Toshiba Laptop For Under $400

I got a email this morning from a friend of mind asking what I thought of this Toshiba laptop at Best Buy for under $400. I took a look at the unit and for what he wants to do, mainly surfing and email, found it to be satisfactory. I know. It is a light weight PC, but it does have a 15.4 screen and DVD burner as well as wireless. I’m not sure how long this sale will last so you best hurry if you are looking for an inexpensive laptop system.

On the Best Buy site they describe the unit as:

Surf the Web at Wi-Fi hotspots or exchange data with other network users quickly and easily with this versatile notebook that features high-speed wireless LAN. The double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW drive lets you archive important data and watch or record your favorite DVD movies.

  • Intel® Celeron® M processor 520 with 533MHz frontside bus, 1MB L2 cache and 1.6GHz processor speed
  • 512MB DDR2 SDRAM for multitasking power, expandable to 2GB
  • 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 and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM

The operating system is Vista Home Basic so you should be cautious since this is Microsofts least expensive operating system with some limitations.Take a look here.

Comments welcome.

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Toshiba Satellite M115-S3094

A Toshiba Satellite M115-S3094 14.1″ Widescreen Notebook PC Intel Core Duo Processor T2050, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD SuperMulti Drive.

Well the middle daughter doesn’t know it yet, but this is what she is getting for Christmas. So why am I playing with it already? Because all OEM manufacturers have to put so much JUNK software on their system. I’ve been spending the past two days cleaning it off. And I also wanted to put on some software that she will need as well, like a good free anti-virus program and a good free anti-spyware program.

Anyway, this Toshiba M115-53094 is a nice little rig. It comes with a 14.1 widescreen that is bright and clear. The integrated GMA 950 graphics adapter should be just fine for Web surfing, home use, and watching DVDs. And it is powerful enough to play some older games. Though 512MB RAM is enough power to run this lappy, I may kick it up to 1G later on.

Other features I like are the keyboard layout – which I found very comfortable – and the sound. For such a small unit, the sound is great. You really notice just how much this unit packs for sound quality when viewing DVD movies.

The only annoyance I have found thus far is that the fan cooling system is a little loud for my taste. Or maybe I just have sensitive hearing. But in comparison to my Gateway, the mini-roar is noticeable.

Overall, I am more than satisfied with this unit, and hopefully the daughter will feel the same way. Gotta go. I have to get this wrapped and under the tree.

I’d rate this system a very good to excellent buy.

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