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Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-16N review

A budget and functional laptop suitable for basic tasks, but it never excels

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Build quality
  • Decent performance with 4GB of RAM
  • Portability
  • Price

Against

  • Integrated graphics
  • A bit more money gets a lot more performance

While the Acer Timeline X 4820T brings lightweight portability and the HP Pavilion dv6-3112sa unrivalled power, the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-16N aims at a much more modest target.

Its sub-£400 price tag makes it a low-cost option and, for such a bargain price, you get a surprisingly good deal.

At the heart of the C600-16N is a Core 2 Duo T6670 processor which, although dated, is still a solid performer. It predates the Core i3 found in the HP and Acer, but it's still capable of running most programs and dealing with multiple programs such as Word, Internet Explorer and photo viewers.

The capable processor is also backed up with a healthy 4GB of RAM, which helps speed up the day-to-day running of your machine. This makes it perfectly adept at basic home computing, but this is where the Toshiba's limits lie.

Sadly, the Toshiba only features an onboard graphics chip. Our lab tests showed woeful graphics power, which makes it unsuitable for anyone looking to edit video, play games, use Photoshop or watch HD content.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 250
MobileMark 2007: 190
3DMark 2003: 1877

The unassuming hardware inside the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-16N, which puts the focus on basic tasks rather than entertainment, is also echoed in the laptop's drab looks. The whole machine is a charcoal colour with an attractive texture on the lid.

Toshiba c660

Lift the lid, however, and the flat featureless keyboard is revealed, which blends seamlessly into the flat black plastic palmrest and matt-finished bezel. It's a desert of black plastic and is certainly not for the fashion conscious.

Durable chassis

While it may look unexciting, the build quality is great, as you would expect from Toshiba. It feels solid, strong and durable, while remaining relatively lightweight at 2.4kg. You could carry it with you easily and not worry about placing it into a bag, but if you're looking to turn heads while sitting in the park or your favourite café, then look elsewhere.

The four-hour battery life is only beaten by the Acer, which is designed to be a true portable, and the Toshiba's processing power surpassed the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 15 in our lab tests. Unsurprisingly, the Toshiba is in turn outclassed by the powerful Core i3 Acer and HP.

For this reason, it's hard to recommend the Toshiba. Yes, the Toshiba represents a huge saving and if you want a laptop for basic email and web surfing it's a great buy. However, if you're looking for a laptop for entertainment purposes, then the C660-16N is totally unsuitable.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500MHD
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4.50 Hour
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite Pro C660
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelT6670
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.30 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.71 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height35.6 mm
Width380.5 mm
Depth254 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC660
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelC660-16N
Product NameSatellite Pro C660-16N Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite Pro
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSC0ME-01S00SEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed for work and home, the Satellite Pro range of laptops are great all-rounders that combine performance, portability and features at a price to suit every business. Modern work doesn't stop at the office door, and Satellite Pro products enable you to stay connected wherever you're working - as well as offering the very latest in multimedia for when you're winding down at home.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite Pro C660-16N Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz