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Toshiba Satellite L25-S119 features:

There are also several variations, numbered L25-S119x, developed for major consumer electronics and computer stores, as follows (unlisted features are the same as the base model, above; XGA screen is non-TruBrite):

Detailed specs for all Toshiba models.
Press release announcing the introduction of the L25 series.

Toshiba Satellite L25-S119 review, December 28, 2005:

The Toshiba Satellite L25-S119 is my first notebook PC. I bought it for occasional traveling and to have a second PC at home. It's a lower-end notebook, as evidenced by its $750 price. It's a pretty nice system, has a 1.5 GHz Celeron M processor, built-in b/g wireless, weighs about 6 pounds, and has a 15" TruBrite screen.

My system came with a single 256 MB memory module. There are two DDR2 SODIMM slots, so I bought a 512 MB module from Kingston to give me a total of 768 MB of RAM. The graphics system uses 64 MB of memory, so I have 704 MB available. The Toshiba spec sheet says the memory can run in dual channel mode; that's incorrect, the system does not support dual channel mode, so don't bother trying to match memory modules. Toshiba recommends using specific Kingston modules, and they're available at a reasonable price direct from Kingston (check-out the special offers).

The supplied battery is only a 4 cell battery, and lasts only about 1.5 hours. Apparently Toshiba provides additional power-management features on their more expensive notebooks, but on this model, there's no way to do things like automatically reduce the screen brightness when on battery power. (The brightness can be changed manually via hotkeys.) I ordered an 8 cell 4300 mAh battery from Toshiba for approximately $100 that should last at least 2.5 hours. The battery has been back-ordered for a few weeks.

I also got a Logitech wireless mini-mouse, since I'll mainly be using the system at home. The mouse receiver plugs into a USB port on the back of the notebook.

The PC can read and write CDs but can only read DVDs. I would have liked to be able to write DVDs, but, again, this is a lower-end notebook.

I was concerned about reflections from the TruBrite screen and was wondering if I should get a PC with a standard non-glare screen instead. It turns out reflections are not a problem. I'd say go and get the TruBrite screen unless you plan to use it in an office with standard florescent ceiling lights.

When you register your new computer with Toshiba, they e-mail a coupon good for a 15% discount on purchases of accessories and service plans. I was very annoyed that it took 3 weeks for them to e-mail the coupon. So be sure to wait for the coupon before ordering expensive accessories or service plans. Also, their web site allows you to enter your model number and get all the compatible accessories. Unfortunately, some of the listed accessories are not compatible. Be sure to double-check compatibility before ordering, even if the Toshiba web site says the accessories are compatible, so you can save the time, effort, and expense of returning any incompatible accessories.

Given the other people in my house, I opted for a three-year accidental damage and extended warranty plan for about $200, after the afore-mentioned 15% discount. These plans have to be purchased within 30 days of purchasing the notebook.

The bottom line is that I'm very happy with this notebook, given the price and how I'm going to use it. I feel it provides more value than the low-end Dell notebooks. I was also able to get a free-after-rebate D-Link wireless b/g router and free-after-rebate Epson color printer with some "bundling" deals.

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by Bobcat79 See Profile edited by 2kmaro See Profile
last modified: 2005-12-29 20:01:37