Toshiba Satellite Pro C650-197 review

A strong display and decent performance, but lacks standout features

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Good performance
  • Bright and colourful screen


  • Lacking in some features

Toshiba's corporate Satellite Pro range covers a wide range of business requirements at truly affordable prices. The Satellite Pro C650-197 is an entry-level portable that performs well overall, but is sadly lacking in standout features against its rivals.

The Intel Core i3 350M processor provides impressive performance. Even though it uses 4096MB of memory, compared to the 3072MB of the other laptops at this price, we noticed no improvement in our benchmarking tests, with performance matching all but the Acer Aspire 5741-333G32Mn.

An integrated Intel graphics card provides basic multimedia performance, with enough power for basic photo and video editing.

A real highlight is the 15.6-inch widescreen display, which is identical in size to the Acer and HP G62-a45SA, but marginally brighter. Colours look natural and contrast levels are deep, although the screen is as reflective as others with a glossy screen coating.

The Toshiba's black chassis stands out from the faux-metal builds that populate this price point. However, it's similar to the HP in its resistance to fingerprints and the slight flex around the optical drive.

While the 2.4kg weight is marginally heavier than the Packard Bell EasyNote NM86, and the 230-minute battery life is lower than some of the competiton, this is still a laptop that can easily be taken on the road. However, the battery life plummets to just 98 minutes when watching a DVD.

As with the HP, usability is mixed. The slightly spongy keyboard is well sized, despite the inclusion of a separate numeric keypad. Touch-typing is a breeze, even with the lack of key definition.

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However, even though the touchpad is rather cramped, we still found our palms brushed it occasionally when typing.

Limited features

Features are rather basic, even at this price point, especially when compared to the HP. A meagre two USB ports are available for connecting peripherals, while there's no HDMI port for hooking up to a high-definition (HD) display, something which is present on all the other laptops here.

Networking capabilities are standard, with fast 802.11n Wi-Fi for wireless connections and basic 10/100 Ethernet for wired connections. A 4-in-1 card reader provides less flexibility than the multicard readers, although the 320GB hard drive matches the ample storage of the Acer.

Features may be lacking and usability mixed, but the Satellite Pro C650-197 is still a decent machine. Performance is assured, thanks to the Intel Core i3 processor, while the widescreen display is bright, vibrant and perfect for working – or playing – well into the night.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite Pro C650
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-350M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.40 kg
Cache3 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
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.65 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height37.9 mm
Width380 mm
Depth250 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC650
Product ModelC650-197
Product NameSatellite Pro C650-197 Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite Pro
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSC13E-00E008EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite Pro C650-197 Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year