The Good Affordable thin-and-light; strong battery life.
The Bad Tinny speakers; no Bluetooth.
The Bottom Line For a budget Windows 7 thin-and-light that won't need to recharge often, you could do a lot worse than the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309.
|Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309||Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017)||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)||Asus VivoBook S15|
|Price||$549 MSRP||$980 Dell, Inc.||$2,249 Amazon.com||$1,516 Amazon.com||$790 Amazon.com|
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309
Editors' note: This review is part of our, which covers specific fixed configurations of popular systems found in retail stores.
Sometimes, it takes a good retail excursion to find a deal that isn't otherwise possible. Case in point: the Toshiba T135. While we have already reviewed two different versions of Toshiba's Windows 7 entry to the thin-and-light laptop landscape, we were pleasantly surprised by this retail-only configuration. This is not uncommon; many of the configurations you see in stores are subtle tweaks of models that manufacturers sell online, trading flexibility for a better price. In the case of the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309, it means a great price of only $550 instead of the $710 price of the Satellite T135-S1310, at the expense of 1GB less RAM, no Bluetooth, and a black lid instead of a red or white one.
We've previously noted that the T135's cheaper, single-core Pentium processor configuration, the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300, had vastly inferior performance to the dual-core, more expensive S1310. The good news is that the S1309 has a price only $50 more than the inferior T135, but with a dual-core processor. At this cost-to-performance ratio, we'd say this is the must-get configuration of the Toshiba Satellite T135, if you're considering buying one. And the even better news is that the battery life is just as good as ever. It's still slower than higher-end thin-and-lights, but the T135-S1309 is a nice affordable balance that bargain-hunters should consider seeing in person.
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