Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughts and Impressions

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September 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughts and ImpressionsHi guys, welcome back!

As you already know, on the current tablet market, the existence of 13-inch tablets is still pretty rare (or at least for now).

Microsoft may have its Surface Pro 3 transformed into a 13.3-inch tablet recently from the original 10-inches, and Samsung may have its own 12.2-inch slates under the GALAXY Pro series.

However, many of large tablets today are mostly still living on the 10-inch bandwagon.

Interestingly, despite not being a popular tablet producer, Toshiba actually already had its own homemade 13-inch slate available on the market even before Microsoft or Samsung outed their Pro tablets.

And that happened 2 years ago to be exact. The tablet was called Toshiba Excite 13 AT335.

Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 benchmarks and gaming performance

Too bad that this Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 was not that popular compared to iPad or other 10-inch rivals on the market.

So chances are, there are many of you here who also never heard whatsoever about this tablet.

Well, to be perfectly honest, i personally just heard and saw this Toshiba’s 13-inch slate when i was searching for other Toshiba tablets around the net just a while go.

But the thing that makes me really interested to bring up this tablet to all of you here is actually its overall specs.

Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 actually kind of reminds me with Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet that also features the same Tegra 3 quad-core processor – not to mention, this Microsoft’s tablet also comes with Windows RT OS that is “on the same page” with Android OS, which both are 'tablet mobile' OSes.

However, there are many things to be liked on this Toshiba 13-inch device, like of course, its large display with much sharper resolution, its fast quad-core processor, its 12-core GPU, its complete set of cameras, its huge battery capacity, its 3G cellular connectivity, its microSD card slot and a couple of other basic features.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know with this huge-sized tablet, as well as its gaming performance and what games that would work perfectly on this tablet, then here you go, my personal review of Toshiba Excite 13 AT335. Check it out!

Introduction

As a 13.3-inch tablet, Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 can be quite large for a media-consumption tablet. It’s actually almost as large as standard laptop’s screen (around 14 to 15-inches).

In fact, it is larger than Samsung Pro tablet. So if you’re planning to buy this device for a gaming tablet, then i don’t think it’s a wise decision given that its huge screen real estate might not be that comfortable to hold especially when playing games intensively.

It can be heavy and exhausting for several hours of intense use.

But even so, thanks to its Tegra 3 quad-core processor, this tablet is still good for handling the latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 7 (and even Asphalt 8, although it doesn't run smooth in full graphics), Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, GTA Vice City, Horn, Dead Trigger, Need for Speed and many more.

Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughs and Impressions

Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 Review and Gaming Performance

But we’ll get more on that later.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a decent media-consumption tablet, i think Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 can be a pretty great choice given its large and sharp screen, fast processor, smooth performance, complete set of cameras (5MP and 2MP with LED flash and autofocus), 3G cellular support, microSD card slot and a couple of other standard features.

With all of these goodies, this tablet is certainly great for enjoying media contents or even doing some productivity stuff.

But this will come down to the 3rd party accessories that could complement this device as a productivity tablet – like keyboard dock, kick stand, etc.

By looking at its spec sheet, Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 is more suitable for those people with professional career who want to get a complement device for their busy activity, but also can be a great media consumption device as well, even as a gaming tablet.

Its large screen is definitely great to use for typing contents, editing PowerPoint or other Office documents, checking emails or watching HD movies and even playing games.

However, with all of these goodies presented by Toshiba on this device, the questions are, does Toshiba Excite 13 AT335 have what it takes to be a great gaming tablet?

Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned on today’s tablet market, specifically on 13-inch market?

Is it worth it to purchase this tablet?

Well hopefully, we’re about to find out the answers of these questions at the end of this review.

So be sure to stick around guys to know my final impression of this tablet.

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  • 3G
  • Mini-SIM
  • Released July 2012,
  • 998 g (Weight)
  • 13.3 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1600 x 900 pixels, (~120 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Multitouch for up to 10 fingers
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Protection
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce 2 GPU
  • Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Loudspeaker with four speakers
  • SRS sound enhancement
  • SD/microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 32/64 GB Internal storage
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • EDGE
  • GPRS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • HSDPA, HSUPA
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • HTML, Adobe Flash Browser
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • HDMI port
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • Colors Dark gray metallic
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (38 Wh)
  • Up to 168 hours of Stand-by
  • Up to 13 hours of Talk time
As a productivity tablet, Toshiba Excite 13 is really well-prepared device, especially in terms of hardware and performance.
  • It has large and sharp looking display (but not as sharp as 1080p or 2.5k tablets of course),
  • it has fast performance (thanks to its quad-core processor),
  • it has powerful graphical performance (thanks to its 12-core GPU)
  • and the most importantly, it has a huge battery capacity inside.
Overall, this tablet still stacks up against other 13-inch tablets on the market to date.

But of course, in terms of performance, Toshiba Excite 13 is definitely not on par with Samsung GALAXY Pro 12.2/Note Pro tablets, let alone the full-fledged Windows 8 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Intel Core Haswell processor.

Toshiba Excite 13 features a 13.3-inch display sporting the resolution of 1600x900 pixels, which is higher than 720p resolution but lower than 1080p resolution.

On the hardware side, it’s equipped with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor with the clock speed of 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU.

Meanwhile, on battery department, this device is powered by 33Wh battery, ensuring an all-day-long battery life or to be exact, 11 hours in talk time and multimedia usage.

It’s also great to see 5MP and 2MP cameras back and front with the LED flash and autofocus supports, making it a complete package of media-consumption and productivity tablet.

Screen

Unlike other of its siblings under the Toshiba Excite series, Toshiba Excite 13 interestingly is packing a 13.3-inch display sporting the 1600x900 pixel resolution, plus with the pixel density of -120 ppi.

When it comes to sharpness, this tablet is probably “on the same page” with other 10.1-inch slates with 720p resolution because the higher-resolution on Toshiba Excite 13 is followed by the increase of screen size from 10.1 to 13.3-inches.

But overall, with this type of display, it still looks pretty sharp and readable for most of users, although the pinch-to-zoom gesture will always be needed especially when browsing the web or reading contents.

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As far as the performance goes, Toshiba Excite 13 is equipped with one powerful set of hardware – from a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU.

And given that this tablet is only sporting a medium-resolution display (1600x900 pixels) which is below the 1080p resolution (1920x1200 pixels), then its processor is more than adequate to execute all of the pixels on its screen in buttery smooth performance.

And that’s obvious because Tegra 3 processor is still capable to handle 1080p display – although this processor is more ideal for 720p display.

So for doing basic things like watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents like books or magazines, editing Office documents, editing videos or playing games, this tablet has no problem at all in executing all of these tasks in buttery smooth performance.

Even if you deploy some live wallpaper on the homescreen, this tablet is still able to perform smoothly with no meaningful lag.

However, it should be noted that – given its higher resolution screen -, there will be some noticeable lags especially when doing some heavy tasks at once, but not that significant.

As for playing games, Toshiba Excite 13 will also be great for that matter.

And that’s because its Tegra 3 quad-core 1.5GHz processor, along with its 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM, is just more than capable to handle any games that you see on the market to date.

So if you’re into tablet games and want to play the latest and the most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 4, NOVA 3, GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Horn, Gangstar Rio or Real Racing 3, then YES – you can do it perfectly and smoothly on this device, even in full graphics setting.

However, given that Tegra 3 quad-core processor is already considered as last year’s processor, then there will be some newer 3D games that won’t work smoothly in full graphics – like GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5.

But thankfully, these games provide users the option to set the graphics to medium or even low.

So you’re probably still able to play these games smoothly on this tablet, of course by sacrificing some detailed 3D graphics and visual effects in the game.

Overall, Toshiba Excite 13 is more than great for playing games.

But it’s probably not a wise decision to buy this tablet for playing games because it comes with a really large 13.3-inch display, which is not so ideal and comfortable for gaming.

But in terms of gaming performance, this tablet definitely has a lot to say on this department.



Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Toshiba Excite 13 AT335, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Given that Toshiba Excite 13 is packing a huge 13.3-inch display with higher-resolution screen, plus power-hungry Tegra 3 processor, then it’s no surprising to see Toshiba equip this device with a huge battery capacity inside.

Toshiba Excite 13 features 33Wh Li Po non-removable battery, ensuring an all-day-long battery life to the users, of course, when used in moderate use.

However, if you’re type of power user and using this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like for watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then you probably can only expect to see this tablet last around 6 to 8 hours, maybe more maybe less than that.

But according to GSMarena, this tablet is believed could survive in around 13 hours for talk time (multimedia) and a staggering 168 hours in stand-by mode.

So the battery life of this tablet can be considered as great because it lasts all day long or even more than 1 day.

And that already ensures great longevity of this device, especially as a media-consumption tablet.

My Personal Opinions

So my final impression of this tablet is, Toshiba Excite 13 is a great all around device, especially if you’re looking for a reliable productivity tablet.

It has pretty sharp display (which looks great for watching movies, editing documents or reading contents), it has fast processor, it has good battery life, it has complete set of cameras and pretty much everything on this device is just great.

And thanks to Toshiba’s years of experience in laptop-making business, then it ensures the great overall quality of this tablet, especially in terms of performance and build quality.

However, if you’re in the search for a gaming tablet, i strongly suggest you to pick up other option than this device.

It’s not because this tablet will be horrible for gaming because it’s not true. Toshiba Excite 13 is still a great gaming tablet, thanks to its Tegra 3 and 12-core GPU.

But then again, given its huge screen real estate – which almost matches the screen of laptop -, then it’s probably not ideal to use this device solely for playing games – although it absolutely has great gaming performance.

You might want to switch to other option like Toshiba Excite 10 SE, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305 or Toshiba Excite 7.7, which all of these guys are powered by Tegra 3 processor.

Besides great for doing any productivity stuff, Toshiba Excite 13 will also be great for other things, like watching HD movies, browsing the web and even taking photos or recording videos – thanks to its 5MP camera on the back plus 2MP on the front, with the LED flash and autofocus supports.

So to end this review, i’ll try to answer some of the questions i’ve already asked previously above:
  • Does Toshiba Excite 13 have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet? Yes – thanks to its Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 12-core of GPU, Toshiba Excite 13 is definitely great for gaming. However, as i already mentioned above, given its huge 13-inch screen size, it’s probably not ideal to use this device solely as a gaming tablet because its huge screen might not that comfortable to hold for playing games, especially in the long long hours. But still, in terms of gaming performance, Toshiba Excite 13 definitely excels on this sector really well.
  • Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other devices on today’s tablet market? Yes – despite having a ‘so-last-year’ processor, this tablet still deserves to be positioned alongside today’s rivals, especially the ones with the similar screen size, like Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro 12.2/Note Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or other 13-inch Windows 8 tablets. It may not have the 1080p or 2.5k display just like most of its rivals, but having 1600x900 pixel resolution on 13.3-inch display still looks sharp and crisp.
  • Is it worth it to buy this tablet? Yes – again, despite having an old outdated processor, i still think that this tablet is worth considering, especially given its overall specs. However, this tablet is more suitable for those of you who are looking for a productivity tablet, although this tablet is still great to use for gaming or watching HD movies. However, if you're looking for a much better choice than this Toshiba's slate, i strongly recommend you to pick up either Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro 12.2/Note Pro 12.2 or even the full-fledged Windows 8 Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

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