Toshiba Tecra M8
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba Tecra M8
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
Mobile business professionals who fancy media features in a business laptop might want to take a look at the Toshiba Tecra M8-S8011. It typifies a trend in which business laptops are converging with consumer models. The M8's glossy 13.3-inch widescreen, 4.5-pound chassis, and built-in optical drive are reminiscent of the Apple MacBook 13-inch (white). Although the 1.8-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 and 1GB of RAM are enough to run Windows XP Professional (which another version of this laptop loads), I would have liked a faster processor and 2GB of RAM on this Vista business system, given its $1,250 (street) price tag.
The Tecra M8-S8011's gunmetal-gray exterior is neutral. It's more interesting-looking than the Lenovo ThinkPad T61 Widescreen, yet it isn't as colorful as the consumer-oriented Dell Inspiron 1420 The Tecra M8-S8011's 4.5-pound frame is made for the road, as well as for those who don't want to sacrifice too much screen real estate.
3.5 von 5, Display gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/08/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 40% display: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
Toshiba's first 13.3-inch business notebook offers good battery life and strong wireless performance for an aggressive price. With the Tecra M8, Toshiba's first 13.3-inch notebook, the company claims to combine affordable mobility with the processor speed, graphics performance, and storage potential typically found in desktop replacements. The aggressively priced notebook features a Santa Rosa processor, 802.11n wireless, and is the first notebook in Toshiba's business line to include a built-in webcam. You won't get blazing performance from this system, which has only 1GB of RAM, but it's a good lightweight productivity partner with very good battery life. As a business notebook, the Tecra M8 tries hard to look stylish. The rounded matte-silver lid contrasts nicely with the black keyboard, but it would look sleeker if Toshiba's name weren't emblazoned across it.
3.5 von 5, Leistung mangelhaft, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/31/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 50% mobility: 80%
Source: Notebookreview.com Archive.org version
The Toshiba Tecra M8, like the Toshiba Satellite U300/U305 series, is a new 13.3" widescreen business notebook packing solid Intel Core 2 Duo performance in a relatively thin and light form factor. Add to that a thin integrated DVD SuperMulti drive, webcam, and fingerprint reader and this notebook starts looking even better. Toshiba calls the new M8 "a feature-rich fusion of mobility, performance and value" ... but is the M8 worthy of such praise? The Toshiba Tecra M8 is a solid business notebook with plenty of features and few problems. The quality 13.3" glossy display, thin and light lines, sizeable hard drive, good battery life and a good selection of ports help make this an excellent work machine. The Core 2 Duo processor and plenty of available RAM likewise give the system an impressive backbone for performance. In addition, the sturdy keyboard and convenient fingerprint reader interface help users immediately recognize this machine means business. Unfortunately, the obscene overabundance of bloatware is enough to make an IT professional run away screaming. The painful touchpad buttons are also likely to leave users with sore thumbs after a full work day.
sehr gut, Leistung gut, Display gut, Mobilität gut, Emissionen mangelhaft
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% emissions: 50%
Source: CNet Archive.org version
For many laptop users, finding the right screen size is paramount. While the vast majority of laptops used to fall into the 15-inch category, those are quickly being replaced by more manageable 13- and 14-inch models. Apple's hugely popular MacBook laptops have almost singlehandedly built a market for the 13.3-inch display, which we consider the sweet spot between midsize and ultraportable laptops. On the Windows side, Dell's recent XPS m1330 was a well-received 13-inch system, but it's out of many shoppers' price range. Toshiba's $1,324 Tecra M8 packs the latest Centrino Duo parts, plus extras such as a hard-drive accelerometer, into a 13-inch package that's short on flash but long on value. Toshiba includes an industry-standard, one-year, mail-in parts-and-labor warranty with the Tecra M8, with a $100 option to extend the warranty to three years.
(von 10): 6.7, Leistung 6, Mobilität 7, Ausstattung 7, Preis/Leistung gut, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/21/2007
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 70% display: 80% mobility: 70%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on a Mobile Intel 965GM chipset. It is the successor of GMA 950 and features a fully programmable pipeline (supports Aero Glass fully and DirectX 10 with newest drivers). The peformance of the X3100 is clearly better than the GMA 950, still demanding modern games won't run fluently.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
T7100: Entry level to mid-range (at the time of annoucement) dual core processor based on the Merom core.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate or technology group. The company was established in 1939 and in 1978 Toshiba became the official company name. The company's products and services include power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard drives, printers, batteries, lighting, logistics and information technology. Toshiba was one of the largest manufacturers of personal computers, consumer electronics, home appliances and medical equipment.
74.25%: 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.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.