Toshiba Satellite X200-219 review: Toshiba Satellite X200-219

The Good High performance; excellent graphics; good expansion.

The Bad Very short battery life; heavy; screen isn't HD resolution.

The Bottom Line Performance doesn't have to come at a premium rate. The Toshiba Satellite X200-219 proves this to be true. Stick to your desk, though: it's too heavy to use on the go and its battery life is incredibly short

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Everyone wants good performance, but there are few who can actually afford the premium. Enter the Toshiba Satellite X200-219: with a price tag around the £900 mark and decent performance for both desktop and gaming applications, it could be an excellent find.

The X200 is equipped with the slightly older Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 running at 2.2GHz. When combined with a reasonable 2GB of RAM, it proved it could keep up with the pack when it comes to performance. It managed to achieve a PCMark 2005 score of 5,615, which puts it up there with some of the fastest laptops we've seen.

It's also particularly impressive when it comes to gaming, featuring not one but two Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT graphics chips in an SLI configuration. As a result it's no surprise that it was capable of notching up to a 3DMark 2006 score of 3,740. That's pretty high for a semi-portable machine.

Elsewhere, its specification may seem pared down compared to more expensive machines, but it's still more than enough for most users. For example, the two 160GB hard drives may provide less space, but 320GB is still a huge amount of storage and will take a while to fill up. Unless you're on BitTorrent downloading all the unrated versions of Judd Apatow's movies, you should be okay.

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