Toshiba’s Satellite L505D-LS5101 Notebook PC

Toshiba’s Satellite L505D-LS5101 Notebook PC is a solid little laptop that offers some nice features, but also has a number of drawbacks. While some parts of this laptop are certainly better than others that are comparably priced, it falls behind in several key areas. As a gamer, you may find this Satellite a good choice if you don’t plan on running really resource-intensive games on it. If you are, however, you may have some concerns about a few of the specs.

The AMD Athlon II Dual-Core M300 2.0 GHz processor is a nice addition to the laptop, and it is certainly capable of running your games without a lot of slow-down. It is starting to look a little long in the tooth, of course, but even the newest games will be fine. The 4GB of DDR2 RAM is solid, but again, DDR2 has been outdated for a while now. For a hard drive, you get 250 GB. That’s really on the low side—most have 320GB or, if they’re really nice, 500. But still, you can load a good number of games on 250GB. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit comes installed and is a solid operating system.

As far as ports and extras go, the L505D has a nice grouping. A DVD Super Multi R/W drive is available for loading your games, and the wireless b/g card lets you connect to the internet. It would be nice if n-band was an option, however. The 7-in-1 card reader is nice. You get 3 USB ports, a VGA out, and jacks for a mic and headphones. There’s no HDMI out, however.

The graphics on this laptop are somewhat disappointing. The native resolution of the 15.6” display is 1366 x 768, which isn’t horrible but isn’t great, either. The ATI Radeon 4100 graphics card is also pretty nice, but it has no video memory of its own. Instead, it shares system memory, so be ready to lower your graphics settings on most games. However, despite being one of the cheaper integrated video cards, it actually does a pretty good job and can run games without too many issues.

The battery life of the L505D-LS5010 is fairly average. For light use, you can get about four hours out of it. If you’re doing a lot of heavy gaming, you’ll get two, probably less. Be ready to recharge. However, for less than $520, this isn’t a horrible gaming laptop.

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