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Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-2C5 review

Toshiba's business laptop proves useful for home duties too

Our Verdict

A corporate machine offering great quality, comfort and performance

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Build quality
  • Performance
  • Screen

Against

  • Battery life
  • Storage could be better

The Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-2C5 (£525 inc. VAT) targets business users primarily. As such, you'll find a tough design and a laptop that's more than capable of handling the daily commute.

The no-nonsense gun-metal grey and black chassis is conservative, but also features a cohesive and simple design that's attractive and constructed to a high standard.

The 15.4-inch screen is a standard feature at this price. Some business users will object to the glossy Super-TFT coating, which results in increased reflections over a standard panel, but it's also a vivid and bright display. Images are crisp and there's enough space to view multiple documents without trouble.

Surprisingly, considering its corporate aspirations, this machine offers powerful 3D performance for the price. It's mid-range ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 graphics card is capable of handling office and media tasks with ease, and will even run older games in your spare time.

The dedicated GPU takes its toll when it comes to battery life, however, and the 171-minute life falls below the three-hour minimum we expect.

The keyboard is of a good size and offers exceptional comfort. Each of the keys are tapered at the edges, making it easy to type at speed, and all the keys are firmly attached. While responsive, it's also quite noisy, making a loud clicking noise each time a key is pressed. The smooth touchpad is large and responsive, proving ideal for long-term use.

Capable performer

Processing power is handled by a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, although it's slightly older than what you'll find in some similar laptops. Performance is good and, although bettered by some rivals, is more than capable when it comes to multi-tasking. The 250GB hard drive offers enough space for plenty of files, but isn't particularly noteworthy.

Toshiba satellite pro a300 2c5 connections

As with most business machines, networking is comprehensive; both 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet are in place. Files can be backed up to blank DVDs and CDs using the DVD rewriter, and an eSATA interface also offers fast connections to external hard drives.

Unlike some rivals, Bluetooth is not provided for wireless connections to other devices. A 5-in-1 memory card reader rounds off the specification.

Overall, the Toshiba Satellite Pro A300- 2C5 is an impressive laptop. Offering a great mix of quality, comfort and performance, it's the ideal tool for busy professionals, with only a below-average battery life letting it down.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 3470
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
FireWire/i.LINKYes
WebcamYes
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilySatellite Pro A300
Processor ModelT5870
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size39.1 cm (15.4")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory3 GB
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height38.5 mm
Width362 mm
Depth267 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesA300
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelA300-2C5
Product NameSatellite Pro A300-2C5 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite Pro
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberPSAGDE-02S01DEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Looking for a desktop computing alternative with plenty of viewing room? Need more portability to work on the move? 15.4" diagonal widescreen Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-2C5 Notebook is your best bet.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite Pro A300-2C5 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz