Toshiba Satellite Pro C660 review: Toshiba Satellite Pro C660

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The C660 has the most limited range of ports we've seen on a laptop in quite some time.

As you'd expect of a 15.6-inch desktop-replacement machine, the C660 has a DVD rewriter. Thankfully, Toshiba hasn't skimped on the hard drive. While most budget machines come with smaller 320GB drives, this one offers 500GB of storage space, which should be enough for most people.

Stale chip

The laptop uses a dual-core Intel Pentium T4500 processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It's a pre-Sandy Bridge processor, so it uses the older, slower Intel HD integrated graphics. Consequently, in the 3DMark06 benchmark test, it only managed to post a result of 773, which isn't much better than most netbooks. That means 3D gaming is pretty much out of the question, but at least the Intel HD graphics provide some acceleration for tasks like high-definition video playback.

The T4500 chip isn't exactly a cutting-edge processor, so we weren't expecting much from the C660 when it came to the PCMark05 test. It racked up a score of 3,918, which is pretty much what we expected. In real-world terms, this means the laptop will be fine for lighter tasks like Web browsing, watching shows on iPlayer and updating Facebook, but isn't really suitable for more demanding tasks, like compressing HD video files or adding effects in programs like Photoshop.

With a 15.6-inch screen, this isn't really a laptop that's designed for life on the road. That's probably just as well because it didn't perform particularly well in the intensive Battery Eater Classic test, which runs the CPU at 100 per cent until the battery conks out. The C660 managed to keep running for just 1 hour and 16 minutes, whereas most of today's 15-inch laptops manage to creep above the 1 hour and 20 minute mark.

Conclusion

The Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-17J is difficult to like. Its rickety keyboard, lack of ports and pedestrian performance mean that, although it's cheap, it's not very cheerful. If you're looking for a low-cost computer that offers better build quality, we'd suggest you check out the likes of the Acer Aspire 5552 instead.

Edited by Charles Kloet