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Toshiba Portege A600 / A605

Toshiba Portege A600 / A605
alaScore 83

74 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the screen and design are overall positive. The battery and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the sound and build quality.

portability, performance, battery, design, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba Portege A600 / A605 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Toshiba Portege A600 / A605

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 1 user review of Toshiba Portege A600 / A605 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptop Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Amazon.com review summary for Toshiba Portege A600 / A605

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Toshiba Portege A600 / A605 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

portability, performance, battery, sound, energy

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba Portege A605-P201 12.1-Inch Laptop (1.40 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 Processor, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Ultimate)Toshiba Portege A605-P210 12.1-Inch LaptopToshiba Portege A605-P210 12.1-Inch Laptop

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Toshiba Portégé A605

 

In our August 2009 ultraportable notebook roundup we fell hard for Toshiba's Portégé R600—the lightest, sleekest ultraportable notebook we'd ever tested. At $2,150, however, that notebook isn't cheap.

Great price, loads of features, well-rounded capabilities

Unimpressive fit and finish; middle-of-the-pack performance

Neither the R600 nor the A605 are the best-performing ultraportables we’ve tested. That honor goes to HP’s 2530p and Lenovo’s X200s (both also reviewed in August), which featured 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo procs. The R600 overcame this deficit with its...

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Review Toshiba Portégé A600 Subnotebook

 

Color up your life.Toshiba wants to pep up the dismal world of no

Several Colors to choose from; Bluetooth and UMTS; Numerous safety measurements for personal data; Long runtime in battery mode; Optical drive can be deactivated

Lack of case stability on the upper as well as the bottom side; Disappointing loudspeakers; Fan noise under permanent load

If you put emphasis on the colorful design of the compact subnotebooks, then more likely different models from Sony or Dell.

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Portege A605-P210

 

The netbook onslaught of the past 18 months has forced a sea change. No longer is small size alone enough of an excuse for a notebook to carry an exorbitantly high price. With some good performance levels and a great screen, plus light weight and...

Great screen Solid battery life

Mono speaker, poor sound

This machine isn't for multimedia fiends or gamers. But if you need a small computer than can still handle a lot of office work and open programs at once, and if an optical drive is a necessity, then the A605 will serve you well, with outstanding...

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Toshiba Portege A605 Review

 

Build quality is hit or miss depending on what part of the notebook you are looking at. The quality of the finish is excellent, with a thick layer of glossy black paint that appears to be scratch resistant. On the flip side, the plastic used to...

Weighs in at 3lbs, even with built-in optical drive ; Good battery life ; Cool operation ; Very small power adapter

Slow charging rate while the notebook is powered on and charging at the same time ; Flexible chassis

One stand-out feature of the A605 is the super small 45W power adapter. It is great for traveling, since it doesn't add that much weight to your bag, and if you get a different power cord for it, takes up very little space. The downside to such a small...

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Toshiba Portege A605-P210

 

In conclusion, the Toshiba Portege A605-P210 notebook packs a lot of functionality into a portable package but it's not without its flaws. While this notebook does its part to help the environment, battery life is average for a notebook of this size,...

12.1 inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolutionSupports 720p & 1080p resolution5.27 hrs battery life at normal usageLightweight case almost too flimsy

Inability to upgrade notebook

If you are always on the go and you need a notebook that can meet your...

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Toshiba Portege A600

 

Toshiba has populated its ultraportable Portege line of notebooks with 12.1-inch models built on Intel Core 2 Duo mobile series processors. These ultralight notebooks range from $1299 to $2999 and differ in processor and HDD vs. SSD. The Portege R500...

Small size though not ultra thin. Good performance running most applications and has good gaming power for a machine in this class. Downgradeable to Windows XP. Good Wi-Fi range and good battery life.

Hard drive is too finicky about movement seems slow despite the SATA interface. The face recognition software doesn't work well. Display is just OK.

With the growing popularity of netbooks, casual laptop users who need to check their email and browser the Net will find the slower Atom processor machines running either Linux or Windows XP adequate for the job. But "full notebooks" are better for...

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Toshiba Portege A600-122 notebook review

 

Toshiba's Portégé A600-122 is the company's mid-range ultraportable offering, targeting corporate users wanting a similar experience to the range-topping Portégé R600 at a cheaper price. It's not quite as thin as it's more expensive sibling, but it's...

Battery life, light weight, small size

Poor performance, flimsy build

With a low weight and all-day battery life, this is an ideal tool for busy corporate users, but those needing a powerful machine to multi-task on should look elsewhere

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Toshiba Portege A600-122 review

 

A highly usable and portable machine for those out on the road

High speed HSDPA ; Impressive battery life ; Good usability ; Large keyboard

Low power ; Basic connectivity

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Toshiba Portege A600-14C - 12.1in Laptop

 

Light, portable and with built-in 3G, the A600 is an appealing choice for business users on the move.

Between the pad's buttons is nestled a fingerprint scanner, a feature found on most business and even many consumer laptops, though we'd recommend using it in conjunction with - rather than instead of - a password.

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Toshiba Portege A600 review

 

If you're after a truly portable laptop and don't want to mess around with external optical drives, the Toshiba Portege A600 will most definitely appeal. The built-in HSDPA is a real bonus and you get a lot for your money

Lightweight ; Built-in HSDPA modem ; Good value

Relatively slow processor and graphics ; Poor viewing angles ; Looks and feels plasticky

Conclusion It's hard not to be impressed by the Toshiba Portege A600. It might not be the thinnest or lightest of the thin and light models out there, but it's certainly a decent ultra-portable laptop. It features the built-in optical drive that rivals...

Product Specifications

Offering a sleek, super-light design the Portege A600 laptop series is today's affordable ultraportable laptop. A compact 12.1" diagonal widescreen LED-backlit display helps keep you productive indoors, in cramped coffee shop patios, on planes, and through all-day meetings, while offering amazing color and clarity. Intel Centrino 2 Processor technology provides a leap forward in wireless connectivity and multitasking performance. Extended battery life plus an integrated Webcam and optical drive keep you mobile, in touch and more effective, longer than ever. Plus, with 4th-Generation Toshiba EasyGuard Technology with PC Health Monitor you'll go farther, with far less to worry about. Add Toshiba's legendary quality, protection and support and you have an unbeatable ultraportable PC value.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.8in
Height:1.2in
Weight:3.2lbs
Width:11.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Gold

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Toshiba
Model:A600-S2201/A600-SP2801C/A600-SP2801R/A605-P200/A605-P201/A605-P210
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba Portege

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Aluminium silver/Cosmic black

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Type:DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32/64 bits) / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.4GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:SU9300/SU9400
Type:Core 2 Duo

RAM

Installed Size:3GB
Max Supported Size:5GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB/320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino 2
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500MHD
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