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Toshiba Satellite A505-S6020 TruBrite 16.0-Inch Laptop (Black/Silver)

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  • 2.26GHz Intel Core i5-430M Processor
  • 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory
  • 500GB Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive (5400RPM); DVD SuperMulti Drive with Labelflash
  • 16" CCFL (16:9) 1366x768 Display; NVIDIA GeForce 310M Graphics
  • Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Product Description

For all you want to see, hear and experience, the Satellite A505 laptop delivers serious style, luxurious entertainment and punched up performance across a broad, brilliant HD TruBrite display. Tap into major horsepower for fast multi-tasking, innovative A/V advancements to amplify your media, plus a suite of user-inspired features to keep you more mobile, productive and creative. Or break free, wirelessly, as you connect, browse, share and chat face-to-face—better than ever. Unlike others in its class, this PC rocks premium components and a glam look, yet won't slam your pocketbook. Yes, it's a great big high-def world out there. And the Satellite A505 laptop let's you roll with it.

Toshiba Satellite A505: 16-Inch Screen for Mobile HD Entertainment

Replace your desktop PC with the Toshiba Satellite A505-S6020, which features a 16-inch diagonal HD TruBrite widescreen LED-backlit display, touchpad with multi-touch control, and a dual-layer DVD±RW drive that burns CDs and offers Labelflash print functionality. The bright 16-inch LCD (1366 x 768) offers a true 16:9 aspect ratio and 720p native high-definition resolution, and the A505 is great for using as a media center with the touch-sensitive media keys placed above the keyboard. And it's sure to stand out in the crowd thanks to the stunning Fusion Finish in Quantum Black.

The A505's brilliant high-gloss Fusion finish in Quantum Black is sure to turn heads.

The 16-inch A505 has a 104-key keyboard (with 10-key pad) and lighted, touch-sensitive multimedia controls (see larger image).
Thanks to the built-in webcam and Toshiba Face Recognition software on this machine, you'll enjoy a more convenient way to communicate, log on or share your laptop among the family. Other high-tech features include a power-saving Eco Utility to help reduce power consumption based on your needs, USB Sleep-and-Charge port, and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your data.

Pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (64-bit version), you'll be able to easily create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. Windows 7 is the easiest, fastest, and most engaging version of Windows yet. Better ways to find and manage files, like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews, help you speed through everyday tasks. Windows 7 is designed for faster and more reliable performance, so your PC just works the way you want it to.

Key Features

  • 16-inch widescreen TruBrite HD LED-Backlit display not only renders stunning visuals, but it's more as it uses less power (1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio).
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  • 2.26 GHz Intel Core i5-430M dual-core processor for smart performance with a speed boost (2.53 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache). Intel's Turbo Boost technology maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload--providing more performance when you need it the most. It also comes equipped with Intel HD Graphics--an advanced video engine that delivers smooth, high-quality HD video playback, and advanced 3D capabilities, providing an ideal graphics solution for everyday computing.
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  • 500 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM) with an impact sensor that helps safeguard your data by "parking" the hard drive heads in the event of a drop or sudden movement.
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  • 4 GB of RAM (DDR3; 1066 MHz; upgradeable to 8 GB)
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  • NVIDIA GeForce 310M with 512 MB of dedicated DDR3 video memory (up to 2267 MB of total available graphics memory) provides up to 10 times the performance of integrated graphics with amazing visuals and Windows 7 compatibility. Let your GPU do the work for video playback with NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology--helping extend battery life, reducing fan noise, and freeing the CPU for multitasking.
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  • 8x SuperMulti DVD drive with double layer support and Labelflash printing, which enables you to personalize your discs and keep them looking attractive and organized with direct-to-disc laser printing.
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  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for greater speed and range.
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  • 1.3 megapixel webcam with Face Recognition capabilities for added security. And if you're using one laptop for several users--say for the whole family or for a small business--Toshiba Face Recognition lets you switch profiles with one simple look.
  • Harman Kardon stereo speakers bring an added dimension to music, movies and gaming with rich, immersive virtual surround sound.
  • Dolby Sound Room combines a suite of technologies to deliver truly stunning virtual surround listening from your two laptop speakers, or on headphones for a more immersive private performance. You'll savor super-realistic dialogue and explosions, along with deeper, fatter bass and brighter treble tones.
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100)
  • 5-in-1 memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Multi Media Card, xD Picture Card
  • ExpressCard (34/54) slot lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features.
  • Four total USB ports with one eSATA/USB combo port that also features Sleep and Charge capabilities, allowing you to charge your mobile phone and other devices even when the notebook is asleep or off.
  • HDMI-CEC audio/video output lets you control additional media players with just a single remote. A standard analog VGA video output is also included.
  • Enjoy proactive PC health--without the worry. For your peace mind, this laptop comes with an innovative PC Health Monitor that constantly keeps tabs on things like your machine's power usage, temperature and hard drive--so you won't have to.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
    Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. And you can watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. Get the best entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium.
  • Get more features with Windows Anytime Upgrade. It's the best way to add features to Windows 7, takes as few as ten minutes, requires no software or downloads, and you'll keep your existing programs, files, and settings. Windows will walk you through the simple upgrade process.
  • Pre-loaded software includes Microsoft Works SE 9.0 for word processing and spreadsheet work. Enjoy a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007.
  • 6-cell (5200 mAh) battery
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  • Weight: 6.48 pounds
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  • Dimensions: 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.61 inches (WxDxH)
  • Warranty: One-year limited hardware warranty
  • Energy Star 5.0 certified
  • Gold EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact.
  • RoHS compliant effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances

What's in the Box
This package contains the Toshiba Satellite A505-S6020 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions.

It also comes with the following software: Norton Internet Security 2010 (30-day trial), Toshiba PC Health Monitor, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial), Windows Media Player, Corel DVD Movie Factory, Google Toolbar, Google Picasa, PowerCinema, WildTangent Orb Game Console

Product Information

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Screen Size16 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1366 x 768 pixels
Processor2.26 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory Speed 1066 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB Serial ATA hard disk drive
Graphics CoprocessorGeForce
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionGeForce 310M
Graphics Card Ram Size512 MB
Wireless Type802.11abg
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 3 hours
Brand NameToshiba
Item model numberSatellite A505-S6020
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Item Weight6.5 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H10.20 x 15.10 x 1.61 inches
Color Black/Silver
Processor BrandIntel
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeHD DVD-ROM / Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC
Voltage230 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #50,107 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.1 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableFebruary 2, 2010
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Customer Reviews

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Belleluvsllamas on March 21, 2010
This computer is an absolute great price for what it offers, and it delivers. I am a photographer who needed to upgrade to a computer with a faster processor and one that could handle the workload I put on it with CS4, and this one is great. Compared to my old laptop, this one zips right through loading enormous raw images and and processing in photoshop with ease. I spent a while looking to find a computer that offered everything this one does in a price range I could afford and also had a bigger screen size. My old laptop was a 17", so this one was a little bit of a downgrade in regards to screen size, but its still good enough and an acceptable trade off for the specs of the computer itself. I also do a bit of gaming, WOW particularly, and it runs better than my husband's computer in regards to graphics..which he isn't necessarily too happy with. :)

As for two other reviews about some negative aspects of the laptop:

One reviewer mentioned the DVD drive was extremely noisy. It is a little loud, I will attest to that, but I wouldn't say anywhere near as loud as I took from their review. I did not find it overly disturbing or distracting, and I could certainly hear the sound of the music or movie I was playing over it.

Another reviewer mentioned how he hated the computer because of the keyboard. I think the keyboard is great. I have no trouble feeling which key is which. Its bigger than normal though, or maybe, just the letter/numbers on each key are bigger than normal. I felt like I had ordered something designed for an older person or someone who may not be able to see well at first glance because of the size of the letters. The "L" is approx. 4-5cm long. So that was something I sort of laughed about at first, but now I don't notice it at all.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Zahorosky on March 26, 2010
All right... this may take a while. Let me start by saying I have abstained from owning a laptop computer my entire life and have strictly been using and building desktop PCs. For the past year and a half I have been going to school for graphic design. Now I spend so much time in front of a computer that I just had to be able to separate myself from my desk. Granted, being a graphic designer, I get a lot of flak for not purchasing a MacBook, but I just couldn't fathom the inflated price for a machine with lower performance (why can't I get a MacBook with a Quad Core?). Don't get me wrong- Macs are great computers- but for those of us that actually know about computers, we don't fall into the scheme of "it must be better because it's more expensive", which most novice users are likely to do. I spent almost two months researching and testing laptops trying to find one that included as many of the features I was looking for. The first computer that drew me to laptops was a HP Pavilion Entertainment PC at Sam's Club. I was just playing around on their laptops one day and brought up a song on Media Player... and it sounded awesome (for a laptop). Sure enough, there is a mini subwoofer on the bottom of the laptop. Unfortunately, the HP didn't win the battle due to the lack of a backlit keyboard (come on, HP- this is the one thing almost ALL laptop owners and shoppers want in a laptop- WAKE UP!). Living in Duluth, MN, the only place with a decent selection of laptops on display is Best Buy. There, I was first introduced to a Toshiba Satellite which caught my eye because of the i7 Quad Core it had as opposed to the i5 of the HP... for the same price ($899). Audio is a big part of my decision making process since I listen to music 24-7.Read more ›
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. McElveen on March 11, 2010
Model Number: Satellite A505-S6030
I have had this laptop for over a month, and I absolutely love it. It is a replacement for my Dell Laptop that has decided to move onto greener pastures. This is my first Toshiba, and I use computers for work all day. This is a wonderful laptop it has plenty of power thanks to the i7 Intel Processor, which was the main selling point for me. I needed a laptop that would hold up and be able to handle the Adobe products (Dreamweaver and Photoshop) that I use regularly and so far no issues at all. The speakers are very good, considering this is a laptop and the speakers are built in. I LOVE Windows 7 it is SOOOOO much better than Vista! The Webcam is wonderful and does a very good job as well. Overall, considering this is a budget priced laptop, when you factor in the i7 chip, 500GB HD, and 4GB DDR3 RAM. I am very pleased and I without any reservation recommend this product and I would purchase it again if I had to do it over.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Altimari on May 4, 2010
Model Number: Satellite A505-S6030
Hello everyone! This my first product review EVER, so here goes... something!

I'm the type of person that prefers to hold off on technology purchases, simply because something better is always just around the corner. Well, my old laptop finally died, and I was forced to make a purchasing decision; I chose the Toshiba A505-S6030.

I bought my laptop from a major electronics store in the San Francisco Bay Area, rather than online. This turned out to be a good decision, as upon opening the laptop and turning it on, I discovered a lit pixel right smack-dab in the middle of the screen. Since the store I bought it from had a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, exchanging it was no problem, and I had the second laptop within an hour. You can see how purchasing this online, would have made for a rather annoying buying experience. The laptop was on-sale for $849 (no rebates required).

The machine comes with Windows 7 Home Premium already installed, and I was pleased to see very little bloatware; mostly proprietary Toshiba software to utilize the custom Toshiba media buttons. Since I had a license for Windows 7 Professional through my college's MSDN academic alliance program, I did end up re-partitioning and formatting the drive for my own custom install. All the drivers and software needed for a custom install and readily available for download at Toshiba's website. After getting the laptop loaded with software, it was time to see what it could do.

Let me start off by saying that this machine is a great value for the cost. The Intel i7 720qm processor is great! 4 cores clocked at 1.6 ghz with 8 processing threads make for a very quick machine. This machine also has turbo boost technology, and can increase the speed of each core independently, up to 2.8 ghz.
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