Review Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101 Netbook

Sascha Mölck (translated by A Kammel), 01/05/2014

Energy-efficient stealth device. Toshiba's Satellite NB10t-A-101 is an 11.6-inch netbook which comes equipped with a Bay Trail Celeron CPU, a touchscreen, a 500 GB HDD and Windows 8, costing approx. 380 Euros (~$518). Our review will show whether Toshiba's small notebook is a true bargain.

For the original German review, see here.

Those who are looking for a small, mobile computer can nowadays choose from not only netbooks and subnotebooks, but also a number of tablets with attachable keyboard docks. Toshiba's newest entry is an 11.6-inch netbook with a touchscreen. Thanks to the 500 GB HDD and a Bay Trail Celeron CPU, storage space and power efficiency shouldn't be issues. Our review will show whether Toshiba has created a true winner.

We are comparing this netbook to two strong competitors, the Acer Aspire V5-131 (Celeron 1017U, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)) and the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 (AMD E1-2500, Radeon HD 8240) - neither of them sport a touchscreen.

Case

The basic shape of the chassis shouldn't come as a surprise - it sticks pretty close to Toshiba's current design philosophy which has been employed with almost all recent Satellite laptops. As with its competitors, the ThinkPad Edge and the Aspire, the case is made from plastic. The display lid and the palm rest sport a matte silverish finish with a roughened surface. The rest of the components exhibit a matte black design while only the display comes with a glossy finish. The case appears to be well-built. Only close to the outer edges can the base unit be deformed. Unfortunately, torsion resistance is not its strongest suit. In this regard, the display lid feels a lot sturdier, but if enough pressure is applied on its rear, color distortions do occur. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position, with just a little bit of wobbling. It is not possible to open the lid with just one hand.

The Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101.
The Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101.
It ships with matte surfaces ...
It ships with matte surfaces ...
...and a maintenance hatch.
...and a maintenance hatch.

Connectivity

No major surprises here. Both the Satellite and the ThinkPad Edge ship with USB 3.0 while the Aspire only comes with USB 2.0. The Satellite is the only laptop which sports nothing more than Fast Ethernet (100 Mbit/s) while its competitors are equipped with Gigabit Ethernet. The ports are not well-placed, with some of them being close to the left hand side of the palm rest.

Left: Kensington lock, VGA out, Ethernet port, USB 3.0, HDMI
Left: Kensington lock, VGA out, Ethernet port, USB 3.0, HDMI
Right: Card reader, combined Line In/Out port, 2x USB 2.0, power connector
Right: Card reader, combined Line In/Out port, 2x USB 2.0, power connector

Communication

The Toshiba Satellite ships with an Atheros AR9565 Wi-Fi module which supports the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 b/g/n. Signal strength and reception quality are fine, at least subjectively - even in a radius of 15 meters around the router, the connection remained stable at all times, with four out of five bars. The Fast Ethernet chip of the NB10t-A is made by Realtek. In addition, a Bluetooth 4.0 module and an HD webcam (1280x720 pixels) are built into the machine, although the latter won't win any awards due to its graininess.

Security

According to a Toshiba press release, the netbook not only comes with the obligatory physical Kensington lock, but also with a Trusted Platform Module.

Accessories

Except for a quick-start poster, only a small warranty and security information brochure are enclosed.

Operating System

The Satellite ships with Windows 8 (64-bit) preinstalled. Since no Windows DVD is enclosed, it may be prudent to create recovery media (either a USB flash drive with 16 GB of storage or more, or a number of DVDs, with the help of an external DVD burner) via the preinstalled Toshiba Recovery Media Creator.

Maintenance

Beneath the laptop, a small maintenance hatch can be found which makes it a breeze to access the RAM module and the HDD. The netbook comes with just one memory bank (which is equipped with the single 4 GB module). Swapping the HDD wouldn't be an issue as long as 2.5-inch hard drives with a height of no more than 7 millimeters are being used. The battery of the Satellite can be removed with the help of a screwdriver (two screws at the back have to be loosened before the battery back can be pulled out).

Warranty

At least in Germany and Austria, the Satellite comes with 24 months of warranty - including pick-up service. Those who purchased the Aspire or the ThinkPad Edge only get the standard warranty of 12 months. Toshiba even offers warranty extensions for the Satellite. Three years of international warranty cost approximately 65 Euros (~$88).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Satellite comes with a chiclet-style keyboard without backlighting. The major keys are 15 x 12 mm large, with a distance in between of 4 mm. Overall, the flat, roughened keys offer short key travel and a firm pressure point with a decent amount of resistance. The keyboard deck does give in a bit, but not so much as to become a nuisance. Actually, this is quite a decent keyboard, although it cannot compete with the great one employed by the ThinkPad Edge.

Touchpad

The multitouch-enabled touchpad (8.2 x 4.4 cm) comes with the same roughened texture as the palm rest which doesn't have a negative impact on its sliding properties. The different multitouch gestures can be activated and deactivated separately with the help of the configuration menu (not all gestures are activated by default). The mouse buttons exhibit a short travel distance and a pressure point which can be identified easily both by its noise and its haptics.

Touchscreen

The Toshiba Satellite even comes with a 10-point multitouch screen which didn't exhibit any issues during our tests, always reacting quickly to all of our input commands.

The keyboard comes without backlighting.
The keyboard comes without backlighting.
The touchpad supports multitouch gestures.
The touchpad supports multitouch gestures.

Display

The Toshiba Satellite comes equipped with a glossy 11.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. It is rather dim with an average brightness of just 161.9 cd/m², a value which is easily surpassed by both the Aspire (194.4 cd/m²) and especially the ThinkPad Edge (266.1 cd/m²).

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cd/m²
154
cd/m²
163
cd/m²
174
cd/m²
159
cd/m²
161
cd/m²
170
cd/m²
156
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 174 cd/m²
Average: 161.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 174 cd/m²
Black: 0.22 cd/m²
Contrast: 791:1
Satellite NB10t-A-101 vs. sRGB
Satellite NB10t-A-101 vs. sRGB
Satellite NB10t-A-101 vs. AdobeRGB
Satellite NB10t-A-101 vs. AdobeRGB

While the display of the Satellite may not be able to garner any prizes with its brightness, both its contrast ratio (791:1) and the black levels (0.22 cd/m²) are a lot better. Neither the Aspire (444:1, 0.43 cd/m²) nor the ThinkPad Edge (330:1, 0.89 cd/m²) come close.

As can easily be seen by taking a look at the graphs below, the display of the Satellite is a long shot away from great color space coverage, reaching 37% of AdobeRGB and 52.8% of sRGB, something which might be an issue if this device were to be used by professional graphics designers and photographers.

We measured the DeltaE deviations of the color space (target color space sRGB, prior to calibration), leading to an average value of 10.4. This is not good at all, but pretty much common for affordable entry-level laptops. No color comes close to the target area (DeltaE <3). In addition, the display comes with a strongly noticeable bluish tint.


CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color Saturation
CalMAN - Color Saturation

Due to its glossy, dim screen, the netbook is not well-suited for outdoor usage at all. 

The viewing angle stability of the Satellite comes close to that of most low-prices laptops, with strong distortions in the vertical plane. Horizontal deviations are less of an issue so that more than one person can sit in front of the laptop at the same time.

The Satellite during outdoor usage.
The Satellite during outdoor usage.
Viewing angles Satellite NB10t-A-101
Viewing angles Satellite NB10t-A-101

Performance

The netbook is perfectly suited for less demanding tasks such as browsing the web, writing an essay or watching videos, including Full HD playback (1920x1080 pixels, H.264 codec). The GPU of the EasyNote comes with a decoder which helps support the CPU during video playback. We found exactly one other variant, the NB10t-A-108 which comes with only 2 GB of RAM. Otherwise, it seems to be identical to our test device, which costs just around 380 Euros (~$518). A model with a Pentium N3510 quad-core CPU will follow, according to Toshiba.

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HWInfo
System information Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101

Processor

The small Satellite ships with an Intel Celeron N2810 dual-core CPU which is based on the Silvermont architecture of the new Bay Trail M platform, just as Intel’s most recent Atom processors. The Celeron CPU has a clock speed of 2 GHz, but no Turbo Boost. With a TDP of 7.5 watts, its power consumption is considerably less than that of both ULV-CPUs and APUs of the Aspire and the ThinkPad Edge.

As expected, no throttling occurs during the Cinebench CPU tests. The results of the Satellite are on par with the ThinkPad Edge (AMD E1-2500, Radeon HD 8240), as both CPUs are equally fast (other benchmarks such as Geekbench 3 yield the same results). One shouldn’t forget, however, that the Celeron CPU in the Satellite comes with a higher clock speed, 2 GHz instead of 1.4 GHz and thus wouldn’t stand a chance if tested with the same settings. Both competitors fare a lot worse than the Aspire (Celeron 1017U, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)) as its Ivy Bridge Celeron CPU takes the lead by a long shot.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
993
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
2013 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
2672 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
1318 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2048
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
1474
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.37 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.72 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
5.36 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
59 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
31 Points
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.72 Points ∼4%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.38 Points ∼2% -47%
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb
Radeon HD 8210, A4-1250, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.47 Points ∼3% -35%
Acer Aspire One 756-B847X
HD Graphics 2000, 847, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
0.57 Points ∼3% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.66 Points ∼4% -8%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.02 Points ∼6% +42%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.3 Points ∼7% +81%
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
762 Points ∼22%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
572 Points ∼16% -25%
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2805, Toshiba MQ01ABF032
599 Points ∼17% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
785 Points ∼22% +3%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1367 Points ∼39% +79%
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1328 Points ∼10%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
986 Points ∼8% -26%
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2805, Toshiba MQ01ABF032
1017 Points ∼8% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1340 Points ∼10% +1%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2308 Points ∼18% +74%

System Performance

The system and the UI run quite smoothly. This is mostly thanks to the rather fast HDD which is being used in the Satellite. Still, sometimes a little bit of lag occurs when switching between open applications or when loading the contents of a folder. But as long as not too much stress is exerted onto the netbook, everything works fine. Similar results hold true for the PC Mark benchmarks. Unsurprisingly, the Aspire (Celeron 1017U, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)) comes out on top again due to its much more powerful CPU, but the Satellite does manage to beat the ThinkPad Edge (AMD E1-2500, Radeon HD 8240), partly because its HDD is faster and partly because Intel CPUs tend to fare better in this particular test scenario.

Installing an SSD might lead to a noticeable boost in terms of performance, both during system start and concerning responsiveness once it is up and running. In addition, the results of the PC Mark benchmarks would increase as well. We have actually tested such a scenario, installing a Crucial RealSSD with 64 GB. The result: Our PCMark 7 score went up by almost 65% to 2485 points.

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage2116 points
PCMark 71504 points
PCMark 8 Home1155 points
PCMark 8 Creative833 points
PCMark 8 Work2605 points
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PCMark 7 - Score
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1504 Points ∼23%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1012 Points ∼15% -33%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1232 Points ∼19% -18%
Acer Aspire One 756-B847X
HD Graphics 2000, 847, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1251 Points ∼19% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1254 Points ∼19% -17%
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2805, Toshiba MQ01ABF032
1385 Points ∼21% -8%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1973 Points ∼30% +31%

Storage Solution

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

The Satellite comes with an HDD manufactured by Toshiba itself, with 5400 rpm and a capacity of 500 GB. According to CrystalDiskMark, the average read speeds come to lie around 115 MB/s, with data transfer rates of around 87.8 MB/s according to HD Tune. These results are actually quite a bit better than what we might have expected for an HDD with 5400 rpm, especially one which is being used in a netbook.

Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Transfer Rate Minimum: 51.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 116.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 87.8 MB/s
Access Time: 18.2 ms
Burst Rate: 143.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.5 %

Graphics Card

The HD Graphics GPU of the Satellite supports DirectX 11 and clock speeds of 400 to 756 MHz. It falls behind both of its competitors in all 3DMark benchmarks, while both the ThinkPad Edge (AMD E1-2500, Radeon HD 8240) and the Aspire (Celeron 1017U, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)) end up being more or less on par (with one taking the lead in some of the tests and the other in the rest). Still, nominally, the ThinkPad Edge ships with the strongest GPU, as can be seen by taking a look at the 3DMark 2011 results as well as the GL tests of the Cinebench benchmarks where the CPU is not as important as in most other benchmarks.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
1578 points
3DMark Vantage620 points
3DMark 11212 points
3DMark Ice Storm12655 points
3DMark Cloud Gate1028 points
3DMark Fire Strike156 points
Help
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
Intel Celeron N2810, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
AMD E1-2500, AMD Radeon HD 8240, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
Intel Celeron 1017U, Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
3DMark (2013)
55%
59%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score1265518212
44%
18903
49%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score10281501
46%
1733
69%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score156272
74%

Gaming Performance

Ultraportable notebooks and netbooks tend to lack the graphical prowess necessary to power modern 3D games. A few games remain playable, however, at least at low resolutions and with reduced quality settings. This list includes TrackMania Nations Forever, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and World of Warcraft. Games from the touch-centric Windows Store, however, work flawlessly.

low med.high ultra
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 86.921.5fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 16.56.9fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 12.66.4fps
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
Intel Celeron N2810, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
AMD E1-2500, AMD Radeon HD 8240, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
Intel Celeron 1017U, Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Tomb Raider
73%
-30%
1024x768 Low Preset12.621.8
73%
8.8
-30%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x6.411
72%

Emissions

System Noise

Those who are looking first and foremost for a quiet notebook would be very happy with the Satellite. The device remains almost completely silent no matter the workload. Next to the usual background noise of a mechanical HDD, nothing can be heard at all since the fan isn’t rotating. While idle, 31 to 32.5 dB(A) can be measured – which is actually a little bit more than what both the ThinkPad Edge (30 to 31.4 dB(A)) and the Aspire (29.8 to 31 dB(A)) have to offer. However, this value doesn’t change at all, no matter whether the device is put under medium (3DMark06) or full load (stress test with Prime 95 and Furmark running simultaneously): 31 dB(A), as much as what we measured during idle mode, and noticeably less than both competitors, the ThinkPad Edge (32.8 and 35.1 dB(A)) and the Aspire (32.3 and 32.6 dB(A)). Actually, we aren’t even certain any more whether the Satellite comes with a fan at all.

Noise Level

Idle 31 / 31 / 31 dB(A)
HDD 32.5 dB(A)
Load 31 / 31 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
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min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Satellite NB10t-A-101 during the stress test.
The Satellite NB10t-A-101 during the stress test.

While idle, none of these laptops tend to get noticeably hot, with decent surface temperatures all around. Even under load, the situation doesn’t worsen too much. Still, the ThinkPad Edge (no more than 30 °C at any location) fares a lot better than the Satellite, which does manage to exceed 40 °C at a number of different points – the price Toshiba has to pay for its low noise emissions.

During our stress test (Prime95 and Furmark running for at least one hour), no difference can be noted between the laptop running on battery and while the power adapter is plugged in. The CPU speed fluctuates between 1.6 and 2 GHz at the beginning, with less and less spikes towards the top, reaching a plateau around 1.6 GHz after some time. The GPU starts at full power (756 MHz), but it does get slowed down to 711 to 733 MHz at a later point in time. The CPU temperature remains at a constant level of 68 °C when the laptop is plugged in.

 29.3 °C29.7 °C27.5 °C 
 29.8 °C30.7 °C29 °C 
 26 °C27.3 °C25.7 °C 
Maximum: 30.7 °C
Average: 28.3 °C
26.6 °C30.7 °C29.9 °C
31.6 °C32.3 °C30.2 °C
27.2 °C29.6 °C31.1 °C
Maximum: 32.3 °C
Average: 29.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  29.5 °C | Room Temperature 21 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Satellite are located at the front of the lower part of the base unit. Their flat, tinny sound without any bass is unsatisfying although speech can be understood clearly. Those who want to watch a movie on the Satellite might want to invest in good headphones or external speakers instead.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

While idle, the Satellite requires between 6 and 7.6 watts, more than both the ThinkPad Edge (4.2 to 6.3 watts) and the Aspire (4.5 to 7.3 watts). Under medium load (3DMark06 is running) or full load (stress test, Prime 95 and Furmark are running), the power consumption barely increases at all, reaching 9.5 and 12.6 watts respectively. Since the TDP values of both competitors are twice as high as that of the Satellite (15 watts instead of 7.5 watts), it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they require a lot more power at 14.9 and 20.1 watts (ThinkPad Edge) or 20.3 and 24.7 watts (Aspire).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 6 / 7.4 / 7.6 Watt
Load 9.5 / 12.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

While idle, the battery runtimes of the Satellite are much weaker than that of its competitors, reaching no more than 5:20 h while the Aspire (12:15 h) and the ThinkPad Edge (19:43 h) clock in at much higher values. These measurements are performed with the Battery Eater Reader’s Test, with the screen set to its dimmest brightness level, the energy saving mode activated and the radio modems turned off. Under full load, the Satellite manages to survive for 2:05 h which, again, is a lot less than what both the ThinkPad Edge (4:01 h) and the Aspire (3:49 h) have to offer. Here, the Battery Eater Classic Test has been employed, increasing display brightness to its maximum value, turning on the high performance profile and activating all radio modems.

The Wi-Fi test, the most life-like scenario, where a new webpage is loaded every 40 seconds, the energy saving profile is active and the display brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m², yields a value of 2:52 h. Again, this doesn’t even come close to the results of both the ThinkPad Edge (8:19 h) or the Aspire (5:52 h). Video playback, as tested with a looped version of the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 codec, 1920x1080 pixels), results in a battery life of 3:11 h. This test, where the energy savings profile is turned on, the radio modems are deactivated and the display brightness is set to 150 cd/m², has not been performed with both of the Satellite’s competitors.

We are quite disappointed by the battery life of the Satellite, as we would expect a much better result from such a power-efficient device. Then again, the results shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the battery capacity is miniscule at 24 Wh. Both the Lenovo (63 Wh) and the Acer (56 Wh) offer at least twice as much, without being heavier. The ThinkPad Edge is a logical candidate for the top spot, as it sports not only the largest battery, but also the lowest energy consumption rate in idle mode.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 20min
WiFi Surfing
2h 52min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 11min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 05min

Verdict

The Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101 offers more than enough performance for all netbook-related tasks, ranging from web browsing, Skype calls and video playback to writing tasks. Fortunately, the device remains almost absolutely silent at all times, even under full load. At the same time, the netbook is pretty power-efficient, and it comes with an unusual 24 months of warranty. While the display is pretty dim (not to mention the bluish tint!), it does at least offer a great contrast ratio.

In a press release, Toshiba claims that the NB10t-A-101 is ideally suited for using it on the road, thanks to its low weight of just 1.5 kilograms. In addition to the fact that 1.5 kilograms is not even that light for an 11.6-inch device, weight is not the only major criterion for outdoor usage. Due to the dim display and the bad battery life (because of the extremely small battery capacity of just 24 Wh, barely more than that of some 8-inch Windows tablets), its usability in these scenarios is severely limited.

When compared to the Acer Aspire V5-131 and the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145, the Satellite comes out on the short end. Those looking for an 11.6-inch device should stick to one of the competitors. The ThinkPad offers the same performance as the Satellite while at the same time trumping it in terms of battery life, keyboard quality and by its bright screen with a matte finish - all of that for around 370 Euros (~$504), or 320 Euros (~$436), if Windows 8 is not a requirement. The Acer Aspire, however, offers much more CPU performance as well as better battery life. In addition, it turns out to be the cheapest of these devices at just 300 Euros (~$409). Again, a variant without Windows can be purchased for 50 Euros (~$68) less.

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In Review: The Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101, provided by Toshiba Germany
In Review: The Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101, provided by Toshiba Germany

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101

:: Processor
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3, single channel, one memory bank
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 400-756 MHz, 10.18.10.3309
:: Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, 10-point multitouch, ChiMei N116BGE L42, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB , 430 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Valleyview SoC - HD Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined Line In/Out port, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Trusted Platform Module
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.1 x 284 x 208.6
:: Weight
1.5 kg Power Supply: 0.194 kg
:: Battery
24 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V, 2100 mAh
:: Price
449 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.9 MP (1280 x 720), Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, McAfee Live Safe-Internet Security (trial version), MS Office 365 (trial version), Toshiba Media Player, 24 Months Warranty

 

Nice: Matte surfaces!
Nice: Matte surfaces!
The hinges ...
The hinges ...
...keep the lid firmly in position.
...keep the lid firmly in position.
Tthe Toshiba NB10t is accessible via a maintenance hatch ...
Tthe Toshiba NB10t is accessible via a maintenance hatch ...
...but it comes with just one RAM module.
...but it comes with just one RAM module.
The HDD can be swapped.
The HDD can be swapped.
Two screws have to be loosened before the battery can be removed.
Two screws have to be loosened before the battery can be removed.
The battery capacity is 24 Wh.
The battery capacity is 24 Wh.
The power adapter weighs approx. 194 grams.
The power adapter weighs approx. 194 grams.
It delivers up to 45 watts.
It delivers up to 45 watts.
The keys offer short travel.
The keys offer short travel.
The speakers are located beneath the base.
The speakers are located beneath the base.
The Satellite, being used outdoors.
The Satellite, being used outdoors.

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Pro

+24 months of warranty
+Remains silent at all times
+Power-efficient
+High-contrast display
 

Cons

-Bad battery life
-Dark display (with a bluish tint)
-Ethernet capped at 100 Mbit/s

Shortcut

What we like

The low power consumption, the almost non-existing noise emissions and the long warranty period.

What we'd like to see

A brighter screen and a (much) larger battery.

What surprises us

24 months of warranty? That is almost unheard of for a budget device.

The competition

Acer Aspire V5-131, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145, Medion Akoya E1317T (10-inches), Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP (10-inches), HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb, Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 20257, Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E135, Acer Aspire One 725-C7Xkk, Asus VivoBook S200E, Acer Aspire One 756-B847XAsus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR (10-inch convertible).

Rating

Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
12/27/2013 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
65%
Weight
92%
Battery
83%
Display
71%
Games Performance
52%
Application Performance
74%
Temperature
84%
Noise
97%
Add Points
77%
Average
78%
82%
Netbook *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Review Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101 Netbook
Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-01- 5 (Update: 2014-01- 6)