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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ TOSHIBA SATELLITE L505-144 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ I have a confession to make. I'm quite a fan of anything Toshiba, be it televisions, laptops or even DVD players. However I was beginning to hate Toshiba after a laptop I bought a few years ago from Currys which had three speeds: slow, really slow and awfully slow. Alas I decided it was time to replace it. But what should I buy? The Sony VAIO S Series? Or perhaps the Samsung R590? Well actually, I decided to give Toshiba one last chance and picked up the Toshiba Satellite L505-144 and do you know what; I don't regret it for a second.
By 2010 you might think all computers are super speedy or at least they should be. Well that's just not true, however the Toshiba Satellite L505-144 (TSL) is incredibly fast compared to my desktop. The processor speed here is what counts as well as the increased RAM and even running two programmes at once I was able to tab out and get around my computer in a rather quick fashion.
Straight out of the box you'll notice that this has a nice glossy cover that reminds me of the times I've seen businessmen sat typing in a cafe. The keyboard takes some getting used to, especially for anyone who has only been using desktops for the last ten years. It can be a little too easy to press the wrong button at first but now it's to the point where I'm writing 1000-2000 words without so much as a mistake; something I can't say about my old Tesco keyboard!
One thing you'll notice is that if you leave it on consistently there is really no change at all. The fan still remains quiet and the base never becomes too hot to touch (which is a bonus for those of us who have small children). The battery on the other hand doesn't last quite as long as I would like but to be fair you can replace this quite cheaply. The battery is still adequate for short train trips, bus journeys, etc. How long can you leave it on for? Well I had a proposal that needed writing as well as a number of other items so I left this on for a good two weeks solid while I ran multiple programmes. During that time it didn't crash once although by the feel of the battery you might have thought it was about to set on fire.
Windows 7 is a wonderful new addition and compliments the computer beautifully. The computer also comes with a built in webcam which my mother pointed out to me, "anybody could be watching you!" Don't panic though. Webcams don't work like that :) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ SPECS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ Processor type : Intel® CoreTM i5-430M Processor clock speed : 2.26 / 2.53 Turbo GHz Front Side Bus : 1,066 MHz 3rd level cache : 3 MB Operating system Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit (pre-installed, Toshiba-HDD recovery) and Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 32-bit (Toshiba-Recovery DVD)
Design Colour colour : Precious Black with matt black keyboard System memory standard : 4,096 (2,048 + 2,048) MB maximum expandability : 8,192 MB technology : DDR3 RAM (1,066 MHz) Hard disk capacity : 320 GB drive rotation : 5,400 rpm DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer) compatibility : CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM maximum speed : Read: 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM/ Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 10x HS CD-RW, 24x US CD-RW, 8x DVD-R, 6x DVD-R (Double Layer), 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R, 6x DVD+R (Double Layer), 8x DVD+RW, 5x DVD-RAM type : DVD Super Multi (Double Layer) drive Display size : 39.6cm (15.6") type : Toshiba TruBrite® HD TFT High Brightness display with LED backlight with 16 : 9 aspect ratio internal resolution : 1366 x 768
Graphics adaptor manufacturer : ATI type : ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD 5145 supporting HyperMemoryTM technology memory : 512 MB dedicated VRAM (total available graphics memory using HyperMemoryTM technology can be up to 1,530 MB with a 32-bit operating system and 3 GB system memory or 2,810 MB with a 64-bit operating system and 5 GB system memory) memory type : DDR3 Video RAM (resp. Video RAM and system memory combined) connected bus : PCI Express® Internal video modes The following internal video modes are supported: resolution : 1366 x 768 Max External Video Modes Max Resolution : 2,048 x 1,536 Max Refresh Rate : 100 Hz Non-interlaced resolution with max refresh rate : 1,600 x 1,200 Interfaces 1 × DC-in 1 × external monitor 1 × RJ-45 1 × external microphone 1 × headphone (stereo) 1 × integrated VGA Web Camera with built-in microphone 1 × 4-in-1 Bridge Media slot (supports SDTM Cards up to 16 GB, Memory Stick® up to 256 MB, Memory Stick ProTM up to 2 GB and MultiMedia CardTM up to 2 GB) 1 (Left) × eSATA/USB 2.0 2 (Right 2) × USB 2.0
1 × HDMI supporting 1080p signal format Expansion 2 × memory slots Wireless communication Compliancy : Wi-Fi® Network Support : 802.11b/g/n Wireless Technology : Wireless LAN Wired communication topology : Fast Ethernet LAN speed : 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Sound system supported audio format : 24-bit stereo speakers : built-in stereo speaker manufacturer : Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound System Keyboard keys : 105 Windows keys : Yes special features : Standard numeric keypad Pointing device type : Touch Pad with Multi-Touch Control Battery technology : lithium-ion maximum life : up to 2h40min (Mobile MarkTM 2007) AC adaptor input voltage : autosensing AC adapter (100/240 V) for worldwide usage output voltage : 19 V output current : 4.74 A Physical dimensions W x D x H : 383 x 259 x 35.4 (front) / 39.3 (rear) mm weight : starting at 2.94 kg
Warranty 1 year EMEA Carry-in including Pick-up & Return in the UK & Ireland. Toshiba also offers a large range of services to upgrade your standard warranty, please have a look at our website www.toshiba.co.uk/services/ to find the right service for your product.
Bundled hardware AC adaptor Bundled software Toshiba Disc Creator Toshiba User's Manual Supervisor Password Utility Toshiba Assist Chicony Camera Assistant Software Toshiba DVD Player Toshiba Face Recognition Microsoft® Works, Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (free 60-day trial) Toshiba Value Added Package (Toshiba Power Saver, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool, Toshiba Flash Cards, Toshiba Components Common Driver, Toshiba Accessibility, Toshiba Button Support) McAfee® Internet Security (includes free Internet updates for 30 days) WildTangent Games Console Toshiba Photo Service Toshiba Recovery Media Creator Google Pack (Google Toolbar, iGoogle, Google Picasa) Connectivity Doctor ConfigFreeTM Toshiba utilities and drivers Toshiba EasyMedia Easy Entertainment HDMI-out
Easy Connectivity Built-in Web Camera & Microphone Diversity Antenna Integrated Bridge Media Adapter Toshiba ConfigFreeTM Toshiba Face Recognition
Easy Usability Eco Utility PC Health Monitor Toshiba LifeSpace McAfee® Internet Security Toshiba TEMPRO Performance Tuning Service Smart Display Support Touch Pad with Multi-Touch Control Control Buttons Security features slot for Kensington Cable Lock supervisor password HDD password on request user password Special features SM BIOS compliant integrated microphone for Voice over IP HD Audio support 4 mechanical Control Buttons (Mute, Play/Pause, Forward, Rewind) ENERGY STAR qualified computer integrated VGA Web Camera for Video over IP Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® Technology ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ PRICING ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ Brand new you're looking at having to pay £500-600 for this laptop which isn't bad at all. I bought mine from Currys for £349.97 but mine is a refurbished model. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ CONCLUSION ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ As excellent piece of technology that I'll be using for years to come. Once you get used to the keyboard you really can't go wrong. And for all you computer game addicts, yes, it plays games beautifully! Be sure to pick this up the next time you're online or visiting your local electronics store.
This would be more helpful with fewer 'specs' and more opinion . . . if you explained what all those 'specs' meant for those of us who don't really understand them as far as what they mean, it would be of more use
. . . ♥ jesi ♥
blissman70 14.01.2011 21:59
this is just a list really isn't it? which anybody can read on the box
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