Toshiba AT100

We take a look at what works (and what doesn’t work) on the Toshiba AT100 Tablet PC. Read our review to find out more.

By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012

The Good

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Full size HDMI and USB

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Replaceable battery

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Removable back cover

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Excellent battery life

The Bad

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Lack of 3G

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LED lights on the bezel can be distracting

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Basic design. Looks like most other tablets

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Screen is not great

Introduction

While we criticized the memory, it seems that Toshiba were planning ahead, and the inclusion of an SD card slot, which allows the addition of much more memory, gives the AT100 a definite advantage over the competition.

Whereas once the cocky advertising boast bellowed, “You ain’t as big as Toshiba!” confident that the challenge would go unanswered, now several companies can bellow back, in classic panto fashion,  “OH YES WE ARE!” The Tablet PC market, circa 2012, is a real nest of vipers, but have Toshiba just delivered a masterstroke? We take a look at what works (and what doesn’t work) on the Toshiba AT100.  

 

The Specs

As if a glorious screen resolution isn’t enough, the AT100 runs the Android 3.1 operating system, which is a major coup; given that Toshiba’s biggest competition are still mostly running Android 2.3.3.

 

The OS aside, you might be disappointed to learn that inside, the AT100 is pretty much exactly the same as any other top-level Tablet. The AT100 runs on a 32GB hard drive, which, admittedly, is big (but not as big as the iPad or Blackberry Playbook) and it follows this up with a standard 1GHz processor and average 1GB of RAM. Nothing truly monumental there then, but you can be assured that the AT100 will run as well as any other device out there (excluding the iPad).

 

 

The Price

Though you can pick this bad boy up for as little as £189 second hand, this Tablet is still going to cost you a good £300 if you want a new one. The bulk of this review was written in February 2012, with this part added in September. The AT100 represented pretty decent value back then, but now there are much better (and cheaper) tablets on the market. Its not a bad tablet (and it never has been) but, whilst the price is an indication of healthy sales and thus satisfied customers, it is still a drawback in the wake of Android 4.0 and newer, faster, cheaper tablets.

 

The Performance

‘AT100’ is a telling moniker, which sees Toshiba selling this new PC under the strength of their old brand name, rather than the product itself (which ends up sounding like something a squad of Storm Troopers might use to pilot their way through a Star Wars deleted scene). The AT100 makes use of a very nice screen indeed. Doing away with the usual 7-inches, and proving that, screen wise at least, the competition definitely ain’t as big as Toshiba, the AT100 utilizes a massive 10.1 inches. This display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, which is significantly better than almost any other Tablet on the market. The screen is huge, pretty and very high performance indeed; so much so, that there’s a good chance it’s actually better than your telly.

 

While we criticized the memory, it seems that Toshiba were planning ahead, and the inclusion of an SD card slot, which allows the addition of much more memory, gives the AT100 a definite advantage over the competition.

 

In addition to that, the AT100 has full size HDMI and USB connectivity, which means that playing content and storing or sharing files is much easier on the AT100 than on most other Tablet PCs. This ability to connect with so many other devices makes the AT100 a very tempting choice for the computer user who sees a Tablet PC as an extension of his/her desktop.

 

The OS aside, you might be disappointed to learn that inside, the AT100 is pretty much exactly the same as any other top-level Tablet.

Weighing in at a portly 771 g, the AT100 is a strapping machine and has certainly eaten its greens (and everybody else’s, for that matter). Those potential buyers, who find the iPad’s size off-putting, will find the same complaint here. At 272 mm x 175 mm x 15mm, its not enormous, but the size and weight can make an essentially portable machine appear cumbersome and overweight.

 

Also, the AT100 lacks the ambitious design job of the iPad (this design differentiates that machine from other Tablets and actually ups its market value in the process). In fact, the uninspired, pedestrian design lends the AT100 the appearance of being a ‘fat Tablet’. Sometimes, it looks as if the HTC Flier had just let itself go a bit.

 

Also, whilst we’re comparing, its important to note that the AT100’s large size does’t appear to provide room for technology superior enough to warrant such mass (as the iPad does). In addition, the constant blinking of the LED lights on the bezel is distracting, although we’re sure you’ll get used to it eventually.

 

What Other Users Say

There are only 8 customer reviews for this product on Amazon.co.uk. However, of those 8, 7 were perfect scores of 5/5. The one bad review (giving 1/5) was clearly a faulty model.

 

One of the happy customers, ‘K. Butler’ had this to say, “I would recommend this to anyone who is wondering about replacing a lap top with a tablet. If your main usage is Internet browsing, then for the price, the Toshiba should be strongly considered”.

 

Our Verdict

This machine is going to cost you about £300, depending, of course, on where you buy it. It is a good Tablet, and the inclusion of USB, SD card and HDMI ports really do help the AT100 stand out as a highly useful and versatile device. However, the weak branding and bland design makes the AT100’s price tag seem somewhat higher than it should be. It is, however, still a good deal cheaper than many of its top rivals.

 

 

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