Although the computer press is prone to focus on notebooks that stand out with their performance, size/weight or innovative technologies, common users are generally interested in less conspicuous models. Why? Because exceptional characteristics cost a lot of money but are not called for by every person. If you need a notebook for running office applications and watching movies and will not often take it with you on your business trips, paying extra for a 1-kilo sub-notebook or a desktop replacement with advanced CPU and graphics card doesn’t seem wise. You are likely to prefer a model with a reasonable weight and with performance appropriate for the intended applications and, accordingly, with a moderate price.
We once reviewed a notebook of this kind. It was the Vostro 1400 from Dell. It proved to be an inexpensive, reliable and functional computer with reasonable performance and good battery life. The 2.5 kilos of the Vostro 1400 are a perceptible weight, though. Practice suggests that mobile users prefer lighter models.
In this report we’ll show you an example of such a lighter model. Configured similarly to the Dell, the Toshiba Satellite U300-111 weighs only about 2 kilos. Of course, it is no subnotebook, but this weight should satisfy many users who are looking for a light-than-average model, especially as the U300-111 is cheaper than typical subnotebooks (which weigh less than 1.5 kilos). It has a display diagonal of 13.3 inches, which differentiates it from the somewhat cheaper 12-inchers weighing about 1.9-2.0 kilos, too.