Toshiba Portégé M780-S7230
SpecificationsNotebook: Toshiba Portégé M780-S7230
Processor: Intel Core i5 520M
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1400 euro
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba Portégé M780-S7230
When is a tablet not a tablet? When it's also a business-orientated, 12.1-inch laptop called the Toshiba Portege M780. With a twist of its screen, this bad boy can transform into a slightly chunky tablet PC in the same vein as the iPad. The 12.1-inch Toshiba Portege M780 gives you the freedom of laptop or tablet operating modes, but it's too unattractive and bulky for our tastes.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 50%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
It's hard to summarize the Toshiba M780, given the wide variety of configurations available. The low end model we received for review wouldn't be our top pick given the lack of an optical drive, touch screen, Bluetooth and the relatively lowly Intel Core i3 CPU. The higher end (but not top of the line) M780-S7230 that sells for $1,699 has more meat with an Intel Core i5, DVD drive, Bluetooth and a touch screen in addition to the active digitizer. That machine is appealing to those looking for a tablet that's good for graphics thanks to the matte display, and we're thrilled to see an internal optical drive in a 12” tablet. Regardless of the model you choose, the Toshiba is no looker, even if you're not into flashy etched designs like that of the HP TM2. The HP's metal casing does inspire confidence and give the machine a touch of high end chic, while Lenovo's tablets like the ThinkPad X201 exude ruggedness and quality. And the M780's display, though very colorful and offering good viewing angles, lacks the sharpness of Lenovo's tablet.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/19/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Four years ago, CNET reviewed the Toshiba Portege M400, a convertible tablet laptop that was the first of its kind with a Core 2 Duo processor. Imagine our surprise in 2010 when we received the Portege M780, a Core i5 convertible laptop/tablet with pretty much exactly the same design. In a post-iPad era, Toshiba's expensive and needlessly bulky Portege M780 is a convertible tablet notebook that feels like a design relic from five years ago.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 62% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 50%
Source: c't - 21/10
Comparison, , Long, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 70% emissions: 70%
Source: Techno Zoom IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 75% workmanship: 80%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
The Core i5-520M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-640M) and clocks between 2.4-2.93 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD 3150) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Japan. The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and Electronic devices and components. Toshiba-made Semiconductors are among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Toshiba is one of the biggest international notebook-manufacturer. There exist many reviews for Toshiba models.
63%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
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