The Bottom Line
- Solid State Drive Plus Large Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Compatible Drive
- 6GB DDR3 Memory
- Larger And Heavier Than 15-inch Laptops
- Older Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
- 16-inch Display Really Needs Higher Resolution
- Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 64GB Solid State Drive And 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Player/DVD Burner Combo Drive
- 16" WXGA (1366x768) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M Dedicated Graphics With 1GB Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire, HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.1" x 10.2" x 1.7" @ 7.2 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite A505-S6999 16-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
Nov 16 2009 - Toshiba's Satellite A505-S6999 really sets itself apart from other 15 and 16-inch laptops because of its storage features. The typical setup includes a single hard drive of roughly 320 to 500GB in size. This laptop actually comes with two drives in it, a standard 500GB drive that is the secondary drive and a 64GB solid state primary drive. This is one of the major reasons for the $1400 price tag on the system but the SSD gives the system a welcome boost in performance especially when booting up the system.
In addition to the SSD and hard drive, the Satellite A505-S6999 also comes equipped with a Blu-ray combo drive that allows the system to playback high definition Blu-ray movies. This lets the laptop function as a high definition mobile movie platform. Of course, the drive also fully supports playback and recording of DVD and CD movies as well.
With all the nice storage features, the Satellite A505-S6999 is a bit lacking in performance for its price. Rather than a newer Core 2 Duo 8000 or 9000 series processor, it uses the Core 2 Duo P7450 dual core processor. This allows it to function just fine for most applications and can even handle gaming or video editing. Toshiba makes up for this somewhat by include 6GB of DDR3 memory over the more common 4GB configurations. This lets the system better support multitasking and memory intensive programs.
The 16-inch display on the Satellite A505-S6999 is both good and bad. The screen is quite large and provides a larger visual area to work with. The problem is that with the Blu-ray drive and HD video emphasis, it would be nice to see a higher resolution that could fully support 1080p video feeds. The larger size also increase the overall width of the laptop. This does allow for a full keyboard layout including a numeric keypad.
Graphics performance is quite strong thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce 230M dedicated processor. This will easily allow the system to handle the HD video decoding and even allow the system to play games up to displays 1366x768 resolution with moderate detail levels. The 1GB of memory is a bit overkill given the panels relatively low resolution but it does help boost resolutions when using an external display.
Battery life on the Satellite A505-S6999 is quite long thanks to a larger than average 12-cell battery pack. This adds a fair amount of extra weight to the system and bulk. Battery intensive DVD or Blu-ray playback will still net between four and four and a half hours of running time. Standard uses will increase this to anywhere from five and a half to six hours.
Of course, the big issue with the Satellite A505-S6999 is its size. It is a good half to full inch wider than 15-inch laptops, is a good deal thicker because of the battery and also a pound heavier. This makes it much more difficult to carry around and closer to a desktop replacement class laptop.