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Toshiba Satellite M40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews of Toshiba Satellite M40. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the price and design are generally positive. The performance and portability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Toshiba Satellite M40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Stephanie Bruzzese (

Toshiba Satellite M40 review


Toshiba Satellite M45

Low price; respectable speed; large display; double-layer DVD burner.

Dismal battery life; lacks external multimedia controls.

The Satellite M45's price, performance, and component strengths can't overcome its fatal flaw--deplorable battery life.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : mbrandall (

Toshiba Satellite M40 Review (pics, specs)


Toshiba's promotional guide explains the Satellite M40 as a "stylish, lightweight notebook that comes in two enhanced models for advanced mobile computing." With the M40, this statement certainly seems true as it fulfils the role of both a desktop...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


Stylish and powerful, the Satellite M40 has some great multimedia features, but is let down by minimal battery life.

Good performance, many multimedia features

Short battery life

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Camm-Jones (

Toshiba Satellite M40-136


If you're after a desktop replacement then the Satellite M40-136 from Toshiba is well worth considering. At under £1,000, the Satellite has a good set of components and is very well designed - just what you'd expect from a Tosh.

All things considered, this is a good notebook for the money. Battery life isn't great - this is a shame, because the Satellite isn't too heavy to lug about. The screen is brilliant but you can't take full advantage of this asset when playing games, as...

Aug, 2005

Product Specifications

Offering a powerful combination of mobility, cutting-edge entertainment capabilities and seamless connectivity, the Satellite M40-JM8 allows users to comfortably organize information and play digital media. The M40-JM8 has an Intel Pentium M Processor (740-1.73GHz), 15.4-inch screen with TruBrite technology, a 100 GB hard disk drive and 512 MB of DDR memory. Equipped with Windows XP Home, DVD Super-Multi Double Layer and integrated 802.11 g wireless capabilities, the M40-JM8 can also be hooked up to televisions for the ultimate wide-screen experience. Gamers, workaholics and those passionate about multi-media will be blown away.


Audio formats supported:
Audio system:Stereo 16-bit
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Audio system direct sound: Yes
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Audio system maximum sampling rate:48
Built-in Microphone: / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery Capacity:10.8
Battery life (max):2 / 2.5 / 3
Battery performance:10.8
Battery Technology: / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Run Time (Up To):2.75hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB


Front camera:N


Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product color:Silver
Product type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight


Disk Drive

Hard disk height:0.374 / 9.5
Hard disk number of plates:1 / 2


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Contrast ratio (typical):400:1
Display Diagonal:15 / 15.4
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display response rise/fall:18 / 25 / 30
LCD brightness levels 1-8:30 / 40
Pixel Pitch:0 x 0 / 0.0102 x 0.0102
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

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

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.42 / 5
AC adapter output voltage:15 / 19
AC adapter power:65 / 75
Battery life power off:12
Battery life power on:4


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model: / AMD Mobility Radeon X300
Discrete graphics memory type:
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.064 / 0.128 / 128
Maximum Resolution:2.048 x 1.536 / 2048 x 1536

Hard Drive

Hard disk height:0.374
Hard disk number of plates:1 / 2


Country Kits:Canada/France/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba Satellite

Input Device

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


Keyboard key pitch:0.752 / 1
Keyboard key stroke:0.106 / 2.7
Keyboard number of keys:86
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: / Yes


Data Bus Speed:400MHz/533MHz


Internal memory:0.5
Internal memory expansion module sizes:128 / 256
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM / DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):2




Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.17 / ITU V.90/ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


3G: No
4G: No
Bluetooth: No
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Networking features:Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-2362.2 - 393700.8
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):10 - 90
Operating altitude:-2362.2 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60 / -20 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60 / -20 - 65

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD/DVD drive buffer size:2
DVD-R speed:8
DVD-RW speed:4
DVD+R speed:8
DVD+RW speed:4
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Other Features

Audio system:Stereo 16-bit
Bytes per sector:512
Dimensions (WxDxH):14 x 11 x 1 / 14.2 x 10.6 x 1.14
Display: / LCD
Drive device, buffer size:2 / 2048 / 8 / 8192
Fixed netwerk speed:56
Fixed network speed:56
Graphics adapter family:AMD / ATI
Hard disk number of heads:2 / 3 / 4
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Internal video mode, resolution:1.280 x 800
L2 cache:1 / 2 / 32
Memory bus:64
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:56K V.90
TV in port: No
Wake-on-LAN ready: No
Wake-on-Ring ready: No
Wireless communication data transfer rate:1.2
Wireless communication version:1.2

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included: Yes
Power cord included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:Y
TV out port:S-Video
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.42 / 5
AC adapter output voltage:15 / 19
AC adapter power:65 / 75
Battery life power off:12
Battery life power on:4


Bus type:FSB
Chipset: / Intel 915PM Express
Clock Speed:1.4GHz/1.6GHz/1.73GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):15
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel 915PM Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:144
Processing die size:87
Processor cache:1 / 2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Dothan
Processor cores:1
Processor family:Intel® Celeron® M
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.73 / 1.86 / 2
Processor front side bus:400 / 533
Processor lithography:90
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:370
Processor Number:360/730/740
Processor operating modes:32-bit
Processor series:Intel Celeron M 300 series
Processor socket:H-PBGA478, H-PBGA479, PPGA478
Processor threads:1
Thermal Design Power (TDP):21
Type:Celeron M/Pentium M

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
Embedded options available: Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: No
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64: No
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):32
Processor ARK ID:27145
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Installed Size:1GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:-Toshiba utilities en drivers \n-on-line gebruikers en modem handleiding \n-Toshiba Console \n-ConfigFree \n-Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 \n-Sonic Record Now! \n-InterVideo WinDVD \n-Norton Internet Security 2005 (90-Dagen gratis test versie)
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system installed:Windows XP Home Edition


Card reader integrated: No
Hard disk rotational speed:4200
Hard Drive Capacity:60
Hard Drive Interface:Ultra-ATA/100
Hard drive speed:4200
Host interface:Ultra-ATA/100
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:40 / 60 / 80

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:100GB/60GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino

Technical Details

Hard disk number of heads:4


External video modes max. refresh rate:100
External video modes maximum refresh rate (non interlaced):60
External video modes non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate:1.024 x 768 / 1.600 x 1.200 / 1024 x 768
External video modes refresh rate (max):100
Internal video modes maximum number of colors:16.7

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon X600 SE/Intel GMA 900

Weight & Dimensions

AC adapter weight:10.8 / 14 / 14.1
CD/DVD weight:7.05 / 7.76
Depth:10.6 / 11
Drive device weight:7.76 / 8
Height (front):1.14
Height (rear):1.43
Weight:0.106 / 6.17 / 6.61 / 7 / 7.41
Width:14 / 14.2