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Toshiba Satellite A215-S7462
Notebook Reviews > Toshiba Satellite > A215-S7462

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Review Date: 3rd Dec' 07

The Satellite A215-S7462 is a budget priced Toshiba laptop and the first Toshiba notebook to employ an AMD processor. At a little under 1,000 dollars, the Toshiba Satellite A215-S7462 is an affordable notebook designed for multimedia use.

The Satellite A215-S7462's case comes in an attractive dark onyx blue color that appears almost black at first glance. It has a weight of about six pounds, which is the average for notebooks in its price range. The notebook itself has a sturdy feel to it, including the out of the norm single hinge in the center for opening and closing the lid. The Satellite A215-S7462 includes 4 USB ports, a media card reader, and a PC Express slot. An included webcam makes the Satellite A215-S7462 ready for instant messaging applications right out of the box.

The Satellite A215-S7462 uses a 15.4 inch widescreen that boasts a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. The glossy screen is quite clear and brilliant, no doubt helped by its TruBrite technology that increases contrast and color saturation. The keyboard features full size keys housed on a solid keyboard that includes a row of buttons above it for media playback functions and the touch surface is also a little more recessed than traditional touchpads, which is a useful feature to avoid displacing the cursor accidentally. Despite the high quality of the keyboard, the keys can be a bit noisy during typing and unlike many other multimedia notebooks, you can't play audio or video tracks before booting up the system first.

A 2.0GHz AMD Turion processor with 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology is used with the Satellite A215-S7462, which is comparable to Intel's Core 2 Duo, but not quite as good in terms of performance and especially battery life. It's also packed with a large, although slow at 4200RPM, 250 gigabyte hard drive which makes it perfect for storing pictures, video, and music files. 2GB of pre-installed RAM also strengthens the case of A215-S7462 in sub $1000 notebooks.

One downside to the Satellite A215-S7462, which is a common complaint with other low-priced Toshiba models too, is the amount of crapware that comes preinstalled on the machine. This affects the overall speed of the A215, but the problem can be easily fixed by manually uninstalling each unwanted program.

Another nice feature of Satellite A215-S7462 is that the DVD burner boasts of LabelFlash technology, which means you can print the labels on your discs in-house.

With its moderate price and tons of features, including its enormous hard drive and built in webcam, the Satellite A215-S7462 from Toshiba is a good choice for those looking to buy a notebook for basic home and multimedia uses, such as internet browsing, storing pictures and playing sound files and videos. Just that it is somewhat unusual that Toshiba has elected to use an AMD processor in their Satellite A215-S7462 considering that the comparable Intel processor is known to perform better, and if you are willing to sacrifice some of the hard disk storage space and don't mind a little extra weight, you may go for a similarly priced configuration of LifeBook A6110 that has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Draft-N wireless connectivity and a spill resistant keyboard.

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