A mid-priced laptop let down by a poor keyboard and lack of connectivity. The Toshiba C660-171 fails to live up to its billing as a desktop replacement.
Decent screen, password protected HDD
Poor keyboard, tiny touchpad, lack of connectivity, bulky, dissapointing battery life
Intel Core i3-370M processor at 2.4GHz, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD re-writer,15.6in TFT display with LED backlight, 2 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, VGA port, Wi-Fi, 380.5x254x28x35.6mm, 2.3kg
The Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-171 is a behemoth of a laptop that runs Windows 7 Professional and has been designed as a desktop replacement.
With dimensions of 380.5x254x28x35.6mm and a starting weight of 2.3kg, it's fair to say that the C660 is going to see limited field action and spend its days anchored to an office desk.
In terms of hardware, the Satellite Pro comes with an Intel Core i3-370M processor with a clock speed of 2.4GHz. This, together with the 3GB of pre-installed RAM, should mean that the device is able to deal with commonly used applications with ease.
Disappointingly, though, this is not the case. At times the performance is unbelievably sluggish, even more so than the Acer Iconia Tab W500, which has inferior specifications.
The very large chassis means that the display appears to be larger than its 15.6ins. The screen comes with Toshiba TruBrite HD TFT high brightness technology and has a 16:9 aspect ratio. Although it has a glossy finish, reflection from overhead lighting is not as big a problem as it can be with some other laptops.
Another plus for business users is the security offered by the Satellite Pro. Toshiba provides a slot for Kensington Cable Lock, a supervisor password and even a HDD password, so users can store confidential files safe in the knowledge that they are protected.