Toshiba Satellite U305 Review

Toshiba Satellite U305 is a new 13.3" widescreen notebook that weighs in at just 4.6 pounds and packs solid Intel Core 2 Duo performance and big hard drives with plenty of storage space. Add to that a thin integrated DVD SuperMulti drive, webcam, and fingerprint reader and this notebook starts looking even better. Is Toshiba justified in calling Toshiba Satellite U305 "the ideal concentration of performance and design?" Let's take a look.






Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.





Toshiba Satellite U305 specs:
· Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
· Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7100 (1.80GHz, 2MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
· Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
· Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
· 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (maximum capacity 4GB)
· 200GB Serial ATA hard disk drive (4200RPM)
· 8x DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive
· 13.3" diagonal widescreen TruBrite TFT LCD display at 1280x800 (WXGA)
· Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with 8MB-251MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
· 1.3 megapixel webcam
· Bluetooth version 2.0 plus Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
· ExpressCard slot (ExpressCard/34 and Express Card/54)
· 5-in-1 media card reader
· RGB out
· Microphone input port
· Headphone output port
· IEEE-1394 (FireWire)
· Three USB 2.0 ports
· Fingerprint reader
· Dimensions (WxDxH Front/H Rear): 12.2" x 8.9" x 1.19" /1.33" without feet
· Weight: 4.6 lbs
· 75W (19V x 3.95A) 100-240V AC Adapter (5.04" x 1.20" x 2.01" and weighs 0.77 lb)
· 9-cell (7800mAh) Lithium Ion battery (1.09 lbs)
· 1-Year Standard Limited Warranty

Like most notebooks with a 13.3" widescreen display Toshiba Satellite U305 is on the border of the thin-and-light and ultra-portable categories. With a weight of more than four and a half pounds it isn't the lightest notebook in its class. Likewise, since the notebook is 1.2 inches thick at its thinnest point Toshiba Satellite U305 falls in the "middle of the pack" among recent 13.3" systems. Nevertheless, Toshiba has successfully engineered a stylish and compact frame with some unique elements that make it attractive to everyone from students to business professionals.
Although the exterior is constructed of plastic it felt relatively solid. Some of the plastics in areas such as the palm rests and the LCD lid felt thin, but overall the build quality seems good. There is very little case flex and no audible creaks to the plastics.
The optical drive in particular is quite thin yet still remains very sturdy. The optical drive (manufactured by LG and similar to drives used in some Lenovo notebooks) is actually as good or better in terms of build quality than some drives we've seen in larger budget notebooks. The optical drive was relatively quiet during operation and drive noise was not an issue while viewing DVDs.
Our review Toshiba Satellite U305 came with a "Onyx Blue Metallic" lid which looks black unless light strikes the plastic at just the right angle. The lid's colored plastic has a glossy coat with an almost mirror like shine. It certainly looks stylish but is a magnet for fingerprints. The rest of the case plastics are made of matte black plastic or beige plastic that is painted silver.





Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.





Conclusion
Toshiba Satellite U305 is an impressive portable notebook that is handicapped by a few minor issues. The quality 13.3" glossy display, thin and light lines, sizeable hard drive, good battery life and a good selection of ports help provide a solid foundation for a portable powerhouse. The Core 2 Duo processor and plenty of available RAM likewise give the system an impressive backbone for performance. The keyboard and touchpad issues also make the notebook feel less refined than it could be.
Bottom line, Toshiba Satellite U305 is an excellent notebook in the 13.3" display class. Although it lacks the horsepower for serious gaming and might not have the best keyboard and touchpad it is one of the nicer budget portables of 2007.
Pros:
· Reasonably thin and light for a 13.3" notebook.
· Nice screen
· Solid selection of ports
· Thin yet durable optical drive
· Plenty of storage space for media files
Cons:
· Way too much keyboard flex
· Bad touchpad buttons
· Average performance
· Plastics used in construction feel thin in some places
· Poor speakers for a compact media notebook


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Toshiba Satellite U305 Screen
The LCD lid on Toshiba Satellite U305 doesn't use a latch mechanism and instead relies on resistance from the hinge or dual hinges in the case of Toshiba Satellite U305.
The display panel itself is a 13.3" glossy screen with WXGA resolution (1280x800). There were absolutely no problems with the screen on our review unit: the refresh rate seems excellent when videos or games with fast motion are displayed and there are no stuck pixels. As is common with glossy screens, colors and contrast are quite good and both images and video "pop" off the screen. Brightness is quite impressive, though not quite as bright as some of the newer screens with LED backlights. When set to maximum brightness the screen is bright enough to cause some people to squint in a dark room.






Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.




Horizontal viewing angles are better than average. Colors are good and the backlight brightness remains even across the screen while viewing at extreme horizontal angles. There is some minor color inversion when you view the screen from sharp vertical angles (such as standing above the notebook or looking up at the screen from the floor. Of course, as with any glossy screen reflection from room lights can become a problem depending on the room and the lights.

Toshiba Satellite U305 Speakers
The audio performance on Toshiba Satellite U305 was average for a thin and light 13.3" notebook, but it was far from impressive. Both of the small speakers located above the keyboard produce a "tin can" sound quality with plenty of highs but almost no mid range and absolutely no bass. On the bright side, the speakers are located in a good position to direct sound up and toward the user. Unfortunately, you will still want to use headphones or external speakers if you care about sound quality.
On that note it's worthwhile to mention that the audio out port on Toshiba Satellite U305 is located on the left side (a good location for an external speaker connection) and audio output was clean (there was no static or cracking in the sound coming from the headphone jack).

Toshiba Satellite U305 Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard on Toshiba Satellite U305 is a mixed bag. On one hand the keys have a good texture with excellent cushion and travel. The keys are very silent in operation and there are dedicated page up and page down keys (nice to have on a compact keyboard). That said, there is a significant degree of keyboard flex across the board. The flex seems most severe around the J, K, U, and I keys.
The touchpad was responsive and felt durable, but the recessed edges actually made the touchpad feel smaller than it already is. Unfortunately, the touchpad buttons on Toshiba Satellite U305 are quite bad. The buttons have almost no feedback and are not responsive at all. Not only are they uncomfortable to press because of the shallow feedback but I often had to press the touchpad buttons several times before a click was registered.





Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.




On a positive note, the one-touch fingerprint reader does a wonderful job reading fingerprints without accidentally being triggered when you use the touchpad buttons.
Toshiba Satellite U305 includes six dedicated media buttons located above the keyboard. The media buttons include an Internet button to launch the default browser and CD/DVD control buttons (Play/Pause, Stop, Prev Track, and Next Track). While we're glad to see these media buttons it would have been nice to have LED backlights so it would be easier to see the buttons when playing DVDs in a dark room.

Toshiba Satellite U305 Heat and Noise
Toshiba Satellite U305 does an excellent job of controlling heat thanks in no small part to the massive copper heatsink visible through the air vent on the left side of the notebook. CPU temperatures peaked at no more than 55 degrees Celsius during benchmarks and hard drive temperatures averaged around 43 degrees Celsius. The palm rests never became too hot during our tests and the bottom of the notebook remained reasonably cool despite the large warning sticker on the bottom of the notebook advising you to use caution when keeping the notebook on your lap. Although the bottom did become warm during benchmarks it was never too hot to keep on the lap.
Fan noise, on the other hand, was not something that Toshiba Satellite U305 managed well. Although Toshiba Satellite U305 remained relatively cool, the cooling fan remained on a low setting almost all the time unless the system was idle or hibernating. When the fan turns on maximum it sounds like a weak hair dryer and puts out enough hot air from the left side that you could probably dry your hair with it after a shower.
Bottom line, Toshiba Satellite U305 keeps heat under control at the expense of noise.

Toshiba Satellite U305 Input and Output Ports
We were pleased to see an impressive number of ports on this notebook despite its smaller form factor. While many notebooks in the 13.3" class have only two USB ports and some have no FireWire port, Toshiba managed to include three USB ports and even squeezed in a FireWire port by moving it to the front of the notebook.
Let's take a closer look at the ports:
Left side: VGA out, two USB ports, headphone out, microphone in, and volume control wheel.
Front side: FireWire port, 5-in-1 card reader, and wireless on/off switch.
Right side: Optical drive, ExpressCard slot, USB port, Ethernet, modem, and security lock slot.
Rear view: Nothing here except hinges, the battery, and the DC power jack.





Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi

Toshiba Satellite U305-S5127 Laptop Computer Notebook-1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 , 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, DL DVD RW , Intel GMA X3100, Intel Wireless WiFi


TOSHIBA U305-S5127 Satellite Laptop Computer Notebook. Toshiba Satellite notebooks feature high quality PC technology at price points for every budget, offering the power and convenience of mobile computing at a great value. Engineered to deliver solid performance, these notebooks can handle todays most popular business applications. Their stylish, smart design is enhanced by features unique to Toshiba. And they are built to be durable and reliable, so you can be confident that you are getting a top notch product. Whether you are a first time mobile user or you are on a tight budget, Toshiba Satellite notebooks are the way to go mobile.





Toshiba Satellite U305 Battery
Toshiba Satellite U305 came with the 9-cell extended life battery (10.8V, 7800mAh) but a standard 6-cell battery (10.8V, 5200mAh) is also available. With power management set to "High Performance" and screen brightness set to maximum while wirelessly browsing the web the battery lasted 3 hours and 02 minutes. With power management set to "Power Saver" and screen at half brightness the battery lasted 4 hours and 24 minutes while browsing the web. The battery lasted an impressive 5 hours and 41 minutes with the notebook set to "Power Saver" with half screen brightness and letting the system idle without any activity and without letting the screen turn off.
Clearly Toshiba Satellite U305 does a reasonably job with battery life when using the 9-cell extended life battery.


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Toshiba Satellite P205 Review

Toshiba Satellite P205 notebook is the latest 17" offering from Toshiba that can be equipped with a variety of options at great prices. So come on in and read our thoughts and the review of Toshiba Satellite P205!





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SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB

SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB






Review Model Specification
Toshiba Satellite P205 can be ordered in several configurations. We received Toshiba Satellite P205-S7484, which has the following specifications:
· Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 Processor (Santa Rosa, 1.66GHz, 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB)
· Microsoft Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
· 17" TruBrite LCD with WXGA+ Resolution (1440x900)
· Integrated 1.3 MP Webcam
· Intel X3100 Integrated Graphics Card with up to 256MB Shared Memory
· 2GB DDR2-667MHz RAM (2x1GB Configuration)
· Toshiba 300GB 4200RPM SATA 1.5 Hard Drive
· Integrated HD-DVDRW
· Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, and Intel 4965AGN (802.11a/b/g/n) WiFi
· 5-in-1 Media Card Reader (Supports SD, MS, MS Pro, MMC, and xD Cards)
· Fingerprint Reader
· 6-Cell 4000mAh Lithium-Ion Battery and 90W External AC Adapter
· 1-Year Warranty
This model can be found on Toshiba's website for $1,449.99 before shipping and taxes. Pricing for the Santa Rosa based P200/P205 starts at $949 and the Merom version at $799.
Structurally, the exterior of the laptop consists entirely of plastic. The bottom half of the case is built from a solid black plastic that is very strong and produces little to no flex regardless of how much I torture the notebook or carry it around. On the top half is a glossy, dark blue plastic that serves mostly as a fingerprint magnet but is not quite as strong as I can get the panel to flex under a little bit of pressure. However, the top panel does still protect the LCD screen well as I could never produce any ripples or otherwise affect the LCD screen.
A pleasant surprise awaits anyone who opens up this notebook because the one giant hinge for the screen is very strong. Even though this laptop weighs in at over 8lbs, if you open it up without keeping a hand on the base the laptop will come up a little bit with the screen at first! The hinge itself is one big, long hinge that stretches across most of that edge of the notebook that is very similar to the one seen on Apple notebooks. As a consequence of both the design and the strength of the hinge, the screen barely wobbles.
The interior of the notebook is built from medium weight plastic that feels about as strong as the plastic seen on the LCD back. During general use and typing, one can notice the keyboard palm rest's flex especially when pressing against the surface. The plastic does not bend too far in but less flex would be appreciated. It only happens on and immediately around the palm rest. The areas above and to the side of the keyboard do not flex like the palm rests, and the keyboard itself is similarly strong and firm. Overall, the laptop is sturdy enough for general and multimedia use.
The screen housing itself, which is made of plastic as mentioned earlier, does a very good job of protecting the screen. Even though the plastic does flex, I could never produce any ripples on the screen when pressing against the back. The screen housing itself almost always refuses to twist. When pressing hard against only one side of the screen, the hinge starts moving backwards rather than the screen twisting. But when holding both sides of the notebook and twisting, I do have to apply a generous amount of force to get the housing to bend. Again, the screen never shows any signs of distress when doing this!
The optical drive, found on the right side of the notebook, fits snugly into the case but when opening it up the tray does have a little give as I can move the drive train around a little bit. In my experience all laptop drive trays move a little...but this one moves just a little bit further than I am used to. However, during normal operation and usage this never was a problem for me so I would not worry about it.
Cosmetically, on the outside it is black and dark blue...but in all reality the Onyx Blue just looks like black anyway. The keyboard deck is mostly silver with black on top where the media and operation buttons and speakers reside
The bottom of the notebook and interior of the screen bezel has a matte finish, but the black plastic areas on the keyboard deck and top of the LCD are glossy fingerprint magnets. The front edge of the keyboard deck, where the status lights are found, is also similarly glossy. Nothing really speaks out about the appearance of the notebook, but it certainly does not look bad. It just looks average. However, the only real complaint I have about the design of the notebooks is that there are way too many bright blue LEDs. They are supposed to look stylistically futuristic, but Toshiba really over-did it with them!
The notebook itself is fairly light for a 17" notebook (at 8.8 lbs), but is rather bulky with a 1.8" thickness. Overall dimensions are15.7" x 11.3" x 1.8", but at first glance it only looks like a thick 15.4" laptop. I actually double checked the model number and size when I received the notebook as I thought a 15.4" notebook was accidentally shipped to me!




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SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB

SATELLITE P205-S7484 T5450 SYST1.66G 2GB 300GB HD-DVDRW 17IN WVB







Conclusion
Toshiba Satellite P205 is definitely a nice notebook with many nifty features and no extra crap that consumers do not want (except for bloatware). Options for the laptop are virtually endless and allow for anything in between budget offerings all the way up to a gamer laptop, and most of the upgrade options are fairly priced.
The build quality is a little above average for a laptop in this price range but I would recommend that stronger materials be used in the keyboard deck in the next refresh model to earn an excellent rating from me. The screen is big and bright, and should be excellent for any multimedia use. HD capabilities can be had for cheap in this laptop, with all the hardware needed built right in to decode and play your videos (recommend a 2.0GHz T7300 processor though). The keyboard and speakers were a welcome surprise with regards to quality, and the hard drive and processor were responsive enough even though they are low end and low speed parts. Battery life with the 9-Cell should be adequate, but avoid the 6-Cell as I really did not like the battery life it offered. The laptop runs surprisingly cool and quiet, no doubt thanks to the T5450 and the X3100 IGP.
Overall, the P205 definitely leaves a positive impression with me as there are some great configuration choices and excellent performance that can be found at a low price.
Pros
· Wide range of configuration options including HD-DVD, dual HDDs, IGPs and powerful GPUs.
· Surprisingly strong exterior build for this price point, and very light construction for this behemoth.
· Really strong screen hinge.
· Very nice keyboard and excellent speakers.
· HD and Multimedia software included (Media Center and HD-DVD player).
· Beautiful screen.
· Runs cool and quiet.
Cons
· WAAAAY too much bloatware. You will want to reformat and reinstall Vista.
· Just a little flex in the palm rests.
· Too many blue LEDs.
· Average to below average viewing angles.
· 4200RPM Drive (configuration to order has faster options though).
· 6-Cell battery is to be avoided unless you do not travel with the notebook


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Toshiba Satellite P205 Screen and Speakers
Normally, I do not have much to say about speaker quality but I was pleasantly surprised by these speakers. While playing music and DVDs, they were clear and crisp at all volume levels even though I felt the system was a little lacking in bass. There was no distortion in the audio, and they did not sound tinny whatsoever. Toshiba Satellite P205 made a good choice in using the Harman/Kardon speakers. No external speakers required!





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Toshiba Satellite P205 screen is big and very bright. Makes me wish my personal laptop's screen was as good as this! It features a somewhat below average resolution for a 17" screen (1440 x 900) which is perfect for HDTV viewing at 720p but is too low for 1080i or 1080p. Considering the laptop comes with an integrated HD-DVD drive with an HD-DVD player, I'd like to see a true (as in higher resolution) HD screen in this model! Higher screen resolution options are found on the P200, which is the customized version of this notebook.
When viewing the screen head on, colors are vibrant and beautiful. Even at the lowest brightness setting, the screen is fairly bright. Once you get at about 50% brightness the screen would definitely be adequate for just about any environment, and at full brightness you would almost have no problems watching the screen outside on a bright and sunny day.
Horizontal viewing is fairly good even up to about 70-80 degrees off center, which is quite good. After that, darks become rather distorted and weird looking but bright colors are still okay. Even viewing the screen as far off left or right as possible the bright colors always seem fine - but darks are not.
As usual for laptops, the vertical viewing angles for this screen are horrible. Even as little as 10 degrees above center, the colors all wash out. At 30 degrees, you really cannot see the picture at all. When viewing from below center, the screen is basically useless as it gets much darker instantaneously. Again, I emphasize that all laptop screens are really bad in this aspect of the design so there is nothing negative to say specifically about Toshiba Satellite P205.




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Toshiba Satellite P205 Processor and Performance
Toshiba Satellite P205 features a budget Santa Rosa processor that clocks in at 1.66GHz, with only 2MB of L2 Cache and a 667MHz FSB. Other preconfigured and customizable models have options for higher end processors, but choosing the T5450 keeps the battery life up and the heat down and can surprisingly hold its own with respect to performance. The Santa Rosa platform is a refresh for the Core 2 Duo lineup, and features support for Intel Robson memory (not an option for this laptop) and other next-gen features like draft-N Wi-Fi, EFI support, and integrated DX10 capable GPUs.
Before running any benchmarks, a lengthy scrubbing of the hard drive was performed to get rid of all bloatware. Additionally, the laptop was placed in the "Performance" power profile and plugged into the AC Adapter.
At 1.66GHz with a lower FSB than most Santa Rosa processors, one would think this chip is crippled. However, the T5450 does manage to clock in a PCMark05 score of 3400 which is about on par with the previous generation 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor. There is no doubt that Vista does hog some of the CPU power while testing. Additionally, with several Toshiba "utilities" running in the background I'm sure the processor could have scored a little bit higher had I optimized the system a bit further.
What I should note right here though is that the processor is definitely more capable than I thought it would be. Even with the resource hogging Vista and a slow hard drive, the T5450 keeps the system fairly snappy and responsive. I never had any complains with regards to the overall performance of the laptop, and it will serve all but the most power hungry users well.
Additionally, we use SuperPI to give us a rough idea of how powerful each individual core is in modern processors. It is a somewhat simple benchmark that forces the processor to calculate a specific number of digits of PI, and when finding 2M digits of PI the T5450 does a rather good job clocking in at 1 minute and 17 seconds.
The hard drive is another budget part for Toshiba Satellite P205, as it is a very slow 4200RPM drive with a 200GB storage capacity. I understand the desire to use slower and quieter parts in laptops, but 4200RPM drives are ancient and should be abolished from all but the most ultraportable of notebooks. For general multimedia use I did not really see a performance problem, but I did not transfer large files or watch large movies from the drive during my time with the laptop. No doubt the 2GB of RAM helps to alleviate the pain of having such a slow drive, but at the price point for this specific notebook I would have expected a faster drive.
Access times are definitely too long, but again the hard drive slowness was not as bad as I would have expected. The higher density of the disc at 200GB definitely helped performance but please do not use 4200RPM drives anymore! Do keep in mind however that faster drives and also dual drive configurations are available online. For instance, on the custom order P200 the 160GB@5400RPM drive is less than the 200GB@4200RPM drive so the better choice would probably be to sacrifice 40GB, save $50, and get better performance without running louder or hotter.
The Intel X3100 is the latest generation of integrated graphics cards offered by Intel. The IGP does a good job when playing movies, watching music, or doing other office and multimedia tasks. But it is not a gamer’s card by any means. A game at least 3 years old should do okay on this machine, but anything newer and you will probably have issues. On the bright side, the Vista games that come with the laptop (Chess, Solitaire, etc) are definitely responsive enough. As a final note, the X3100 scored 851 under 3DMark05 but there are options for an ATI HD 2400 or 2600 on the customizable models. Keep in mind that faster GPUs will run hotter and louder and drain more battery life though, which would partially spoil some of the strengths of this laptop.




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The Windows Experience Index is the least favorite of my benchmarks, but I include it to be fair. It is not an industry standard benchmarking suite, but it does afford you some idea of how well your laptop is performing. The WEI for the P205 clocked in a 3.5 with the graphics card as the limiting factor.

Toshiba Satellite P205 Heat and Noise
One thing Toshiba Satellite P205 has going for it is that during general usage the laptop is very, very quiet. You can only hear a somewhat deep humming sound that is barely perceptible outside of a two foot range away from the laptop.
When doing any kind of processor, hard drive, or IGP intensive task the notebook fan does rev up some...but it is still rather quiet! Any amount of music or background noise will be enough to drown out the notebook even at its loudest - if you can call it loud at all.
The laptop stays remarkably cool, in part thanks to the slow hard drive, budget processor, and integrated graphics card. The fan exhaust is slow moving and not very warm at all regardless of what kind of benchmarking I did. The bottom of the notebook did get a little warm on my lap, but not uncomfortably warm at all.
When measuring temperatures, I used Notebook Hardware Control to get the hard drive and processor temperatures. GPU temps could not be obtained as it is an Intel IGP. But temperature readings were taken about 10 minutes after the start of any heat test. Also, Vista seems to hate down clocking the CPU so even on battery the temperatures were about the same as the general usage temps at the "Performance Profile."

Toshiba Satellite P205 Keyboard and Touchpad
Toshiba Satellite P205 keyboard and touchpad feel as good as they look. The keyboard itself took a little getting used to as I have not used a 17" notebook in a while, but I was definitely impressed with the keyboard quality for a notebook at this price range. Travel distance was about right at a few millimeters, and the keys did not feel mushy or bouncy at all. They were firm but flexible to the touch for a very high quality feeling. My only complaints about the keyboard after typing the entire review on this notebook is that I just cannot accurately hit the space bar and the keys made an ever-so-slightly loud clicking sound as I typed. The space key just is not wide enough, or the keyboard is not registering when I hit it. But overall, I do enjoy using this keyboard and after a little time I'm sure my reservations about the space bar and the clicks would be overcome.
The mouse pad was also a pleasure to use with its glossy but not slick feeling. It was responsive enough for my needs at the default settings in the touchpad driver, and with a little adjustment on the sensitivity scale just about anyone should be happy with the touchpad. The mouse buttons were a slightly different story though, as they felt a little clunky and sounded loud.
Toshiba Satellite P205 Input and Output Ports, Wireless, and Battery
Toshiba Satellite P205 has a good number of ports along the notebook, so let us take a tour!
At the front of the notebook we see the WiFi switch (excellently placed and built switch), Audio-In Jack, Headphone Audio-Out Jack, Volume Control Wheel, 5-in-1 Media Card Reader, and the status light indicators.
On the right is a massive bank of 4 USB Ports, Modem (RJ-45), HD-DVD Drive, and Security Lock Slot.

There is nothing but the extra large hinge on the back of the laptop.
Here are the AC Adapter ports, VGA-out, heatsink vent, 10/100 Ethernet, 2 USB Ports, S-Video out, ExpressCard/54 slot, and one FireWire 400 port.
Finally, on the bottom we see two fans, a subwoofer, the battery, and several access bays.
The only really odd thing to report here is that the location of the USB ports is rather a pain. While having 6 USB ports is very nice, putting 4 of them in front of the optical drive was a poor choice. Connecting a lot of things will only leave you with too many cords blocking the DVD tray.
The Intel 4965a/b/g/n WiFi card worked without any problems and during my time with the notebook there were no issues connecting to any network.

Battery life on Toshiba Satellite P205 however was not a happy story. With full brightness, WiFi On, a “Power Saver” power profile, and minimal activity like typing this review and browsing NBR, the laptop clocked in at 1 hour 45 minutes before it forced itself into hibernation at 10% of the remaining battery life. By those numbers, one could reasonably expect the laptop to achieve about 2 hours of runtime under average working conditions. One might extend the life to 2:30 or 2:45 by toning down the screen brightness and turning WiFi off, but the fact of the matter is that despite the power saving T5450, 4200RPM drive, and the X3100 IGP the battery life is really poor. Of course, that is what happens when you use a small 6-Cell 4000mAh battery! However a larger battery is available for a price.


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Toshiba Satellite A215 Review

Toshiba Satellite A215 is a new line of consumer notebooks being offered by Toshiba. They sport variations of the AMD Turion64 X2 CPUs. Toshiba Satellite A215 is a being positioned as a multimedia notebook with its large 15.4” glossy screen, large hard drives, card reader and webcam. Toshiba Satellite A215 definitely has some hits and misses. All of which we will take a more in-depth look at in the following review of the A215-S7472 .




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TOSHIBA Satellite A215-S7472 Turion 64 X2 15.4" WXGA Mobility Radeon HD 2400

TOSHIBA Satellite A215-S7472 NoteBook AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-64(2.20GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 2GB DDR2 667 250GB 4200rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400






Specs
· Here are the specifications of the model under review:
· Model: A215-S7472
· Operating System: Vista Home Premium 32 Bit
· CPU: AMD Turion64 X2 TL-64 2.2GHz 512KB x2 L2 Cache 1600MHz FSB
· Chipset: RS690
· Screen: 15.4” Glossy WXGA 1280x800
· Memory: 2GB DDR2 PC5300 2 Slots, 0 Open 4GB Max
· Hard Drive: 250 GB Fujitsu 4200RPM (MHX2250BT)
· Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-K17LF
o 8x DVD+/-R
o 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW
o 4x DVD+/-R DL
o 5x DVD-RAM
o 24x CD-R/W
· Graphics Card: 128-319MB Shared Mobility Radeon X1200
· Wireless: Atheros AR5007EG B/G
· WebCam: 1.3MP
· Inputs: 86 Key Keyboard, TrackPad with Mouse Buttons
· Buttons: Power, Internet, Media,Play, Stop, FF, RW
· Ports:
o FourUSB Ports – Two Left Side, Two Right Side
o Four Pin FireWire
o Ethernet and Modem
o VGA and S-Video Outs
o Headphone and Microphone Jacks
· Slots:
o 5-in-1 Card Reader
o ExpressCard Slot
· Battery: Six Cell
· Dimensions:
o Width – 14.2”
o Depth – 10.5”
o Height – 1.4”
· Weight: 6.3 Lbs.
· Warranty: One Year
According to Toshiba, the A215 is Onyx Blue in color, but it looks black to me. Perhaps when you're outside in the sun there's a blue hue to it. Toshiba Satellite A215 weighs in a bit over six pounds and is about an inch and a half thick. That puts it squarely on average for the class. Given its weight and size, it's not a notebook that should travel daily. The back and forth to the office or the occasional night out seem reasonable. I personally like designs that are simple and understated. I think Toshiba Satellite A215 fits into that category. Toshiba Satellite A215 has rounded edges and a dark tone except for the keyboard which is white/silver. There's nothing about Toshiba Satellite A215 that really makes you say, "Wow!" The design is sort of plain jane if you will. There's nothing wrong with the design ... it just looks like a big multimedia notebook.
The case on Toshiba Satellite A215 is made of smooth plastic. It reminded me a lot of HP's Imprint Finish, but without the pattern printed on it. It also like attracted fingerprints like bears to honey, but they are easily wiped away. Unlike the HPs, Toshiba Satellite A215 was a little more scratch prone. I've put a few marks on it during its stay with me. Instead of having two screen hinges like most notebooks, Toshiba Satellite A215 has one large hinge in the center between base and the screen. When you open the it, the bottom of the screen sits behind the base. It made me think of the Asus W2 which has a similar setup. I don't know that it helps make the screen more sturdy long term, but it looked kind of cool. On the whole Toshiba Satellite A215 felt solid. The screen held fairly firm during use. The base of Toshiba Satellite A215 felt pretty rigid. It didn't creak when picked up the side. The plastic lid cover doesn't offer the best protection. The screen ripples when force is applied to the lid. I don't think anyone else is offering better for the money at least on the consumer side.



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TOSHIBA Satellite A215-S7472 Turion 64 X2 15.4" WXGA Mobility Radeon HD 2400

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Conclusion
There are definitely some pluses and minuses to Toshiba Satellite A215. The pluses would include the nice glossy screen, good keyboard, and pleasant sound. The minuses would be the slow hard drive, and the stiff and clicky touchpad buttons. If you are just looking for a basic at home notebook to do web browsing, office applications, maybe some movies and music, Toshiba Satellite A215 can fill that role with aplomb. Like most things in life, it all boils down to value. If you are paying close to M.S.R.P., you probably have better choices. If you can find a decent deal like the A215-S4697 I spied at Circuit City for $600 (It has the Turion64 X2 TL-52 and 1GB of memory, but more importantly has a 160GB 5400RPM drive), Toshiba Satellite A215 offers a lot of value.
Pros
· Bright Vibrant Screen
· Good Sound
· Cool and Quiet Operation
· Firm and Light Touch Keyboard
· Easy to Upgrade
· Simple Toshiba Applications
· Partitionable Recovery Discs
Cons
· Slow 4200RPM Hard Drive
· Stiff and Clicky Touchpad Buttons
· Poor Screen Protection


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Toshiba Satellite A215 peripheral

Toshiba Satellite A215 Screen
A multimedia notebook usually means getting a glossy screen. Toshiba Satellite A215 is no exception to this rule. Every time I see one of these newfangled glossy screens, it reminds me how I wished the screen on my ThinkPad were a bit brighter.
The screen on Toshiba Satellite A215 is a WXGA(1280x800). A bit higher resolution would have been nice, but other than Dell, no one else is offering a higher resolution screen on budget consumer notebooks of this size. The screen has seven brightness levels which can be adjusted via the keyboard controls. Overall, the screen on Toshiba Satellite A215 is very good in my opinion. It strikes a nice balance between being bright without having too much glare that can often be associated with glossy screens. Colors were rich and vibrant. Web pages and movies look great. There were no dead/stuck pixels. There was some leakage at the bottom of the screen, but it did not seem outside of the acceptable range. Glare on the screen was pretty minimal unless you were outside or there was a light source directly behind. It's really a shame cause quite frankly I look pretty good being NBR's resident Super Model.
You can't tell it from the picture, but the screen on Toshiba Satellite A215 is brighter with and looks better than the screen on my R60.




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Toshiba Satellite A215 CPU & Performance
When I first saw the Toshiba was using a 4200RPM drive, my first thought was Yuk. I thought 4200RPM drives had been banned from all but ultraportable notebooks. I think I understand Toshiba's reasoning behind the move. Toshiba Satellite A215 is a multimedia notebook and as such buyers of it are going to throw tons of movies and music on it. Those usually take a lot of space. If they had used the biggest 300GB 4200RPM drive, I think the logic would have followed better. Due to the fact the drive is huge, larger drives have better density which allows for faster read and access times, it wasn't as bad as I had feared. When I first started using Toshiba Satellite A215, performance was a bit of sluggish. It wasn't horrible, but when you went to do something it would hang a bit. The touchpad would occasionally become unresponsive for 5-10 seconds particularly when doing something hard drive intense like installing software. At first I chalked it up to bloatware and Vista being slower than XP. I went about the process of cleaning out the bloatware. After I finished clearing it out, it still moving at a moderate pace. Again it's not horrible, but I would think the marginal cost of going with a 5400RPM drive isn't more than a few bucks. Going with a faster hard drive would seem like a smart move on Toshiba's part.
I've used and worked on many notebooks with AMD CPUs. I know they sometimes get a bad rap in the mobile arena compared to Intel processors, but for probably 95% of users out there they are more than adequate.
AMD processors don't get quite as much battery life as Intel chips, but for a lot people (especially on a notebook like this which isn't likely to stray from the the couch often) that's not that a huge issue. They're also usually easier on the wallet too.
As I alluded to earlier, the slow hard drive hampered performance on Toshiba Satellite A215 some. I had just upgraded the hard drive on my ThinkPad. I had a spare 7200RPM drive laying around. I decided to throw it in Toshiba Satellite A215 just to see well it performed in relation to my R60. Perhaps that's not a valid test since most buyers of this notebook are going to run out and upgrade the drive when they get it. After I upgraded the drive, performance was quite good. I think the extra generous 2GB helped offset some of Vista's slowness. There are no XP drivers on Toshiba's site for those looking to downgrade. Without the upgrade, performance was acceptable, but could be better. All of this points out, you're only as strong as your weakest link.



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Toshiba Satellite A215 Drives & Storage
Optical Drive
Toshiba Satellite A215 has the Pioneer DVR-K17LF DVD burning optical drive. It burns all types of CDs and DVDs including dual layer and has support for DVD-RAM as well. I burned some DVDs and CDs. I didn't have any issues with any of the discs. Burn times for a full CD was about 5.5 minutes and DVDs clocked in at a little over 13 minutes, both about average for laptop optical drives.
The Pioneer drive Toshiba Satellite A215 supports LabelFlash. It is a method of printing on a disc using the laser on your optical drive. You must use LabelFlash discs. Just flip the disc over in the tray to print on it. It is very similar to LightScribe. One LabelFlash disc was included with the A215. I printed one label on it and gave it to a friend. I wasn't very impressed with the quality. With the background being blue, the images didn't stand out as nearly much as the LightScribe discs I've seen. Since I only had one disc, there was no chance to see if I could improve the quality
Hard Drive
The drive on Toshiba Satellite A215 is huge. You get tons of space for you to throw on a lot of music and movies. The drive ran cool and quiet. The drive was quite a bit thicker than the Seagate 7200RPM drive I put in there most likely to accommodate the extra platter needed to give you 250GB. If you prefer to upgrade the drive, Toshiba has made access to the drive and memory modules a painless process. Just take a few screws and you're ready to have at it. The process can't take more than ten minutes, even for the most technically phobic.
Memory
Toshiba Satellite A215 has 2GB of PC5300 memory. Both sticks are located on the underside of the notebook for easy upgrade.
Toshiba Satellite A215 Keyboard Area
The keyboard on Toshiba Satellite A215 is full sized. The keyboard is fairly firm with a little more give in the center of the keyboard. Spongy keyboards can often times be a problem spot for consumer notebooks. It was nice to see Toshiba give it a firm feel. The keyboard has a nice light touch if you really want to fly on it. It was also quiet during use. The key depth is a shade shallower than my ThinkPad, the notebook keyboard gold standard. There are few multimedia keys between the screen and the keyboard. Toshiba Satellite A215 does not support play without booting the machine. There was no volume control included which I thought odd until I found the wheel on the front.
The trackpad on Toshiba Satellite A215 is rectangular befitting its wide screen. There is a scroll zone located on the right side which is not marked and I personally prefer it to be. The trackpad worked fine. I didn't have any issues with it. The buttons were another matter. The mouse buttons Toshiba Satellite A215 were a bit stiff and noisy. While I don't mind the stiffness, noisy buttons are a personal dislike of mine which may or may not bother others. The noise and stiffness was worse on the outside of the buttons. Staying to the center helps a bit. I did see other Toshiba Satellite A215 s at OfficeMax and Wal-Mark whose buttons weren't quite so noisy. The clickiness may vary from one machine to the next. The buttons on occasion would fail to work for a minute, but if you pushed some of the keys on the keyboard, the problem would cure itself.
Toshiba Satellite A215 has a microphone and webcam integrated into the LCD housing. The camera is 1.3MP. It takes photos up to 1280x1024. The picture quality seemed pretty good, at least good enough for web or office use.



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Toshiba Satellite A215 Battery & AC
Toshiba Satellite A215 has a six-cell battery. Setting the screen to four of seven and with WiFi on, I was able to get two hours and thirty-five minutes of battery life. I was doing stuff like working on the review, surfing the net and listening to some music. While not the best I've seen, entertainment notebooks like Toshiba Satellite A215 don't travel often. I don't see battery life as being a big problem.
The AC adapter on Toshiba Satellite A215 was a bit chunky if you are planning on toting this around.

Toshiba Satellite A215 Heat & Noise
Toshiba Satellite A215 ran pretty cool and quiet. There are two vents on Toshiba Satellite A215, one on the left side and one underneath. The underside of the notebook only got warm during use. The one place where I noticed any heat was on the left side where the vent was located, but even that is hardly worth mentioning. If the fan came on which I am sure it did because I could feel it pushing out hot air, it remained unheard. The hard drive was quiet as well.

Toshiba Satellite A215 Wireless & Networking
Toshiba Satellite A215 has an Athernos WiFi card. I did not have any problems with the card. Signal strength was good wherever I used it at home, in the park or library. Toshiba Satellite A215 also has a Ethernet port if you more of a wired kind of person.

Toshiba Satellite A215 Ports & Connections
Toshiba Satellite A215 has all the ports most people will use on a regular basis. On the right side of Toshiba Satellite A215 are two USB ports, a modem jack, optical drive, power connector and lock slot.
On the front of the notebook is the WiFi On/Off switch, 5-in-1 card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, and volume wheel.
The left side has a four pin firewire connector, ExpressCard slot, two USB ports, Ethernet jack, S-Video and VGA out.

Toshiba Satellite A215 Sound
The speakers on Toshiba Satellite A215 are located beneath the screen which on a notebook of this size is probably where they ought to be. Placing the speakers on the front of the notebook can muffle the sound while typing. I liked the quality sound Toshiba Satellite A215. They did not get particularly loud, my R60's speakers were louder, but the sound quality was better. They're certainly good enough to watch a movie or listen to some tunes.


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Toshiba Qosmio G45 Review

Toshiba Qosmio G45 is a full entertainment system packed into one slightly oversized 17” widescreen notebook. It combines a 1080P high resolution display, HD-DVD Player, surround sound system, TV Tuner, and gaming machine into one device that can be carried to different locations inside your backpack.



Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

TOSHIBA G45AV680 Qosmio Notebook PC. The Qosmio G45 is, definitively, your luxe HD DVD14 digital entertainment showcase notebook for high definition movies, high fi delity audio and high impact gaming. With a High Defi nition TV Tuner10, you have a variety of media at your fingertips with stunning 1080p Full HD imagery15. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology increases system responsiveness, makes multi tasking faster, and extends battery life. New wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 Wi Fi provides reliable connections that wont slow you down. View stunning 1080p Full HD14 with 1920x1200 resolution on the 17 in diagonal /WUXGA/ Ultimate TruBrite display and experience content in intricate detail with more viewing angles, more screen and dramatically enhanced color saturation. An integrated HD DVD R drive for burning HD DVDs14 makes it easier than ever to save large files from digital cameras or camcorders, as well as high defi nition videos with true HD audio support. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology with the Intel GM965 chipset, new Intel Wireless Wi Fi Link 4965AGN supporting wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 connectivity, and 1GB Intel Turbo Memory6, boosts system performance, application responsiveness, and power savings.




Toshiba Qosmio G45 under review is only offered in one configuration at this time, with the part number of G45-AV680. It has the following specifications:
· OS: Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
· Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0GHz, 4MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
· Chipset: Mobile Intel P965 Express Chipset
· Wireless: Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n), Bluetooth version 2.0 plus Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
· Memory: 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (maximum capacity 4GB)
· Hard Drive: 320GB Total Space (160GB x 2)
· Optical Drive: HD DVD-R/DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive (in one optical drive), supporting 13 formats
· Screen: 17.0" diagonal widescreen TrueLife TFT LCD display at 1920x1200 (WUXGA, Glossy)
· Graphics: 512MB nVidia GeForce Go 8600m GT
· Web Cam: 2.0 megapixel webcam
· Slots: ExpressCard slot (ExpressCard/34 and Express Card/54) and PC-Card Slot, 5-in-1 media card reader
· Ports: VGA, HDMI, and S-Video out, Mic, 2 Headphone, line out, 2 IR out, IEEE-1394 (FireWire), Five USB 2.0 ports
· Dimensions (WxDxH Front/H Rear): 17.25" x 11.75" x 1.759"
· Weight: 10.6 Advertised, 9lbs 15oz actual w/ battery
· 90W (19V x 4.62A) 100-240V AC adapter (1lb 10.6oz)
· 9-cell (85Wh) Lithium Ion battery (1lb 2.3 oz)
· 1-Year Standard Limited Warranty

Compared to most notebooks, Toshiba Qosmio G45 is an extremely flashy computer. The display cover is glossy black with the Qosmio brand name embossed over it; proudly announcing its name to those around you. Opening the laptop reveals its glossy white palm rest and keyboard surround, nicely contrasting the top cover, with chrome dials and touch-sensitive selection buttons to control various functions. Bright blue LEDs illuminate all soft media buttons, as well as the volume dial and power switch when the unit is powered up. The LED’s can be disabled if the user so wishes, by pressing a soft-key above the keyboard.
Underneath the glossy plastic shell, bright blue LEDs, and chrome knobs is an alloy frame that supports the entire laptop. Many laptops these days have a metal alloy frame and it usually results in a very durable case having little flex. However, even though Toshiba Qosmio G45 has this alloy frame, it seems the frame isn't thick enough as there is plentiful flex to be found. The palm rest, the keyboard, and bezel around the keyboard all bow in with moderate pressure. The flexing becomes most apparent when the laptop is not on a flat surface. With one corner hanging off of a desk surface, weight from your wrist and arm while typing will bend the corner down a quarter inch or more. For such a high price tag you would expect better build quality when other Toshiba models costing a third less feel more durable.


Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

TOSHIBA G45AV680 Qosmio Notebook PC. The Qosmio G45 is, definitively, your luxe HD DVD14 digital entertainment showcase notebook for high definition movies, high fi delity audio and high impact gaming. With a High Defi nition TV Tuner10, you have a variety of media at your fingertips with stunning 1080p Full HD imagery15. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology increases system responsiveness, makes multi tasking faster, and extends battery life. New wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 Wi Fi provides reliable connections that wont slow you down. View stunning 1080p Full HD14 with 1920x1200 resolution on the 17 in diagonal /WUXGA/ Ultimate TruBrite display and experience content in intricate detail with more viewing angles, more screen and dramatically enhanced color saturation. An integrated HD DVD R drive for burning HD DVDs14 makes it easier than ever to save large files from digital cameras or camcorders, as well as high defi nition videos with true HD audio support. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology with the Intel GM965 chipset, new Intel Wireless Wi Fi Link 4965AGN supporting wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 connectivity, and 1GB Intel Turbo Memory6, boosts system performance, application responsiveness, and power savings.




With its steep price, quality issues, and questionable durability, its hard to recommend Toshiba Qosmio G45 over other quality Toshiba notebooks like the Satellite X205 gaming notebook. The key issues that would change this decision, if fixed, are the flimsy chassis and buggy hardware failures. Another might be to offer a HD-DVD-rom drive instead of the burner, and really lighten the cost of the machine.
Pros
· Screen great when operational
· Gaming performance was more than adequate for the latest games
· Speakers kick you know what
Cons
· Problematic hardware and software
· Screen backlight failures
· Toshiba utilities that cause the computer to freeze


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Toshiba Qosmio G45 peripheral

Toshiba Qosmio G45 Screen
Being a multimedia oriented machine, this laptop revolves around a high quality display. Coming in at 17”, with a WUXGA resolution, and a glossy finish it is something to behold. Wide horizontal viewing angles let you share movies with friends next to you, but limited vertical angles had the screen dim sharply as you moved to steeper vantage points. Colors were vibrant, whites were pure, and backlighting was even across the screen. Backlight bleed was only noticed at maximum brightness levels, but it's very hard to notice this unless you really look for it.
Throughout the review period, the backlight failed by turning off multiple times. The inverter whined on startup and at seemingly random intervals the backlight would just shut off. The first time it happened I thought the machine had locked and shutdown, but noticed by looking closely at the screen the desktop was still visible. At first I thought it was a fluke, but after several occurrences it got on my nerves.





Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

TOSHIBA G45AV680 Qosmio Notebook PC. The Qosmio G45 is, definitively, your luxe HD DVD14 digital entertainment showcase notebook for high definition movies, high fi delity audio and high impact gaming. With a High Defi nition TV Tuner10, you have a variety of media at your fingertips with stunning 1080p Full HD imagery15. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology increases system responsiveness, makes multi tasking faster, and extends battery life. New wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 Wi Fi provides reliable connections that wont slow you down. View stunning 1080p Full HD14 with 1920x1200 resolution on the 17 in diagonal /WUXGA/ Ultimate TruBrite display and experience content in intricate detail with more viewing angles, more screen and dramatically enhanced color saturation. An integrated HD DVD R drive for burning HD DVDs14 makes it easier than ever to save large files from digital cameras or camcorders, as well as high defi nition videos with true HD audio support. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology with the Intel GM965 chipset, new Intel Wireless Wi Fi Link 4965AGN supporting wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 connectivity, and 1GB Intel Turbo Memory6, boosts system performance, application responsiveness, and power savings.




Toshiba Qosmio G45 Speakers
The 4.1 speaker setup on the laptop is one of the best setups I have heard to date. Bass was clear and defined, midrange and high was both pretty accurate. I was able to get the volume quite loud before any distortion was heard, although with particularly loud bass you will get the plastic case to rattle.
The main speakers are located right above the keyboard, with the 2 smaller speakers located on either side of the LCD. The subwoofer is on the bottom side of the laptop near the left side.

Toshiba Qosmio G45 Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard on Toshiba Qosmio G45 felt large enough for comfortable typing, but could have had a dedicated number pad if the designers had relocated the volume dial and media controls. With its current layout there is plenty of extra whitespace around the entire typing surface to keep things uncluttered. The typing surface felt very solid and supported, and flexed much less than the rest of the body. Keystrokes required minimal pressure to recognize a key press, keeping my wrists stress free while writing. Typing was also quiet compared to some keyboards, so clacking away in a quiet room is not a concern.
The touchpad surface is large (3”x1.8”) allowing plenty of control in games and other mouse intensive activities. The two mouse control buttons provide a positive click when pressed, although I do prefer touchpad buttons with more travel. The fingerprint reader on this notebook was located between the buttons, staying out of the way during normal use.




Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

TOSHIBA G45AV680 Qosmio Notebook PC. The Qosmio G45 is, definitively, your luxe HD DVD14 digital entertainment showcase notebook for high definition movies, high fi delity audio and high impact gaming. With a High Defi nition TV Tuner10, you have a variety of media at your fingertips with stunning 1080p Full HD imagery15. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology increases system responsiveness, makes multi tasking faster, and extends battery life. New wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 Wi Fi provides reliable connections that wont slow you down. View stunning 1080p Full HD14 with 1920x1200 resolution on the 17 in diagonal /WUXGA/ Ultimate TruBrite display and experience content in intricate detail with more viewing angles, more screen and dramatically enhanced color saturation. An integrated HD DVD R drive for burning HD DVDs14 makes it easier than ever to save large files from digital cameras or camcorders, as well as high defi nition videos with true HD audio support. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology with the Intel GM965 chipset, new Intel Wireless Wi Fi Link 4965AGN supporting wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 connectivity, and 1GB Intel Turbo Memory6, boosts system performance, application responsiveness, and power savings.






Toshiba Qosmio G45 Heat and Noise

Heat and noise with Toshiba Qosmio G45 were never overwhelming, even when the laptop was running benchmarks. From its massive size, it had a large surface to warm up gracefully, as well as acting as a passive heatsink. Fan noise stayed within reasonable levels, usually being drowned out by other office noises. During normal uses (web browsing) the laptop would warm up to a nice level, leaving most touchable surfaces 6-10 degrees warmer than room temperature. Shown below are IR temperature readouts of the upper and lower surface of the notebook as it was cooling down from a benchmark that ran 2-3 minutes earlier.

Toshiba Qosmio G45 Battery

Mobile life on the laptop comes in short at 2 hours and 40 minutes, on the balanced profile and the screen brightness one notch down from top. If you want to watch a HD-DVD movie on a plane, your battery drops even lower to 60 minutes. With a machine of this size, if you are planning on doing much work away from an AC outlet I would suggest getting a spare battery.

Toshiba Qosmio G45 Additional Features

Toshiba Qosmio G45 includes both an external HDTV tuner, and a HD-DVD Burner. The burner, being the most expensive item, probably drove its price up quite a bit. Both of these included items worked without issue when tested. The HDTV tuner clearly brought in 5 digital channels available inside my apartment, having a slight pause changing stations. The HD DVD burner was tested using the included Toshiba software, and burning 14 GB of data to a 15 GB disc took 55 minutes and 30 seconds. Not quite the fastest process compared to CD’s or DVD’s, but our single included HD-DVD burned successfully without making a coaster.




Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 17 Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0 GHz) / 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM / 320GB of Hard Drive Space / 17-inch / HD DVD/DVD

TOSHIBA G45AV680 Qosmio Notebook PC. The Qosmio G45 is, definitively, your luxe HD DVD14 digital entertainment showcase notebook for high definition movies, high fi delity audio and high impact gaming. With a High Defi nition TV Tuner10, you have a variety of media at your fingertips with stunning 1080p Full HD imagery15. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology increases system responsiveness, makes multi tasking faster, and extends battery life. New wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 Wi Fi provides reliable connections that wont slow you down. View stunning 1080p Full HD14 with 1920x1200 resolution on the 17 in diagonal /WUXGA/ Ultimate TruBrite display and experience content in intricate detail with more viewing angles, more screen and dramatically enhanced color saturation. An integrated HD DVD R drive for burning HD DVDs14 makes it easier than ever to save large files from digital cameras or camcorders, as well as high defi nition videos with true HD audio support. Intel Centrino Duo processor technology with the Intel GM965 chipset, new Intel Wireless Wi Fi Link 4965AGN supporting wireless 802.11ag4 and draft /n/5 connectivity, and 1GB Intel Turbo Memory6, boosts system performance, application responsiveness, and power savings.





Toshiba Qosmio G45 Input and Output Ports
Let's take a visual tour around the ports of Toshiba Qosmio G45.
Left Side
On the left side is a Kensington lock slot, USB, PC-Card/Expresscard, Firewire, and another USB port
Front
On the front we have the HD-DVD burner
Right Side
On the right side are 2 Headphone jacks, microphone input, line-in, USB, and 56k modem
Rear
On the back is the ower connection, 2 IR sender ports, S-Video, 2 USB, VGA, HDMI, LAN


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Toshiba Qosmio F45 Review

Toshiba Qosmio F45 is a "mobile digital entertainment notebook" with a 15.4 in diagonal widescreen for your high definition movies, high fidelity audio and high impact gaming. With an available HD DVD ROM, Intel Centrino Duo processor technology, 802.11ag and draft/n Wi Fi, and a set of powerful Harman Kardon speakers with one subwoofer, the Qosmio F45 might just live up to the advertising hype. But can it deliver, as Toshiba suggests, a true balance of "mobility, performance, manageability and connectivity?"






TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4" Wide XGA Intel GMA X3100 NoteBook

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T5450(1.66GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 2GB DDR2 667 200GB DVD Super Multi Intel GMA X3100






The specs for our review unit of the Toshiba Qosmio F45 are as follows:
· Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450 (1.66GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB)
· Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
· 2048MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM + 1024MB Intel Turbo Memory
· 15.4" Diagonal Widescreen XGA TruBrite Display (1280 x 800)
· Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with 8MB-256MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
· 200GB Serial ATA HDD (4200rpm)
· DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) with LabelFlash drive
· Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965 AGN* (802.11a/g/n)
· 4000mAh Lithium Ion battery
· 90W AC adapter
· Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.9" x 11.0" x 1.77"
· Weight: 6.6 lbs
One of the first things you'll notice about Toshiba Qosmio F45, if you're already familiar with other Toshiba notebooks, is that the Toshiba logo has been replaced on the lid with the Qosmio brand logo in glossy silver plastic. This design element is also featured in the new Toshiba Qosmio F45and it tends to draw attention in a crowded coffee shop ... most people aren't familiar with the Qosmio name. Toshiba calls the color of Toshiba Qosmio F45's lid "Cosmic Black" but I'm still (thankfully) amazed an overzealous marketing person at Toshiba didn't label the color "Qosmic Black."
After releasing the latch and raising the LCD you are greeted with spacious palm rests, a large touchpad, and way more media buttons than you typically see on a 15.4" notebook. The design itself is very angular with just some light rounding to otherwise sharp edges. The exterior is all black and light gray plastic but unfortuantely the plastic feels thin and quite cheap. Tap anywhere on the notebook with your fingernail and you'll hear a hollow sound. If you run your fingertips over the joints where two peices of plastic meet (such as around the optical drive or along the bottom of the notebook) you will feel the sharp edges of the plastic where the material doesn't fit flush. Overall, the fit and finish of Toshiba Qosmio F45 has room for improvement.
One particularly nice design feature about Toshiba Qosmio F45is the front-mounted slot-loading optical drive. We can honestly say that this optical drive is the quietest slot-loading drive we've ever seen. Most slot-loading drives, particularly in notebooks, sound like power drills grinding plastic whenever you load or eject a disk. Although these drives look cool we usually aren't crazy about them because they make so much noise. That is not the case with the slot-loading drive in our Toshiba Qosmio F45. Although the drive does make some noise when loading or ejecting a disk, the noise is hardly disruptive and actually quieter than some "traditional" tray-type optical drives. We really want to thank Toshiba engineers for putting such a nice slot-loading drive into Toshiba Qosmio F45.





TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4" Wide XGA Intel GMA X3100 NoteBook

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T5450(1.66GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 2GB DDR2 667 200GB DVD Super Multi Intel GMA X3100






Conclusion
Overall our first impressions of the Toshiba Qosmio F45 are mixed. Toshiba Qosmio F45has a gorgeous screen, good built-in speakers and dedicated multi-media buttons that make the experience of controlling your movies, music, and web browsing second to none. That said, the plastics used in construction look cheap and the processor and gaming performance are sub-par given the price range.
Bottom line, Toshiba Qosmio F45has some nice features like solid speakers and innovative media and web browser controls.
Pros
· Very nice screen
· Excellent selection of media buttons and other controls
· The quietest slot-loading drive we've ever seen!
· Good speakers
· Plenty of hard drive storage space
Cons
· Plastic construction looks and feels cheap
· A little too much keyboard flex
· Touchpad buttons felt cheap and made loud clicks
· Unimpressive performance
· Expensive for what you get


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Toshiba Qosmio F45 peripheral

Toshiba Qosmio F45 Screen and Webcam
The glossy 15.4" widescreen XGA TruBrite display is a genuinely impressive LCD. The 1280 x 800 pixel resolution may be a bit low for HD video, but both images and video appeared sharp with excellent contrast and bold color. There was no light leakage to speak of and both the horizontal and vertical viewing agles are reasonably good ... certainly a great display for watching movies or viewing digital photos.
Overall, you would be hard pressed to find a better 15.4" notebook display among current notebooks, regardless of price, than the one used in Toshiba Qosmio F45.
The intergrated 1.3 megapixel webcam provides reasonable resolution and does a pretty good job capturing accurate color with a good frame rate. Video images are a little grainy, particularly in low light, but the webcam is certainly more than capable of solid video conference usage.






TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4" Wide XGA Intel GMA X3100 NoteBook

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T5450(1.66GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 2GB DDR2 667 200GB DVD Super Multi Intel GMA X3100




Toshiba Qosmio F45 Speakers
The twin Harman Kardon speakers located above the keyboard are a welcome addition to this entertainment notebook. The built-in subwoofer also adds impressive bass to the system. The combination of the speakers and subwoofer provide strong highs and righ, deep lows which make listening to music and watching movies as very enjoyable experience.
As with most of the Toshiba notebooks with Harman Kardon speakers and subwoofers, external speakers are not as much of a necessity as they are with notebooks from other manufacturers.

Toshiba Qosmio F45 Keyboard, Touchpad, Media Buttons and Other Controls
The keyboard on Toshiba Qosmio F45 is made from the same light gray plastic as the rest of the interior and features nicely sized keys with good feedback and even dedicated home, end, page up, and page down keys. Overall the keyboard felt nice but there was a significant amount of keyboard flex across the entire surface of the keyboard when typing ... something that most users won't appreciate.
One very nice touch with the design of the keyboard is the blue LED backlighting around the power button, volume control wheel, and the navigation wheel used for Windows Media Center and web page scrolling. The metal volume control wheel on the left side of the keyboard feels quite nice and produces audible clicks when turned. Unfortunately, there is no on-screen display to tell you the current volume setting. The metal navigation wheel on the right side of the keyboard is a great solution for Windows Media Center and is also a nice addition for scrolling pages when browsing the web. There is also a dedicated "back" button located beneath the navigation wheel for moving back to the website you were previously viewing.
In addition, directly above the keyboard is a selection of 11 media buttons that control everything from opening your web browser and playing video to adjusting screen brightness and changing your Dolby sound settings.




TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4" Wide XGA Intel GMA X3100 NoteBook

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T5450(1.66GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 2GB DDR2 667 200GB DVD Super Multi Intel GMA X3100




Toshiba Qosmio F45 Ports and Features
As expected with most 15.4" notebooks, Toshiba Qosmio F45 comes with a reasonable (if not jaw dropping) selection of ports. Since this system is being marketed by Toshiba as a "mobile digital entertainment notebook" it was a bit of a surprise not to find an integrated TV tuner or HDMI out port that have become a common site on home entertainment notebooks. The lack of an HDMI port is all the more noticable since an HD-DVD drive is an available upgrade for Toshiba Qosmio F45. At the very least an IR receiver and ExpressCard remote control would have been a welcome addition. While the F45 still has a solid selection of ports, people looking for an "entertainment notebook" may be disappointed.
The list of ports includes:
· 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
· 1 Headphone out
· 1 S/P DIF output port
· 1 microphone-in
· 1 VGA (15-pin)
· 1 TV-Out (S-video)
· 1 RJ-45 (LAN)
· 1 Firewire (4-pin)
· 1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
· 5-in-1 Digital Media Reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD)

Front view: LED status indicators, the screen latch, and a very quiet slot-loading optical drive.
Left side view: Two USB ports, ExpressCard slot, 5-in-1 card reader, and Firewire port.
Right side view: Two USB ports, wireless on/off switch, microphone in, headphone out, S/P DIF out, and modem port.
Rear view: DC power jack, heat vent, VGA out, S-video out, Ethernet, and security lock slot.
The bottom view of the F45 shows plenty of vents, the memory expansion cover, the battery, and the built-in subwoofer.

Toshiba Qosmio F45 Battery
The 4000mAh Lithium Ion battery that comes with Toshiba Qosmio F45 provided 3 hours and 4 minutes of battery life with the screen turned down to half brightness and wirelessly browsing the web. While those numbers aren't the most impressive we've seen they are quite good for a standard battery in a 15.4" notebook. That said, you may want to consider an extra battery or using the AC adapter if you plan to watch a full-length DVD movie on this notebook.




TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 Intel Core 2 Duo 15.4" Wide XGA Intel GMA X3100 NoteBook

TOSHIBA Qosmio F45-AV410 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T5450(1.66GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 2GB DDR2 667 200GB DVD Super Multi Intel GMA X3100




Toshiba Qosmio F45 Heat and Noise
One area where Toshiba Qosmio F45 exceeded expectations was with heat and noise. This notebook remained remarkable cool to the touch and quiet even during benchmarking when the system was stressed and producing the most heat. Although the system fan on Toshiba Qosmio F45 remains on most of the time, it is whisper quiet and only becomes noticeable in a perfectly silent room or if the fan speeds up to the maximum setting. Despite the apparently thin plastics used in Toshiba Qosmio F45's construction, there were no hot spots to be found anywhere on the system during use. Even the palm rests and memory slot cover remained cool to the touch. If heat and noise are an issue for you then Toshiba Qosmio F45 may be the answer to your prayers.


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Toshiba Portege R500 Review

Toshiba Portege R500 use the new Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 (Merom) as platform, and is the first ultraportable laptop to incorporate an optical drive into a system that is less than one inch thick and weighs less than 2.5 pounds. Toshiba Portege R500 provides a new ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo processor, optical drive, fingerprint reader, and a generous selection of ports in a stylish form factor that is so light and thin it’s shocking.
Toshiba recently announced that they have further reduced the weight of Toshiba Portege R500 Series to 1.72 pounds (without optical drive) by replacing the Serial-ATA HDD with a 64GB solid state drive. This makes Toshiba Portege R500 the world’s lightest widescreen 12.1-inch notebook (as of this writing).





Toshiba Portege R500-S5002X Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 1.20GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, 120GB SATA HDD, DVD SuperMulti, 12.1 WXGA Display, F

Toshiba Portege R500-S5002X Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 1.20GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, 120GB SATA HDD, DVD SuperMulti, 12.1 WXGA Display, F

With its ultralight design and stunning silhouette, the feather light 1.72 pound Portege R500 Series is the transcendent expression of executive mobility and style. Offering the world's lightest widescreen 12.1inch notebook PC in one configuration, and the world's thinnest widescreen 12.1inch notebook PC with an integrated DVD-SuperMulti drive in another, the Portege R500 Series represents an uncompromising synthesis of portability and productivity that's meticulously engineered for the demands of executive computing.





Our Toshiba Portege R500 has the following specs:
· Genuine Windows Vista Business (32-bit version)
· Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 1.20GHz, 2MB L2, 533MHz FSB with 64-bit
· 1024MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM
· One memory slot available
· 120GB (5400 RPM); Serial-ATA hard disk drive
· 7mm, 8xDVD-SuperMulti (+/-R Single Layer) drive supporting 9 formats
· 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen highbrightness display
· 1280 x 800 (WXGA) - Transreflective backlit LED
· Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 64MB
· Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11a/g/n)
· Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

Toshiba Portege R500 features a radical design measuring as thin as 0.77-inches and weighing 2.4 pounds. This makes Toshiba Portege R500 lighter and thinner than most ultraportables. The silver Toshiba Portege R500 combines rounded edges and angular lines producing a shape that's both space-saving and stylish. It’s very clear upon first glance that there is absolutely no wasted space in the design of Toshiba Portege R500.
The build is mostly plastic with some flex most noticeably beneath the right palm rest and the LCD lid. Toshiba Portege R500 doesn't use any type of latch to close the lid, just a firm hinge closing mechanism that works well.



Toshiba Portege R500-S5002X Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 1.20GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, 120GB SATA HDD, DVD SuperMulti, 12.1 WXGA Display, F

Toshiba Portege R500-S5002X Laptop Computer -Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 1.20GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, 120GB SATA HDD, DVD SuperMulti, 12.1 WXGA Display, F

With its ultralight design and stunning silhouette, the feather light 1.72 pound Portege R500 Series is the transcendent expression of executive mobility and style. Offering the world's lightest widescreen 12.1inch notebook PC in one configuration, and the world's thinnest widescreen 12.1inch notebook PC with an integrated DVD-SuperMulti drive in another, the Portege R500 Series represents an uncompromising synthesis of portability and productivity that's meticulously engineered for the demands of executive computing.





While the design is quite impressive, and build quality is amazing given the thin materials used, our overall feeling is that Toshiba Portege R500 is far from rugged. The standard amount of abuse that most notebooks endure with ease would result in a broken Toshiba Portege R500.
Conclusion
Overall our final impressions of the Toshiba Portege R500 are "enthusiastic," but we can't shake the feeling there is plenty of room for improvement. Toshiba Portege R500 represents an impressive first-generation design for the future of the ultra-portable market. We expect to see amazing things from Toshiba in the coming years as the Portege line grows and develops.
In terms of how this ultraportable stacks up to the competition, the R500 is a bit of a mixed bag. While Toshiba Portege R500 is remarkably well built for such a thin and light ultraportable, most competing systems have a more rugged build quality. Likewise, although Toshiba Portege R500 is a full-featured notebook in most respects, the low-voltage processor and only 1GB of RAM running Vista make Toshiba Portege R500 noticeably slower than other notebooks in the same class.
Bottom line, Toshiba Portege R500 is the thinest and lightest full-featured notebook in its class. Unfortunately, you will have to make some sacrifices if size and weight are important to you.
Pros
· Amazingly thin
· Amazingly light
· Super thin 7mm optical drive
· Reasonable battery life even at maximum screen brightness
· Very quiet
Cons
· Poor viewing angles and light leakage on screen
· Produces too much heat
· Build quality is too delicate for everyday use and abuse
· Not the best location for the PC card slot (may block optical drive)
· Performance is too slow for anything but short-term travel


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