How much battery life is enough? In September, we reviewed the Toshiba Satellite T135, an ultraportable with a 1.3-GHz Intel ULV processor that lasted nearly 7.5 hours on a charge. Now, we’ve had the chance to test the T135 again, only this time it’s outfitted with a 1.6-GHz AMD Turion Neo X2 CPU and an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics chip. While this version of the T135 (the T135D-S1324, to be exact) loses two hours of battery life to its Intel counterpart, the boost in graphics makes up for the lesser endurance. And 5 hours of juice is still the best we’ve seen yet from an AMD machine.
Sweetening the deal further, the AMD-powered T135D costs $599, which makes it $100 less expensive than the Intel version. In World of Warcraft, the T135D averaged 30 frames per second at a resolution of 1024 x 768; while that’s not earth-shattering, it’s better than the 23 fps the Intel T135 gave us. That means you’ll be able to play more than just Flash games on Facebook.
The Toshiba T135D is a sub-$700 ultraportable with plenty of power, but is it the best on the block?