The Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q is a rather unusual budget laptop. Most immediately noticeable is its size – or lack thereof.

Being a 13.3in laptop the Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q is relatively slim, save for a large lump at the rear underside, which not only houses a rather capacious 61Wh battery, but also serves to tilt the keyboard into a more ergonomic position.

It's a rather pretty laptop: its glossy black finish comes with a subtle textured pattern and is finished with bright silver trim, lending a rather expensive appearance. Unlike the 15.6in models, the Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q has no room for a numeric keypad, but the keyboard itself is responsive and easy to type on and of a similarly high build quality to the rest of the notebook. You also get a touchpad with multi-touch support.

What you'll most certainly be sacrificing with the Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q laptop is speed - the 1.3GHz Intel SU2700 leavies it noticeably underpowered. In fact it's not fast enough to complete all of the WorldBench 6 components, the more tricky of the AutoCAD tests proving too much for it to handle in the maximum allotted time.

It's the same chip used in MSI's X600 215UK which suffers from a similar problem to the Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q. Having said that, it's not quite as slow as a WorldBench score of 58 might indicate.
 
However, there's one area where the Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q has a huge advantage: battery life. Where the competition manages to run for around four hours at most, Toshiba's laptop keeps going for nearly eight. This is where the SU2700 comes into its own, making full use of its ultra low-voltage technology and that chunky battery.

The compromise is that, with Intel GMA 4500M integrated graphics, you aren't going to be enjoying much 3D gaming. MSI's ATI HD 4330-powered X600 is a much better prospect in this regard, but in the Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q you do get almost double the battery performance.

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Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q: Specs

  • 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU2700
  • 13.3in glossy LED-backlit 1366x768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 3GB DDR3-1066 RAM
  • 320GB 5400rpm SATA 3Gb/s HDD
  • Intel GMA 4500M (integrated)
  • HDMI, VGA
  • Stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic
  • 3x USB 2.0
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • 10/100Mb/s
  • SD/MS/MSPro /MMC/XD
  • webcam, multi-touch touchpad
  • 61Wh Li-ion, removable
  • 323x223x22-35mm
  • 1728g
  • 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU2700
  • 13.3in glossy LED-backlit 1366x768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 3GB DDR3-1066 RAM
  • 320GB 5400rpm SATA 3Gb/s HDD
  • Intel GMA 4500M (integrated)
  • HDMI, VGA
  • Stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic
  • 3x USB 2.0
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • 10/100Mb/s
  • SD/MS/MSPro /MMC/XD
  • webcam, multi-touch touchpad
  • 61Wh Li-ion, removable
  • 323x223x22-35mm
  • 1728g

OUR VERDICT

The Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q is a very nice-looking laptop. It's beautifully and solidly constructed, offers the same pixel resolution as its larger-screened competitors and delivers by far the best battery performance. Unfortunately, you'll have to sacrifice an optical drive, a fair deal of speed – and a reasonable amount of cash too as it's also – along with the Samsung – at the very top of this sub-£500 category.

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