|Screen Size||15 inches|
|Processor||2 GHz Intel Celeron|
|Hard Drive||30 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel Graphics Integrated|
|Card Description||Intel 852GM Integrated graphics controller|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||32 MB|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||3 hours|
Toshiba Satellite A15-S127 Laptop (2.0-GHz Celeron, 256 MB RAM, 30 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
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- Perfect for home use or students on the go, the Satellite A15 Series offers up to 3hrs battery time
- Easy connection to Internet or network, and a DVD/CD-RW for watching movies and burning CDs
- Completing this value package is an Intel Celeron Processor 2.20GHz or 2.00GHz and Microsoft Works
- For basic word processing, database and spreadsheet functionality
- Choose the A15-S127 system with Microsoft Works and Windows XP Home Edition
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Perfect for home use or students on the go, the Satellite A15 offers up to 3 hours of battery time, easy connection to Internet or network, and a DVD/CD-RW for watching movies and burning CDs. Completing this value package is a 2.00 GHz Intel Celeron Processor and Microsoft Works.
- 2.00 GHz Intel Celeron processor
- 30 GB hard drive
- 256 MB DDR SDRAM memory
- Windows XP Home Edition
- 15.0 inch active-matrix display (1024 x 768)
- 10/100 Ethernet
- V.92/56K modem
- A DVD/CD-RW drive for playing DVD movies and burning your own CDs. The DVD-ROM plays back at 8x. The CD-RW drive writes and reads at 24x.
- Two USB 2.0 ports to connect to external devices such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, scanner, and more
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Trust me guys. Get this model. I bought the S127 and ended up giving it to my mom. This model comes with the built in wireless Internet (which is awesome), 40GB of storage, 512MB DDR (XP uses MUCH more than 256MB even doing the simplest tasks), and 2.2Ghz Celeron (you can't tell the difference between 2Ghz & 2.2 Ghz,trust me).
I scored my S157 in brand new condition for $825 off some really nice guy off eBay I struck a deal with. (I picked it up locally)
I'm going to review every single thing about this laptop, sequentally. Please note that this is an unbiased review:
1.) Keyboard: Probably the best keyboard i've ever used in over 18 years of computers. I loved these soft key laptop keyboard. Doesn't have that annoying cursor thing in the middle of the keyboard that some people like to use. (Most despise it, though)
2.) TouchPaD: Works great. Two basic buttons, silver color, and work perfectly.
3.) 15" XGA screen. The screen is nice, bright, and vivid, but I definately could use SXGA (1280x....) XGA is only 1024x768 and is just enough for basic tasks
4.) Speakers: Silver titinium stereo speakers. They work adequately for basic needs. What can I say? They're laptop speakers. Go pickup some Logitech Z-340s for $30 at Best Buy. They will compliment these nicely.
5.) Design: Design is superb. The laptop is suprisingly thin (1 inch) and the colors are perfect. Really great job.
6.) Weight: 6.15 lbs, according to my measurements.
7.) LEDs: The LEDs are great. 5 basic small LEDs that tell you what's going on. Nothing fancy.
8.) 802.11b Wireless (S157 only). This is great. You can save your PCCard slot; you can also disable/enable the device whenever you want. Someone mentioned somewhere that the built-in wireless card means it uses the notebook as an antenna. I don't believe that though.
9.) CD-RW/DVD ROM: Works perfectly. I would've perferred a trayless drive (like the Pioneer 16x DVD drives) but hell, this is great. They both work great.
8.) Battery Life: Battery life is not as good as I would like it to be. I get 2 1/2 hours max out of this computer on a full battery charge, assuming light working conditions. Extra battery costs $150+tax at Best Buy or Circuit City. I'm using my mother's S127 batter. ;)
9.) Noise Level: Both computers are dead silent. There is a fan that turns on once in a while to cool the computers. The fan isn't loud at all.
10.) PC Card Slot: It only has 1 PC Card slot, but that's not an issue anymore now that I have built in wireless internet
Serial: Great but I don't use it.
Parallel: Ok, I still don't use it.
2x USB 2.0: Now, this is beautiful. I have several USB devices, some even USB 2.0, that I use with this computer.
Neither models come with S-Video, DESPITE what some specifications say. The model also comes with external VGA for connecting to a projector or external monitor.
RJ45 (Ethernet) AND Modem already installed. What a great value.
Hard drive: Works decently. Only 4200 RPM, so don't expect mind-blistering performance, but it's fast enough even for an end user.
Processor: 2.2Ghz Celeron is like a crippled P4; nevertheless, it performs almost all basic functions with ease. Gamers apply elsewhere.
Sound: No comments. Sound works. :)
Video: This is my biggest complaint (besides the microphone) about this model. Comes with 32MB Intel Extreme Graphics (Shared). Because it's shared with system memory, people tend to think it's 64MB Intel graphics; believe me, it's NOT. It's 32MB Intel extreme graphics that will let you do only the basic video or gaming. Don't expect any kind of performance from this. I really wish Toshiba had put an ATi Radeon mobility in here, but for the price I'm not complaining. :-)
* Software: I don't use the software that comes with this bundle, but make sure to check the personal cons below for additional details.
* Toshiba Utilities: As with most utilities, I don't like running manufacturer's utility files, but Toshiba's aren't _that_ bad. (I still don't run them, though). They allow you to control most of the function buttons at the topic and assign them different functions.
Build Quality: This is where the laptop truly shines. Putting IBM's insanely high quality and price tag, this is the best laptop you can get for budget-price quality. Toshiba rules.
* No built in Microphone. The thing has a port for a microphone, but I really, really wish Toshiba had put one in. I know this isn't an issue for most people, but I use microphones on a daily basis. They're cheap, granted, but that's another thing to lug around.
* Rebates: Ugh, I hate rebates. I got my S127 for $760 (after 8.5% tax) and after $250 rebates. I got my S157 for $825 cash from some guy on eBay.
* One thing that annoys me is that Toshiba has loaded this comp with plenty of useless junk like AOL, Special offers, etc. This is an easy fix. I just wiped the drive and put XP Professional on there and boom, it's done. :) The S157, IIRC, comes with Microsoft Works, which I don't use.
If you want more detailed pictures of this laptop, search on [...] They have both models and detailed pictures on it.
I hope I haven't missed anything. :)
All the usual connectivity features like USB 2.0, ethernet, modemare built in. You can add a 802.11b WiFi card is wireless option is needed. RAM can be upgraded easily if need be, one slot is empty for expansion. 256MB is ok for Win XP, future OS versions might need 512MB.
2GHz Celeron is more than enough for 99% of people. The battery life is adequate and weight is a very reasonable 6 lbs for 15" screen laptop. Keyboard is very good and touchpad is excellent once you get used to it.
It will get hot since it uses a desktop Celeron and there will be some fan noise. Get a Centrino/Pentium-M based laptop if you want cooler, more portable and smaller laptop. But it might cost you twice the money.
Much better built than a Dell or HP. Dell has too many tricks on their website to get a decent price for similar configuration. HP uses third party chipsets on their low end laptops. Athlon laptops are also equipped with poor quality SiS chipsets. The chipset used in this is Intel 852GM with 32MB shared video memory. Intel chipsets are solid and stable.
All in all a superb laptop for students, home users and small business use. Perfect PC replacement with easy portability. Toshiba rocks!
my only possible complaint is the awkwardness of the jumpy touch pad, but that is easily solved by purchasing a $10 usb mouse at radio shack or where ever.
in short, if you're looking for a machine that's great for work and will be able to have fun on your lunch break, you can't possibly go wrong with this toy. and at under $1k, it's well worth the price. :)
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