Toshiba's Satellite ready to orbit globe

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 March, 1996, 12:00am


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Many years ago we used to joke about how the Japanese were the kings of miniaturisation. Whatever there was in the world, the Japanese were certain to make the same thing but much smaller. Toshiba has been at the forefront of making notebooks right from the beginning. I once owned a beautiful grey Toshiba with a 40 megabyte hard disk and a plasma display. That was a long time ago.

Now Toshiba has brought out the Satellite 100CS. This is a lot smaller but sports a bright colour display that can give you a 'virtual' 1024 x 768 display.

The processor is a 75MHz Pentium and the machine comes with 8MB of RAM expandable to 40MB.

One of the main features of the Toshiba is the lack of a power brick - that large, heavy block of plastic that needs to go into the mains if you want to recharge your notebook or use it where there is a power supply so that you can save on battery power.

The AC/DC adaptor - which is what the brick is - is built inside the Satellite. It is done in such a way that the machine does not seem any heavier than other notebooks. It certainly makes using the Satellite a lot simpler because you need not worry if you have forgotten anything.

On the slightly negative side is the 'mouse', one of those little buttons that sits above the letter 'b' and has to be pushed about for the cursor to move. It is in a central position - which is good - but there is little or no feedback for the user to be able to judge how much pressure is needed to move the cursor across the screen.

The cursor was also difficult to find. I found that by changing the setting so that the cursor left a 'trail' or a shadow every time it was moved, I could find it a little easier. I also found myself banging into the AccuPoint mouse when I was trying to hit the 'g' key. This was a minor inconvenience but it did ocasionally. The Toshiba is a fast and solid machine and would certainly do the job for those who want power and performance.