The Toshiba A200-180 is more of a desktop replacement PC than a slim portable laptop that can be whisked from location to location.
Its considerable bulk means you won't want to carry it for long distances, while its battery life is limited. The Toshiba Satellite A200-180 lasted for just 78 minutes in our intensive tests. There are, however, some nice features to compensate.
With its 1.86GHz processor, the Toshiba Satellite A200-180 is reasonably powerful and, with the help of 1GB of DDR RAM, scored an acceptable 62 points in our WorldBench speed benchmark.
You also get a nice range of connectivity options (802.11a, b and g Wi-Fi are all supported), while the 6-in-1 card reader and quartet of USB ports are extremely useful. In contrast to the Toshiba Satellite A100 we reviewed recently, a 1.3Mp camera is included, although there's still no Bluetooth. And, more surprising in light of the emphasis on multimedia, no TV tuner.
Overall the Toshiba Satellite A200-180's screen displays images and video well. However, the glossiness seems to reflect the light occasionally, making visibility difficult at times. The graphics facilities were a disappointment, and a framerate score of 3fps (frames per second) in our games tests simply isn't good enough.
Despite its bulk the Toshiba A200-180 manages to look modern and stylish, with a silver interior and dark metallic blue outer casing. Instead of trying to conceal the speakers, Toshiba has made the Satellite A200's sound system more prominent which enhances the design.
The Toshiba Satellite A200-180's trackpad is large and depressed. This makes it easy to control the cursor. The keys are large and springy to the touch, and there's an adequate amount of space at the edge of the keyboard to comfortably rest your palms and type.
The Toshiba Satellite A200-180's array of buttons is convenient, and volume can be quickly adjusted thanks to the scrollwheel beautifully situated at the front of the laptop next to the headphone and microphone ports. The software is also impressive, and the generous bundle includes Microsoft Works 8.5, Ulead DVD MovieWriter and InterVideo WinDVD.