The low price of the Toshiba Satellite C660D-10W will immediately make it attractive to those with limited funds or perhaps those who were considering buying a netbook, but would prefer something with more power and flexibility.
In order to shave £170 off our £500 nominal limit, Toshiba has had to cut down considerably on components.
Powered by a single-core AMD V140 processor running at 2.3GHz it may be much faster than a netbook, but the Toshiba Satellite C660D-10W is also considerably less powerful than any of the Intel-powered laptops against which it’s being compared.
The AMD V140 main processor chip is joined by an integrated graphics processor, also from AMD, and one that looks on the spec sheet like a true discrete card.
But Toshiba Satellite C660D-10W has an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4250, an integrated rather than discrete solution. It's able to use up to 256MB of system memory but has no dedicated RAM of its own. It delivers performance around the same level as the integrated Intel graphics in the less expensive Intel-based Acer and Advent laptops here.
But the Toshiba Satellite C660D-10W also comes with only 2GB of RAM, half the amount provided in many of these budget models. And remember that some of that system RAM will be lost to the graphics processor, which carries none of its own.
When running WorldBench 6 the Toshiba Satellite C660D-10W returned a rather disappointing score of only 76 points, but this test includes some rather heavy-duty applications such as rendering in 3D Studio – a task which caused the Toshiba Satellite C660D-10W to struggle somewhat. As did the multitasking tests, which put a heavy strain on single-core processors.
However, if you stick to the lighter tasks for which this notebook is better suited, it fares rather better. It actually beats most of the competition when running the Microsoft Office portion of the test.
Only two USB 2.0 ports are provided, both of which are on the left hand side of the unit, but more disappointingly, there’s no HDMI port so it won’t be easy to hook up to your TV.
Still, you get a decent bundle of support software, including Nero 9 Express Essentials, a nice 15.6in LED-backlit display and a full-size keyboard with numeric keypad.
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