Toshiba Satellite A355-S6931
A cheap 16 inch laptop
The team at well-loved Toshiba is coming to the rescue of those looking for a new laptop with their Toshiba Satellite A355-S6931. Does their latest laptop offer the same superior standards we have come to expect from the company? We took the device for a spin and invite you to read our following review and find out the answer for yourselves.
720p HD resolution
As with other Toshiba laptops, this new model is very appealing in terms of design. The body features a Fusion finish which offers finely striped Horizon design pattern. The color this laptop comes in is grey. The device measures 10.5″ x 15.1″ x 1.4″ and weighs 2.94kg; the latest Toshiba A355-S6931 is, therefore, one of the slimmest and lightest ones out there. The product sports a 16″ LCD display which features the following: 1366 x 768 resolution, 720p native high-definition resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. When we tested the device for our review, we loved the fact that the touchpad felt smooth to the touch; it is made to offer users comfort when typing and also to give the laptop a more streamlined look. Manufacturers at Toshiba have also thought of adding separate multimedia keys on the touchpad; they enabled us to launch our favorite entertainment in a jiffy, pause, fast-forward, rewind and many more.
Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 processor
In terms of memory and hard drive, the new Satellite A355-S6931 boasts 4GB of RAM (which includes 800MHz speed) and 320 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive with 5400rpm. Combined, these specs enhance the device’s performance and provide it with great storage space for your daily needs.
In the processor department, Toshiba’s latest laptop entry uses a 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 with Intel Centrino 2 technology; it comes with the following: generous 3 MB L2 cache, 2.13 GHz processor speed and super-sized 1066 MHz front-side bus. Overall performance is further improved with the help of this processor with its hafnium-infused circuitry; what is more, battery life is expanded and the product consumes less energy.
Shared Graphics Memory
In the graphics department, the laptop sports Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with 128MB-1759MB Dynamically Allocated Shared Graphics Memory.
As for operating system, the A355-S6931 laptop runs on Windows Vista Home Premium (the 64-bit version). The laptop also comes with a DVD/CD drive that is compatible with various formats: DVD+RW, dual-layer (DL) DVD±R discs and so on.
This device ships with the following: 1 microphone jack, 1 VGA, 4 USB 2.0, 5-in-1 memory card reader, 1 headphone jack (with SPDIF digital output for 5.1-channel surround sound), 10/100 Fast Ethernet networking, 56K modem (V.90), 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) and 1 ExpressCard 54/34 slot. In terms of wireless connectivity, the Toshiba A355-S6931 offers a quad-mode Intel Wireless 5100AGN Wi-Fi chip which is 5 times more powerful than the 802.11g.
Trial software included
Overall performance in test of this laptop was very good. The display’s TruBrite technology provided vivid and bright images with true-to-life colors. The Intel Clear Video Technology offered great video playback which had excellent sharpness, customizable controls and much more. In the sound department, the product comes with integrated Harman Kardon stereo speakers and audio card. They both worked very well.
And now for some preloaded software: Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (60-day trial), Microsoft Works 9.0, Google Toolbar, Norton 360 All-in-One Security (30-day trial and Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5).
The 4000 mAh lithium-ion battery pack offered extra-long battery life.
All in all, after the test performed for our review we can conclude that the Toshiba Satellite A355-S6931 is, without a doubt, one of the best laptops available today.
|* Intel® Core2 Duo Processor P7450|
|* 320GB HDD (5400rpm)|
|* 4GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz SDRAM|
|* Intel® Wi-Fi Link 5100AGN (802.11a/g/n)|
|* DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash drive|
|* Media button|
|* No Bluetooth (No Antenna)|
|* Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit)|
|* Mute button|
|* touch pad pointing device|
|* CD/DVD Buttons (Play/Pause, Stop, Prev Track, Next Track)|
|* 3-USB (2.0) with Sleep and Charge|
|* Li-Ion (4000mAh, 6-Cell)|
|* 86 key US keyboard|
|* 1-eSATA/USB (2.0) combo port with Sleep and Charge|