Toshiba Pocket PC e350

  • Editors' rating
    7.3 Very good
  • $399.00

Pros

  • High-quality transflective screen
  • pleasing look and feel.

Cons

  • Meagre software bundle.

Toshiba's range of handhelds comprises a high end and an entry-level range. Both strands have recently been refreshed with new models, the entry-level newcomer being the Pocket PC e350. In many ways, it's typical of the increasing number of low-cost Pocket PCs that are emerging today. But affordable handhelds appeal to consumers as well as business buyers, and Toshiba may have missed a trick by failing to include a strong software bundle.

Design
The e350 looks very much like its predecessor, the e330. The livery has changed from rather bright silver to slightly more tasteful slate grey, but the design remains pretty much unchanged. The characteristic arrangement of four application shortcut buttons and directional cursor beneath the screen is familiar, as is the positioning of the speaker on the bottom right of the fascia. The left-hand side of the casing houses a scroll wheel and voice recording button. On top are a stereo headphone jack, SD card slot, microphone, infrared port and power switch. The bottom of the case houses a jack that allows mains power to be delivered without the docking cradle. All this mirrors what was found on the e330. The display is now transflective rather than reflective, and is very good with brightness set to maximum. Its 3.5in. size appears small in comparison to the larger 3.8in. screens we are starting to see, but it's fine for everyday use.

Features
The e350 is powered by one of Intel's latest PXA255 processors. These have crept quietly in as replacements for the PXA250, and should show a faster turn of speed and be more battery efficient than their predecessors. The Toshiba e350 has a 300MHz version of the processor, which we expect to be plenty fast enough. There is 64MB of RAM, which is pretty standard. If you want Windows Media Player, Microsoft Reader or Transcriber you'll have to devote some of that RAM to them, as the version of Pocket PC 2002 used on the e350 does not include these on the ROM. Toshiba falls down with the e350 in precisely the area it has disappointed before: its software bundle. When producing hardware aimed primarily at the corporate sector this is not really an issue, but the affordable e350 will have consumer appeal too, and Toshiba would have boosted its prospects there with a better software bundle. As it is, all you get is an application called Data Backup that will send key information to an SD card, plus Home -- an icon-based alternative to the Today screen that also provides quick access to running applications, either for switching or closing. Both applications are useful, but Data Backup is flawed. It shows how much space each of your data sets requires on the currently inserted SD card, presents the total amount of space required, and displays the capacity of the SD card. But if your card has less space than a backup requires, you may be annoyed to discover that it doesn't allow you to select particular data types to send to the SD card.

Performance
Toshiba has considered quite carefully where to put the emphasis with the e350, and for the most part has made good decisions. A slightly less than top-of-the-range processor is not a problem. A 3.5in. display is fine, while 64MB of RAM is standard. The battery, for which Toshiba claims ten hours' life in normal use, and which delivered precisely half that when playing MP3s for as long as possible, is OK. The hardware design is familiar and easy on the eye, and the casing is tough -- this device's look and feel is certainly more pleasing than some bulkier low-cost models. In the end there's only really one thing that lets the e350 down, and that's the poor software bundle. On the other hand, if you don't want to add more software to your handheld, or would rather buy exactly what you require than get a free bundle of stuff you might not actually need, then the Toshiba e350 is an enticing buy.

Specifications

Display
Resolution 240 x 320
Type LCD display
Technology TFT active matrix
Diagonal Size 3.5 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 8.9 cm
Output Type color
Native Resolution 240 x 320
General
Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002
Miscellaneous
Features power-on password
Included Accessories Power adapter
Refurbished refurbished
Included Handheld Accessories carrying case, stylus
Processor
Type SA-1110
Manufacturer Intel
Clock Speed 206 MHz
Audio
Type speaker(s)
Networking
Wireless Connectivity IrDA
Multimedia
Audio Microphone, speaker
Input Device
Type 5-way navigation button, touchscreen, scroll button
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Humidity Range Operating 10 - 90%
Min Storage Temperature -4 °F
Max Storage Temperature 149 °F
Vibration Tolerance Operating 1 g @ RMS (random)
Max Altitude Operating 9840 ft
Battery
Type handheld battery
Technology lithium ion
Power
Run Time (Up To) 10 hour(s)
Power Consumption Operational 10 Watt
Voltage Provided 3.7 V
Header
Brand Toshiba
Product Line Toshiba Pocket PC
Model e310
Localization English
Country Kits United States
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Expansion and Connectivity
Expansion Slots 1 x SD Memory Card
Interfaces 1
1
1 x headphones, 1 x headphones, 1 x headphones
1
1
System
Platform Windows
Handheld Type handheld
Expansion / Connectivity
Free 1
Free Qty 1
Chassis
Included Expansion Base(s) docking cradle
ROM
Installed Size 32 MB
RAM
Technology SDRAM
Installed Size 32 MB
Card Reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card
Audio Output
Type speaker
Audio Input
Type microphone
GPS System
Navigation CNET
Expansion Slots
Type SD Memory Card
Total Qty 1
Interface Provided
Interface headphones
Qty 1
OS Provided
Type Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002
PDA Software
Type Adobe Acrobat Reader for Pocket PC, File Explorer, MSN Messenger, Media Player, Microsoft ActiveSync, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Microsoft Reader 2.0, Microsoft Reader for ebooks and audio books, Microsoft Transcriber, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Pocket Outlook, Pocket Word
Power Device
Type power adapter
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Service Included parts and labor
Location carry-in
Full Contract Period 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
Width 3.1 in
Depth 0.7 in
Height 4.9 in
Weight 4.8 oz

Where To Buy

Price
$399.00

Top ZDNET Reviews

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Where To Buy

Toshiba Pocket PC e310 - handheld - Windows Mobile 2002 - 3.5"

Part Number: PA3169U-1P05
Price
$399.00

Newsletters

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
See All
See All