The deal: Toshiba 06L - terrific value basic notebook - $699.00
For $699 the Toshiba Satellite L650/06L represents great value for money, because it combines a low price tag with above average specs. The processor is speedy, 4GB of RAM is optimal and a 640GB hard drive is normally first seen in notebooks costing $1,000 or more. Even with the arrival of notebooks powered by Sandy Bridge processors this basic notebook powered by Intel's generation Intel Core i5 -powered CPU is very worthwhile.
The speedy processor mentioned earlier is the Intel Core i5-460M (2.53GHz), and it will have no issue with all but the most super-intensive productivity applications. The 4GB of RAM ensures good multi-tasking performance, which confirms the 06L’s basic notebook credentials. The onboard Intel HD graphics are sufficient for low-end casual games like The Sims 3 on low settings.
A pleasant surprise is the huge 640GB hard drive when 500GB is common in most other basic notebooks. A 15.6in (1,366x768 resolution) screen is ample for videos, programs and games. Portability is moderate due to the 06L weighing 2.5kg and measuring 37.9mm thick, 250mm deep and 380mm wide - but while it's not an ultraportable, you can certainly carry it around.
In all, a superb, generously-powered and specced basic notebook, that will easily handle all common, everyday computing tasks.
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Available until 13th Apr 2011
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