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)

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