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It really is amazing what your money can get you these days. Take Toshiba's Satellite C650: a budget laptop to be sure, but one that comes well kitted out inside its rugged, textured exterior.
The 1366x768, 15.6-inch screen is glossy but looks gorgeous, while the Core i3 M370 @ 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive will see a large majority of people through just fine. There are obvious corners cut in ancillaries — 100Mb Ethernet instead of gigabit, 802.11n wireless that only supports 2.4GHz, incredibly poor speakers, only two USB ports; although we'd suggest only the latter would really annoy the mainstream audience it's targeted at.
When you can get Core i3 for this price, we're surprised Pentium processors are still in the market.
It's otherwise modestly equipped with a VGA port, headphone and microphone jacks, SD card reader and DVD+-RW. This is all for AU$899, great value — still, another if you can spare the dosh.
Upon first load Toshiba gives consumers the choice of running Windows 7 Home Premium in either 32- or 64-bit, something it should be commended for. Once the installation is completed, you're hit with a fairly standard Windows desktop, although it isn't free of crapware.