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From its looks alone, the Toshiba Portege T130 is right up there with Sony and its gorgeous (though expensive) VAIO series. [firstpara] The T130’s metallic trim and manly angles look to make it a handsome choice for those who’d like to make a fashion statement with his laptop.

The laptop’s curvy shell boasts eye-catching gloss, which, while attractive, might be a matter of personal choice. Those who squirm at the sight of fingerprints are better off looking for one with a matte finish.   

The T130 is part of the Toshiba’s Slim Series, making it ultra-portable, energy-efficient, and Earth-friendly. Tipping the scales at a lithe 1.76 kilograms, the laptop has the heft to give you a clue of its value, while not being too heavy to lug around.

It boasts a 13.3-inch WXGA widescreen monitor that produces crisp and clear visuals; it suits high-definition playback just fine as well.

As for usability, the T130’s keyboard is spaced out perfectly, with a touchpad that’s generously-sized for a hassle-free portable computer experience. Except for the mouse button, which according to techie.com.ph, is "stiff. Hitting the button is a hit-and-miss affair, resulting in mostly misses at first." Still, we think this little observation is merely a little annoyance at worst.

Equipped with an Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100 @ 1.3GHz, 2GB DDR3 RAM, and Intel GMA 4500M, the T130 is more than capable in handling everyday applications such as browsing the Internet, handling Office applications, and playing movies.

Gaming and other heavy media applications however are not recommended. With its energy-efficient CPU and battery life that hovers around 8 hours, the laptop best justifies its value as a portable machine that you can type or browse the net on when you’re away from the office or away from home.

Windows 7 Home Premium runs on this laptop, which we’ve always been impressed with. Lastly, yhe T130 also packs the connectivity options you’d expect from modern laptops: LAN port, VGA and HDMI-out ports, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and three USB 2.0 ports.

At a price of P42,990, the Toshiba Portege T130 packs a lot of bang for the buck; we’d readily recommend it.

Click here for Techie's review

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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