Toshiba Satellite P100-160

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Toshiba Satellite P100-160

Amazing widescreen entertainment comes to life with the Satellite P100. Superlative high-definition video performance is provided by the NVIDIA graphi...

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Review of "Toshiba Satellite P100-160"

published 30/08/2007 | squidblaine
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Pro Large screen, very capable of everyday computer tasks
Cons Not for gamers, may be difficult for some to carry around
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"An excellent system for the casual user!"

Among computer enthusiasts, Toshiba tend to get a tough time on account of not building effective systems - apparently. I've been a long-time PC user (and something of a fanatic to tell the truth), and this P100 is the first laptop I have ever purchased. So, without further adieu, let me dispel the myth of Toshiba's poor reputation.

Firstly, mine had a fault straight out of the box and refused to start up, so it was promptly shipped back to Toshiba for repairs. It was a mere six days before it was returned to my doorstep by courier, fully functional and, unexpectedly, it had been cleaned and polished. I booted up successfully and happily for the first time to see what I'd been waiting for. The laptop comes equipped with the Vista Home Premium operating system, which is the current creme de la creme of operating systems. Toshiba also squeeze in your standard bundled software, which is nothing spectacular - a trial copy of Norton Antivirus and a networking program which displays a neat little radar of nearby networks are the only programs of note. Don't be put off, as most manufacturers are substandard in supplying quality sofware, and the best applications are available free on the internet (download.com, anyone?).

Despite it's average processing power and graphic capabilities, this laptop works a real treat for all but the most hardcore of computer users. It is quick to start applications, videos and DVDs can be run beautifully, and browsing several websites whilst listening to music can be done without any slowdowns or strains on the system. If you were worried about Vista being slow on this laptop's specification, don't be - it's as smooth as butter, and there are ample of nice little Windows Aero effects catered for.

Obviously, the likes of gamers and graphic designers won't be best pleased with this system. The Intel GMA graphics system is nowhere near having the capabilities of running modern games, and the overall system setup is not ideal for intensive activities such as video-editting and the likes. It will give it a fair old go, but performance will be below par and generally rotten.

Nonetheless, casual users will be in heaven with this laptop. It has a card reader for your digital camera photos to be plugged in directly, brilliant wireless and wired network capabilities, heavenly sound if you buy some quality speakers or headphones, and even a dial-up modem if you're not one to go broadband. But with websites such as Laptops Direct (google it!) offering this brilliant laptop at a very reasonable price, you've no excuse not to have the leftover money for broadband.

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  • wingnut888 published 30/08/2007
    nice review
  • hollywoodmum published 30/08/2007
    Great first review
  • torr published 30/08/2007
    Welcome to Ciao. Good first review. Duncn
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Product Information : Toshiba Satellite P100-160

Manufacturer's product description

Amazing widescreen entertainment comes to life with the Satellite P100. Superlative high-definition video performance is provided by the NVIDIA graphics engine and ultra-bright 17-inch Toshiba TruBrite widescreen display. Harman Kardon speakers and a DVD SuperMulti Drive for writing DVD's also combine to add to the superb media experience. The stylish Satellite P100 delivers powerful mobile computing and entertainment on the go.

Product Details

Product Description: Toshiba Satellite P100-160 - 17" - Core 2 Duo T5200 - Vista Home Premium - 1 GB RAM - 100 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Vista Home Premium

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5200 / 1.6 GHz / 2 MB Cache

Memory: 1 GB DDR2

Storage: 100 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL

Display: 17" 1440 x 900 / WXGA+

Graphics: Intel GMA 950

Networking: 802.11a/b/g , 10/100 Ethernet , fax / modem

Dimensions (WxDxH): 39.4 cm x 27.5 cm x 4.2 cm

Weight: 3.2 kg

Localisation: United Kingdom

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: PSPAAE-01D00UEN

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T5200 / 1.6 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 2 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Front Side Bus: 533 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GM Express

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino Duo

Memory

RAM: 1 GB ( 2 x 512 MB )

Max RAM Supported: 4 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 533 MHz

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots:

Storage

Main Storage: 100 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 2x (DVD-R DL) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)

Display

Type: 17"

Resolution: 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )

Widescreen: Yes

Colour Support: 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Features: TruBrite

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Max Allocated RAM Size: 128 MB

Sound: Stereo speakers

Compliant Standards: DirectSound, DirectSound3D, High Definition Audio

Audio Features: Harman/kardon stereo speakers, SRS TruSurround XT

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Features: Built-in numeric keyboard

Communications

Wireless: 802.11a/b/g

Wireless Controller: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet

Compliant Standards: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Modem

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.90

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Features: V.92 upgradable

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 2 x memory ( 0 free ) ¦ 1 x PC Card ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 4 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A

Memory Card Reader: 5 in 1 ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card )

Software

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities, Intervideo WinDVD, Toshiba ConfigFree, Microsoft Office 2003 Student and Teacher Edition (Trial), Toshiba Zooming Utility, Microsoft Works 8.5, Toshiba Disc Creator, Microsoft Digital Image Starter Edition 2006 (Trial), Norton Internet Security 2007 (90 days subscription), Ulead DVD MovieWriter for Toshiba

Miscellaneous

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), administrator password, power-on password

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play, ACPI 1.0b, UL, cUL, VESA DPMS, CSA 22.2 No. 950, FCC Part 15 B, R&TTE

Localization: United Kingdom

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 39.4 cm

Depth: 27.5 cm

Height: 4.2 cm

Weight: 3.2 kg

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 20 - 80%

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