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I was recently given the Satellite pro-l300 as a loan laptop and, looking past the plain exterior, I have been pleasantly surprised by its performance.
This laptop is only available second-hand now, and the price is very reasonable. Ebay boasts dozens of auctions for this make, and I recently found a bid war for the pro-l300 which ended at £70 (including postage).
Make no mistakes, this is a chunky laptop. As with other Toshiba laptops from the era of its creation, the size of the screen is a benefit which does not outweigh the effort it takes to carry around.
However, the notable size complements the excellent keyboard, which is a perfect placement and decent key spacing, making it easy to type effortlessly. The only cumbersome element is the small spacebar, but this is barely noticeable.
This laptop is obviously very dated, and the Operating System is the greatly detested Windows Vista. Yet, this is no Acer, and lag is actually limited. Multitasking is fine, and 160gb hard drive makes downloads and programme installation stressless. The battery runs out after about four hours when power saver is enabled, which is a fairly decent time for a laptop of this age.
BITS AND BOBS
There are three USB ports and an express card slot, but there is no SD slot which is very unfortunate for camera-lovers. There is a little volume wheel which is a nice feature, and the wireless on/off switch is a simple quirk which makes this older laptop slightly endearing. There is a built-in webcam which is of poor quality, but that is expected for the age and its current going-rate.
This laptop has been thrown on the scrapheap by most, but behind the slightly elderly operation system and chunky build, this is a surprisingly well-performing machine. If you are strapped for cash and really need a quick buy, you could do worse than getting the Toshiba Pro-L300. You won't want it to make an appearance on your business trip, but it's not a bad thing to come home too.