Audio, Display and Software
The Toshiba T235’s speakers are located on the bottom. That obviously makes them less than ideal for jamming out to your favorite tunes because you won’t be able to produce the volume required to fill all but the smallest rooms. Even if you’re in a small room, you won’t want to fill it with the Toshiba T235’s sound. There is absolutely no bass, and the sound that does exist is weak when the volume is turned down and harsh when the volume is up.
The T235’s display is the most common component in laptop history – a 1366×768 16:9 TN panel display. It is glossy, of course, as is the black frame trim surrounding the display.
The display has all the problems you’d expect from a TN panel. Black levels are not deep, contrast isn’t great, and viewing angles in all directions wash out quickly. The backlight isn’t powerful enough to make the system comfortable to use in full sunlight, but it is sufficient for a brightly lit room.
Other Features and Software
The Toshiba T235 comes with a VGA webcam and face recognition software. Webcam quality is poor. It is sufficient for basic video calls, but seems to have real problems adjusting properly to the ambient light of a bright room. The included face recognition software is essentially a gimmick. It works, but it takes at least ten seconds to log in, and you’re forced to place your face very close to the camera.
Face recognition isn’t the only software on the T235 – far from it, in fact. Toshiba includes numerous other software utilities, most of which are far more annoying than helpful. The good news, however, is that these utilities don’t seem to drag down the laptop’s performance.
One misstep that must be mentioned is the T235’s lack of Bluetooth. This could prove to be a deal-breaker for users who like to travel with a wireless mouse. Considering the number of netbooks that have no problem including this feature it is difficult to justify its omission in the T235.