Performance and Benchmarks
System performance with the CULV processor and chipset from Intel was a step up from netbooks, but still behind more powerful standard notebooks. With that said, we found this ultra-portable to be perfectly capable in day-to-day activities. Startup time to an idle state in Windows 7 ranged between 50-55 seconds, with shutdown times as quick as 9 seconds. Coming out of standby was nearly instantaneous, with no discernable lag after you pressed the power button. Inside the Windows environment, application load times were quick, although more intensive applications like iTunes might be delayed compared to a more powerful notebook. HD video playback for both 720P and 1080P content was flawless, showing no signs of lag or stutter in our tests. Peak CPU usage during the 1080P test stayed at or below 50%, leaving plenty of room for overhead work. Besides trying to use 3D intensive applications, this ultra-portable is perfectly capable of running everything what the average user might throw at it.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Heat and Noise
Noise levels were great for normal daily use. The default fan speed was off, keeping the notebook completely silent during low activity. If you started to stress the system the fan would turn on, but stay at a low speed that was whisper quiet. The quiet fan did have a downside though, with higher than normal case temperatures when the notebook had been on for a long time and mildly stressed. The most pronounced areas were the left side of the palmrest, and bottom right corner of the underside.
Battery life was excellent on the Satellite T135; perfect for handling an entire day’s work at school or just killing time at a coffee shop. In our battery test with the screen brightness set to 70%, wireless active, and Windows 7 set to the balanced profile the system managed 8 hours and 18 minutes before turning off. Power consumption during the test stayed between 7 to 7.5 watts. Turning the brightness down to 20-30%, which was still readable in a darker setting, increased the estimated battery life to 10+ hours with power consumption averaging between 5.6 to 6.5 watts.
The Toshiba Satellite T135 performed well in our tests, being very lightweight and portable, while still providing excellent battery life. With battery life lasting over 8 hours, this ultra-portable has what it takes to stay working over a long flight or during a day of classes. The design was very attractive, and offered in multiple color schemes to best match your personality. Build quality was very good, with only one area that flexed and creaked when pressed. The only real downsides to this notebook are its laggy touchpad which seems to be driver related, and the hard drive bay secured with Torx screws. Priced just above $700 retail, this notebook provides plenty of value for users looking for something a step above a netbook without the added bulk of a full-size notebook.
- Excellent battery life
- Thin and lightweight
- Solid keyboard
- Torx screws on the hard drive bay cover
- Super glossy plastics