Monday, January 02, 2006

Toshiba Satellite L25-S119 notebook review

Bright. Fast. Entertaining.
You don't need to be tied to a desktop PC to enjoy a stellar multimedia experience. The Satellite® L25 Series is a powerful and portable notebook featuring robust entertainment features, including a vibrant 15" diagonal TFT active matrix display with TruBrite™ technology, a powerful Intel® Celeron® M Processor , a CDRW/ DVD-ROM Combo Drive, an Express Card slot and a 60GB hard drive

Toshiba doesn't have a desktop line, so why not offer a laptop at desktop prices? The Toshiba Satellite L25-S119 ($750 street) might be the laptop that bargain hunters are looking for, but it's far from perfect. The 15-inch TruBrite screen is a nice feature for a 5.6-pound unit, but performance does take a hit with a 1.5-GHz Intel Celeron M 370 processor and a meager 256MB of RAM.

Dressed in business black, the L25 doesn't have the appearance of a budget laptop. Flipping open the lid reveals the best feature on this laptop—the 15-inch TruBrite screen. It's not the widescreen format most users are used to seeing, but it minimizes scrolling up and down. The 5.6-pound weight is ideal for commuters, and the keyboard has a good feel, even though the touchpad is a little small.

n its defense, the L25 does have some good features for a budget notebook. For example, you get three USB 2.0 ports and an S-Video port, though there is no FireWire port. Also included is a fast 60GB (5,400-rpm) hard drive and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive.

Sure it's a bargain at $750, but low performance hinders its value rating. You'll save money, but you will probably miss features like a multimedia card reader, a bigger hard drive, more RAM, and better battery life. The L25 is suitable for very basic to moderate workloads, but for bigger tasks, we recommend spending an extra $200 for the Dell Inspiron 6000 or the HP Compaq Presario V2000Z.
Price: $750.

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Intel celeron M Processor 1.5GHz, 256 DDR2 RAM, 60GB HardDrive, CD-RW / DVD-ROM Combo Drive, ATI Radeon® Xpress 200M, 32MB-128MB Shared, 15" TruBrite TFT active-matrix LCD Display, Weight 5.88 lbs.

User Review:
I agree with the previous reviewers that this laptop a great entry level. The screen is GREAT, integrated wireless works well, and a 60GB hard drive are nice. The two major weaknesses of this product are the tiny amount of RAM (if you try running more than one application at once the thing is unuseable) and the short battery life.
I also agree with previous reviewers that if you add another stick of RAM to this, it rips along quite well.I purchased this as an entry level machine and use it for web-access, MS Office, watching DVDs on the go, uploading and sorting through digital photos while away from home.The Celeron processor really struggles if I try any heavy photo editing but I generally try save that stuff for my desktop machine.


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