Toshiba Satellite A25 review:

Toshiba Satellite A25

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MSRP: $1,549.00
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good battery; excellent audio; includes Microsoft Works.

The Bad Poor performance; big and heavy; no FireWire port.

The Bottom Line The A25-S279 is bulky and lacks frills. Competing mainstream systems offer better bang for the buck.

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6.6 Overall

In an age where sleek Pentium-M notebooks are starting to dominate the scene, Toshiba's Satellite A25 stands out as an anachronism. Though recently released, it is a clunky dinosaur that's heavy and slow, and it lacks some of the basics needed for mobile survival.

At 13.4 by 11.6 inches, the tapered A25-S279 has flowing lines, with no sharp edges. It measures 2.2 inches at the back and narrows to 1.8 inches in the front. It weighs in at 7.9 pounds, but with its huge AC adapter, it has a travel weight of 9.2 pounds, at least 1 pound heavier than IBM's ThinkPad R50 and Fujitsu's LifeBook N.

The components beneath the system's matte-black-and-blue exterior are a step or two down the technology ladder: a 2.8GHz desktop Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, a 60GB hard drive, and a combo DVD/CD-RW optical drive. Its 15-inch XGA screen is fed with pixels from a Trident Cyberblade XP2 accelerator with 32MB of memory that can run an external monitor or projector at up to 2,048x1,536 resolution in full color.

For those who must type on the road, the A25's saving grace is the inclusion of an excellent keyboard. Responsive and firm, with roomy 19.4mm keys, the keyboard has a generous 2.7mm stroke. A large silver touchpad with a pair of actuation buttons rounds out the input options, but the A25 does without a scroll button.

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