Satellite U505-S2005RD Q1-2

The Satellite U500 series of laptops was designed with the idea of giving you a powerful computer that was light and compact. The U505-S2005RD Q1-2 certainly is light and folds up nicely. It also provides a good amount of power, although it is rather expensive—it’s marked at $979.99 on Amazon, so expect to pay around that much. If you’ve got the budget, this may be the gaming laptop for you since it can handle some games.

The S2005RD features an Intel Core 2 i3-330M processor that runs at 2.13 GHz. It has a 3MB L3 cache and an 800 MHz express chipset. The laptop has 4 GB of DDR3 RAM standard, but you can upgrade that to a maximum of 8 GB if you have the extra budget. The hard drive is 500 GB and spins at 5400 RPM. That’s larger than a lot of laptops have, even if it’s not the fastest. You’ll have plenty of space for games, and the 4 GB of RAM will run Windows 7 Home 64-bit and several programs at once.

The laptop has a number of nice features. It has a SuperMulti DVD +/- R double layer drive for burning CDs and DVDs. It also features Labelflash, which allows you to burn labels right on to the disc. The five in one memory card reader makes it easy to get photos off a digital camera or transfer files to and from SD cards. The Wi-Fi connects to b, g, and n networks, which is nice. The laptop has two USB 2.0 ports, a eSATA/USB port, headphone and mic jacks, a VGA out, and an HDMI out. A webcam and built in mic round out the features. You’ve got just about everything you need here.

What about the graphics card, you ask? It’s an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD card. The bad news is that it dynamically allocates graphics memory from the system memory. This means some of that 4 GB of RAM is going to be used for video memory, leaving you less RAM for the game. It will use anywhere from 512 MB to 2233 MB. The display itself is also rather small, measuring only 13.3 inches.

There are some extra features on the laptop, like the backlit keyboard. It has a good battery life, too, since the LED design actually uses up less power. However, as a gaming laptop, the battery will run down quickly. The display and shared video RAM aren’t great, but you can use the HDMI out port to connect to a high-def monitor, and you can add more RAM. However, this all adds to the cost of the laptop, which is already pretty high.

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