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Toshiba Satellite C665/00T review: Toshiba Satellite C665/00T

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The Satellite C665 is an excellent example of a mid-range laptop. All black, nothing too flashy, but a decent 15.6-inch 1366x768 screen, good keyboard, and a rather attractive AU$799 price.

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7.5

Toshiba Satellite C665/00T

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The Good

Great build quality for the price. Unless you're a gamer, will likely provide all the performance you need.

The Bad

Fewer than usual USB ports. No Bluetooth.

The Bottom Line

For AU$799, the Toshiba Satellite C665 is a perfectly good laptop. The omission of Bluetooth could be a show-stopper for some, but this is otherwise quite a deal.

The touchpad is tiny, yet it somehow remains quite usable. It's nice to use physical mouse buttons again compared to the current proliferation of clickpads, which integrate the mouse buttons into the pad itself.

It is decently specced too, with a Core i5 2430M @ 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM and a GeForce 315M. A 500GB hard drive serves storage duties, while a DVD burner is accessible when required.

There is one omission: while you will get 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless, you won't find Bluetooth here.

While the usual-suspect ports are available — HDMI, VGA, headphone and microphone jacks, gigabit Ethernet, SD card reader — there are only two USB 2.0 ports, down from the three to four we would normally expect from this category.

Flip the laptop over, and we see that Toshiba has provided easy access to both the RAM bay and the hard drive bay, allowing users to upgrade on their own. There’s even a spare RAM slot available, just waiting for that upgrade.

Application performance

Choose a benchmark: Handbrake | iTunes | Photoshop | Multimedia

Handbrake encoding (in seconds)

  • 230
    Asus N53SV (Core i7 2630QM, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)
  • 394
    Toshiba Satellite C665 (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, GeForce 315M)
  • 396
    Asus A53S (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 520MX)
  • 405
    HP Pavilion dv6 (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Radeon HD 7690M XT)
  • 476
    Acer Aspire 5750 (Core i3 2350M, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics)

(Shorter bars indicate better performance)


The Toshiba jockeys for position all across the charts, generally providing acceptable performance.

Gaming performance

Choose a benchmark: Metro 2033 | Batman: Arkham Asylum

Metro 2033 (in FPS)

  • Max FPS
  • Average FPS
  • Min FPS
  • 39185
    HP Pavilion dv6 (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Radeon HD 7690M XT)
  • 48112
    Asus N53SV (Core i7 2630QM, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)
  • 3072
    Asus A53S (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 520MX)
  • 1330
    Toshiba Satellite C665 (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, GeForce 315M)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


The GeForce 315M can run our gaming benchmarks, but doesn't do terribly well at all. This is a non-gaming, general purpose machine.

Battery life

Battery life (time)

  • Heavy battery test
  • Light battery test
  • 2h 57m4h 26m
  • Acer Aspire 5750 (Core i3 2350M, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics)
  • 3h 4m4h 20m
  • HP Pavilion dv6 (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Radeon HD 7690M XT)
  • 2h 5m3h 32m
  • Asus A53S (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 520MX)
  • 2h 52m3h 31m
  • Toshiba Satellite C665 (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, GeForce 315M)
  • 1h 39m3h 30m
  • Asus N53SV (Core i7 2630QM, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


Considering what you pay for the C665, battery life is acceptable. There are better options out there though if you're willing to spend a bit more.

Conclusion

For AU$799, the Toshiba Satellite C665 is a perfectly good laptop. The omission of Bluetooth could be a show-stopper for some, otherwise this is quite a deal.