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:
- 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.