Toshiba Libretto W105

A serious confusion regarding Libretto W105 has been moving in the minds of market experts, unable to categorize it into laptop or a netbook or a competitor for iPad. As per Toshiba, this W105 is a laptop with dual screen. It is uniquely designed with a touchscreen of 7 inches, which is fitted at the lower half, mirror the upper half. By its price, it cannot be categorized as netbook. It runs dual core processor of Intel Pentium and doesn’t have physical keyboard. As both the halves can be folded in the form of clamshell, it cannot be categorized into slate tablet, technically.

W105 is a compact device which measures 7.8 x 4.8 x 1.1 inches of HWD and appears like a 400 pages paper-back novel. It looks smaller when compared to other net books like Sony VAIO and mini NB305-N410 of Toshiba. It weighs about 1.6 lbs and is lighter in weight compared to any average netbook and equals iPad of Apple in weight. This W105 is cased in gunmetal gray colored aluminum and slightly brushed for contrast.


It runs Windows7 Premium home Operating System of Microsoft and Intel Pentium processor U5400 with 1.2 GHz speed. It is an ultraportable, general purpose tablet. It has 2GB RAM. It weighs about 1.6 pounds and 7 inches wide screen. It has a storage capacity of 64 GB along with Intel GMA high definition graphics card. It has an external optic drive and networking options of 802.11n.

Dual screens

Basically Libretto W105 is an outsized Nintendo Dsi. The lower half is for multi purpose in the widescreen of 7 inches and a physical keyboard is in it. Both the screens have same resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and have a capacitative touch screen, where you can tap rather than pressing. There are loads of software tools developed by the software team of Toshiba. Though physical keyboard is missing in the device, the virtual keyboard works really well. There is a keyboard button for either to on or off the virtual keyboard on screen or you can even tap the icon for keyboard on screen. This tactile keyboard produces little buzzing sound while tapping the keys. You will be provided with 7 styles of keyboards and you can opt for a more usable style and set is as default. The keyboard style that gives you traditional experience is too small. Some may be interested in split keyboard design.

Except for the feature of auto correction and predictive texting, the experience of typing is almost same to typing experience in a smartphone or iPhone 4 of Apple. Mouse buttons and virtual touchpad are the handiest tools in the device. Though entire screen can be navigated using the finger tips, virtual touchpad is an easy way to access the corner icons on the screen. The in-built accelerometer is present in the device. “Book place” is the free app of Toshiba, which is included in the device and it allows the user to read the e-book just like a normal book, which allows turning pages etc.

Limited features

It has only one USB port. The slot for micro SD card is on the top of the screen. Multi tasking can be done by W105. It has 3-cell, 36WH batteries and gives impressive battery back up of 3 hrs 17 mins. To conclude, it has got some disadvantages also and hence people have to choose wisely and in my opinion a better choice can be made.

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