Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Toshiba Satellite A75-S125 laptop review

The Toshiba Satellite A75-S125 is a mainstream notebook best suited for home users who split their time between productivity tasks and multimedia fun. For less than $1,200, this eight-pounder includes a stunning glossy display, a DVD burner, and a fast processor. As long as you can live without the latest graphics, the A75 offers pretty good bang for the buck.

The A75-S125 features a capable 3.2-GHz Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of 333-MHz DDR memory, and a speedy, but small 5,400-rpm 40GB hard drive. We used this system with Windows Media Encoder, Photoshop, and Excel without a hitch. The A75 offers about the same performance as a typical 1.7- or 1.8-GHz Pentium M-based laptop. PCMark04 had the same impression, giving it a decent, but unspectacular score of 3,554.

The great display and solid processing power make this notebook well suited for photo editing, but it lacks a memory card reader to import photos from your digital camera. You can add an adapter through the PC Card or USB adapter for less than $45, but not having it on board is an inconvenience. You can also import photos directly through the USB ports.

Unfortunately, this configuration lacks a FireWire port, but given the slow DVD write speeds of 4X DVD-R and 2.4X DVD+R, you probably wouldn’t want to burn home movies on the A75 anyway.Not surprisingly, this turbo-charged Wi-Fi adapter consumes a bit of power, cutting our battery runtime from 2:28 to 2:11, which is below average battery life for a mainstream notebook. The system has a hard-wired Wi-Fi On/Off switch to disable the Wireless-G adapter when you don’t need it.

The Toshiba Satellite A75 offers good performance, a great screen, and an excellent Wi-Fi adapter, but its lack of a memory card reader, FireWire port, and discrete graphics processor are sacrifices some multimedia mavens won’t be willing to make. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, however, this widescreen system is a good value. Just be sure to upgrade the hard drive.
Price: $1107
Rating: 3.2/5.

Toshiba Satellite A75-S125 Specifications:
Intel® Pentium® 4-M 3.20GHz, ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000 IGP, Hyper-Threading Technology, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 512MB DDR RAM, 40 GB IDE, 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW) / 3x (DVD-RAM), 1MB L2 Cache, Display 15.4" TruBrite 1280 x 800 (max),
Weight 7.9 lbs.
Interface provided: 1 Parallel IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP), 1 Display / video S-video output, 1 Display / video VGA, 1 Modem Phone line, 1 Network Ethernet 10Base-T /100Base-TX, 3 Hi-Speed USB, 1 Microphone Input, 1 Headphones Output.

User Review:
Pros: Fantastic screen and size, Amazing 3.2 Ghz quite a fast laptop, plenty of extras, worth the money!
Cons: Battery deplets kinda fast, mouse gets kinda annoying, cooling fan runs a lot of the time

Well I have had this laptop now for one week and Ill update this review in a month. For now this laptop is amazing! It has a brillint display and the speed at which it works is hard to belive. It only comes with 40GB but so far that seems more than enough for a typical college notebook. Ill be using it for college courses, storing songs, internet and watching movies mainly. ITs speakers are really nice when playing music but could be better when playing dvds. Its burning capibilities are astonding!

Once small glitch I have found is that rarely but sometimes it acts odd and you have to restart for everything to be working great again...also when using the CD/DVD player the cooling fan can run a but loud. Other times if you use more than 2 programs at a time the cooling fan does run but it is not to loud....that was a concern of mine if the fan would make to much noise and so far it is fine. The battery lasts about 2 hours or so on Long life and on normal it can last about 1 hr 30minutes or a bit longer so far as Ive tested....

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