The Bottom Line
- Strong Performance
- Wide Range Of Peripheral Connectors
- Larger And Heavier Than 15-inch Laptops
- 16-inch Display Really Needs Higher Resolution
- Smaller 6-cell Battery Pack
- Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 16" WXGA (1366x768) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M Graphics With 1GB Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire, HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.1" x 10.2" x 1.6" @ 6.5 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite A505-S6035 16-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
May 20 2010 - Toshiba's Satellite A505-S6035 is not a very small system. Unlike most of the competition, Toshiba has elected to use a larger display panel. Even with the additional screen size, the system is thicker and heavier than the competition. This will deter some people who might want to travel frequently with their laptop.
Toshiba has improved the performance of the Satellite A505-S6035 by using the new Core i7-720QM quad core mobile processor. This combined with the 4GB of DDR3 memory allow it to take on all sorts of heavy tasks including desktop video work or multitasking. This is a big step over previous models that used fairly dated Core 2 Duo models.
Storage features are pretty good for the price range of the Satellite A505-S6035. It comes equipped with a larger 500GB hard drive that provides plenty of space for storing applications, data and media files. Unlike some companies that use faster 7200rpm spin rate drives, this model spins at a more sedate 5400rpm. A standard dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CDs and DVDs.
The display for the Satellite A505 is larger thanks to the 16-inch panel compared to most laptops using a 15.6-inch display. The downside is that the panel runs at the same 1366x768 resolution that makes the panel feel a bit off. It would be nice to see a slightly higher resolution to balance out the larger panel. Driving the graphics is an NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M processor with 1GB of memory. This should provide it with sufficient performance for playing most of today's games at the panels native resolution. The downside is that the processor does not support Direct X 11.
Battery life on the Toshiba Satellite A505-S6035 isn't as high as previous models because it uses just a 6-cell battery pack versus some that come with 12-cell versions. This does cut down on the bulk which is an issue for this larger laptop. In my DVD playback test, the system was able to get about two and a quarter hours before going into standby mode. This translates to roughly three hours of more typical web usage.
If there is one thing that really sets the Satellite A505 apart from the competition, it is in the number and variety of expansion ports offered on the system. The large chassis provides space for four USB 2.0 ports, one shared eSATA port, FireWire, HDMI and VGA. In addition to these connectors, the system features a full sized ExpressCard/54 slot. One of the USB 2.0 ports can also be used for charging devices when the system is off. About the only thing it is missing is USB 3.0 which almost no laptops carry.
Probably the best overall aspect of this laptop though is the price. With street prices of just $900, this is one of the least expensive quad core laptops on the market as long as you don't mind it being a bit less portable.