Toshiba Libretto U100 review

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Out on the road, the primary concerns are battery life and build quality. The big battery accounts for nearly a quarter of the system’s weight and sticks out at the rear by 20mm, but in return you get a massive five hours on a light load without the dock attached. Protection behind the screen is superb too, but the wobbly screen hinges don’t inspire confidence and the keyboard has a bit too much give in it. Nevertheless, the U100’s overall ruggedness is enhanced simply by its small dimensions.

Toshiba Libretto U100 review

Whenever you get a notebook of such minuscule proportions, it’s easy to be dazzled by the astonishing engineering. But from a practical point of view, it’s more a marvellous toy than a productivity machine. If you do lots of typing, you’re better off with the lightest regular notebooks, such as Dell’s X1 or IBM’s X40. And for regular travellers, it’s temptingly close to the more portable (and cheaper) wireless PDA territory, although the U100 is far more powerful. However, the primary obstacle to usefulness is data input. If only this came with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and pen-based input, it would be battling for awards.

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