Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Toshiba Satellite M55-S141 14" Laptop Review

Toshiba Satellite M55-S141 14
Maximize your mobile performance as well as your multimedia capabilities with the Toshiba Satellite M55-S141 notebook PC featuring a bright 14-inch TrueBrite screen and ATI Radeon XPress 200M video card with up to 64 MB of shared video RAM. It's ideal for both savvy professionals and students who want outstanding performance and advanced capabilities at an affordable price. It's also great for using as a media center, with Toshiba's unique Express Media Player enabling you to bypass the system and access CDs and DVDs with a touch of button. It has a battery-sipping 1.6 GHz Celeron M processor, an 60 GB hard drive, 256 MB of installed RAM (2 GB maximum), combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, integrated 54g wireless connectivity, USB 2.0 connectivity, and Windows XP Home edition operating system.

The Basics :
  • Hard Drive: The 60 GB Enhanced IDE hard drive is average in size when compared to other business-oriented notebook PCs, and is fine for storing business productivity applications, presentations, and a decent-sized digital library.
  • Processor: The Intel Celeron M Processor 380 is designed specifically for mobile computing, offering a balanced level of mobile-optimized processor technology, good mobile performance, and exceptional value. The 1.6 GHz speed resides at the very top of the spectrum for this processor (as of October 2005). It also features a 400 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and large 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The 256 MB of built-in memory (1 x 256 MB, PC4200, DDR2 SDRAM) will get you started, but you'll want to add to the 2 GB maximum RAM capacity to take on today's demanding business productivity software suites and presentation applications.
  • CD/DVD Drive: With the included DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, you'll be able to watch DVD movies as well as burn data and your favorite music mixes to CD. It has 24x write, 10x rewrite, and 24x read speeds for CDs, and an 8x DVD read speed.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a standard 85-key keyboard and electro-static two-button touchpad. It also offers a launch button for the Express CD/DVD media player and control buttons (play, stop, next, previous).

Screen, Graphics and Sound :
The M55-S141 has a 14-inch TruBrite TFT screen with a widescreen 1280 x 768-pixel resolution. Video is powered by the ATI Radeon XPress 200M IGP video/graphics card, which delivers good, though not high-end, 3D graphics. It delivers between 32 MB and 64 MB of dynamically allocated video RAM that's shared with the system RAM. ATI's HyperMemory technology allows the chipset to run in either Unified Memory Architecture (UMA) mode or with dedicated frame buffer memory to enhance graphics performance. It also features an integrated audio card with headphone and microphone jacks.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots :
The M55-S141 has an integrated Atheros 802.11b/g wireless-LAN that enables you to easily connect at wireless hotspots wherever you roam You get a fairly basic offering of connectivity options:
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 S-Video out
  • 1 PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot (Type II, PCMCIA R2.01, PC Card16, CardBus)
  • 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack

It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Gigabit Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software :
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, McAfee AntiVirus, InterVideo WinDVD and WinDVD Creator, Sonic Solutions RecordNow.

Dimensions and Weight
This notebook measures 13.5 in x 9.5 in x 1.5 (WxDxH) and weighs 5.1 pounds.

Power :
It's powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 2 hours, 7 minutes (depending on usage). It has a 4-hour full charging time with the notebook off, and 12 hours with the computer active.

What's in the Box :
This package contains the M55-S141 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty.

Product Description :

Includes: lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, & Microsoft Windows XP Home. Toshiba Satellite M55-S141 Notebook Computer - At a price that's hard to beat, this laptop computer gives you all of the basics you need when you're computing on the go. An Intel Celeron M Processor 380 (1.6 GHz) and 256MB of DDR memory allows you to handle everything from business applications to multimedia programs. With built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, when you're on the go you can easily stay connected to the world around you. Wirelessly access your e-mail and the Internet from any number of Wi-Fi Hot Spots, which can be found at airports, hotels, parks, coffee shops, and more! Native Resolution - 1280x768 ATI Radeon Xpress 200M graphics card with up to 64MB of shared video memory (memory is shared with the main system's RAM) 60GB 5400 RPM HDD CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive Built-in 56k Fax Modem Built-in Atheros 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Wireless LAN Support Battery Life - up to 2 hrs. & 7 min. Ports - RGB VGA Out, 1 Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0, S-Video Out, & Headphone Out Unit Dimensions - 13.5 x 9.53 x 1.5 Unit Weight - 5 lbs.

Technical Details :

  • Notebook with 14-inch TruBrite display and 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron M 380 processor, 400 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 cache
  • 60 GB hard drive, 256 MB of RAM (2 GB max), combo drive
  • Three USB 2.0, one VGA, one S-Video, one PCMCIA, microphone, headphone
  • Built-in 10/100/ BASE-T Ethernet; 56K (V.90) modem, 54-Mbps wireless LAN (802.11b/g)
  • Windows XP Home edition, SP2.

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