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Toshiba Satellite M30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and battery. The design and screen also get good reviews, but there are some negative reviews about the value for money. There are some mixed reviews about the portability and keyboard.

performance, screen, design, battery, reliability

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba Satellite M30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Toshiba Satellite M30 Review


Good build quality, Excellent overall performance, Express Media Player, Very Bright and crisp display, Good speakers (for a laptop)

Battery life could be a bit longer, Some keyboard flex, Latch could be stronger, Somewhat noisy optical drive (as stated in the Acer WLMi review), Somewhat expensive at it's normal price

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Amazon review summary for Toshiba Satellite M30


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Toshiba Satellite M30 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Toshiba SATELLITE M30-S309 PM-1.4 XPP ( PSM30U-0QKJ18 )

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Toshiba Satellite M30 Special Edition (Pentium M Processor 735 1.7GHz, 512MB RAM)


Toshiba has just produced a revamped version of its M30. Is it a change for the better or worse?

Stylish; Clear SuperView screen; DVD playback without booting up OS; superior sound

No remote; expensive; no Bluetooth

The M30 SE is a greatly improved version of its predecessor, sporting a Clear SuperView screen, a DVD Super Multi Drive and better performance. Of course, it also carries a heftier price tag.


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Toshiba Satellite M30 (Pentium M 1.4GHz, 256MB RAM)


There's a lot to like about this stylish thin-and-light, if you don't mind a few trade-offs.

Stylish; wide-aspect display; nice keyboard and touchpad; superior speakers

Subpar mobile performance; runs a bit warm; a few ounces heavier than the average thin-and-light

If you're looking for style, the Satellite M30 series is worth a gander; otherwise, hold out for better thin-and-light notebooks.

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Toshiba Satellite M30 series


If you're looking for style, the Satellite M30 series is worth a gander; otherwise, hold out for better thin-and-light notebooks.

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First Take: Toshiba Satellite M30


The Satellite M30 series is the most pro-business Satellite yet.

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"Bloody Great"


Actually, I bought this computer five and a half years ago(in 2004) and believe it or not, I'm still using it. Crazy i know..especially as the life-span of a computer nowadays is 3-4 years.Back then 80GB was a lot of storage space and I've upgraded it...

Long-life and monitor still looks good

Gets very hot(fan) and pretty loud

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"A great laptop to have. Very efficint. Can be carried easily and is light."


Fantastic. You couldn't get a better laptop to have. Wouldn't be a good laptop for business, because it doesn't have much space for lots of programs. But other than that, it's great.

Great battery life. Light and easy to travel with. Very good speakers

Can get hot if it is left on too long

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omg this laptop is like the best!!!I have one and its like so good, it neva breaks down, unlike my friends hp,, but yeah there like umm well mmm??lolI would recommend this to everyone cause its awesome!!Umm yeah thats all..!



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"best best best"


very good laptop great for kids to play games and go on the web best laptop ever get for anygames plays great good for 10-16 year olds

the best great for the web kids games music



Product Specifications

The Satellite M30 Series offers savvy users the power, battery life, and connectivity of Intel Centrino Mobile Technology. The 15.4" Wide XGA display allows spreadsheets to be viewed side-by-side on a single screen - great for Excel users. Frequent flyers love how the improved form factor fits airline tray tables! NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 graphics, rich harman/kardon stereo sound, and Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 make the M30 Series the perfect tool for presentations and note-taking.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):3.67hour(s)/3.7hour(s)/3.8hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.1cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Country Kits:United States
Model:M30/M30 Small Business Series/M30-00K/M30-S309/M30-S350
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba Satellite/Toshiba Satellite Pro

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Multimedia control panel / Touchpad/Keyboard / Scroll button / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:400MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/802.11b/g

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x/10x (CD) / 1x (DVD)
Write Speed:16x (CD) / 1x (DVD)/24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional


Clock Speed:1.4GHz/1.5GHz/1.6GHz
Type:Pentium M


Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy/None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:40GB/60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino
Recommended Use:Small business

Video Memory

Installed Size:32MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200