The Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309 and the Sony Vaio Signature Collection X Laptops
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Are you in need of a thin and light laptop? If so, continue reading, as we will review two such devices on different ends of the price spectrum in the form of the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309 and the Sony Vaio Signature Collection X laptops.
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309 laptop
Those in the market for an ultra-portable laptop but want to avoid the lesser performance of Netbooks might want to take a look at the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309. The T135-S1309 combines compact design with solid overall performance and great battery life to provide a slightly bigger alternative to Netbooks.
This thin and light laptop can be purchased from Best Buy in its retail configuration for only $549.99, which is more than most Netbooks. You do, however, get better performance and a bigger display that is easier on your eyes in a device that is still highly portable. The Satellite T135-S1309 comes with a standard one-year warranty on parts and labor. You can receive support online as well as through a 24/7 tech support phone line.
For the price, you do get a decent amount of processing power under the hood of the T135-S1309. It comes with a 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU4100 dual-core processor that gives it more speed than other budget laptops that usually come equipped with single-core processors. It's also an ultra low voltage processor that helps conserve battery life.
That being said, while the T135-S1309 will handle common multitasking such as email, Internet surfing, and some video, it's not an optimal medium for high-end gaming or graphics editing and the like. After all, this is a budget laptop aimed at the casual computer user.
You get 3GB of DDR3 SDRAM and a 320GB hard drive as well. For graphics, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500 processor is used. The six-cell battery that comes with the T135-S1309 is excellent and is said to provide around nine hours of usage, making the laptop ideal for frequent travelers.
The other features on the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309 are a bit stripped down. It does have Wi-Fi, but Bluetooth is absent. There is also no optical drive, so you won't be able to play DVDs or CDs directly on the laptop. If you want such capability, you will have to buy an external drive.
You do, however, get an integrated web cam and microphone to let you participate in video chat. The T135-S1309 comes with the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.
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