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Toshiba Satellite A660-18N review

A great design and impressive quad-core power ideal for the whole family to enjoy

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Decent performance
  • Dedicated graphics
  • Build quality
  • Good screen
  • Price

Against

  • Battery life

Toshiba's Satellite series comprises its consumer laptops and offers a range of high-quality laptops at varying price points. The Satellite A660-18N is a powerful home media centre, designed to combine basic entertainment features with mid-level mobility.

At just 2.6kg, this is a laptop you can comfortably carry around the home. Despite its large 16-inch screen, the chassis' surprisingly slim dimensions let it slip easily into a carry case.

Unfortunately, the 129-minute battery life is truly awful, so you won't be able to travel very far.

Resilient textured plastics have been used throughout this machine, making it more than tough enough for the whole family to use. The matt finish keeps scratches and smudges to a minimum, adding another layer of protection.

The 16-inch Super-TFT screen has a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and is ideal for home entertainment. Its widescreen aspect ratio allows movies to be shown in their native format and also allows two or more windows to be viewed side by side. Image quality is also excellent, with the panel proving bright and vibrant.

The keyboard employs the same isolation-style design as the Advent Sienna 700 and Sony VAIO VPC-Z12V9E/X and is comfortable and responsive to type on. A numeric keypad is in place on the board's right side, making it easy to quickly input data while typing.

Toshiba satellite a660 18n

On paper the Toshiba should be a powerful laptop, thanks to its use of a quad-core Intel Core i7 740QM processor, but in testing we found the Sony to provide greater performance. That said, this is certainly not a low-powered machine.

With a base clock-speed of 1.73GHz, the quad-core CPU ramps up to an impressive 2.93GHz when required. Outperforming all but the Sony VAIO VPC-Z12V9E/X, software opens and runs far faster than any Intel Core i3 and i5-based machines, making it a great choice for frequent and demanding use.

Adequate graphics

Graphics are not quite as powerful, but will be suitable for most home use. The Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics card will run many games with adequate speed, but the HP Pavilion dv8-1250ea and Sony VAIO VPC-Z12V9E/X are significantly faster, so bear this in mind.

Adding to this laptop's consumer appeal is its excellent software package. Tools for home office use, internet security and CD/DVD creation are all included, among others, so you can get straight to work without having to add to your budget.

While the Satellite A660-18N is narrowly bettered in terms of features and performance by the HP and Sony, it is still an excellent consumer laptop with a huge amount to offer.

If you're after a high-powered machine at a good price, there's a lot to like.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce G 310M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared
Maximum Battery Run Time3.91 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilySatellite A660
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-740QM
ColourVelvety Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.73 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size40.6 cm (16")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.62 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height35.6 mm
Width380.5 mm
Depth254 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesA660
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelA660-18N
Product NameSatellite A660-18N Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSAW3E-07W00TEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed for great everyday performance, Satellite range products are affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require. You can buy Satellite products through an extensive network of high street and online retailers.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite A660-18N Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year