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Toshiba Satellite U300-113 laptop PC

£699 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Toshiba

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

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

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 Expert Verdict »

13.3in 1,280x800 screen
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
120GB hard drive
XD Card
Memory Stick
Memory Stick Pro
802.11 a/b/g/Bluetooth
3x USB
1x FireWire
up to 384MB Intel GMA X3100
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

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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