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Toshiba Satellite Pro A300 review

Verdict

A workman-like business portable let down by a below-par display, leaving others to take the accolades.

Review Date: 31 Mar 2009

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £383 (£440 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
4 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
4 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

Details
Part Code PSAG9E-00Y001EN
Review Date 31 Mar 2009
Price ex VAT £383
Price inc VAT £440
Overall rating 4 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6
Value for Money 4 stars out of 6
Performance 5 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 1 yr return to base
Physical specifications
Dimensions 362 x 267 x 39mm (WDH)
Weight 2.730kg
Travelling weight 3.2kg
Processor and memory
Processor Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3200
Motherboard chipset Intel GL40
RAM capacity 2.00GB
Memory type DDR2
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 2
Screen and video
Screen size 15.4in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,280
Resolution screen vertical 800
Resolution 1280 x 800
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 4500
Graphics card RAM 128MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Drives
Capacity 160GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk Toshiba MK1652GSX
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical drive Matshita UJ880AS
Battery capacity 4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0
Networking
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Other Features
Wireless hardware on/off switch yes
Wireless key-combination switch no
Modem yes
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 1
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 4
FireWire ports 1
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader yes
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Above keyboard
Hardware volume control? yes
Integrated microphone? no
Integrated webcam? no
Camera megapixel rating N/A
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Operating system and software
Operating system Windows Vista Business 32-bit
OS family Windows Vista
Recovery method Recovery disc
Software supplied N/A
Battery and performance tests
Battery life, light use 3hr 21min
Battery life, heavy use 1hr 7min
Overall application benchmark score 0.90
3D performance (crysis) low settings 4fps
3D performance setting Low
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