Yesterday I received an email from an old friend of mine asking for some advice about a Toshiba laptop computer that Best buy has on sale. My friend asked whether or not this cheap laptop would be a wise buy and would meet their needs of email, surfing the web and light word processing ? I was familiar with this particular model since one of my old neighbors had bought a similar model from Walmart a few months ago. But the model from Walmart had came with Windows Vista Basic instead of Windows 7 Home Premium, was priced at $349.99 and other wise was basically the same model.

Here are some of the specifications of the Toshiba Laptop:

Product Features

  • Intel® Celeron® processor 900
    Features an 800MHz frontside bus, 1MB L2 cache and 2.2GHz processor speed.
  • 2GB DDR2 memory
    For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
    Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM.
  • 15.6″ TruBrite TFT-LCD widescreen display
    With 1366 x 768 resolution for stunning detail and clarity.
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
    Offers spacious storage options.
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
    With up to 1340MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory for intense detail. Built-in stereo speakers offer clear audio.
  • Multiformat media reader
    Supports Secure Digital, Memory Stick and MultiMediaCard formats.
  • 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
    For fast digital audio, video and data transfer.
  • Realtek wireless LAN (802.11b/g)
    Lets you connect to the Internet on the go.
  • 10/100 Ethernet LAN
    With RJ-45 connector for easy wired connection to the Web.
  • Weighs 5.9 lbs. and measures just 1.5″ thin
    For easy portability.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition operating system preinstalled.Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.

The single core Intel Celeron processor at 2.2 GHz is old technology, but a technology that has always performed reliably for the most part. I doubt if one should expect blinding speeds, but I believe the processor is adequate for the job of running Windows 7. 2 GB of RAM is also adequate and the other spec’s seem adequate as well. Overall I gave this stripped down unit a two-thumbs up for my friend.

But my question to you is this. Would you personally buy such a unit for your own personal needs? Would you recommend this computer to a friend? Share your thoughts.

Comments welcome.

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