Tuesday, November 2, 2010
My Toshiba Satellite L505 comes with in-built Wi-Fi controllers and at that price it surely is one of the cheapest wireless laptops around. No doubt. The best feature of Toshiba L505 is that it comes bundled with Windows 7 Home Premium. Now many cheap wireless laptops offer Windows 7 Premium version? Forget the cheap laptops even the pricier ones like the Dell Inspiron offer only the Home Basic version of Windows 7 or worse still, Dos. This is not a joke, some companies offer laptops with just DOS!
Yes you heard that right. DOS in the age of 3D Aero! Which is only available in the Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional editions and not the Home Basic version. So after you cough out about $560-$620 you are stuck with Dos or at best the Basic Windows 7 OS. This is cruel, really.
Coming back to the Toshiba Satellite L505 it has a Intel Dual Core processor @2.2 Ghz with 3 GB Ram and 250 GB Hard Disk drive, which is more than handful for multi-tasking as well as working with Photoshop. Yes you don’t need some fancy Alienware laptop for professional use. It even plays my favorite games like Rome Total War and RCT 3 without breaking a sweat. I even played GTA San Andreas and was quite happy with the frame rates as well as the graphics. Of course this means that cheap wireless laptops don’t come with dedicated graphic cards but utilize the onboard shared video memory.
Obviously people who want to buy cheap wireless laptops like the Toshiba L505 don’t have hardcore gaming as their priority. The net experience is also very pleasant and my favorite browser, Chrome works like a charm on my Satellite L505. The in built Wi-Fi also returns good wireless performance which is why you want to buy a cheap wireless laptop in the first place. But speaking of wireless connectivity the Satellite L505 notebook lacks in-built Bluetooth connectivity. So you will need to plug in a USB Bluetooth device for file sharing. Sad as Bluetooth is pretty much standard feature on most notebooks, budget ones included.
As far as the weight is concerned at 6.0/6.7 pounds, it is slightly on the higher side but you won’t feel overloaded when the laptop rests on your thighs. So it’s okay.
The touch pad of the Satellite L505 is a charm to move your fingers on. There are many customizable settings for the touch pad, which you can access from the Control Panel. It has been placed at an appropriate height to ensure your palm doesn’t accidently rub against the touch pad while typing. Even if it does thankfully the touch pad can make some differentiation between intentional and unintentional touch and so doesn’t respond, which is what you want while typing.
As is expected of any quality and cheap wireless laptop the L505 has two USB ports and one USB/eSATA port. This is adequate for me as I use one port for my USB modem and another for a external mouse while gaming or for connecting my Samsung mobile Corby Pro, which by the way a great touchscreen smart phone to own. Apart from the USB ports, it also has a multi-format media card reader to boot so you can easily transfer files to and from your mobile’s memory card or other devices like a digital cam.