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Toshiba Satellite Pro U300-10U review: Toshiba Satellite Pro U300-10U

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The Good Small size; good looks; nice design.

The Bad Fairly underpowered; poor 3D performance.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba Satellite Pro U300-10U is a decent laptop that's a good size for carting around with you. What it lacks in performance it makes up for in portability and looks

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The Toshiba Satellite Pro U300-10U isn't quite small enough to be a true ultraportable, but it's still dinky enough to carry around with you most places you go.

Its stylish looks mean you'll not want to keep it hidden away in your bag and with an asking price of £660 from LaptopsDirect.co.uk it won't break the bank either.

Strengths
The U300 is a decent sized laptop for someone who travels frequently, but is prepared to sacrifice a little portability for a slightly larger screen and more beefed up specs than you'd find on a conventional ultraportable. It tips the scales at 2kg, so isn't too heavy to carry around regularly and at 310 by 34 by 227mm it's small enough to slip into most bags, making it easy to cart around.

It's a nice looking laptop too, with a metallic-looking grey lid and sleek curves that smooth off any sharp edges. It features a glossy screen with great colour reproduction, although it's fairly reflective, which can make it difficult to work on if there are bright lights behind you.

There's a decent amount of storage space on the 120GB hard drive and there's a DVD writer tucked into the right hand side for backup. There's also a motion sensor which will move the hard drive head to an unused area of the drive if it senses movement, which should help avoid any data disasters.

Toshiba has sensibly split the three USB ports between both sides, with two on the left and one on the right, so you won't need to wrap cords all the way round the back to plug in peripherals.

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