The Good Inexpensive. Solid performance. Full digital tablet.
The Bad Dumb style. Something weighty. Only 2GB of RAM. 32-bit Windows is used by default.
The Bottom Line Toshiba’s C660 satellite demonstrates that you get what you pay for. It’s not a bad laptop, but it’s not particularly noticeable either.
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Entry-level laptops are rarely viewers, and Toshiba’s C660 doesn’t even make much of the assumption that they will be real. Where previously delicate corporate laptops looked distinctly gray, they tend to perceive dull blacks, which is the C660 style. It offers a full keyboard, including a numeric keypad, which means that there is very little space on the sides of the keyboard.
As a result, the C660 comes in several different configurations and at several price points. The $ 699 AU we tested was technically a C660 / 00J PSC1LA-00J001 to give it a full, official name. This particular C660 comes with the type of parts you can almost expect in a modern entry-level laptop. Processing is controlled by an Intel Core i3 2310M 2.1 GHz processor and Intel’s own HD graphics handle pixel tasks. The memory is quite limited to 2GB of built-in device, and the hard drive offers 500GB of capacity. Display – 15.6-inch, 1366×768-pixel 16: 9 LCD. Optical functions are performed on the onboard dual layer DVD SuperMulti recorder. There is no HDMI output, only VGA limited, and two USB 2.0 ports capable of charging in your sleep, if that captures your fancy.
Windows 7 Home Premium software is pre-installed. When you first boot the C660, it asks if you want to install 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. The default is 32-bit, and if you choose 64-bit, you’ll have to wait a couple of hours for it to reformat the partition and reinstall everything. In this case, everything includes ConfigFree, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter (60-day trial), Norton Internet Security 2011 (trial), Internet backup utility, Norton Online Backup, Toshiba Face Recognition, Toshiba Media Controller and Toshiba Recovery Media Creator.
Specifications of the C660 base line don’t give much confidence in the world, but then it’s a second-generation Sandy Bridge processor, so there is some hope for the C660. He praises PCMark05 5743 as a reliable performer, though not as spectacular as we have seen on some Sandy Bridge-enabled PCs. Intel’s HD graphics solutions typically score in the 3000M 3D06 range, and the C660 is no exception, controlling 3321. As a result, it will play a decent World Of Warcraft game, but may not knock socks off Call Of Duty: Black Ops.
Toshiba rates the C660’s battery as capable of up to “five hours” of runtime. In a market where many sellers claim “whole” batteries, it’s interesting to see how a laptop sells so much. In our battery tests, where all power-saving measures were off, the screen brightness was pumped to full level and full-screen cycle video was played back to the point of battery depletion, the C660 justified itself for a duration of three hours and 48 minutes. The essence of our test is to give the lowest estimate of expectations, so we would say that a five-hour figure should be quite achievable. It’s not really an everyday type of car battery, but it’s quite solid.
The C660 offers what its price offers. It’s not a worldwide contractor in terms of processing, and the battery won’t last all day. But if you need a durable and not all this visually exciting machine, it will grab you.