I checked out my friend’s new Toshiba laptop today and I was amazed. It is a Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4036 with 4 GB of memory and I was shocked with the bargain price and the fact that the laptop seemed ok. This is because I hate Toshiba laptops. They are usually hot, heavy, and full of trial software. I used to cringe when I saw a Toshiba laptop coming in for me to repair. I hated everything about them.
This little thing was different. I guess the price swayed me, however I judged everything on the value that was provided.
The first thing I noticed was the small screen. I am used to a 17” laptop and this one was only 14″ and very cute. The screen is so shiny and new, every reflection showed up on the screen making it hard to see anything in direct sunlight. This would not bother a student.
The laptop apparently has a great a motor under the bonnet, being a triple core, however it didn’t knock me out at all. Don’t get me wrong though, for under $500 its a speedy little machine. Maybe I am a speed freak.
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I think the price has gone back up to $599:
Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4036 LED TruBrite 14-Inch Laptop (Black)
Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4036 Feature list:
- 1.8 GHz AMD Phenom II P820 triple-core processor
- 4 GB DDR3 memory
- 320 GB SATA hard drive, DVD SuperMulti drive supporting 11 formats
- 14-inch widescreen HD TruBrite LED-Backlit display, ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics card
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 3.8 hours of battery life
This Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4036 is not good for a gaming computer and I wouldn’t expect it to be. The sound is not much to write home about as it does not go that loud. But for a student laptop, and for $500 it is a steel.
You can surf the internet, use office applications, and send and receive email. Basically I would not use it for a music machine or a gaming machine. If you seriously just want to stick to school work and studies it is a great little bargain.
Others are saying that the laptop runs hot and has the fan going all the time. I did not find this, but the dell laptop I am typing on now is blowing hot air me now. Which laptop doesn’t get hot? All that hardware stuffed into that small space.
Really, lets just talk about the price. This laptop has 4 GB ram and an inbuilt webcam with a microphone. These features could cost you $500 by themselves. I would not buy a second hand laptop as this is just so cheap!
Another option is to look at a smaller sized laptop such as the Apple MacBook Pro MC374LL, that comes with a 13.1 inch screen. Although this is classed as are fully fledged laptop, it is close to a netbook size.