Toshiba Satellite A100-906
The mobile Toshiba Satellite A100-906 system is slightly different from Asus A8Sc by the intended applications field. Toshiba’s solution is built in 15-inch form-factor and hence cannot be regarded as a highly mobile solution. The weight of this notebook also confirms this statement: it weighs over 2.7kg.
The manufacturer defines their solution as a universal multimedia mobile platform that may compete even with a mainstream desktop from the performance prospective. However, the hardware platform used in Toshiba Satellite A100-906 has already become slightly obsolete, as it is Napa Refresh based on Intel 945PM chipset. Actually, this notebook uses Core 2 Duo processor on Core micro-architecture, which still keeps it among serious competitors to contemporary solutions. Another good reason for that is a pretty serious GeForce Go 7600 graphics card that delivers comfortable gaming performance not only in previous generation games but also in some contemporary shooters including S.T.A.L.K.E.R, for instance.
Even though Toshiba Satellite A100-906 has been shipping to the market for almost a year already, its powerful, although slightly outdated hardware configuration prevents its price from dropping down. That its why if you do not obsess about its specs, the Toshiba buddy can still be regarded as a worthy alternative to many today’s solutions on Santa Rosa platform.
Toshiba Satellite A100-906 is built in a standard not very flashy case, typical of the entire A100 series. The bottom of it is made of hard black plastic, the top part is of dark gray color. Unfortunately, the layer of plastic on the top lid is quite thin and bends easily. Moreover, the glossy finish wears out quickly enough. Luckily, this is not true for the internal surfaces of the system that are painted silverfish color: the plastic as well as the painted finish are of much better quality there.
The matrix with 15.4-inch diagonal features the today’s most popular widescreen resolution of 1280x800. The screen is completed with glossy mirror-like finish.
Toshiba Satellite A100-906 borrowed the keyboard design from 14-inch models and it doesn’t eat up the entire available space. However, it is still very convenient to work with and is protected against moisture. The empty space to the left of the main keyboard hosts a few additional keys implementing multimedia functionality and a Power On button with a blue status LED. Other LEDs are located on the front edge of the notebook where you can see them with the lid closed. There is a standard touchpad and a biometric fingerprint sensor below the keyboard.
The notebook is equipped with a pretty decent set of connectors and interfaces. There are four USB 2.0 ports, a Fast Ethernet controller port, modem connector, IEEE1394 port, a card-reader, two analogue audio connectors, PCI Card and ExpressCard slots, S-Video Out and a D-Sub connector for the monitor. Unfortunately, there is no DVI port.