Toshiba Satellite A660-15T review

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.

 

Find out more from Toshiba.

 

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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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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.

 

———————————————————————–

More on Toshiba:

Toshiba Tecra A11 review

Asus and Toshiba make the most reliable notebooks

Toshiba TG01 smartphone review

———————————————————————–

 

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.

 

Find out more from Toshiba.

 

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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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