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Toshiba Satellite P200-17C review: Toshiba Satellite P200-17C

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The Good Both 2D and 3D performance; HDMI; high resolution display.

The Bad Poor battery life; tacky-looking keyboard; bright lights on front.

The Bottom Line If you're after a fun-filled machine, then the Toshiba Satellite P200-17C is itching to entertain you with its impressive performance and gaming capabilities, provided you're happy to stay put as it's too bulky to take on the road and won't last long away from a mains power

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The Toshiba Satellite P200-17C is certainly built with entertainment in mind -- from its large 17-inch widescreen display to booming Harman Kardon speakers. It'll reluctantly turn its hand to work, too and with a price tag of £700 it's not overpriced for a laptop of this calibre.

Strengths
Under the hood, the P200 sports a 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 processor and a generous 2GB of DDR II RAM. Running it through the PCMark05 benchmark it managed to pull in a high score of 3,730, which is impressive for a portable machine.

It's no slouch when it comes to gaming either and its ATI Mobility Radeon HD2400 chip managed to pull in a four figure score of 1,491 when running the 3DMark06 benchmark. Providing you haven't got all the detail levels turned up to 11, it should prove a decent gaming machine.

In terms of expansion, you're spoilt for choice with an overly generous six USB ports scattered around its body for plugging things in.

Its display stretches to a higher than average resolution of 1,440x900 pixels, which looks great on the vibrant glossy 17-inch display, provided you can put up with the increased reflectivity that such displays exhibit. If you'd rather hook it up to an external display, then you've got plenty of options with HDMI, VGA and S-video on offer, making it very flexible.

The built-in Harman Kardon speakers are pretty good by laptop standards, so you can pump up the volume a fair way without distortion.

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