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Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi5 Gaming Desktop Replacement Laptop

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Toshiba Satellite X205

Toshiba Satellite X205

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The Bottom Line

Toshiba Satellite X205 Satellite broke a lot of ground when it was first introduced, but it has failed to really keep up with the times. It has undergone a number of revisions, but the X205-SLi5 just doesn't match up well enough with similarly priced systems. While the dual GeForce 8600M make gaming smooth, there are better options available now for less.
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Pros

  • Six USB Ports
  • Full Sized Keyboard With Good Feel

Cons

  • Larger And Heavier Than Average 17-inch Laptop
  • Lots of Trialware
  • Fairly Low Resolution Display

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • Two 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drives
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 17" WXGA+ (1440x900) Wide LCD Displau with 1.3MP Webcam
  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT Graphics with 512MB in SLI
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Six USB 2.0, FireWire, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, Fingerprint Reader, 5-in-1 Reader
  • 15.7" x 11.3" x 2.1" @ 9.4 lbs.
  • Vista Ultimate 32-bit, MS Works, Norton 360, Ulead MovieFactory, WinDVD, Google Desktop

Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi5 Gaming Desktop Replacement Laptop

7/23/08 - The Toshiba Satellite X205 is designed as a gaming platform. When it was first introduced, it had a lot to offer. The problem is that the core of the system has changed little since it was first introduced. The dual NVIDIA GeForce 8600M graphics cores provided strong graphics for their time, but now similar performance can be had from single graphics cores. Add to this that the X205-SLi5 uses a relatively low 1440x900 resolution and the system seems very limited compared to other gaming specific notebooks.

While gaming is decent with this setup, the battery life is very poor because of the added power requirements for the second graphics core. It also uses two smaller 160GB hard drives to provide a total of 320GB of space that is now possible from a single drive. At least the drives are using the faster 7200rpm spin rate to improve their performance somewhat. Since the loss of the HD-DVD format to Blu-ray, Toshiba has also dropped all X205 models to use only the standard DVD drives.

On the plus side, the system does do well with overall computing power. It uses a newer Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 dual core mobile processor that with the 3GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory give it respectable performance. Some of this performance is diminished through from the heavy installation of trialware applications. This can be corrected through the removal of unwanted programs.

One other item of note is the fact that the X205 provides a class leading 6 USB ports. This allows the system to connect a wide range of peripherals without the need of an external USB hub. Of course, this is only possible because of the larger overall dimensions of the X205 that make it more difficult to carry for extended periods.

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