Toshiba Satellite A205 review: Toshiba Satellite A205

The Satellite A205-S4617 ran for 2 hours, 8 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery. That's acceptable for a laptop of this size, but not as impressive as the Dell E1505, which lasted almost 30 minutes longer. Our DVD battery drain test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use.

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the Satellite A205-S4617. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $134, or $224 with on-site service. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads. The knowledge base is represented by a cartoon character named IRIS (Instant Response Information Service), who prompts you to enter your query into the accompanying search box.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
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Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617
1,356 

Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test
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Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617
317 

Apple iTunes encoding test
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Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617
253 

Microsoft Office productivity test
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Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617
1,361 

DVD battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
In minutes  
Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617
128 

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System configurations:

Dell Inspiron E1505
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7200; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon x1400; 100GB Hitachi 7,200rpm Serial ATA/150

Systemax Pursuit 4155
Windows Vista Ultimate; 1.73GHz Intel Core Duo T2250; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express; 60GB Western Digital 5,400rpm Serial ATA/150

Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617
Windows Vista Home Premium; 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Mobile Intel Express 945GM; 250GB Fujitsu 4,200rpm Serial ATA/150

Toshiba Satellite A135-S4467
Windows Vista Home Premium; 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5200; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express chipset; 160GB Hitachi, 5,400rpm Serial ATA/150

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Toshiba Satellite A205-S5814 - 15.4" - Pentium T2330 - Vista Home Premium - 2 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD

Part Number: PSAF3U-0P900V Released: Apr 16, 2007
Low Price: $50.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Apr 16, 2007
  • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Color onyx blue
  • Weight 6 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA X3100
  • CPU Intel Pentium T2330 / 1.6 GHz