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Toshiba Satellite Laptops and Netbooks

Toshiba have been making laptops for a long time, growing a reputation for a low failure rate and sturdy design. Though not particularly pretty, their laptops and notebooks are not ugly either and are generally considered quite standard. They make a good choice for someone looking for a good, all round laptop or netbook.

Choosing a Toshiba Satellite laptop or netbook typically comes down to its intended use. Like buying a car or a pair of shoes, what you intended to do while using them dictates what you look for in a purchase.

Netbook vs. laptop

Netbooks are designed to be small and lightweight, generally lacking in screen size and raw power. They do, however, have a much longer battery life because of this. They also do not usually have a DVD drive, but the USB port does allow for the use of memory sticks and external hard drives .

Laptops are hugely versatile, providing larger screens, clearer visuals and DVD trays. Ranging in power from very weak to absurdly strong, their price also sees one of the greatest differences. They are generally more expensive than a netbook.

What's the difference?

Well, netbooks are great for writing work documents on the go or watching simple videos. They handle internet surfing quite well and are light to carry around, making them ideal for internet cafes or airports. They lack the power to do much of the heavier stuff like gaming, movie editing or multiple tasks at once. For that you will need a laptop which will generally breeze these tasks, albeit while being a bit more cumbersome to carry around and more expensive as well.

Choosing within the brand

Once you have made a choice between a netbook or a laptop, you have to choose a particular type. Screen size differs from 11 inches to 18 inches. For a laptop that you carry around, 11 to 14 inches is your best bet, but for desk laptops 15 to 18 inches is more than sufficient. The 15.6 inch screen size is a good middle ground option for most users.

If you can afford it and don't need massive amounts of memory, look for a laptop that has a solid state drive (SSD), because this is a lot faster than traditional memory at the sacrifice of a bit of space. In terms of memory space, most laptops and netbooks come with 2GB of RAM as a minimum, but you'll most likely want at least double this as the difference in price is minor.

The CPU is another deciding factor, with many 'processors' (the brains of your computer) to choose from. Intel Core i5 processors are inexpensive but able to handle most tasks. Intel Core i7 is more suitable for gaming laptops and more powerful machines. AMD A, FX or E series are a cheaper option and are found on the lower end of the price scale. Perhaps the most common, Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron processors are more powerful budget processors, but they consume more power.

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