Toshiba Portégé M800 review

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Thanks to its gleaming white gloss finish, it’s difficult to ignore Toshiba’s Portégé M800. With accentuated curves and a chassis clad in white pinstripes, it has the potential to look horribly tacky.

Toshiba Portégé M800 review

It doesn’t, though, and this exterior conceals a particularly well-constructed laptop. The lid is just a touch too pliant, but the flex-free base makes up for it.

The build quality doesn’t come at the expense of heft either; at 2.09kg, the Toshiba is far from lightweight, but it’s still easily slung in a bag when required.

And whether you’re on the move or sat at a desk, the Toshiba is a comfortable companion. The fine, glossy display might lack a little brightness, but the colour reproduction and good contrast is ample reward.

The flex in the keyboard backing threatens to spoil the party, but the positive break at the end of each keystroke and light action make up for it. The specification is good – especially given the price. An Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 sits alongside 4GB of DDR2 memory, and the 320GB hard disk ably swallows video and music files. Performance is a little behind similar laptops, but 1.13 is still snappy enough for most tasks. You can forget gaming, though. The Intel GMA X4500MHD stumbled through our lowest Crysis benchmark at a rate of just 6fps. The 3,700mAh battery cripples the M800’s stamina, too. Just short of three hours in light use puts the Toshiba well behind the rest of the pack.

It’s a shame because the Toshiba has much to offer. Luxuries such as FireWire, eSATA and HDMI are present and correct, and there’s even a fingerprint reader. Plus, in a rarity for a laptop, the M800 is blessed with a fine pair of speakers.

But the Toshiba’s greatest problem is the competition. With the likes of Samsung’s Q310 proving cheaper and better in almost every regard, it just doesn’t do enough.


Warranty1 year(s) return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions312 x 231 x 38mm (WDH)

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo P8400
Motherboard chipsetIntel PM45 Express
RAM capacity4GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal1,280
Resolution screen vertical800
Resolution1280 x 800
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA X4500MHD
Graphics card RAMN/A
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Hard disk usable capacity295GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA 300
Hard diskToshiba MK3252GSX
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical driveLG GSA-U20N
Battery capacity3,700mAh
Replacement battery price ex VAT£85
Replacement battery price inc VAT£98


Wired adapter speed100Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchyes
Wireless key-combination switchyes
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)2
FireWire ports1
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetConexant HD Audio
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Hardware volume control?yes
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Fingerprint readeryes
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use174
Battery life, heavy use71
Overall application benchmark score1.13
3D performance (crysis) low settings6fps
3D performance settingLow

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
OS familyWindows Vista
Recovery methodRecovery disc
Software suppliedMicrosoft Works 9

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