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Toshiba Satellite L505-144
Member Name: Huomenna
Toshiba Satellite L505-144
Date: 11/06/10, updated on 11/06/10 (715 review reads)
Advantages: stylish, good processer, easy to use
Disadvantages: battery life could be better, mouse a bit rough on fingers
I bought this laptop about a month ago having broken the keyboard on my old advent by spilling milk on it - silly me! On the plus side though my advent laptop was old and slow so it's not like I broke something that was really good.
I'm a photographer by trade so when it came to looking for a replacement laptop I wanted something with good memory, fast processor and for a price that wasn't going to bankrupt me. Now I'm not very good with the technical side of computers so I got my boyfriend to help me look for a suitable replacement and we ended up settling on this one.
As far as price goes I would say this could be considered a mid range laptop. I bought mine from PC world and here's a tip - if you want to buy it from an actual PC World store, reserve it online first. If you reserve it then pick it up and pay for it instore it will cost you £600. If you just buy it straight from the store it costs £630 (although it was £700 when I bought mine so the price does seem to change regularly).
Spec wise this laptop uses Windows 7 (hurrah!) which is a vast improvement over the previous and much despised Windows Vista. It also has a 15" screen, 4GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive, which is perfectly respectable. I am aware that there are cheaper laptops with a larger hardrive, but the memory impressed enough to choose this one.
The laptop has a glossy black cover with a thin pinstripe effect across it. The keyboard is more bunched up than I'm used to (I used to have a 17" laptop) and I keep accidentally pressing button that change the size of text on websites and delete a section I may have just written, but I have no idea what I've pressed or how to undo it.
Above the keyboard is another row of buttons which includes the power button and buttons associated with playing sounds/film: play/pause, rewind, fast forward and mute. I personally find these very useful as on my old laptop I could be playing some music quite loudly then need to lower the sound or mute it for a reason and find that the onscreen method of doing this would take ages, so having a mute button is particularly convenient.
Two small inbuilt speakers are positioned above the keyboard, one on each side of the laptop. These are capable of outputting quite loud noise although, as can only be expected from a laptop, you won't get any sense of bass so it's not the best way to listen to most music.
Along the front edge of the laptop is a small orange light that glows to show you the wireless connection is on and when setting up the computer for the first time you will be asked to provide your internet login details, although you can by pass this and connect it to the internet at a later point if you wish.
Other features include a memory card slot (perfect for SD cards), a DVD RW drive and 2 USB ports (both located on the right edge).
Setting up was easy - I can't remember the exact process now, but even for someone like me who isn't a huge computer fan, I managed to set it up on my own without getting confused or having any problems in less than 5 minutes.
Obviously I had a number of pieces of software that I needed to install - including photoshop CS3 and my printer - these were very quick to do and actually amazed me considering how long it took my previous laptop to accomplish the same task.
This laptop comes with a built in webcam at the top of the screen. I've only used it the once and to be honest the image quality is quite inferior (very dark and grainy), but it's still better than not having a webcam at all. The webcam controls can be found in a little pop out tool bar in the top left hand corner of the screen, unfortunately though everytime you accidentally move your mouse over that way a little too far it pops out and gets in the way of whatever else you were doing eg. trying to click on 'file' in any given programme. You can right click on the tool bar and close it, but it will be back there again the next time you start your laptop.
The mouse comes in the standard form of a little pad beneath the keyboard that you manipulate with your finger, this is only distinguishable from the rest of the laptops surface by the slight texture it has to it. Unfortunately I also find that this texture also makes my finger feel a little sore after I have been using it for a while.
When unplugged from the mains the screen dulls to conserve battery power but even with this the battery only lasts about 2-3 hours before needing to be charged up. This isn't so much of a problem for me as I tend to use it at home, but it could prove to be an issue for some people.
Overall I would recommend this laptop for anyone who wants decent performance without breaking the bank - it's got Windows 7 and good specs that allow for swift photo editing without any lag and it's also fairly lightweight aswell (I'd say it weighs about half what my old laptop did) which is definately good for my back.
Summary: A very good laptop (but not perfect) from Toshiba that I don't regret buying
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