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Toshiba Satellite L505-GS5035 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

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Toshiba Satellite L505-GS5035 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

Toshiba Satellite L505

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The Bottom Line

Apr 14 2010 - Toshiba's Satellite L505-GS5035 is a mix of new and old features that will have benefits for some but end up making it only an average class of laptop. Performance is good with the Core i3 processor and the eSATA port is a welcome addition. The lack of an HDMI output and the glossy keyboard will detract many others. With a base price of $700, the system stretches the limits of a budget class laptop when most of the competition is $50 to $100 less.
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Pros

  • Solid Performance From Core i3 Processor
  • eSATA Port

Cons

  • Lacks HDMI Port
  • Glossy Case And Keyboard
  • A Bit More Expensive Than Competing Systems

Description

  • Intel Core i3-330M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With Labelflash Support
  • 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) Display With VGA Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, eSATA, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 15.1" x 10.2" x 1.6" @ 6 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, DVD MovieFactory, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite L505-GS5035 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

Apr 14 2010 - Powering this budget oriented laptop from Toshiba is the Intel Core i3-330M dual core processor. While one of the lowest grade of Intel's new processors, performance is actually quite fast and surpassed many of the Core 2 Duo models in previously more expensive models. This combined with 4GB of DDR3 memory let the system run most applications and multitask without issue.

Storage features are fairly typical of a budget laptop. It comes with a 320GB hard drive that provides adequate space for programs and data files. Performance is modest at it spins at the 5400rpm rate. A dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD and DVD media. It also supports burning labels directly to Labelflash compatible media. One nice addition is a USB port that also doubles as an eSATA port for use with high speed external storage that is not typically found on budget laptops.

The display on the Satellite L505 is a standard 15.6-inch display with a 1366x768 display capable of viewing 720p high definition video. Brightness and colors are a bit more subdued compared to some others on the market but this isn't necessarily all that bad with many being too bright and washing colors out. Graphics are driven by an Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics processor that is capable of watching HD video streams but lacks any performance for dealing even with casual 3D games. One big issue with the laptop though is the lack of an HDMI or other digital video output for use with external displays.

Battery life on the Satellite L505-GS5035 is limited because of its relatively small six cell battery pack. The 4400mA battery pack is able to achieve just over two hours of running time in my DVD playback test before going into standby mode. This is a bit lower than the competition but not that far from the average for budget systems. Expect to have roughly three and a quarter hours of running time from more typical usage.

Glossy exteriors are not uncommon to many budget laptops these days. The plastic shells are affordable and very attractive when highly polished. The downside is that the glossy coatings result in a large number of fingerprints and smudges that quickly make a laptop look old and used. Toshiba has decided to use these glossy surfaces as well with their keyboard which is very unusual. This results in a keyboard where the keys are very slick and more difficult to type on.

The biggest issue with the Toshiba Satellite L505-GS5035 though is its prices. It lists for $700 which is roughly $50 more than the competition for roughly the same level of features. While it is possible to find the system for $650 through sales at various retailers, it is not uncommon to find the competitions systems for around $600.

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