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Toshiba Portege A600 / A605

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Toshiba Portege A600 / A605. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability and design. The battery and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the keyboard and sound.

portability, performance, battery, design, usability

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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 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 Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the usability. The portability is also mentioned favorably.

portability, usability

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

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Toshiba Portege A600 / A605

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Toshiba Portege A600 / A605 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the price and design. The battery and performance also get good comments. There are some less positive reviews about the reliability and keyboard.

portability, performance, battery, design, price

durability, screen, keyboard, reliability

69% 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-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)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Katherine Stevenson (maximumpc.com)

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...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Shao-Hung Liu (notebookcheck.net)

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.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Arthur Gies (pcworld.com)

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...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Kevin O'Brien (NotebookReview.com)

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...

May, 2009

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

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...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Tong Zhang (mobiletechreview.com)

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...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Stephen Patrick (pocket-lint.com)

Toshiba Portege A600-122 notebook

 

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

If you’re seeking a very light laptop with impressive connectivity and a battery life that enables all-day use, then the Portégé A600-122 is worth a look. It also offers a comfortable keyboard and a screen that can be viewed in most lighting conditions.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Tech Staff (techradar.com)

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

You get a decent enough spec on this compact machine for the price

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Ardjuna Seghers (trustedreviews.com)

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.

May, 2011

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Toshiba Portege A600-120 review

 

Toshiba's Portege A600-120 is a fully fledged ultra-portable laptop, being small enough to be carried around all-day everyday.

Jan, 2009

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

Audio formats supported:
Audio system:24-bit / HD
Audio system full duplex: / Yes
Audio system maximum sampling rate:192
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers: / 1

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery Capacity:10.8 / 5800
Battery life (max):7 / 7.5
Battery performance:10.8 / 5800
Battery Technology: / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Camera

Front Camera:Y

Certificates

Certification:RoHS\nEPEAT Gold / S.M.A.R.T.
Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product: / Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell

Dimensions & Weight

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

Disk Drive

Hard disk height:0.374
Hard disk number of plates:2

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Contrast ratio (typical):
Display Diagonal:12 / 12.1
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display response rise/fall:9
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Not supported
LCD brightness levels 1-8:6
LED backlight: Yes
Pixel Pitch:0.00803 x 0.00803
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Display (Projector)

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

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 220 / 100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3
AC adapter output voltage:15 / 19
AC adapter power:45
Battery life power off:5

Environmental Standards

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.384 / 384
Discrete graphics adapter model: / Intel GMA 4500MHD / No
Discrete graphics memory type:
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.332 / 1.34 / 3
Maximum Resolution:1.920 x 1.200 / 1920 x 1200
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.332
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 4500MHD

Hard Drive

Hard disk height:0.374
Hard disk number of plates:2

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

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: No
Keyboard key pitch:0.748
Keyboard key stroke:0.0787
Keyboard number of keys:85 / 86
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: / Yes

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 3
Internal memory expansion module sizes:1.024
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:800
Memory form factor:On-board + SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 1 / 1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 / 1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 2 x 1
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Miscellaneous

Color:Aluminium silver/Cosmic black

Modem

Type: None

Networking

3G:No / Yes
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
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)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps / Gigabit Ethernet
Networking speed:10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wireless compliancy:Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi, 3G
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

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-2362.2 - 393700.8
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):10 - 90
Non-operating shock with/without CD-ROM drive installed:60G
Non-operating thermal gradient (max):20
Non-operating vibration with/without CD-ROM drive installed:1.0G
Operating altitude:-2362.2 - 118.1 / -2362.2 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating shock with/without CD-ROM drive installed:10G
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Operating thermal gradient (max):15
Operating vibration with/without CD-ROM drive installed:0.25
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 65

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:16
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:20 / 24 / 4
CD-RW write speed:4
CD/DVD drive buffer size:2
Disc types supported:CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW / CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW
Drive devices applicable disk format:CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
DVD drive compatibility:CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R(DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R(DL), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:4 / 8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:3 / 5
DVD-RW read speed:4 / 8
DVD-RW write speed:4 / 6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4 / 8
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:4 / 8
DVD+RW write speed:4 / 8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL

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

Other Features

Audio system:24-bit
BIOS ACPI:
Device read/write media compatibility:CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R (DL), DVD-RW, DVD + R, DVD + R (DL), DVD + RW, DVD - RAM
Dimensions (WxDxH):11.2 x 8.78 x 0.902 / 11.3 x 8.78 x 1.18
Display: / TFT
Display Technology:TFT
Drive device, buffer size:16384 / 8192
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
Hard disk number of heads:3 / 4
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Internal video mode, resolution:1.280 x 800
L2 cache:3
Power Requirements:100/240 V
TV in port: No
Type: / PC
Wireless communication version:2.1
Wireless Technology:802.11a/g/Draft-N / 802.11a/g/Draft-N, Mobile Broadband WWAN/3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 2Mbps) / 802.11a/g/n, 3G-HSPA-7.2 / Wireless LAN / WLAN (802.11a/g/Draft-N), WWAN/3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 2Mbps)

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No
TV tuner type:DVB-T

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 220 / 100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3
AC adapter output voltage:15 / 19
AC adapter power:45
Battery life power off:5

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel GS45 Express
Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.4GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):6 / 7
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Manufacturer:Intel
Motherboard chipset:Intel GS45 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:SU9300 / SU9400
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.4
Processor front side bus:800
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:SU9300 / SU9400
Processor Number:SU9300/SU9400
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SU9000 series
Processor socket:BGA956
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10
Tjunction:105
Type:Core 2 Duo

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:36695 / 36697
Processor package size:22
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

RAM

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

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
HDD recovery: Yes
Password protection:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User
Password protection type:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Bundled software:Toshiba Disc Creator\nToshiba DVD Player / Toshiba DVD Player / TOSHIBA Value Added Package\nTOSHIBA ConfigFree\nTOSHIBA Speech System \nSun Java Runtime Environment\nAdobe Acrobat Reader \nInterVideo WinDVD\nGoogle Desktop, Toolbar, Picasa\n
Drivers included: Yes
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system architecture:32-bit
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Home Premium
Optional operating system supplied:Windows XP Professional
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security Suite\nMicrosoft Office Professional 2007\n / Microsoft Office Professional 2007\nMcAfee Internet Security / Microsoft Office Professional 2007\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Office Ready + Microsoft Office Professional 2007, Norton Internet Security 2008 / Office

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 250
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 200 / 250 / 320

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

External video modes max. refresh rate:100
External video modes maximum refresh rate (non interlaced):100 / 60
External video modes non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate:1.280 x 1.024 / 1280 x 1024
External video modes refresh rate (max):100

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500MHD

Weight & Dimensions

AC adapter weight:6.17 / 6.74
CD/DVD weight:3.95
Depth:11.3 / 8.78 / 8.82
Height:0.902 / 1.18 / 1.2
Height (front):1.18
Weight:2 / 3.22
Width:11 / 11.2 / 11.3 / 8.78