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Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7 review

Toshiba's entry-level laptop offers reliable performance

Our Verdict

Product features

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

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For

  • High resolution screen
  • Sandy Bridge processor
  • Numeric keypad
  • Expandable storage
  • DVD optical drive

Against

  • Integrated graphics card
  • Only 2GB of RAM
  • Limited connectivity
  • Unattractive design

The Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7 is exactly what you would expect from a low priced laptop. It has an unattractive plastic black chassis, only two USB ports, 2GB of RAM and a rather uncomfortable keyboard. But inside there's a Sandy Bridge processor, numeric keypad, excellent touchpad and 320GB of hard drive space.

The design hasn't changed much from previous incarnations of the Satellite Pro C660, such as the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-1UX. Although Toshiba has given it a dimpled texture and the plastic stops fingerprints and smudges from forming, you're still very aware that this is a budget machine. There's a definite flex around the chassis, mainly around the optical drive and the touchpad.

The keyboard is packed in tightly and has a very shallow travel that takes some getting used to. It's slightly cramped in places, but there's a dedicated numeric keypad that should appeal to anyone who uses Excel regularly, or wants a laptop to keep track of the family budget.

We didn't mind typing on the keyboard too much and Toshiba appears to have fixed an annoying rattle that cropped up when typing on previous version of the C660.

There are only two USB ports on the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7, and although Toshiba has provided a VGA connection, you won't find an HDMI port for a high-definition connection to an external monitor.

However, there is an SD card slot to expand the 320GB of internal storage, and you have the trusty DVD optical drive - something that's fallen out of favour with high-end slim laptops.

Despite the poor build quality, we found the screen to be bright and quite well suited to watching movies, thanks to the glossy Super-TFT coating. Even though the coating is reflective, we didn't find brightly lit environments as much of a problem with the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7 as we have with other machines.

The 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution keeps your photos and videos looking crisp, and the 320GB hard drive gives you a decent amount of space to store your media.

The Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7 is built around a second-generation Intel Core i3 dual-core processor. This is an upgrade from the previous model, and the difference shows. The Toshiba scored well in our benchmarking tests, and we feel that novice users will find this laptop easily meets their needs.

The graphics card is an integrated Intel chip that will handle basic demands, but demanding programs will be outside its remit.

It isn't all good news though, and the inclusion of only 2GB of RAM is a disappointment. While it will run the majority of programs without much trouble, the lack of RAM means this laptop will age quickly as software advances.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 173 minutes
Cinebench: 7938
3DMark 2006: 3304

Verdict

While the performance of the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7 is geared towards basic users, we feel that for its £390 (about $630) price tag it would provide a reasonable purchase.

Unfortunately, it can't match some other machines - such as the Lenovo B570 - for value for money, but Toshiba has a good reputation for budget machines and the C660 is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get entry-level machine.

The Sandy Bridge processor goes a long way to updating a model that was once below-par, and we feel that you should get a comfortable two or three years from this laptop.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time6.50 Hour
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite Pro C660
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-2330M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.54 kg
Cache3 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 785 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 StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height35.6 mm
Width380.5 mm
Depth254 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC660
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelC660-2F7
Product NameSatellite Pro C660-2F7 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite Pro
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSC1ME-01F00KEN
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 C660-2F7 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year