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Toshiba Satellite C660-155
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Toshiba Satellite C660-155
Date: 25/05/11, updated on 27/05/11 (262 review reads)
Advantages: Great performance and reasonable pricing.
Disadvantages: Medium battery life and a strange rugged texture to some of the exterior.
This model then, the 'Toshiba Satellite C660-155' was a PC I purchased 6-months ago at the reasonable price of £420.00 from dabs.co.uk. in today's world, this model is more than capable of running the latest software (including Windows 7 - with which it was fitted) and playing the latest games (including World Of Warcraft), but to begin with, how does it fair aesthetically against other alternatives?
Well, perhaps rather deceivingly (with regards to the image above) the exterior case of this particular model is quite rugged in texture, which can quite often lead to little bits of food and general debris from day to day doings becoming struck in the tiny nooks and crannies of the shell. The rest of the laptop is very well aesthetically designed, the keyboard (though not erganomic) is nicely placed and the white key lettering (with grey text below for secondary information) works and looks excellent. The stickers which come attached to the laptop when it arrives are silvery and don't leave a mark when removed - they contain some key information regarding your system, and therefore may want to remain connected.
So how does the system feel to use?
Without delving too much back into the aesthetics of the design, the rugged texture of the exterior does give your palms something to grip to and works well usability wise. When you sit your hands just below the keyboard and reach across to begin typing, the general set up and arrangement present feels just right. The keys push down beautifully, making little noise but a slight thud of vibration, and the touch pad used to control the on-screen curser is set to just the right sensitivity for my liking (though I'm sure this is adjustable in the computers 'control panel' under 'start' on a Microsoft Windows OS). The ejection of the CD-drive feels mechanised and un-electronic, though I suppose it would be a waste of energy and internal space to power this automatically (as with all laptops). The weight of the device (at 2.54 kg) feels very moderate and easy to carry round on most if not all work/study related occassions.
And, how does the system perform?
From what use I have secured from the laptop and to my own personal knowledge, it performs excellently. I have had no technical issues with the product and it appears to have remained at the same start-up and close-down speeds from the day I booted it up for the first time - 6-months ago. It is quite possible that this is largely due to my keeping clean the machine of any unnecessary programs or files, and having installed from the word go a state of the art anti-virus system to stop intrusion (Norton Internet Security).
With regards to internet performance, the laptop is quick and almost never crashes or leaves a page without warning (an issue I have had with previous makes and models).
The devices battery life is definetly something which could have been improved (possibly on my part - with the purchasing of a long-life battery pack), as it only appears to last between 3 and 5 hours, even on 'battery saver' mode (specified on the Windows tool bar at the bottom right of the screen if needed). Couldn't Toshiba have improved this vital area without putting production costs and therefore retail costs up too much?
What's the final word on this product?
With a wide variety of different computer specifications available on the Toshiba Satellite and Satellite Pro ranges, there really is no need to look anywhere else. The quality is great and the price reasonable. The thing is, if you risk it and go for something like an 'Acer' with the same specification but at a lower price, you've got to expect reduced longevity, durability, performance and overall quality, because that is the inevitable curse the price tag will conjure.
Summary: Something for everyone to consider - but do consider the whole range!
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