Configuration and Accessories
The accessories are not so numerous – although I would expect them to be at such a price. The Portege M300 comes almost “naked”, with just a power adapter and a battery.
The power adapter is universal (100-240V, 50/60Hz AC input and 15V DC output with an allowable load of 4 amperes). The battery is rather big (for a sub-notebook), but its capacity is high: 10.8V x 4700mAh.
The use of a Pentium M ULV processor in a 12” notebook is rather strange. This will surely positively effect the battery life time, but not the performance. Moreover, the optical drive that cannot burn DVDs and the 40GB drive are not what you’d expect to have in a notebook that costs so much money!
Quite predictably, the performance of the notebook is average, and the battery life is just excellent. You won’t even need a reinforced battery to work for a long time autonomously.
The Portege M300 gives me rather contradictive feelings. On one hand, its controls are placed most conveniently and its battery life is very long, but on the other hand, its configuration is not advanced, its accessories are not rich, its screen is average, and its price is high. I guess Toshiba’s admirers will find a lot more advantages and will think the Easy Guard utilities very useful and even indispensable, but I think this model can only be a real competitor to the others if its price is considerably reduced.