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Need help comparing / rating 2 Toshiba laptops

By phkhgh
Aug 20, 2007
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  1. What's your opinion of these laptops & how they compare, for general use? No, not the latest greatest gaming setups.

    Wife needs a good relatively robust / quick (& reliable) laptop. Most demanding thing probably would be doing graphic presentations (i.e., Power Point), slide shows that quickly create/change slides... that sort of thing. Might do some minor video / pic editing. No gaming, no architect's drawing prgms.

    Q1: How well would this T-5300 processor do w/ Vista - now & in few yrs? Will it be completely obsolete several yrs sooner than say an Intel T-7100?

    Q2: The HDD is slower 4200 rpm, but if this unit will take 2nd HDD (have to chk), could get another, say 160GB SATA 5400 rpm, on sale ~ $100 or less - I'm guessing. I'd prefer 2 drives anyway.

    Feel free to comment on selection of options or other. :D
    Thanks for any input / advice!

    Toshiba Notebook Satellite P205/S6337 on sale Circuit City $1050

    Product Specifications (preconfigured)
    Processor
    Processor Type * : Core™2 Duo Processor Number * : T5300 Processor Speed * : 1.73GHz Front Side Bus * : 533MHz
    Operating System **
    Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium (32-bit)
    Intel Centrino Tagline
    Intel® Centrino® Duo processor technology featuring:
    Memory Size *
    2048MB
    Memory Speed
    PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM
    Display Size *
    17.0" widescreen
    Display Type *
    Widescreen XGA+ with TruBrite® Technology
    Display Resolution *
    1440x900
    Graphics Engine *
    Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    Graphics Memory *
    8MB-256MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
    Hard Drive Size *
    200GB
    Hard Drive Speed
    4200rpm
    Optical Drives *
    DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash™ drive supporting up to 11 formats
    Wireless LAN * ♣
    Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965 AGN (802.11a/g/n)
    Bluetooth *
    No Bluetooth (No Antenna)
    Webcam
    Webcam and microphone built into LCD bezel
    Input Devices
    TouchPad pointing device, Internet Launch button, CD/DVD Buttons, 104 key US keyboard with 10 Key Pad
    Security
    Finger Print Reader
    Modem
    Modem
    LAN
    10/100
    Audio
    Standard stereo speakers, Headphone jack (stereo), Microphone jack (mono)
    AC Adapter
    75W (19V 3.95A) Auto-sensing, 100-240V / 50-60Hz input
    Battery Type
    Li-Ion (4000mAh)
    PC Express Slot
    1-ExpressCard™ Slot
    Media Port
    5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter
    USB Ports
    4-USB (2.0)
    iLINK
    i.LINK™ IEEE-1394
    S-Video
    TV-out (S Video)
    Software *
    TOSHIBA ConfigFree®, TOSHIBA Disc Creator, TOSHIBA Game Console, TOSHIBA Security Assist, TOSHIBA Speech System, InterVideo® WinDVD® 8, Microsoft® Office Trial Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial), Microsoft® Works Version 8.5, Ulead® DVD MovieFactory® 5 for Toshiba, McAfee® Internet Security Suite (30-day trial)
    Weight
    Starting at 7.2lbs. to 8.1lbs.
    Color
    Onyx Blue Metallic
    Warranty *
    1-Yr Parts and Labor, 1-Year Battery

    Also Includes:
    # Onyx Blue Metallic Lid Cover, Microsoft® Works v.8.5, Microsoft Office Trial Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-daytrial), Ulead® DVD MovieFactory® for TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ConfigFree®, TOSHIBA Security Assist, TOSHIBA Game Console, Webcam, Fingerprint Reader, 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter, ExpressCard™ slot, 4-USB (2.0) ports, i.LINK™ IEEE-1394, TV-out (S-Video), 10/100 LAN port, V.92 modem port, RGB monitor port, Microphone jack (monaural), headphone jack (stereo)
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Second Choice: Toshiba P205/ST2061 customized
    Drive out online price w/ options below = $1299 incl shipping, free carry case, free Epson CX5000 printer (probably unload it), free 1GB USB drive; "List Price" was = $1624

    Note: The options w/ the " ** " beside them are ones selected at the $1299 price.

    CPU > more
    Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T5450 (1.66GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB) [subtract $50.00]
    ** Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T7100 (1.8GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
    Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.0GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) [add $110.00]
    Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) [add $270.00]
    Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T7700 (2.4GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) [add $550.00]

    Operating System > more
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic 32-Bit [subtract $30.00]
    **Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 32-Bit
    Genuine Windows Vista® Business 32-Bit [add $50.00]
    Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate 32-Bit [add $120.00]

    Color Variation > more
    **Onyx Blue Metallic with Embossed Logo

    Office Software > more
    **Microsoft® Office 2007 Suite Ready
    Microsoft® Office® 2007 Basic Edition [add $149.00]
    (Excel 2007, Word 2007, Outlook 2007)
    *Product key shipped with notebook.

    Microsoft® Office® 2007 Small Business Edition [add $229.00]
    (Excel 2007, Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Accounting Express 2007,
    Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager, Publisher 2007)
    *Product key shipped with notebook.

    Memory > more
    1024MB PC5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM (512MBx2) [subtract $140.00]
    1024MB PC5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM (1024MBx1) [subtract $110.00]
    **2048MB PC5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM (1024MBx2) [Note: because of discounts, upgrade to 2 GB only adds $88 to total.]

    LCD > more
    **17.0" Diagonal Widescreen WXGA+ TruBrite® display (1440x900)
    17.0" Diagonal Widescreen WSXGA+ TruBrite® display (1680x1050) [add $50.00]

    Graphics Controller > more
    Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with 64MB-256MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory [subtract $75.00]
    **ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 2400 with 128MB GDDR2 discrete memory
    + up to 255MB allocated shared graphics memory using ATI HyperMemory™ technology

    ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 2600 with 256MB GDDR2 discrete memory
    + up to 255MB allocated shared graphics memory using ATI HyperMemory™ technology [add $50.00]

    HDD > more
    80GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA) [subtract $125.00]
    120GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA) [subtract $50.00]
    **160GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA)
    200GB HDD (4200rpm, Serial-ATA) [add $50.00]
    250GB HDD (4200rpm, Serial-ATA) [add $125.00]

    2nd HDD > more
    **No Secondary Hard Drive Installed

    Primary HDD Valid 2nd HDD Options
    80GB NONE
    120GB 120GB
    160GB 120GB or 160GB
    200GB 120GB, 160GB or 200GB
    250GB NONE

    120GB 2nd HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA) [add $75.00]
    160GB 2nd HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA) [add $125.00]
    200GB 2nd HDD (4200rpm, Serial-ATA) [add $200.00]

    Optical Media > more
    **DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive
    DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash™ drive [add $25.00]
    Burn high quality labels directly onto Labelflash® media!
    HD DVD-ROM/DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive (in one optical drive), supporting 12 formats [add $199.00]

    Mini-PCI/WiFi > more
    **Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)
    Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965 AGN (802.11a/g/n) [add $25.00]
    Up to 5X faster than (802.11a/b/g)

    Bluetooth > more
    **No Bluetooth (No Antenna)
    Bluetooth® Version 2.0 +EDR [add $25.00]

    Speaker > more
    Standard Stereo Speakers [subtract $25.00]
    **harman/kardon® stereo speakers - For Premium sound!

    Battery > more
    **(6-Cell, 4000mAh) Lithium Ion battery
    (9-Cell, 6000mAh) Lithium Ion battery [add $129.00]

    Satellite P205/ST2061 Notebook Price - as configured: $1,299.20
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