The package also included a decent compliment of hardware accessories, including a USB 2.0 Hybrid TV tuner which is accompanied by a Remote Control, IR Receiver, USB cable and IR Extender. Surprisingly, Toshiba opted not to provide batteries to power the Remote Control, which is commonly done with other manufacturers. On the software side, the system comes pre-configured with a wide variety of proprietary and commercial trial software as listed below.
TOSHIBA Disc Creator
TOSHIBA HD DVD Player
TOSHIBA Speach System
|TOSHIBA Games Console|
(designed by WildTangent)
TOSHIBA Security Assist
|Microsoft Office Trial Home/Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial)|
Microsoft Works 9
Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5 for Toshiba
Memeo Life Agent (Backup Utility)
McAfee Internet Security Suite (30-day trial)
Much of the non-Toshiba software included on the Satellite X205-SLi4 is limited to 30 or 60 day trials while most other software that is fully functional, is already freely available or is custom produced by Toshiba. We found the system to be a bit cluttered with numerous offers from QuickBooks, Shutterfly, Napster, Lojack for Laptops and PhotoWorks, but not quite as severe as other laptops we've seen. Toshiba provides a number of utilities for troubleshooting, which were useful, while the most impressive Toshiba title offered was arguably the Toshiba HD-DVD Player which compliments the now defunct HD-DVD player included in the system. There were a number of simple games offered through Toshiba's Gaming Console and Ulead's DVD Movie Factory for Toshiba handled basic DVD authoring (not HD-DVD). Lastly, Toshiba includes vouchers for 30 free minutes of call time with Skype, a 30-Day free trial to the Vongo movie download services as well as 35 free music downloads from eMusic.com.
The Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 comes with a standard 1-Year Limited Warranty which includes online support, 24x7 toll-free telephone support, mail-in warranty service and carry-in warranty service at authorized service centers. The 1 Year Standard Warranty protects the unit from defects in material and workmanship for 1 year while 2, 3 and 4 year extended service plans are available for those wanting additional protection against failure, accidental damage and other problems that may arise.