Features and Accessories
The accessories are quite typical: a universal external power adapter (100-240V, 50/60Hz), a Li-Ion battery (10.8V x 3400mAh), documentation, a registration card, a docking station with a DVD-recorder, and various cables and adapters. You don’t get any bag or pouch, but this sub-notebook can be easily put into a knapsack or even a handbag.
The compact power adapter is rated for a wide range of input voltages and for both frequency standards (European – 50Hz and American – 60Hz). So you’ll only have to take care about adapters with appropriate plugs on your foreign voyages.
There’s a curious thing included with the power adapter:
When put on the power cable, it increases its inductance and thus slows down the transition process that occurs as you plug the cord into the wall outlet and is often accompanied with a spark. In other words, this small detail reduces the risk of electrical damage to the power circuit. It’s strange they didn’t put it on the cable right at the factory.
The included battery is rather large, both in dimensions and in capacity. The most annoying thing is that part of the battery protrudes from the rear panel of the notebook spoiling the appearance of the product somewhat and making it less portable. On the other hand, this battery can ensure a long time of autonomous work even at high computational loads and the maximum screen brightness (as you will see in the tests section below).
A curious feature that distinguishes the Libretto U100-S213 from other similar models is its docking station with a universal DVD-recorder. Besides being an optical disc drive, this station also provides the Instant On feature.
The docking station is connected via Toshiba’s exclusive connector. It’s quite handy – you can even disconnect the station “on the fly”, i.e. without powering the notebook down. To do so, you should use a special lever and look at the indicator – when it goes out, the station can be undocked.