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First Look: Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176X

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First Look: Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176X

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While the $799 Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176X is an affordably priced Blu-ray laptop with a next-gen Intel Core i3 processor, there are other options out there that offer better design or performance for the same money.

Hi, I'm Scott Stein, senior associate editor at CNET.com and this is the Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176. Now, if I sound a little bit less than enthusiastic about that long series of numbers at the end of the Satellite, that's because we've seen this Satellite before. We reviewed Satellite A665 laptops, these big 15.6-inch models, last year, and what's new now? Well, new processors, the new Intel Core i3 is in here which uses that new Sandy Bridge architecture that we've talked about which gives you some better performance and some better graphics despite not having any dedicated graphics inside. On the other hand, "eh," I mean, it costs $799 which is right in that "eh" range of laptops. It's got a Blu-ray drive which is nice. It's got a screen that's not as nice. It's a 1366 X 768 resolution, not bad, but it's not as crisp or as bright as we've seen on other Blu-ray laptops. The speakers are pretty great. Harman/Kardon speakers, and we've liked those on all of those upper range Satellite laptops. They really do boom, but not quite as much as we saw on, say, the Dell XPS 15 which had fantastic speakers, so if you like the idea of multimedia in your laptop, that could be a plus. It's got Intel Wireless Display and it's got your 500-gigabyte hard drive, your 4 gigs of RAM. Overall, though, it's clunky, it's big. The battery life is good but not great, and you're sort of left in that middle ground. Honestly, you could do better. Let me give you some advice. Look at this one but maybe look at some other laptops, too. I'm Scott Stein and this is the Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176.

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