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Toshiba AT300SE review

A cheaper, lower specced AT300

Our Verdict

If you're after a basic tablet with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS to play host primarily to browse the web and don't want to go near the almost-phone-sized seven-inch tablet market, the Toshiba AT300SE could be the one for you.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel

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  • Lower price
  • Breezy browsing
  • Build quality
  • Improved charger


  • Touchscreen not as sensitive as rival
  • Lacks HDMI output
  • HD video looks soft

Movies, music and books

Toshiba Places on the AT300SE is a stab at making media easy to access, though it's not at all about saving money. Music Place is powered by 7digital, which charges for all of its tunes, Video Place is really Acetrax, Games Place offers only four titles (such as Fruit Ninja and Burn the Rope World), Book Place is powered by Txtr, and News Place consists of a live stream of Euronews and a link to magazines on the tablet-centric Zinio platform.

Toshiba AT300SE review

It might serve some users well, but curating content is a tricky concept and we're certain that 'preferred partners' is not the way to do it. There's a whole internet out there...

Toshiba AT300SE review

Book Place is the most visible, with its own Txtr widget installed on the home screen and offering the widest selection of ebooks in Europe. Even if that is so, we weren't impressed; each time we tried to purchase a book by pressing the 'Get this Book' area we were given an 'Unable to connect to the server' message.

Toshiba AT300SE review

However, if you do want a streamlined experience, Toshiba Places has a lot going for it - though do remember that there is no HDMI output, so you can't download a movie via Acetrax to the Toshiba AT300SE to watch it on your TV.

Toshiba AT300SE review

The alternatives are the Play Books, Play Magazines, Play Music and Play Movies apps, all on the Toshiba AT300SE by default. The latter blends the chance to download/stream movies with any of your own, or externally sourced, video you've got on the Toshiba AT300SE - or a microSD card.

Toshiba AT300SE review

In the latter scenario it acts as a nice file manager, and you get the choice to watch video in the default Media Player or Video Player. Any other video apps you download, such as VLC, will appear on the 'Complete action using' option screen.

Toshiba AT300SE review

The Toshiba AT300SE struggles with playback; hamstrung by its 1280 x 800 pixel display, HD video files look soft, grainy and no better than standard definition, with some blur and very average contrast, to boot. If only Toshiba had retained its Resolution+ features on this incarnation.

Toshiba AT300SE review

Sound quality is the usual mixed bag. It's bereft of the SRS-powered goodies on the Toshiba AT300, but Hand in Glove by The Smiths through headphones still features acceptable levels of low frequency and detail as well as effective stereo separation.

But with the integrated 1.5W speakers doing all the work the results took a dive; it's not distorted, but the tinny, weak and weedy sound is none too pleasing.

Apps and games

Toshiba AT300SE review

Toshiba Places is one of 12 apps/shortcuts on the main screen, the others being File Manager, eBay, Office (a double-link to either Splashtop Remote Desktop or PrinterShare), Online Manual, Settings, Browser, ThinkFree Office (a surprisingly comprehensive text editor), Calendar, Talk, YouTube and PlayStore.

Toshiba AT300SE review

A further, and frankly pointless, mod is Toshiba App manager, which is nothing more than a recommendations area containing just two apps; games portal Wildtangent and a second bite for Zinio in the form of its Zinio Reader. Upon our third boot-up of the Toshiba AT300SE we were informed that both of these apps were being downloaded as part of an update, but the app itself then crashed.

Toshiba AT300SE review

As a test we downloaded Angry Birds: Star Wars and Drag Racing from Google Play. Bright, colourful games like these are dealt with easily by the Toshiba AT300SE.

Toshiba AT300SE review

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity16 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAT300SE
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourPrecious Silver
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Brand NameToshiba
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)625 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 256 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height10.5 mm
Width261 mm
Depth180 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesAT300SE
Product ModelAT300SE-101
Product NameAT300SE-101 Tablet
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberPDA0DE-002005EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information


The Toshiba AT300SE combines extensive features with a slim and lightweight design, measuring just 10.5mm and weighing a mere 642 grams. The elegant design sits comfortably in the hand, making it ideal to use on the move or at home.

Package Contents
  • AT300SE-101 Tablet
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year