Toshiba's laptops aren't usually the trendiest machines on the market, but, with the Satellite T130, the company could have a catwalk favourite on its hands. It's available in three colours -- red, for those who really want to make a statement; black, for traditionalists; and white, for anyone who likes to sit on the fence. Our white review sample went down a treat in the CNET UK offices, drawing oohs, aahs and occasional mmms, from passers-by. The T130 is available in a range of configurations. Here we review the £580 T130-13M.
The T130 measures 323 by 22 by 223mm, so it's larger than a , but smaller than typical desktop-replacement laptops. This, plus the fact it weighs a mere 1.8kg, makes it pretty much the perfect size for road warriors who don't want to compromise on usability and comfort.
The T130's 13-inch screen is comfortable to look at even for long periods, and its keyboard is fabulous. The keys have just the right amount of vertical travel, and a crisp, positive action. It's a shame, then, that the trackpad feels so bad. At best, it's jerky, but, at worst, it's so utterly unresponsive that it feels as if your actions aren't being tracked at all. There's a chance the fault is limited to our review sample, but it wouldn't hurt to carry a spare mouse with you on your travels.
You're feeling sleepy
One of the T130's cleverest features is 'USB sleep and charge'. As the name suggests, this allows you to charge your USB-powered devices even when the laptop is in standby/sleep mode, hibernation mode or a fully shut-down state, as long as they're connected to the USB port with the little lightning bolt logo next to it (that's the one on the left of the machine).