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Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980: product review

December 12th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

At first impression, you really can’t argue that Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 looks nice. It has got some features too that are ideal for students and professionals alike. But beyond that, how does this laptop model fair against other laptops in the market?

Overview

Like the S6960 model, Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 is equipped with a Fusion Finish to produce a sonic black pattern. Needless to say, it is looking nice with a stylish design, pin-stripe pattern, glossy lid, excellent palm rest, and speaker grills. At a budget price of $629.99, one can often not believe right away that this laptop is actually priced as such, especially when you get to explore its other features.

The keyboard is large and there is also a full number pad to the right side, which is missing in some other laptop brands. Thus, the space on this laptop is fully utilized from one end to another. However, its glossy finish makes it prone to gathering lots of unsightly fingerprints. But it is made up by the presence of touch-sensitive media controls and webcam (along with a mic) on top of the screen.

Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 comes with a thick body though and a 6-cell battery that comes with an extended life span. The screen size though is typical for the laptop’s actual size, and yet it comes with an impressive 1,366×768 native resolution.

As for the real test and benchmark, the performance of Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 is a small step up its predecessor. Thanks to the 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T660 processor, 500GB 5,400 rpm hard drive, and 4GB DDR2 800MHz memory. The operating system is 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, such that performance of this laptop is quite excellent. If you are not satisfied with its natural performance yet, you can make upgrades and it is very easy to do since the memory and hard drive compartments are easily accessible at the bottom. One noticeable lacking feature though is the Bluetooth, although it does have a wide range of port selection.

Pro’s

There are some wonderful benefits that you can enjoy buying Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980, such as the following:

The large display screen provides you with optimum viewing pleasure, especially for multimedia purposes.

In addition to an impressive display, the speakers come with huge sounds and produces topnotch audio quality.

This laptop model has an excellent battery life for long lasting use.

Con’s

Although some features make Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 a functional laptop, there are some lacking features or others that still need improvement:

If you are looking for a compact laptop, this one is a bit to heavy to lug around and is not convenient for portable purposes.

Although the battery comes with an excellent life span, it is too massive such that it looks awkward, aesthetically speaking.

It lacks Bluetooth functionality, which has become one of the standard features for most modern laptops.

Final Thoughts

Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 comes with some excellent features such as good build and design, excellent quality speakers, and a terrific battery life, especially for its size. Thus, it makes a great addition to mainstream laptop choices, particularly for consumers who are looking for budget laptop.

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