Should you be buying a laptop with the intention of using it for entertainment on the move, you need it to be lightweight and portable. At 2.7kg the Toshiba is light, without feeling flimsy. One slight concern is that, while its shiny metallic exterior is pleasing to the eye, it's not particularly scratch resistant and battle scars will quickly become prominent. This is slightly surprising, given Toshiba's great emphasis on durability.
This model features a ‘spill-resistant' keyboard, which involves several layers of insulation beneath the keys and above the length of the motherboard to delay any spills. With the A100-049 you will have a legitimate chance of saving data in the event of disaster.
The A100-049 achieved a decent WorldBench 5 speed score of 100, and the 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor offers enough power to efficiently run applications. The GeForce Go 7300 isn't the meatiest of graphics controllers, but the 15.4in screen makes a good job of displaying films, games and pictures in considerable detail. However, we did find that the screen's glossiness could affect viewing quality.
The trackpad isn't the best - both the buttons and the trackpad itself are too small - although the keyboard is easy to use. As with the Acer Aspire 5863WLMi we recently reviewed, instant-access buttons let you open up the web browser or Windows Media Player 11.0; other switches offer direct control over media playback. The Toshiba's range of ports and connectors are ample, and 802.11a, b, and g wireless networks are all supported - although you don't get such extras as a built-in webcam or TV tuner.