Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-171 review

A relatively powerful laptop, but the poor design and lack of features are a shame

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Product features

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

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  • Good performance
  • Good hard drive capacity


  • 10/100 Ethernet and not Gigabit
  • No HDMI
  • Build quality
  • Only two USB ports

We've long been fans of Toshiba laptops, but the Satellite Pro C660-171 falls below the usual high standards of the Japanese manufacturer, due to a sub-standard design and a lack of features.

Whereas other manufacturers including Acer and Dell, have created laptops that are a pleasure to own thanks to excellent designs, this laptop looks considerably cheaper than it is. This is down to its very plastic design that you could only call functional, with the only positive being it's very hard to mark and will prove suitably durable on the road.

Usability suffers slightly as a result. The plastic keyboard is surprisingly flexible and the action of the keys is a little too stiff for our liking. You might not mind this, however, but we would recommend trying at your local superstore before you buy.

The laptop's screen is decent enough, and the 1366 x 768-pixel resolution provides a detailed enough picture for viewing photos and films. It's also worth mentioning the shiny Super-TFT screen coating is very reflective in bright light.

Features-wise the laptop falls short here. This laptop doesn't feature an HDMI video out for connecting to an external high-definition (HD) source, such as a TV or monitor, and you also only get 10/100 Ethernet. This is the slowest wired connection currently available, and those who regularly use Ethernet for setting up home or office networks will prefer the Gigabit connections offered on similar laptops at this price.

Finally, there are also only two USB ports supplied. Those who are used to plugging in a wealth of peripherals, from smartphones to external mice, will find this restricting to say the least.

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Decent performance

Nevertheless, the Intel Core i3 370M chip provides decent performance. Everyday users will have no problem running all their regular software, even concurrently, although the 3072MB of memory is a bit low for the price, making the laptop less suited to multi-tasking than the Dell Inspiron 15R.

Similarly, the integrated Intel graphics card provides limited multimedia power, although there's enough performance on offer here for entry-level photo editing, as well as watching films and streaming video from the internet.


Battery life: 209 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 228
3D Mark 2003: 3807

The 500GB of hard drive storage is excellent for the money, and will provide a great deal of future-proofing for all but the most data-hungry users.

Portability is also just about acceptable, with 209-minutes of battery life available and a chassis weight of just 2.4kg.

It's hard to like the Satellite Pro C660-171 when it offers so little for its asking price. Splashing out a little more on the Acer Aspire 5741G or Dell Inspiron 15R will pay greater dividends.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5.25 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite Pro C660
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-370M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.30 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 1.24 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
Height35.6 mm
Width380.5 mm
Depth254 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC660
Product ModelC660-171
Product NameSatellite Pro C660-171 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite Pro
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSC0RE-00M018EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Quality and value. The Satellite Pro C660 is an affordable, great-quality everyday laptop and features a 39.6cm (15.6") TruBrite display and textured matte black finish. The media card reader is ideal for quick and convenient transfers from other devices and the numeric keypad is ideal for working with business applications such as spreadsheets.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite Pro C660-171 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year