Toshiba Satellite A660-15T review

Full review: Affordable quad core i7 Satellite notebook

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Toshiba laptop with Core i7 processor and fantastic keyboard

Toshiba has a rich heritage of high performance machines, and any self-respecting gamer will have used a machine from their Qosmio range at some stage. But with the A660-15T Toshiba has implemented the same high-end components in their more consumer Satellite range – the result is a powerful, and affordable notebook.

Like fellow quad core laptops the Apple MacBook Pro and HP Envy 15 it looks a little drab. A dull black plastic material with a weave pattern has been employed, which will leave you begging for some machined aluminium. Nevertheless, at least it’s highly durable, and provides plenty of protection for the components inside.

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In our benchmarking test the quad-core Core i7 720QM chip produces decent, but not spectacular results, so the Macbook Pro is still the machine to go for if all-out power is what you’re after. Nevertheless, running very resource intensive programs won’t be a problem, and the inclusion of a nVidia GeForce GT 330M means you’ll have little problem playing the latest gaming titles, while also editing photos and even HD video.

Toshiba Satellite A660-15T: screen

The 16-inch screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768 and is bright, crisp and clear. It can’t compete with the eye-candy the Sony Vaio F Series produces, but Blu-rays look great on it, even if it does lack the all conquering glory of full HD. As mentioned above, a writable Blu-ray drive is included.

Blu-ray discs can now take up to 50GB, making the format a great way to back up files and folders, as well as watch HD movies. A 500GB hard drive is also included, and will swallow up a whole family’s data with little issue.

Toshiba Satellite A660-15T: keyboard and speakers

Employing the isolated style, the keyboard is fantastic and provides one of the firmest typing experiences we’ve ever used. Tosh has somehow managed to find space for a dedicated number pad as well – always a welcome addition. Above the keyboard sit a bank of touch-activated hotkeys, giving you access to volume controls, the wireless settings as well as a backup function. Below the keyboard sits a large touchpad that’s sharp and responsive.

A set of Harman/Kardon speakers are built in and provide slightly superior sound, but realistically they’re no substitute for a decent pair of desktop speakers. All the usual connections are present and correct, including 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Gigabit Ethernet. Four USB ports, an eSATA, an HDMI and VGA out round off the specification.

With great battery performance of over four hours, if you're after quad-core power at a reasonable price, the Toshiba Satellie A660-15T is well worth a look.

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SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Screen: 16-inch (1366 x 768)
Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Core i7 720QM
Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 330M
Memory: 4GB
Storage: 500GB Blu-ray (Read and Write)
Battery tested: 251
Battery claimed: 249
Connections: 4 x USB, eSATA, VGA, HDMI, SD Card Slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet
Dimensions/weight: 380x254x28mm/2.6kg

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