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Toshiba Satellite C660-15z review

Good value for money from this solid and portable budget laptop

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Decent office performance
  • Battery life
  • Solid build quality
  • Portability

Against

  • No camera
  • Graphics card not powerful enough for HD video
  • Limited if multitasking
  • Limited ports

Toshiba's Satellite range, like Acer's Aspire series, covers the entire spectrum of laptops, from good-value portables to powerful media machines. The Satellite C660-15z is one of the cheapest Toshiba laptops you can currently buy and proves to offer great value with very few flaws.

Design is rather functional, but the plain black chassis is commendably solid. The lid is especially tough and can withstand some punishment, while the textured surfaces are resistant to dust and marks.

While this laptop isn't as slender as the Acer, it's a shade lighter at just 2.4kg. We got just over four hours of battery life from a single charge, making this one of the most portable machines in the group. If you need a laptop to carry around often, the Toshiba will do the job.

With an Intel Celeron processor and 2GB of memory on board, performance is near identical to the HP and better than the eMachines. You can browse the web and run all of your office applications, although trying to do too much at once will slow everything down.

If you have more demanding needs, such as running resource-hungry editing suites, you'd be better off with the Acer Aspire 5741z.

This is also true if you plan on playing with your media; for example, editing photos or watching high-definition (HD) movies. The Toshiba's basic integrated graphics are good only for browsing your holiday snaps and watching DVDs – any attempts to play HD films fail immediately.

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Benchmarks

Battery life: 246 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 127
3DMark 2003: 1544

The 15.6-inch screen is reasonably sharp, bright and perfect for long sessions on the internet, while photos and movies are colourfully reproduced. Contrast levels are strong, but viewing angles are narrow with images darkening when you tilt the display.

Toshiba has made the most of the chassis space, filling it with a firm keyboard and a dedicated numeric keypad. We could happily type on this laptop all day, thanks to the smooth key action. The touchpad is a little squat, but just as responsive with two mouse buttons positioned beneath.

Limited ports

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Ports are scant, with a mere two USB connections for attaching peripherals and a VGA port for hooking up monitors.

The 250GB hard drive provides enough storage space for thousands of pictures and MP3s, and is only narrowly beaten by the Acer. There's no integrated camera, so if you want to chat online you should consider the Acer or eMachines instead.

Verdict

Overall, the Satellite C660-15z provides great value for money. Although both performance and design are lacking compared to the Acer, this is a well-built, highly usable and effortlessly portable laptop.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite C660
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Model925
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCeleron
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.30 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGL40 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 828 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-800/PC3-6400
Height36 mm
Width381 mm
Depth254 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC660
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelC660-15Z
Product NameSatellite C660-15Z Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSC0LE-00R00JEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Make home movies, watch blockbuster flicks. Update your status on your favourite social media sites, keep up your blog. You can also tackle the family budget. Catch up on work. Build photo albums and playlists. Game away. Or get a great education. You can do it all in style.

Styled for every taste.

These laptop PCs let you go mobile with a style all your own, thanks to a variety of lid colors, a distinctive gloss-finished chassis, matte or high-gloss keyboards, plus other stand-out design features. So take your pick.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite C660-15Z Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz