Specifications and thoughts
SpecificationPlease head on over the Satellite A300D-15B's review to gain a deeper insight into Toshiba's Satellite range. Knowing what makes that tick will provide decent background reading for this review.
|Toshiba Satellite A300D-14O|
|Processor||AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 (2.1GHz, 2x 1MB L2 cache, dual-core)|
|Motherboard||Toshiba Satellite Pro 300D|
|Memory||3GB PC6400 (2GB+1GB) in dual-channel mode - DDR2-800|
|Hard disk(s)||Toshiba 250GB, 5,400RPM, 8MB cache|
|Display/TFT||15.4in WXGA (1,280x800)|
|Graphics hardware||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3100 onboard (IGP, Puma)|
|Optical drive||HL-GSA-T50N DVD ReWriter, includes dual-layer support|
|Sound||Conexant HD audio with Dolby Sound Room processing|
|Networking hardware||1x 10/100/1000, Marvell Yukon 88E8072 PCIe Ethernet
Realtek RTL8187 802.11 b/g WiFi
|Ports and connectors||4x USB2.0, eSATA, VGA, ExpressCard54, RJ45
(LAN), modem, 7-pin mini-DIN, mini-FireWire
|Operating system||Windows Vista Business SP1, 32-bit (Windows XP Pro also included)|
|Notable extras||Built-in card-reader (SD, MMC, MS, MSPro, xD)
|Weight||2.872kg with supplied battery.|
|Battery||6-cell, 4,000mAh (43WHr)
|Dimensions||363mm x 267mm x 38.5mm (W x D x H)
|Warranty||One year as standard, international cover|
|Price||£520, including VAT|
It's no surprise that many of the features are common between both Toshiba laptops; they're based around the same chassis.
System memory is dropped from 4GB to 3GB and the screen resolution from 1,440x900 to 1,280x800. Having used 15.4in laptops screens for a while we feel that the higher-resolution panel is comfortably better.
The A300D-15B's discrete Mobility Radeon HD 3650 512MB graphics card is dropped in favour of onboard graphics, and we can appreciate that a business user doesn't need to a high-powered GPU in a laptop.
Entertainment-wise, the Harman Kardon speakers, glossy finish and HDMI port are all missing in comparison, understandably.
We're concerned that the battery continues to be rather small, delivering only 43WHr for a 15.4in notebook - a standard ~65WHr would have been far more preferable.
A change in operating system is also sensible and expected, with Windows Vista Business pre-loaded. Interestingly, Windows XP Professional SP3 is included in the package at no extra cost: dual-boot goodness, if you want it.
The same laptop is available with an Intel subsystem - A300D-1GO - featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo T5670 CPU, Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG WiFi, and X3100 integrated graphics. It also ships at the same recommended etail price of £560, including VAT, but both are available for around £40 less when shopping online.