Its suitability as a gaming machine is questionable, but in the Toshiba Satellite U300-113 Toshiba has put together a smart and stylish laptop that gives a good account of itself elsewhere.

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You'll want a cloth to hand, however, as the Toshiba Satellite U300-113's lovely dark blue exterior smudges easily. We were also concerned about the amount of heat this Toshiba laptop seems to generate.

Even so, the 13.3in Toshiba Satellite U300-113 feels sturdily built with a hard-wearing chassis and hinge and it comes in a few grammes short of the 2kg mark.

The Toshiba Satellite U300-113 is not the most powerful of laptops. Its 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 processor is supported by only 1GB of DDR2 RAM and turned in a middling WorldBench speed benchmark score of 66.

You get a generous 120GB hard disk and we were especially pleased to note that the Toshiba Satellite U300-113 offers provision for draft-n wireless as well as 802.11a, b and g.

The £699 Toshiba Satellite U300-113's 13.3in screen is one of its main selling points, with high levels of visibility, crisp detail, bright colour and little reflection.

Atop the Toshiba Satellite U300-113's 1,280x800-pixel display is a 1.3Mp webcam and Toshiba has equipped the U300 with Bluetooth should you want to be able to chatter away via a wireless microphone.

The Toshiba Satellite U300-113's speakers reside behind the keyboard and produce a good, bassy sound. Nearby are buttons to invoke music and video playback and for quick access to commonly-used items.

The keyboard is an attractive silver, but we feel that the keys do not depress enough when tapped.

Toshiba Satellite U300-113: Specs

  • 13.3in 1,280x800 screen
  • 310x227x34mm
  • battery life under intensive testing: 2hrs 38 mins
  • WorldBench speed benchmark score: 62
  • games test framerate: 9fps
  • 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile T5450
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 120GB hard drive
  • DVD-R/DVD-R/DVD-R/DVD-RW/ DVD+R/DVD+R DL/DVD+RW/DVD-RAM
  • SD
  • MMC
  • XD Card
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick Pro
  • 802.11 a/b/g/Bluetooth
  • 3x USB
  • 1x FireWire
  • up to 384MB Intel GMA X3100
  • 38/65/81W
  • 13.3in 1,280x800 screen
  • 310x227x34mm
  • battery life under intensive testing: 2hrs 38 mins
  • WorldBench speed benchmark score: 62
  • games test framerate: 9fps
  • 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile T5450
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 120GB hard drive
  • DVD-R/DVD-R/DVD-R/DVD-RW/ DVD+R/DVD+R DL/DVD+RW/DVD-RAM
  • SD
  • MMC
  • XD Card
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick Pro
  • 802.11 a/b/g/Bluetooth
  • 3x USB
  • 1x FireWire
  • up to 384MB Intel GMA X3100
  • 38/65/81W

OUR VERDICT

While we have no hesitation in giving the Toshiba Satellite U300-113 a PC Advisor Recommended award, if you prize value over eye-catching design, you'll get more for your money with the similarly priced Acer TravelMate 5720 laptop.

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