Toshiba Satellite U400
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba Satellite U400
Source: Trusted Reviews Archive.org version
As a 13.3in machine the Toshiba Satellite U400-189 is a decent effort - as far as features go it can't be reasonably faulted. However, Samsung's current Q310 offers a similar feature set at more or less identical prices, but also better performance and battery life that ultimately tips things in its favour.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70% features: 90%
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
Toshiba's comprehensive laptop range covers everything from tiny business ultraportables to huge home media centres. The Satellite U400-108 (£699 inc. VAT) is a compact and well-specified system with a stylish new design scheme for consumer use. The slim 2.1kg chassis is highly portable and ideal for travel use. Its 165-minute battery life limits it to use about town, rather than long-haul journeys, however.
3.5 von 5, Display gut, Mobilität mäßig, Ausstattung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/19/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 60%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 61% features: 88% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Minitechnet DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/17/2009
Rating: performance: 60% features: 60% display: 60% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
Source: c't - 16/09
Comparison, , Very Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: performance: 60% features: 90% display: 70% mobility: 40% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 90%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/04/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 50% display: 50% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
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74.75%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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