Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830 review: Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830

Intel's Penryn-class 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 CPU is the new default for mainstream performance, and the Satellite U405 was on par with other T8100 laptops, such as the 14-inch Toshiba Satellite M305, in our benchmark tests. Bumping up the CPU up a bit to the 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo T9300, as in the HP Pavilion dv2700t, actually makes a significant difference in performance. However, for typical multitasking use--Web surfing, office documents, media viewing, and so on--the U405 is fine, with no slowdown or stuttering.

The Satellite U405 ran for 2 hours and 18 minutes on our DVD battery-drain test, which is acceptable, but not especially impressive for a 13-inch laptop. Our DVD battery-drain test is especially grueling, though, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use, and we got closer to 3.5 hours in anecdotal use.

Toshiba includes an industry-standard, one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $149. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line and an online knowledge base and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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DVD battery-drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 358MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dv2700t
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS; 250GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite M305-S4826
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo - 2.2GHz / 13.3 inch
OS X 10.5.1 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz; 2,048GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 144MB Intel GMA X3100; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

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Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830

Part Number: PSU40U-013013 Released: Apr 15, 2008
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  • Release date Apr 15, 2008
  • Installed Size 3 GB
  • Weight 4.9 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA X3100
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 / 2.1 GHz