The Good Huge display; Blu-ray player; Harmon Kardon speakers provide outstanding audio; roomy hard drive.
The Bad Abysmal battery life; media control keys are poorly positioned; so-so keyboard and clacky mouse buttons.
The Bottom Line The Toshiba Satellite P505-S8980 boasts a huge display and a good feature set for the price, including a Blu-ray player, but we wish the build quality was a bit better.
Toshiba Satellite P505-S8980
Editors' note: This review is part of our, which covers specific fixed configurations of popular systems found in retail stores.
The Toshiba Satellite P505-S8980 is best suited for those conflicted souls who cannot decide whether to purchase a desktop or a laptop. Though technically a laptop, the Satellite P505, with its 18.4-inch wide-screen display and nearly 9-pound weight, will most likely be found sitting atop a desk rather than your lap. Regardless of its perch, it can't stray too far from an outlet because its battery life is poor for even a big, power-hungry desktop replacement.
It serves up a fairly average configuration for the price: for $849, you get a midrange Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an ample 6GB of memory, integrated Intel graphics, and a roomy 500GB hard drive. Pleasant surprises among its features include a Blu-ray player and Harman Kardon speakers. The keyboard and mouse buttons don't provide the best experience, however, and we are puzzled by the media control keys' placement to the left of the keyboard. And why Toshiba has the controls emit a loud beep by default when activated is also a puzzler (something we've noted in previous Toshiba reviews).
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