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Pocketables Goes Hands on with the Toshiba Libretto W100

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Jenn at Pocketables has her hands on a Toshiba Libretto W100 and has posted a bevy of unboxing and comparison photos along with some early impressions. Her list of early impressions is long and includes some interesting notes. Here’s an excerpt.

  • Build quality is high and screen hinge is strong.
  • Screen isn’t very bright. Max brightness looks like 1/2 to 3/4 brightness to me.
  • Touchscreen could stand to be more responsive/sensitive. Even when calibrating, I had to tap the same spot several times for it to register.
  • Users will definitely be fumbling around in the beginning, pressing the wrong buttons and trying to find out how to do things. This is not a pick-and-use device that anyone could jump right into without instruction.
  • Vents are on the top of the W100, which doesn’t look very nice to me.
  • Top half gets hot pretty quickly. You don’t touch that part much, though, so I wouldn’t call it a dealbreaker. It may be an issue with extended portrait mode use, but it doesn’t impact landscape use (on a desk or in your hands) very much.

Head over to Pocketables for the complete list as well as more coverage.

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4 Comments

  1. timon

    08/19/2010 at 10:30 am

    this Libretto W100 is not only no HDMI output port, nor any a port could connect an exterior monitor. If you went to travel staying a hotel-room, over there provides a HDTV and its HDMI input port to be available, unfortunately your Libretto W100 is unable to enjoy on a large screen.

    Also, the battery life is clearly a trouble on this Libretto W100:
    a processor of the TPD 18-Watt + two screen of 7-inch = got a poor battery life.

    Well, you need to take a high-capacity battery in the Libretto W100. The right side in the image, then a fulsome size is clearly thicker than 1.5 inches. 2 hours of playback video from a high-capacity battery.
    http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/pcw/docs/375/378/html/R1143425.JPG.html
    http://img.kakaku.com/images/magazinem/org/kakaku/i20100618/report52_22.jpg
    http://img.kakaku.com/images/magazinem/org/kakaku/i20100618/report52_23.jpg

  2. Scoobie

    08/19/2010 at 1:08 pm

    I get your point about about output limitations but bear in mind if comes with 14inches of screen. And in the uk at present it lists two docking optional extras both with dvi out

    Also it’s a limited release concept device which I think is marketing speak for this device isn’t right for mainstream yet

  3. timon

    08/19/2010 at 7:27 pm

    @ Scoobie,
    Thanks for your information

    I have seen ‘two docking optional extras both with dvi out’ .

    It is USB Port Replicator, that is actually external USB video card, and it was not a mini-shape nor a low weight, would be more the trouble in the applied side. I cannot imagine that users would be willing to carry and using those, because Libretto W100?

    Also, an external USB video card would be higher to consume up battery.

    http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/jsp/individualOptions.do?service=UK&OPTION_ID=1059489&toshibaShop=reseller&selCategory=1089805

    http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/jsp/individualOptions.do?service=UK&OPTION_ID=1081531&toshibaShop=true&selCategory=1089805

  4. timon

    08/19/2010 at 11:07 pm

    “but bear in mind if comes with 14inches of screen.”

    If you are pointing two screen of 7-inch, I have to say, two 7-inch screen is not equivalent with a 14-inche screen, nor a same area size between both sides. Also, a HDTV is 27-inch at least , a monitor is usually 20-inch at least, if you want to show some pictures by a projector, it could be 100-inch at least.

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