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Tech Review: Toshiba Satellite Laptop

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Posted September 10, 2007 - By bleahy

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Toshiba Satellite P205-S6287 Laptop
Available:
Now
Price: $1,249.99

In the market for a shiny new laptop, but gaming isn’t your priority? Toshiba has a dual-core Centrino on the market that could be the laptop for you.

PROS:

  • Great Screen
  • Dual Core Gives Great Application Performance
  • Built-in Webcam
  • Full Size Keyboard

CONS:

  • On-Board Video
  • Laptop is Large, Heavy
  • Comes Pre-Loaded With Tons of Useless Software

Specs:

Intel Centrino Duo T5300 @ 1.73GHz
2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM
17” Widescreen Display (1440x900)
On-Board Video with 256MB RAM (DX9.0)

The first thing I noticed when I booted up this laptop was the huge amount of software that Toshiba loaded on it that is of absolutely no use to a power user. After shutting down all these extra programs, the application performance is great, however, with 2GB of RAM and a dual core Centrino.

Sadly, the video card is on-board, so game performance is low. That isn’t what the laptop is designed for, though, so it is semi-excusable. However, a 17” laptop should have tons of room for a dedicated video card. I’m confused by what is taking up all the room inside this thing. It did play Civilization IV pretty well and would only slow down during the late stages of the game.

The screen is beautiful, glossy, and big. This laptop is great for watching DVDs or video. The speakers sound good, but if this is a desktop replacement, invest in some real speakers. The built-in 1.3 mega-pixel webcam is great for Skype, videoconferencing, or making YouTube vlogs.

The rest of the features are standard fair for a mid-level laptop. You get wireless, DVD Burner, a full sized keyboard, and media keys. This is a laptop that’s trapped between portability and power. The size of this laptop makes it a pain to carry around, but the on-board video prevents it from being a gaming desktop replacement.

For the price, you could snag yourself a shiny MacBook, but you hate Mac’s for some unknown reason. They run Windows now, too!

Benchmarks:

3DMark06 Scores
The CPU test renders a 3D scene with AI, lighting, and advanced effects entirely on the CPU.
CPU Score: 1272

For comparison, our Alienware ALX Gaming Rig scores 4422 on the CPU Score with a Intel Extreme Quad Core, but keep in mind, that is a desktop that is way more powerful.

Windows Vista Experience Index:
The Vista Experience Index assigns a rating to the parts of a computer as a predictor for game and application performance. It is currently capped at 5.9.

Processor: 4.8
RAM: 4.4
Graphics: 3.1
Gaming Graphics: 3.1
Hard Disk: 4.5
Overall: 3.1

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