you are on the go. I would recommend this laptop for travelers and students.

What’s in the box:
This package contains the Toshiba Satellite T135 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions.

For more information on the T135 and the other laptops in the Satellite T135 Series, visit laptops.toshiba.com/laptops/satellite/T100.

Please Note: I received a loan product sample in order to review this product, but no monetary compensation. Reviews are based on personal experience and personal opinion. Individual user’s opinion may vary. Comments concerning reviews from users about their experiences are encouraged and welcome through the comment board.

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Written by Tempestt Patterson

Tempestt Patterson enjoys and writes about entertainment, music, movies, television, technology, products, New York events and more. She also loves photography.

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  1. What I like is the color, but I am afraid this is not what I need right now, I mean, I am a architecture student and I think I need another type of lap top, thanks anyways.

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