The Bottom Line
- Good General Performance
- Long Battery Life
- Stylish Metal Case
- Integrated Graphics
- Keyboard And Case Flex Too Much
- Limited Peripheral Ports
- Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner with LabelFlash Support
- 14.1" WXGA (1280x800) Display with 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA X4500HD Inegrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.1
- Two USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, Fingerprint Scanner, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 13.4" x 9.7" x 1.2" @ 5 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, ULead DVD Factory, Norton Anti-Virus
Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite E105-S1402 14.1-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC
11/21/08 - Toshiba's Satellite E105 is going to be compared to Apple's MacBook laptop. While the system has a larger 14.1-inch screen, it has many similar features. For one, it uses an aluminum clad case design that is more stylish than traditional plastics. Unlike the MacBook though, it doesn't have a solid feel and flexes a bit too much especially in the keyboard.
In terms of performance, the Satellite E105 does very well for its price. The Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor does an excellent job of balancing performance with the power usage. The system can run for between 4 to 5 hours. This combined with 4GB of DDR2 memory lets the system run the Vista operating system and applications without any issues. The memory is slower than the DDR3 found in the MacBook but it also has a lower overall price tag.
To keep the costs of the system down, Toshiba has decided to use the new Intel GMA X4500HD integrated graphics processor for the Satellite E105. This is certainly an improvement over previous generation of Intel graphics, but it still lacks the 3D performance for the system to be used with any real types of 3D games. It does do a decent job of handling high definition video streams though.
Peripheral connectors on the Satellite E105 are a bit disappointing. It only has a total of two available USB ports and completely ignores the FireWire port used by digital camcorders. They do provide a new high speed eSATA external storage port and an HDMI for external video. Those who have a DVI or VGA monitor will need to purchase separate external adapter cables to use with the laptop.
Overall, the Satellite E105 is a good and relatively small thin and light for those looking for good performance and battery life and aren't concerned about graphics or peripherals much.