The Bottom Line
- Attrative Design
- Above Average Integrated Graphics
- Very Short Battery Life
- Netbook Performance
- AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 Mobile Processor
- 3GB PC2-6400 DDR2
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 13.3" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- ATI Radeon HD 3200 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 12.7" x 8.8" x 1.4" @ 3.9 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1320 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Mar 25 2010 - Toshiba's Satellite T135D is sort of trapped between two worlds. It has the screen size and shape of a typical ultraportable laptop but it is powered by a relatively meek AMD processor platform that is more typically found in netbooks. This does give it the advantage of a very reasonable price tag between $500 and $600 but it does limit the usefulness of the system.
The version of the Toshiba Satellite T135D I am evaluating comes with a single core AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor. This is a processor that was typical of AMD based netbooks. Its performance is slightly above the Intel Atom processors but not by much. The big difference here is that that laptop comes with 3GB of DDR2 memory instead of the traditional 1GB found in netbooks. This does allow it for slightly better performance in more demanding applications or multitasking basic programs but it falls far short of Intel based ultraportables that cost just slightly more.
Storage features on the Satellite T135D is fairly typical of the new breed of ultraportables. It lacks a DVD burner and has a decently sized 320GB hard drive that is larger than can be found on a netbook but isn't as large as some. Performance from the drive was actually slightly above average even though it uses a standard 5400rpm spin rate.
The Satellite T135D uses the larger 13.3-inch display panel that provides it with a higher resolution than netbooks. Color is good and viewing angles are decent horizontally but falls off quickly on the vertical plane. Graphics are powered by an AMD Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics platform. This is actually a much better processor than the ones found in netbooks that can't handle HD video at all or even the Intel GMA 4500MHD typical of ultraportables. It can handle 720p high definition video streaming alright but without an accelerated flash or other graphics application, it falls short of 1080p due to the Neo processor.
One of the key advantages that netbooks and ultra-low voltage laptops offer is long battery life. This is something that Toshiba fails to achieve with the Satellite T135D. In my video streaming test, the laptop was only able to run just over two hours before going into standby mode. This is well short of standard ultraportables and dismal compared to the Intel CULV laptops. More typical usage will probably yield around three hours of total usage.
All of this puts the Toshiba Satellite T135D in an awkward position. It certainly is affordable for an ultraportable system but its performance is well below the average. It has more in common with a netbook but has a higher price and lower battery life. The result is best described as a laptop for someone looking at a netbook but wanting a larger screen, more memory and larger hard drive but not willing to spend as much on a traditional ultraportable.