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Toshiba M35-S320 Laptop Review
By: KaoMAN
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    2004-06-28

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  • Toshiba M35-S320 Laptop Review
  • Display and Exterior
  • Keyboard
  • Software
  • Tests - SiSoft Sandra 2004, PCMark2002
  • Tests - dBpowerAMP, Counter-Strike, 3DMark2001SE
  • Video Display, Sound Quality, Optical Drive, Heating/Noise,
  • Conclusion

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    The M35 boasts Intel Centrino Mobile Technology,  extended battery life, and wide-screen XGA display, making it a top-notch yet affordable notebook great for home, student, business power, and even some multimedia users. It's quiet but hot, has 60 GB of storage space, but is not suitable for the latest gaming, according to this review. Read on for the in-depth review, including testing.

    Introduction

    For a long time notebook computers have been thought of as inferior to desktops. But as clock speed, memory size, and hard drive space continue to increase for both desktops and notebooks, the amount of power available to the user in a notebook computer is often times sufficient enough for whatever applications are being run. Advances in mobile CPU and graphics technology have really boosted the performance of these portable personal computers, and now it is up to the consumer to decide where his preferences lay.

    There are several different notebook user types. CNET groups users by home, student, frequent flier, business power, and multimedia. Home users use notebooks as a second or third computer in the house. Students are on a tight budget and need value and durability in a notebook. Frequent fliers look for ultraportables - notebooks that weigh less than four pounds. Business power users need both power and mobility to work on a variety of applications both at home and work. Finally multimedia users like authors or gamers are looking for desktop replacements.

    Toshiba M35-S320 LaptopToday, Dev Hardware will review the Toshiba M35-S320 laptop. The M35 is one of many Toshiba Satellite laptops. Satellite notebooks fall into three groups: A-Series, M-Series, and P-Series. A stands for desktop replacement, M stands for mobile productivity, and P stands for multimedia performance. The M35, boasting Intel Centrino Mobile Technology, an extended battery life, and wide-screen XGA display, is a top-notch yet affordable notebook great for home, student, business power, and even some multimedia users.

    Specifications and Features

    Weighing in at 6.2 pounds, this mainstream notebook packs quite a few features at a relatively low price. Retailing for $1599 after $100 MIR, the M35 has 512MB DDR memory, a DVD/CD burner, integrated high speed Wi-fi 802.11g wireless Ethernet, integrated 10/100 Ethernet, integrated V.92/56K modem, a 15.4" 1280x800 display, a strong 1.5GHz Pentium M, and a decent GeForce FX go5200 GPU w/ 32MB video ram. The M35's display and processor gives it a significant advantage over similarly priced competition.

    ProcessorIntel Pentium M 1.5 GHz
    Data bus speed400 MHz
    Chipset typeIntel 855PM
    RAM installed512 MB DDR SDRAM
    Max Supported Size2 GB
    Cache size - Cache type1 MB L2 cache Integrated
    Hard drive60 GB IDE Portable Internal (4200rpm)
    CD / DVD typeCD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
    CD / DVD read speed24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
    CD / DVD write speed24x
    CD / DVD rewrite speed10x
    Floppy driveNone
    Removable storage typeNone
    Removable storage capacityNone
    Input device type - form factorKeyboard, Touchpad
    Keyboard includedYes
    Key pitch2.7 mm
    Weight6.2 lbs
    Form FactorPortable
    Display size - technology - form factor15.4 in TFT active matrix
    Max resolution1280 x 800
    Color support16M colors
    Built-in cameraNone
    Video RAM installed32 MB
    Max resolution (external)2048 x 1536 pixels
    Video outputAGP Graphics card
    Graphics processorNVidia GeForce FX Go5200
    Supported display graphics1280 x 800
    Audio inputMicrophone
    Audio outputInternal PCI Sound card
    Sound output mode16-Bit stereo
    Compliant standardsDirectMusic, DirectSound, DirectSound3D
    TypeNetwork adapter
    Data Link ProtocolEthernet, IEEE 802.11g, Fast Ethernet
    Transport ProtocolTCP/IP
    Modem56 Kbps Fax / modem Internal PCI
    Analog Modulation ProtocolITU V.92
    Cable(s) includedPower cable
    Expansion slot(s) total (free)2 Memory, 1 (1 free) PC Card Type II, 1 (1 free) SD Memory Card
    Port(s) total (free) / Connector type1 Parallel IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP), 1 Display / video VGA, 1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire), 1 Infrared, 3 USB, 1 Display / video S-video output, 1 Network Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T, 1 Modem Phone line, 1 Microphone Input, 1 Headphones Output
    Expansion bay(s) total (free)1, None
    Battery installed1 Lithium ion
    Max supported qty1
    Mfr estimated battery life3:46 hour(s)
    Power supply deviceExternal 75 Watt Power adapter
    Voltage RequiredAC 100/240 V
    Humidity range20 - 80%
    Min operating temperature41 F
    Max operating temperature95 F
    Max operating altitude9840 ft

    The Toshiba M35 also includes Microsoft Works, Microsoft OneNote, 3 USB 2.0 ports, i.Link IEEE 1394 port, FIR port, S-Video port, Secure Digital slot, 10/100 Ethernet, V.92/56K modem, and an ECP Parallel port. Its key features are Intel Centrino mobile technology, wide screen display, harman/kardon stereo sound, and 1-year parts and labor/1-year battery warranty.

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