Toshiba Satellite E205-S1904 WiDi Laptop Review

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It's difficult to say just how much of the hard disk space is devoted to pre-installed software, trials, and apps that link to even more software and trials, but it certainly feels as though there is a lot of preloaded software. The installed apps range from the useful to the dubious. Some of the included apps include facial recognition and other webcam-centric software, disc creation software, media playing apps, Microsoft Works, a 30-day trial for Norton Internet Security, and the ubiquitous 60-day trial of Microsoft Office 2007.

     
Toshiba Bulletin Board (left); Toshiba PC Health Monitor (center); Toshiba eco Utility (right).

A collection of Toshiba-branded software includes a Bulletin Board app, a PC Health monitor, and the afore-mentioned eco Utility. Also included is the cool ReelTime app, which appears as a ribbon on the bottom of the screen that provides an index and graphical view of recently accessed files. As the E205 is a Best Buy exclusive, the laptop also includes the Best Buy Installer app, which provides links to all sorts of free and pay-for applications in categories such as money management, home/small office, and games. The E205 does not come with any physical restore discs, but an included Toshiba utility allows you to create your own set of recovery discs (you'll need four blank DVDs).

     
Toshiba ReelTime (left); Best Buy Software Installer (center); some of the pre-loaded Toshiba apps (right).

With everyday usage we found the E205 very comfortable to work with. Some of the things was liked about the laptop were its bright and sharp display, how quickly it resumed from sleep mode, and its hard drive impact sensor. We found, however, that the hard drive impact sensor warning window would appear when even the slightest of movement was detected, indicating to us that perhaps the sensor was a bit too sensitive. If Best Buy were to ask us what we would change for the next version, we would suggest making the keyboard feel less spongy, adding Bluetooth, and improving the built-in stereo speakers--which sounded very tinny, couldn't get very loud, and distorted the audio when the sound was turned all the way up.

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I bet BB will be able to sell a lot of these with extended warranty's.

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rapid1:

I bet BB will be able to sell a lot of these with extended warranty's.

I have...lol

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I betcha best buy will probably make more off the extended warranties than the laptop itself lol.

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"Toshiba managed to cram a lot of mobile computing goodness into the E205's svelte design, including both VGA and HDMI outputs, a digital media reader, and even an eSATA port. There are a few compromises in the E205's design, however, including no Gigabit Ethernet support, no Bluetooth, and no ExpressCard slot, as well as integrated graphics that will leave mobile gamers wanting."


Seems they either didn't listen to their customers anyway, or those customers don't know a lot about computers. HDMI out is nice, but VGA? Why not DVI? eSATA is pretty much useless unless you already use it a lot (which I doubt, keeping in mind what I see as the intended customer base), because USB 3 will become much more widespread next year given its greater speed and backwards compatibility. Were I them, I would definitely have included Bluetooth. Maybe not Gigabit Ethernet (since it would be a greater-costing technology that not many people fully use anyway). And integrated graphics is just shameful with HDMI out and that nice screen.

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I would like a laptop with a core i5 preferably thin and whoever has the best mobile graphics at the time be it ATI or Nvidia though I do like the switchable graphics Nvidia is touting.. Also battery life would be of concern when I  would not be near an outlet. If I am running a 64 bit OS i would like 4 gigs of Ram 32 bit OS I could live with 2GB. I would be good with a 7200RPM 500GB hard drive (Must be 7200rpm). It must have Windows installed preferable 7. Lastly it must have wireless a,b,g,n does not matter. 

 

I could live without an SSD 

Price: Keep it under $1000

Size: 15.6

Weight: Thin and light like 4lbs and under

Features: Listed above

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Since these are all reverse engineered from alien tech, I just wish they would come out with the final version.

You know the unlimited power and info system that is as small as you want it, with virtual keyboard and projection! Maybe the size of that Bluetooth headpiece? :)

It always amuses me how people are against capitalism, yet they always are the first to rush out and get the latest developed tech?

Tell FTD to deliver.....Now!!

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