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.
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.