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Toshiba AT300se review

Tom Morgan
13 Apr 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
271
inc VAT

A budget 10in tablet that’s just a little too expensive to recommend

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Specifications

10.1 in 1,280x800 display, 625g, 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3, 1.00GB RAM, 16GB disk, Android 4.1

The Toshiba AT300SE is a 10in tablet with a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. It’s lightweight and comfortable to hold in both hands, being 10.5mm thick and made mainly from plastic. At 625g, it weighs less than an iPad, but this should come as no surprise given the choice of materials. The textured finish on the rear of the tablet provides a good level of grip, but there’s noticeable flex when you apply pressure to it.

Toshiba AT300se

The Toshiba AT300SE has few connection ports, having just a 3.5mm headphone jack, MicroSD card slot and Micro USB port on its left-hand side. There’s no video output, so you’re stuck with the 10.1in display for videos and games.

Toshiba AT300se

With its maximum resolution of 1,280x800, the AT300SE has a fairly unremarkable screen. It’s sharp enough for general web browsing, but we prefer the higher resolution screen of the Google Nexus 10. It’s reasonably bright as long as Auto Brightness is disabled, and it has above average viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel, but its overly glossy finish makes it difficult to see anything in direct sunlight or under indoor lighting. We’re happy with its touchscreen, though, which was very responsive whether we were navigating Android’s Home screen or playing games.

The stereo speakers on the bottom of the tablet produce reasonable audio when it’s in your hands or laid flat on a desk, but sound becomes muffled if you prop up the tablet to watch a video. There’s a small amount of distortion at maximum volume and it lacks bass, so you should use headphones to make the most of your media.

Toshiba AT300se

The AT300SE’s combination of a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU and 1GB of RAM helps it complete the Quadrant multimedia benchmark with a score of 4430, which puts it on par with other Tegra 3 devices. It’s ideally suited to web browsing, as indicated by the 1,281ms score in SunSpider, but will also perform well when running more demanding applications. The AT300SE runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it felt perfectly smooth when loading apps, dragging icons and so on.

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