Portege M400 Intelligently Fuses Breakthrough Mobile Technologies into a Highly Portable Tablet PC to Deliver Performance, Productivity
Continuing the award-winning legacy of its Tablet PCs, Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the Portege M400 Tablet PC.
Designed to build upon Toshiba’s highly successful Portege M200, this new convertible Tablet PC is rich in performance and productivity innovations — including the company’s EasyGuard technology(1) — to create an ultra-portable Tablet PC capable of running today’s robust business applications. The Portege M400 gives Toshiba the industry’s widest range of Tablet PCs options from a form factor, performance and price point prospective.
“The Portege M400 embodies the true vision of what Tablet PC computing was first envisioned to be when the concept was originally presented to the public four years ago,” said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems. “We are confident the multi-purpose functionality of the Portege M400 delivers a Tablet PC which businesses will find as a valuable tool for their workforces.” Toshiba’s new Tablet PC is the ideal tool for mobile professionals, students and healthcare professionals.
To deliver a high level of performance and mobility, the Portege M400 is powered by the Intel Centrino Mobile Technology. This new mobile technology is designed to lower power consumption and component size while boosting overall performance from graphics to wireless capabilities while enhancing security. All three of the major Intel Centrino Mobile Technology components have been updated in the new platform to feature the Intel Core Solo processor, the Intel Mobile 945 Express chipset and the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 ABG network connection. User’s can customize the Portege M400 to feature Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology.
The cornerstone of a Tablet PC is its screen technology. The Portege M400 incorporates a 12.1-inch diagonal XGA or SXGA+ display featuring wide-view angle technology. For increased ease-of-use, the framing around the display has six display buttons with the following functions, Cross-Functional, ESC/Display Rotation, Windows Security, Toshiba Assist, Toshiba Presentation and On/Off. Toshiba has added a fingerprint reader to the frame of the Tablet PC for increased data security and convenience.
The Portege M400 features the most comprehensive implementation of Toshiba’s exclusive EasyGuard technology(1), which is a series of hardware and software enhancements to business-class notebooks that help boost mobile security, system integrity, network connectivity and overall ease-of-use. EasyGuard technology consists of four elements: Protect & Fix, Secure, Connect and Optimize.
Protect & Fix
Utilizing a multi-level approach to data protection, this ultra-portable Tablet PC incorporates specially made shock-absorbing materials to help safeguard critical components such as the hard drive and LCD display. Internally, the hard drive and display are housed within their own casings for better isolation against shock and impact. Externally, users will see sleek, industrial design integrating impact bumpers on the four corners of the notebook, to establish protection zones that separate internal components from the outer enclosure.
The Toshiba Hard Disk Drive Protection System helps safeguard the Tablet PC’s hard drive against possible damage resulting from accidental dropping, turbulence, impact or vibration. Through the integration of a 3D accelerometer, the Toshiba HDD Protection System detects when the Portege M400 experiences unsafe, sudden “acceleration” in any direction. Once danger is detected, the hard drive immediately places itself into a protected mode and parks the hard drive head until the system determines it is safe to resume normal operation.
The Portege M400 also features an enhanced, spill resistant keyboard(2) that affords users time to save work and shut down the system. If an accident should occur, this feature will help prevent the loss of data.
The Portege M400 employs a multi-pronged approach to security in order to help defend itself against unauthorized access, data theft and virtual attacks. The root of Toshiba’s security design is the Trusted Platform Module, an embedded security chipset that stores encryption keys, passwords and user credentials to ensure that data cannot be accessed or seen by anyone but an authorized user.
Further building on its security infrastructure is an integrated biometric fingerprint reader with single sign-on functionality. This added security feature associates the user’s passwords for the BIOS, hard drive and operating system with one’s fingerprint. By assigning passwords to three critical components of the notebook presents unauthorized users with three unique password challenges just to launch the system’s operating system. Large and small businesses will appreciate the ability to implement complex password schemes to maintain the integrity of secured data and applications. On an individual basis, users can benefit from the simplicity of password management for quick and easy access to the system and data.
To simplify wired and wireless connectivity, the new Portege M400 is outfitted with a complete suite of communication technologies including Gigabit Ethernet and V.92 modem and the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (802.11 a/b/g) (3) as part of the notebook’s standard configuration. Additionally, the Portege M400 can be configured with optional Bluetooth v.2.0+EDR technology to connect with the growing number of Bluetooth devices.
The Portege M400 features proprietary technologies such as Toshiba’s recently upgraded ConfigFree and the company’s patented Diversity Antenna. ConfigFree is Toshiba’s intuitive, graphic connectivity management utility created to simplify the connectivity experience when using wired and wireless Ethernet or Bluetooth. Toshiba’s Diversity Antenna design delivers superior, wireless signal reception through the integration of strategically placed Bluetooth technology and dual-band Wi-Fi antennas in the notebook’s display.
The fourth element, Optimize, is a series of proprietary software enhancements, enabling users to customize notebook settings for maximum system performance and battery life based on individual needs and preferences. Features include Toshiba Power Saver to maximize battery life and breeze through a meeting fully connected; Toshiba’s Presentation button, a one-touch button to display the screen’s image onto an LCD projector or external monitor easily; and instantaneously and a wireless on/off switch, enabling and disabling the integrated wireless LAN (Wi-Fi).
In addition to the EasyGuard technology, Toshiba redesigned the chassis and aesthetics of the Portege M400 to create a durable and balanced tool that is comfortable to hold, carry and use. The new Tablet PC weighs approximately 4.5 pounds(4) and comes with a six-cell battery for up to five hours of computing time(5). Toshiba offers an optional six-cell Slice Expansion battery for up five hours of additional computing time(5).
Further differentiating itself, Toshiba equipped the Portege M400 with a swappable Ultra SlimBay for a CD-RW/DVD, DVD SuperMulti optical drives or a second hard drive for onboard data backup. Even with the adoption of an optical drive, Toshiba was able to maintain the unit’s sub five-pound weight class, which is key for a mobile solution according to Toshiba’s mobility standards. As the ideal business tool, the Portege M400 includes one-touch docking capabilities via Toshiba’s new Express Slim Port Replicator for better cable management and faster desktop environment access.
The Portege M400 is also Toshiba’s first Tablet PC manufactured to be fully compatible with the new EU RoHS environmental directive(6) addressing restrictions of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Toshiba’s Portege M400 is now available through Toshiba Direct, mail order and the company’s Reseller Partners with prices starting at $1,699(7).
Service and Support
Toshiba’s Portege M400 is available with a standard, three-year limited warranty. The standard, limited warranty includes carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country; or customers may utilize any of the more than 3,000 UPS Stores and Mail Boxes Etc. locations for packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized depot for prompt service turnaround. Customers can also choose to upgrade the notebook’s service plans, including up to four years of extended warranty coverage.
As part of the company’s support program, Toshiba offers Ask Iris Online, an instant response information service that can alert users to security software patches or provide other information regarding their product from Toshiba engineers and technical support staff.
Portege M400-S933 Configuration Options
|Processor:||Intel Core Solo Processor T1300 (1.66GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB)(8)|
|Operating System:||Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005|
|Display:||12.1-inch diagonal XGA (1024×768 native resolution)|
|System Chipset:||Mobile Intel 945GM Express Chipset|
|Graphics Controller:||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 8MB to 128 MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory(9)|
|Memory:||512MB DDR2 667MHz SDRAM (max 4GB)(10)|
|Hard Drive:||80GB HDD(11) (5400rpm, Serial-ATA)|
|Optical Drive:||Ultra SlimBay CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive|
|Communications:||Intel PRO/Wireless Network Connection 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)(3).
Intel 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX/1000 Base-T
Ethernet, Toshiba V.92 modem, Optional
|Ports:||5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter|
|Video:||RGB monitor port, S-Video port|
|Audio:||microphone input jack, headphone output jack|
|Data:||i.LINK IEEE-1394, 3-USB (v.2.0), RJ-45 LAN port, RJ-11 modem port, 1-PC Card slot, 240-pin docking port|
|Battery:||6-cell lithium ion battery (4700mAh)|
|Dimensions:||11.6-inch x 9.80-inch x 1.53-inch|
|Weight:||Starting at 4.5 lbs. (4)|
|Warranty:||Standard three-year limited warranty(12)|
About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three divisions: Digital Products, Digital Solutions and Storage Device. Together, the three divisions provide mobile products and solutions, Internet access plans, communications, storage and imaging products and services. Products include industry-leading portable computers, projectors, DVD/CD recordable products and hard disk drives, telephony products, digital imaging systems, wireless solutions and services.
TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independently operated company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems. Toshiba has global sales of over $52 billion and more than 300 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.toshiba.com.
(1) All EasyGuard features (with some exceptions) are integrated into specific Toshiba notebook models. Not all models will support all EasyGuard features. See specs for each model individually for included EasyGuard features.
(2) Spill-Resistant Keyboard. Under Toshiba testing conditions, the spill-resistant keyboard delayed the time for a water spill to reach the PC’s main board to allow more time to properly close down the machine. Toshiba’s standard limited warranty terms and limitations apply. Visit http://www.warranty.toshiba.com for details.
(3) Wireless. May require purchase of additional software, external hardware, or services. Transmission speeds may vary. See Wireless Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.
(4) Weight. Weight may vary. See Weight Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.
(5) Battery Life. May vary considerably from specifications depending on product model, configuration, applications, power management settings. See Battery Life Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.
(6) RoHS. This product is compatible with European Union Directive 2002/95/EC, Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS), which restricts use of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB, and PBDE. This regulation goes into effect on July 1, 2006.
(7) Reseller prices may vary. ESUP means “Estimated Single Unit Price.”
(8) Processor. CPU performance may vary. See Processor Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.
(9) Graphics. GPU performance may vary. See Graphics Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.
(10) Memory. Memory size may vary. See Memory Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.
(11) Hard Disk Drive Capacity. Hard drive capacity may vary. 1 Gigabyte (GB) means 1000 x 1000 x 1000 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. See Hard Disk Drive Capacity Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com
(12) Warranty. The terms and conditions of Toshiba’s standard limited warranty, extended warranty and service upgrade terms and conditions are available at http://www.warranty.toshiba.com.
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