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Review

Toshiba Tecra M7-S7331 Tablet PC

by Linda A. Epstein
September 2006

M7 Inside

The Toshiba Tecra M7-S7331 Tablet PC

The Tecra M7 offers something for everyone.  From the casual user who wants a full functioning Tablet pc to the Power user who wants it all.....

Always on the cutting edge the Toshiba Tecra M7 is the worlds first 14.1 TFT WGA+ Screen with Tablet PC Support.    The 14.1 inch screen offer users the ability to watch movies and work on intricate graphics with out eye strain.    Also worth noting is the fact that for its size the Tecra M7 is remarkably light weight.

A 14.1 TFT WGA+ Screen ,  1.66 GHz Intel® Core™ Solo Processor, built in DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive and an 100 gigabyte hard drive make Toshiba's Tecra M7 Tablet PC an excellent choice for anyone who wants a Tablet PC that can be used as a desktop replacement with multimedia capabilities.  

The Tecra M7 is a Convertible style Tablet PC that boots in under 50 seconds with 1 GHz ram installed.   We got 3 hours and 5 minutes battery life with the M7 screen turned up all the way, running in always on mode, the wireless on, no standby, no hibernate and the screen and hard drive set to always on.  Keep in mind that the Tecra M7 has user adjustable power settings that will allow you get close to 5 hours of battery life under normal conditions

To answer the question that I am asked most often these days...   The Answer is yes.   The Tecra M7 is Windows Vista™ Premium Ready 

I have no doubt that Vista will rock on this Tablet!

I will install Vista on the Tecra M7 next month and post some screen shots and comments at that time


M7 box shot

What's in the Box:

  • Toshiba Tecra M7 Tablet PC
  • Quick Start Guide
  • AC adapter & Power cord
  • Tablet PC Pen
  • WinDVD Creator 2 Platinum CD
  • Instruction Manual for Safety and
  • Comfort
  • Toshiba Tecra M7 Series Resource
  • Guide
  • Microsoft Office Edition 2003 Trial
  • Product Key
  • Toshiba Enhancing Mobility by design Accessory book

The Toshiba Tecra M7 does not have an indoor outdoor display, however as you can see from the photo above it can be used outdoors in indirect light without a problem.  

M7 Front View

Toshiba Tecra M7 front view

Power Switch - Cross Functional Button - esc display rotate button - windows security button - Toshiba Assist button -Toshiba Presentation button - tablet mode- fingerprint reader - 2 programmable buttons - Touch pad

M7 Left Side

Toshiba Tecra M7 left side view

Heat vents - security lock slot - 1 USB 2.0 -iLink port- bridge media slot- PC card slot

M7 Right Side

Toshiba Tecra M7 right side view

  Toshiba Tablet Pen - DVD rom/CDRW or DVD SuperMulti drive- 1 usb 2.0 port

M7 Back

Toshiba Tecra M7 Back View

DC Power in - V.92 Modem port - S-video port - Network port - 2 USB 2.0 ports - RGB Monitor Port


M7 Digital Ink

From the Toshiba web site: 

The Premier Tablet PC
The Tecra® M7 is the premier high-performance Tablet PC for mobile users that demand the increased productivity of a Tablet PC, bolstered with the Toshiba's exclusive EasyGuard™ Technology feature set that boldly elevates system performance, reliability, and security. Whether users are at the desktop or beyond, Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology powers the Tecra® M7, allowing users to better experience the greater flexibility of Tablet PC and laptop computing. The turn-style transformation from laptop to Tablet PC with digital ink helps boost the visual experience of the world's first 14.1" WXGA+ [1440x900] display with Tablet to multimedia levels .


Specs:  

  • Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2400 (1.83GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB)
  • 14.1" Diagonal WXGA+ Display (1440 x 900) with High Brightness and Wide View Angle
  • 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz SDRAM
  • 100GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA)
  • Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 8MB-128MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
  • DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive
  • Windows Vista™ Premium Ready
      
     Click For Full Specs


    Toshiba Tecra M7 inside in normal lighting

M7 Multimedia

With the addition of the Tecra M7 Tablet PC, Toshiba now offers users a Tablet PC that can be a full functioning replacement for a desktop computer

The Display:  Toshiba's new  14.1" Diagonal WXGA+ Display (1440 x 900) with High Brightness and Wide View Angle Display give the user the ability to watch and edit movies without eyes strain.   While this is not an outdoor viewable screen you can see from the photo above that you can see it well outdoors in indirect light

Battery Life: 3 hours 5 minutes in always on mode, wireless on, no standby, no hibernate and the screen and hard drive on.

Heat:  The internal fan does its job very well and sitting on the desk at full power the The Tecra M7 barely put off any heat at all.   This is definitely not a machine you could slip under the covers to warm your toes on a winter night!


WiFi: Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)

M7 Outside full sun

The Toshiba Tecra M7 Tablet PC outside in full sun

Ports:

  • 4-USB (2.0) ports
  • i.LINK IEEE 1394
  • RJ-45 LAN port
  • RJ-11 modem port
  • TV-out (S-Video)
  • Headphone jack
  • Microphone jack


Notable Features:

M7 Worlds First

  • Worlds first 14.1 TFT WGA+ Screen with Tablet PC Support

  • Spill Proof Keyboard


    M7 Spill Resistant Keyboard

    Echo Canceller option filters out speaker sound from microphone input to prevent echo that can occur while talking without headphone or headset


    echo Canceller

  • Toshiba Shock Protection System to provide higher impact protection and reliability for key hardware components.

    M7 Shock Asorbing


  • Ships with Microsoft One Note 2003 and GoBinder Lite

Included Software and Utilities:

  • My Safe
  • Toshiba Config Free
  • Electronic Users Guide
  • Password Utility
  • Toshiba Assist
  • TOSHIBA ConfigFree®

    Third Party Software
  • Microsoft® Office OneNote
  • Microsoft Office 2003 60 day Trial
  • Microsoft DIgital Image Started Edition
  • Microsoft Education Pack for Tablet PC
  • Microsoft Experience pack for Tablet PC
  • Microsoft® Works
  • InterVideo® WinDVD® 5
  • InterVideo® WinDVD Creator 2 Platinum
  • Sonic Solutions® RecordNow!™ Basic for Toshiba
  • Agilix GoBinder Lite
  • Franklin Covey Tablet Planer 30 day trial
  • Protector Suite Software ( Biometrics)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0
  • Yahoo Music Engine
  • McAfee Security Center
M7 Outside

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The Pros

  • Windows Vista™ Premium Ready
  • Light weight for its size
  • Excellent display
  • Spill Resistant Keyboard
  • Built in optical drive
  • Optional NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 110M with TurboCache™ and 128MB of dedicated graphics memory 
  • Full copy of OneNote 2003 is included
  • Excellent assortment of accessories


The Cons: 

  • Our only complaint with the Tecra M7 is poor sound quality from the speakers   - not a machine we recommend for those who enjoys listening to music without earphones while they are working.

  • Bluetooth is optional - (Chose the M7-ST4013  and customize to ad bluetooth)

  • While we continue to applaud Toshiba for including so many useful applications, the default from the factory is still set to load far to many programs on launch, so you need to "tweak it" for best performance.   (I recommendation is that you install a utility called "Start up Control Panel" for this)

In Conclusion: 

The Tecra M7 offers something for everyone.  From the casual user who just wants the best to the Power user who wants it all.....The choice is yours.

Your choice of 5 Intel® Core™ Duo Processors  from 1.66GHz  to 2.33 Ghz with up to 2048MB PC5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM .  The M7 also includes a 14.1 inch screen, wireless, built in optical drive and options for a Dual Layer DVD SuperMulti Drive and Bluetooth.

Thoughtfully designed with the user in mind the Toshiba Tecra M7 Tablet PCs bright display, spill proof keyboard, included software and large array of features bring the Tecra to the head of the class for a Tablet PC that can be used as a desktop replacement that can be put to use right out of the box.

An excellent choice for anyone who wants all the features and performance of of a multimedia desktop as well as all features and advantages of Tablet PC. 

Tecra M7

Click here to purchase a Toshiba Tecra M7 Tablet PC

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Toshiba Accessories

 

Port Replicator

Toshiba Express Port Replicator (w/ 90W AC Adapter)

The Toshiba Express Port Replicator is an adjustable docking solution designed to work with Portege Tecra M7 or M405 series portable computers. It provides you the convenience of easy conversion of your notebook to a versatile desktop environment with cable management. This saves wear-and-tear both on notebook ports as well as the cable plugs themselves.

Since the Toshiba Express Port Replicator comes with its own 90W AC adapter, it will also save you the expense of purchasing a second AC adapter for home.

Features:
  • Cable management system for quick docking Eliminate the need to reconnect cables and peripherals Convenient front hook and guide plate design provide easy docking and undocking System switch with one-touch disconnect button Integrated lock slot for optional cable lock help secure your notebook PC and express port replicator Open design to accommodate extended battery pack In the box: One Toshiba Express Port Replicator, 90W Global AC Adapter with power cord (PA2521U-3ACA) and user's manual
  • One year limited warranty

Toshiba Battery Protector

 

Toshiba Battery Recharger with Integrated AC Adapter

This Toshiba battery charger provides external battery charge to portable computer batteries, enabling multiple, ready-to-use batteries to be available for mobile warriors. You will never be out of power on the road.

Compatible with Toshiba Satellite 5200, 5205, A10, A15, A50, A55, M30, M35, R10, R15, Satellite Pro 6000, 6100, M10, M15, Portege, 3500, 3505, 4000, 4005, 4010, M100, M200, M205, M300, S100 and Tecra 9000, 9100, A1, A2, M1, M2, M2V, M3, M4, S3, TE2000, TE2100 series portable computers and Qosmio E15, F15, F25, G15, and G25 series AVPCs.

Specifications:
  • Power:
    • Input: 100V - 240V~ ; 0.61A-0.25A 50-60 Hz
    • Output: 12.6V == 3.6A
  • Dimensions: 9" x 5.5" x 1.25" Weight: 1 lb 9.6 oz (with power cord)In the box: One Toshiba Battery Charger with Integrated AC Adapter and User's Guide
  • One year limited warranty

Note: If you need a battery charger for your Portege 2000, 2010 or R100, please use Toshiba Slim Port Replicator with AC Adapter and Battery Charging Module (PA3156U-1PRP).

Extention Battery

Toshiba Slice Expansion 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery Pack

Get extended battery life with the new Toshiba Slice Expansion Battery Pack - custom designed for Toshiba Satellite R20, R25; Portege M400, M405; Tecra M7 series Tablet PCs.

This 6-cell rechargeable, removable Lithium Ion battery gives you plenty of battery life for those long meetings and flights. It easily connects to the bottom of the notebook for quick change-outs while the contoured design raises the back of the PC to a comfortable typing angle. It provides up to 4.85 hours computing time in addition to the primary battery pack.

Specifications:
  • Capacity: 10.8V x 4000mAhDimensions and weight: 11.3"(W) X 5.1"(L) x 0.3"/ 0.9"(Front/Back); 15 ozs Battery life: Up to 9.96 hours (Primary + 2nd Slice Battery)Recharge* Time (typical):
    • (Main Battery Off/On): Up to 3 hours / 3 ~ 13 hours**
    • (Main Battery + 2nd Battery Off/On): Up to 6 hours / 6 ~ 23.50 hours**
  • Compatible with Toshiba Satellite R20, R25; Portege M400, M405; Tecra M7 series
  • One year limited warranty
*Note: At this time this battery can not be charged via the Toshiba Battery Charger (Mfr. Part#: PA3091U-1CHG or PA3091U-2CHG). Battery must be connected to notebook to charge.
Essential Bundle

Toshiba Notebook Essential Bundle

Get three of the most popular Toshiba mobile accessories. This bundle is available for a limited time while supplies last. Sorry, no back orders will be filled.

This notebook essential bundle is designed for use with Toshiba Satellite, Tecra and Qosmio notebooks and it includes one each of the following:

  • Toshiba USB Ultra-Min Retractable Scroller Mouse - PA1367U-1NMS - MSRP $19.99Toshiba USB 2.0 Mini 4-Port Hub - PA1368U-1NHB -MSRP 29.99
  • Toshiba Keyboard Protector (for Tecra/Satellite/Qosmio) - PA1370U-1ETC - MSRP $19.99

Toshiba backpack

 

Toshiba Mobile Back Pack

The new Toshiba Mobile Backpack is the perfect case for your professional or personal use. Starting with the ergonomic shoulder straps and air mesh padding, this backpack is the perfect fit for your portable computer with up to 15.4 inch screen.

With an easily accessible top loading computer compartment that opens wide for quick access to your portable, this new backpack boasts lots of space in a design that is light and comfortable to carry. In addition, there is a designated accessory pouch that is perfect for your power adapter, keys, airplane tickets and more. Most important, for the mobile music advocate, there is a special pocket built for your MP3 or CD player with a head phone out pass through. Other features include pockets for your water bottle, sunglasses and mobile phone. Designed with comfort in mind, this backpack has a place for everything you want to take on the road.

Features:
  • Newly designed to fit Toshiba portable computers with up to 15.4" screens Padded, ergonomic back pack shoulder straps with air mesh padding Multi-compartment areas to keep you organized Top loading, easy access computer compartment with added padding Military grade zippers and hardware View mesh organizer pockets Designated accessory pockets for your power adapter, cables or gadgets Mobile Audio Player pocket with headphone jack out design for listening to your favorite music on the go
  • One year limited warranty

 

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