Thursday, June 16, 2011

Toshiba Satellite T235

There seems to be a flood of budget-priced 13-inch laptops on the market today as consumers try to find the perfect balance of portability, performance and price. The Toshiba Satellite T230 and T235 series notebooks offer a range of options that just might help this laptop find a place on your holiday shopping list. We took a closer look at the AMD-based Satellite T235D to find out whether this laptop offers a truly impressive value.

Toshiba Satellite T230/T235 (T235D-S1345) Specifications:

* 1.5GHz AMD Turion II Neo K625 Dual-Core Mobile Processor
* 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 (2 x 2GB)
* Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* 13.3" WXGA HD TruBrite LED Backlit display (1366x768)
* 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
* ATI Radeon HD 4225 Graphics
* 802.11b/g/n, 10/100 LAN
* 6-in-1 card reader
* 6-Cell Li-ion 61WH battery, 45W Power Supply
* Dimensions: (W x L x H) 12.7" x 8.8" x 0.8"/1.1"
* Weight: 3lbs 13oz (with 6-cell battery)
* Price as configured: $599.99

Build and Design
The Toshiba Satellite T230 and T235 series notebooks are an update to last year's T130 and T135 notebooks. These thin and light 13-inch notebooks are designed to offer consumers a stylish alternative to netbooks with better performance and a larger screen for a modest increase in price. Toshiba keeps the profile only a fraction of an inch thicker than the USB ports on the side of the notebook, though this is done in large part by cutting out things like an ExpressCard slot and optical drive. For the average user this notebook has all the advantages of a standard computer--a high resolution display, a full-size keyboard and a dual-core processor--but none of the bulk. The combination of black and silver plastics give the T235D a very modern appearance, but we weren't particularly impressed by the durability of the mirror-like chrome finish around the keyboard. In our standard drop test (droping the notebook from 12 inches onto carpet) we noticed a small piece of the chrome paint flaked off the notebook. It's safe to say that if the finish can't survive a 12-inch drop onto carpet it won't hold up well to serious abuse.
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