Toshiba Portege M300
Design and Ergonomics
This notebook is made up of classic shapes and colors. Its outline is smooth and rounded; its lid is silvery and the bottom is black. The lack of gaudy decorations stresses the fact that this computer is a work tool rather than a digital accessory of its owner.
The notebook’s interior is traditional, too. The display with a matte coating is set in a dark-gray plastic bezel. The maximum brightness isn’t very high, and there are noticeable irregularities in the backlighting. The matrix is not fast – the “ghosting” effect is quite evident. The colors are reproduced correctly, including the skin color.
Below the screen you can see the manufacturer’s shiny logotype. There are two integrated speakers behind the keyboard. They are quite large for notebook’s speakers.
The keyboard layout is convenient. The auxiliary buttons like Shift, Enter and Backspace have their normal size.
The block of arrow keys is separated from the mainland keyboard with blank spots to avoid accidental presses on the neighboring keys. But I don’t think that a tilde and a backslash are the symbols you’d want to have near the spacebar.
The metal Power button, a button to switch between the notebook’s own and external displays, and a tricky button that turns on the Toshiba Easy Guard are all located to the left of the mainland keyboard. The exclusive Easy Guard feature is meant to ensure “data integrity, system protection and problem-free communication”, but I say it eats a lot of system resources, pesters the user with stupid questions and warnings and must be immediately disabled and uninstalled! This is an example of how you can get so many resident programs that they become a burden for the whole system!
The touchpad is shifted a little to the left of the center. It is designed to match the overall appearance of the notebook: a light gray coating of the sensitive area and a silvery metal frame. The touchpad works well. You may find its buttons a bit too narrow, but this is a matter of habit.