Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z review

Stunning performance, but this 3D laptop is not without its flaws

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By combining its immersive 3D screen and strong graphics performance with staggering Intel Core i7 power and comprehensive features, the Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z is a great, mid-sized home media centre. Its slightly flawed usability and lack of full 1080p support is unfortunate, as are its low battery life and the inherent limitations of its Nvidia 3D Vision technology, but they do little to restrict the enjoyment of this otherwise stylish and well-made multimedia machine.

While the best 3D laptop you can currently buy remains the Asus G51JX, the Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z is a more than worthy rival and is very easy to recommend.

Toshiba satellite a665 11z review

We liked

Nvidia's 3D Vision is still the vanguard of current 3D technology and the immersive 3D entertainment of the Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z is stunning. Whether gaming or watching movies, it adds a new depth to your enjoyment that is truly hard to beat.

Offering staggering power and features, the Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z is a great laptop to future-proof yourself against the years ahead. Packed with cutting-edge technology, this is a machine that delivers fantastic performance and will continue to do so for years to come.

When viewed without the 3D glasses, the Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z's vibrant 15.6-inch screen is stunning. Strong brightness combines with striking contrast and natural colours to bring photos and videos to vivid life, making this an extremely capable home media centre.

We disliked

For a machine so clearly marketed for gaming and enjoying high-definition content, the low 720p screen resolution is unfortunate. This is exacerbated by the inclusion of a Blu-ray drive, as the Satellite A665-11Z's screen doesn't have the pixels to enjoy the full benefits of HD.

While the Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z's keyboard is generally great to use, the temperamental spacebar can sometimes make touch-typing a chore. While it may only have been a quirk of our review sample, we'd recommend you be sure to try the keyboard in-store before buying.

Running for less than two hours, the Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z's battery performance is truly awful. Dropping to an inexcusable 75 minutes when watching a DVD, you'd be lucky to get an hour's use when watching a Blu-ray movie, making this a laptop intended solely for home use.

Verdict

Despite various flaws in usability and mobility, the Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z's impressive combination of power and features makes it a great choice as a semi-portable home media centre. Whether you want to enjoy the latest 3D games and movies, enjoy cutting-edge, quad-core performance, or future-proof yourself for the years ahead, there is something for everyone here, making the Satellite A665-11Z a laptop that's very easy to like.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTS 350M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared
Maximum Battery Run Time2.16 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilySatellite A665
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-740QM
ColourPrecious Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.73 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.75 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedBD-R/RE
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height37.6 mm
Width380 mm
Depth254 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesA665
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelA665-11Z
Product NameSatellite A665-11Z Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSAW3E-05K00TEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Make home movies, watch blockbuster flicks. Update your status on your favorite social media sites, keep up your blog. You can also tackle the family budget. Catch up on work. Build photo albums and playlists. Game away. Or get a great education. You can do it all in style.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite A665-11Z Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit
Limited Warranty1 Year