Toshiba Satellite T130-12N review

Not the most exciting CULV laptop but offers portability and a great battery life

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Our Verdict

We think this is a laptop for those who need a decent amount of batter power but are not too worried over pure computing power

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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  • Fantastic battery life
  • LED backlit screen
  • Build quality
  • Sleep and Charge technology


  • Not one for multi-tasking
  • Integrated GPU

Designed to offer good portability and everyday performance, the Toshiba Satellite T130-12N is a comfortable machine that delivers on most of its promises and could prove a great choice for those seeking an ultraportable for working on the move.

This laptop is the small and light and the excellent 534-minute battery life offers excellent mobility, allowing you to leave the charger at home or in the office when you're out and about.

Toshiba has achieved this battery life by employing resource-light components throughout the laptop. The power-efficient 13.3-inch LED backlit screen is a good example of this, and the panel produces a very bright, colourful picture with the 1366 x 768-pixel resolution proving especially detailed.

The CULV Intel processor is combined with 4096MB of DDR3 memory, designed to provide strong everyday performance. Despite this, the Toshiba produced the lowest benchmarking result in comparison to the other CULV laptops we have tested recently, but we found that it ran fine while running basic office applications. More resource intensive programs will struggle, however.

As with the Samsung X520, the integrated GPU means limited 3D performance and the machine isn't suited to multimedia tasks such as gaming.

Build quality is good with the firm plastics used in construction of the chassis providing plenty of protection for the components inside – the glossy Precious Black paint scheme won't appeal to everyone though. The same materials and design also make up the lid, meaning protection for the screen is also good.

Firm plastics

Despite a little flex, the keyboard provides a fluid typing experience and the large, flat keys are very comfortable to strike.

The touchpad is large for a machine of this size and supports multi-touch functionality, which means you can use your fingers to scroll down pages and zoom in and out of pictures, for example.

Toshiba build

Like the MSI, however, it is very easy to brush against while typing, which moves the cursor and quickly becomes irritating. 802.11n Wi-Fi is included, as is 10/100 Ethernet, providing flexible networking options.

There are also three USB ports, one of which supports Toshiba's Sleep and Charge technology, which means you can charge peripherals even when the machine is switched off. VGA and HDMI-out ports round off the specifications.

It may not be the most exciting laptop around, but the solid design and great battery life make the Satellite T130-12N a good option for the regular traveller.

If you're looking for more in terms of power, though, it's probably worth taking a look at the MSI X600.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500MHD
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time11 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite T130
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelSU3500
ColourPrecious Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Solo
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.76 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.71 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-800/PC3-6400
Height34.2 mm
Width323 mm
Depth223 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesT130
Product ModelT130-12N
Product NameSatellite T130-12N Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPST3AE-02000LEN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Designed for great everyday performance, Satellite range products are affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require. You can buy Satellite products through an extensive network of high street and online retailers.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite T130-12N Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz