Toshiba Satellite P200/P205 Review

May 16, 2023
Justin Ankus

toshiba sattelite a 205

This Toshiba notebook is an ideal multimedia-oriented notebook, offering great performance and robust features. The 14.1" high-gloss screen is easy on the eyes and displays colors vividly with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. For just over $1,000 you can get a decently equipped Toshiba Satellite P200/P205 series computer equipped with an Intel Core Duo processor (not its faster and newer counterpart Core 2 Duo), 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive space and slot loading DVD optical drive - ideal for multimedia usage!

This laptop is an ideal option for college students and entertainment enthusiasts looking to stream content to an HDTV, as well as business users looking for productivity with multimedia capabilities but don't require full desktop replacement capabilities.

This laptop boasts an appealing Onyx Blue hue that strikes a balance between classy and fun. The lid features the TOSHIBA logo branded in blue against an attractive glossy finish which resists fingerprints; its anti-reflective LCD screen comes equipped with Toshiba's TruBrite technology and measures 14.1-inches diagonally; additionally there is a slot-loading DVD drive, four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output port, VGA output jack as well as an ethernet jack as well as modem port; all powered by an AC adaptor equipped with standard 19V/4 amp plug.

Productivity software included with this laptop includes Microsoft Works 8.0 which includes basic PIM tools as well as trial versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Ulead DVD burning suite as well as InterVideo WinDVD 8 are also included for DVD burning purposes. Intel GMA HD Graphics are present for limited gaming capabilities; additionally a 160 GB Serial ATA hard drive offers up 124GB free space on it.

On the LAPTOP battery test, this laptop lasted 4:53 hours which is quite impressive for this class of notebooks. This was about twenty minutes longer than its average thin-and-light counterparts. WorldBench 6 scored it at 91 which indicates its excellence within this category of computers; its six-cell battery lasted an incredible 4:17 when streaming video to HDTV via Netgear's Push2TV adapter.

Like many modern laptops, this one comes equipped with far too much preinstalled bloatware such as toolbars for Google and Yahoo search engines, special offers from eBay and CNN as well as links to Napster, Yahoo Music and WildGame online games. McAfee Internet Security Suite constantly pushes registration on you; all this in addition to the preloaded Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit operating system. Some manufacturers do a better job at this than others, including Alienware and Dell's XPS line, while Toshiba stands out as being particularly inconsiderate this year. Unfortunately, Toshiba continues to lead by example here and should clean up their act a little better; although this laptop does come equipped with a recovery disk which could come in handy at some point down the line; making a backup copy might just save the day!

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