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Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi1 Gaming Desktop Replacement Laptop

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Toshiba Satellite X205

Toshiba Satellite X205

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The Bottom Line

Toshiba's Satellite X205 is clearly designed towards the PC gamer and it shows in its features. The dual graphics card setup does boost performance over many single graphics processor notebookgs but it still falls behind other gaming notebooks for using middle group graphics cores. For a gamer, the system performs well but those looking for a performance based desktop have other faster alterantives for the same price if they don't need the graphics.
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Pros

  • SLI Does Provide Improved Graphics For Supported Titles
  • Large Number of Peripheral Ports

Cons

  • Screen Resolution Only Supports 720p HD Content
  • Larger And Heavier Than Average 17-inch Notebook
  • Performance Hampered By Preloaded Software

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • Two 120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drives for 240GB Total Storage
  • HD-DVD ROM and Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner Drive
  • 17" WXGA+ (1440x900) Wide Screen LCD Display and 1.3MP Webcam
  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce 8600M 512MB GT Graphics in SLI
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Six USB 2.0, FireWire, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Reader, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 15.7" x 11.3" x 2.1" @ 9.4 lbs.
  • Vista Ultimate, MS Works 8.5, WinDVD 8, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5, McAfee Internet Security Suite

Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi1 Gaming Desktop Replacement Laptop

1/16/08 – Toshiba's Satellite X205 line of notebooks are specifically designed for those looking at a mobile gaming platform without breaking the bank from the extremely high end models from other companies. This means that the system makes compromises in order for it to meet its pricing.

The Satellite X205-SLi1 gets its name from the use of two NVIDIA GeForce graphics processors. In this models case, it is a pair of GeForce 8600M GT 512MB units. This does give the systems a nice performance boost for games that support the SLI configuration, but some games won't see any improvement over a single 8600M. The cores are also the more middle range unit from NVIDIA so there are other units that do have more performance.

In order to keep the costs down on the unit due to the graphics systems, Toshiba has elected to use a lower end Intel Core 2 Duo T7250. This is a decent processor, but a bit slower than what many companies are offering in desktop replacement systems. There are two gigabytes of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory that should let it run applications without much issue.

Storage is quite mixed. There are two 120GB hard drives for a total of 240GB of storage. This is fine for storage, but many systems now have this much in a single drive setup. It would be nice to see a bit more capacity or switching to a single drive setup to help reduce the bulk of the notebook. The X205 is certainly on the larger side of the 17-inch notebook market.

Another issue that many might have is with all the preloaded software applications. The number installed does directly impact the systems performance and it is advised that users clean up the system of unwanted programs.

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