The Best Toshiba Laptops For Under $500

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When it comes to buying a laptop you need to balance what you need from the product with a reasonable price. For non-specific laptops such as those provided by Toshiba, the tipping point between functionality and price agreed on be most leading publishers is just about five hundred dollars. Here we will take a look at a few of the best laptops for under five hundred dollars.

1. Toshiba Satelite: C55-A5105:

This is one of the most basic laptops offered by Toshiba. It runs the impressive Windows 8 operating system and features a fifteen inch screen display. It also has an Intel Celeron processor and four gigabytes of memory, which makes this a great deal at an average retail price of just $250. Do not count on this laptop to run top-of-the-line games, but it should serve any other needs.

2. Toshiba Tecra: A50- ASNBM22:

While Toshiba laptops are built for general usage, the Tecra lineup is all about making sure that you have an optimized business experience. It features a dual core Intel processor , five hundred gigabytes of storage, six gigabytes of memory, and runs the latest Windows 8.1 operating system. The screen display is fifteen inches wide, making it an attractive and highly desirable choice at only $499.

3. Toshiba Satelite: C55DTA5148:

In terms of Toshiba brand laptops that are under five hundred dollars, this one is absolutely the pinnacle of their creative ability. It is one of the first touch screen laptops that Toshiba has ever marketed, and comes equipped with its own HDMI output. While this is impressive for a lower-end machine, the interior qualities are what sets this apart from all of the others. It has a AMD-A4 Series processor, which ensures that you will have no problem running any necessary software. It comes with a massive seven hundred and fifty gigabyte hard drive, which will suit any of your storage needs. All of this is presented on a 15.6″ screen that is fully integrated with touch sensitive technology. Considering its price at $489, this laptop is an absolute wonder.

While any of these laptops would make a fine addition to your home or business technology setup, the fact that these Toshiba laptops are under five hundred dollars is simply remarkable. From the top of the line to the most basic, these laptops show a wide variety of options available to someone who is conscious of both price and quality.

Toshiba E105-S1402 review: Elegant Design, Affordable Laptop

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The all new Toshiba E105-S1402 is a laptop with elegant design and available at an affordable rate of $899 only. The laptop has an amazing thin and sleek design with slightly squared off on the edges. Although the newly launched E105 lacks a high level of performance, some ample entertaining features makes it an ideal choice for your new notebook.

Build & Design

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Toshiba E105-S1402 has similar looks to the Apple Macbook Pro. The only difference between the two is the the replacement of the matte finish with a dazzling fusion. Some of the classy designs incorporated in the E105 include a squared edge frame made of aluminium, a reduced keyboard size and a change in the shape of the display bezel. You would really like the overall looks of this particular model when compared with the other Toshiba notebooks, as it boasts of having a unique striped colour layout different from the solid fusion design in its predecessors. The only concern is the small gaps in the mating surfaces and touchpad, while a few areas stick out along the palm rest edges of the new E105.

Screen

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The Toshiba E105-S1402 has a 14.1-inch glossy panel, which is bright, crisp and a perfect one to view images or movie files. It has an excellent combination of color and contrast, unlike other glossy panels. The E105 also has bright backlight levels, which is enough to view the screen in bright office environments.

Keyboard

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The new Toshiba E105-S1402 has a keyboard that is fully backlit and comes with multimedia keys on the right hand side, which are touch sensitive enabling quick access. Its keyboard is more comfortable for users to type on for longer periods, as the E105 comes with a softer touch keys. This laptop also has a unique matte painted texture on its keys, which removes the chances of greasy finger prints after hours of continuous typing. However, Toshiba needs to improve the location of the multimedia keys in the E105.

Performance & Benchmarks

The Toshiba E105-S1402 has really scored over others in terms of all categories in system performance except gaming. This Toshiba model had almost no trouble in handling the daily tasks including web browsing and typing documents, but it performed badly in gaming. The Toshiba Satellite E105 has a quicker shutdown and system boot times and comes fully loaded with various types of utilities that include support software from Geek Squad. Apart from this, the Toshiba E105 also has a reduced number of ports giving it a cleaner look. The inclusion of a FM tuner comes as a very handy feature in this notebook, but a TV tuner card would have been of more use.

Battery Life

Toshiba E105-S1402 has a surprisingly longer battery life and a relatively small sized battery. The 9-cell battery delivered a 13% higher performance than advertised. After the brightness of the screen was reduced in power saver mode, the laptop gave an amazingly high performance with its battery and a backup of nearly 6 and a half hour. This was great but not better than the Lenovo T400, which gave a reduced rate of power consumption and a 10 hour battery life in the same conditions and with the identical battery.

The Toshiba E105-S1402 has great looks with its aluminium chassis except for some the finishing and fitting problems. The price of this laptop could have been slightly on the lower end but it can be a better alternative among the other Toshiba notebooks.

Specifications of the Toshiba Satellite E105

Processor: Core2Duo P4800 2.26 GHz Processor from Intel (1066MHz FSB, 3 MB L2 Cache)

OS: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition (64-bit)

Memory: 4-GB 800 MHz DDR2

Display: 14.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) glossy display

Hard drive: 320 GB SATA 5400 rpm

Battery: 75Wh 14.4V

Weight: 5lbs (Without box)

Dimensions: 13.75inx9.75inx1.31in

Pros: Solid performance, integrated FM-Tuner, thin, sleek and elegant design and backlit keyboard

Cons: The build quality is not up to the mark

MSRP: $899 (Base Price)

Toshiba Tecra R10 Review: The Sleek Laptop

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With an attractive 14.1” business notebook, Toshiba Tecra R10, the sleek laptop, comes with the most recent Intel processors equipped with Quadro NVS150m graphics card from nVidia. Wrapped in a slim shell, it looks quite impressive to the buyers. If you have seen Toshiba’s Portege business line notebook, you would find that Toshiba Tecra R10 has inherited its look to some extent. Well it is very sleek and this adds another good feature to this laptop.

Build and Design

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For those, who are in lookout for a thin and attractive laptop, the Tecra R10 is perfect for them. It has got enough power for getting all the jobs done. Toshiba laptops have already been popular with its business clients for several years, but this time the Tecra line thought of bringing some changes in its overall design. They got some key features from the ultra-portable “Portege” notebook series.

When it comes to its body, it is made up of plastic and an outer shell made of aluminum. The body is resistant to scratch. However, you can feel a bit of flex around palm rest. When we come to the base, it is quite strong, mainly for the metal substance that gives an additional support to it. So, you do not have to worry, as it would survive bumps as well as bruises in our car or backpack. Overall, this laptop is enough for an average user.

Keyboard and Touchpad

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When it comes to its keyboard, the silver keys are clearly visible even in low light. However, there is not enough support for preventing flex, if you go for applying heavy typing pressure. The ‘Quick Launch’ keys are very practical and you would find that there are three shortcuts for power.

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The touchpad has the same features like those used in the keyboard with silver finish. There’s an Alps touchpad, which is quite responsive than most other touchpads. Again, there are no cursor lag issues. However, the touchpad size is depressing. The polished silver buttons of the touchpad need to be pressed harder. The fingerprint reader is just near to the touchpad button. So, there is a probability that your fingers may accidentally trigger its fingerprint reader and you get the error message on your screen.

Display

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Coming to its display, the Techra R10 comes with a 14.1” anti-glare screen and that too with 1280×800 resolution & LED backlighting. Here, we can say that the display is not very impressive but when it comes to comparing with 14-inch display, it is more than enough. One thing, which I got impressed with, was that this notebook could be read very clearly and without any difficulty under bright light. So, even if you are traveling, you won’t find it hard to work on the notebook. If you try to view the notebook from straight ahead, then you would find that the colors rich and also an excellent contrast. This is same with the horizontal ones, but it does not impress one trying to view the angles from above.

Performance

The performance was up to the mark with 6MB Cache, 128MB GDDR3 memory and a much faster 7200rpm 160GB hard drive. So, you can use different applications at the same time without slowing the machine. Its Core2Duo processor and nVidia Graphics allow most modern applications to function properly. Again, the configuration might prove to be enough for most popular games.

Battery

When you think of going for a notepad, the most important thing that you play close attention is the battery. For Toshiba Tecra R10, after 2hours and 52 minutes, you can find only 3% battery left when it has been operating on full load. Well, if you wish to extend the battery life, you can go for using the “power saver.”

Well, Toshiba Tecra R10 is a great notebook for people looking to go ahead with sleek designs and looks. You would find everything that you wish to look for in a business notebook.

Specification of Toshiba Tecra R10

Processor: Core2Duo P9300 Processor from Intel (2.26GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 6MB L2,)

OS: Microsoft Genuine Windows Vista Business

Memory: 3GB DDR2 800MHz SDRAM

Display: 128MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 150M graphics

Hard drive: 160GB 7200RPM Toshiba 2.5″

Battery: 5100mAh Li-Ion Battery

Weight: 4.34lbs

Dimensions: 1.13″ x 13.3″ x 9.9″

Pros: Excellent performance, Attractive design, No problem reading under sunlight

Cons: Bit expensive, Horrible location of touchpad buttons, Battery life not too long

MSRP: $1,549 (base price)