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New Laptop Satellite X205-S9349

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September 25, 2007 11:15:19 PM

Hi Guys,
Give me some insight if this is worth buying. Toshiba X205-S9349 Satellite. I am thinking of ordering it Do you guys have any recommendations of any othe good ones that will be good form this one. Thanks.
Also here are th spec.
Product Specifications
Price $1,899.99
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Processor
Processor Type * : Core™2 Duo Processor Number * : T7100 Processor Speed * : 1.80GHz Front Side Bus * : 800MHz
Operating System **
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (32-bit)
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Memory Size *
2048MB
Memory Speed
PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM
Intel® Turbo Memory
1024MB
Display Size *
17.0" widescreen
Display Type *
WXGA+ with TruBrite® Technology
Display Resolution *
1440x900
Graphics Engine *
NVIDIA® GeForce® 8700M GT
Graphics Memory *
511MB total: 256MB DDR3 discrete memory + up to 255MB shared memory w/NVIDIA® TurboCache™ technology
Hard Drive Size *
240GB: 120GB HDD+120GB HDD
Hard Drive Speed
5400rpm
Optical Drives *
HD DVD-ROM/DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive (in one optical drive), supporting 12 formats
Wireless LAN * ♣
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965 AGN (802.11a/g/n)
Bluetooth *
Bluetooth® V2.0 + EDR
Webcam
Webcam and microphone built into LCD bezel
Input Devices
Dual Mode Pad, CD/DVD Buttons, 104 key US keyboard with 10 Key Pad
Security
Finger Print Reader
Modem
Modem
LAN
10/100/1000
Audio
Headphone jack (stereo), Microphone jack (mono), 4 harman/kardon® stereo speakers with subwoofer AC Adapter
180W (19V x 9.5A) 100-240V AC Adapter
Battery Type
Li-Ion (6000mAh)
PC Express Slot
1-ExpressCard™ Slot
Media Port
5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter
USB Ports
6-USB (2.0)
iLINK
i.LINK™ IEEE-1394
HDMI
HDMI output port
S/P DIF output port
S/P DIF output port
S-Video
TV-out (S Video)
Software *
TOSHIBA ConfigFree®, TOSHIBA Disc Creator, TOSHIBA Game Console, TOSHIBA Security Assist, TOSHIBA Speech System, Ulead® DVD MovieFactory® for Toshiba, InterVideo® WinDVD® 8, Microsoft® Works 8.5 w/60-Day Office 2003 Student and Teacher Edition Trial
Weight
Starting at 9.37 lbs.
Color
Flare Carmine
Warranty *
1-Yr Parts and Labor, 1-Year Battery
September 25, 2007 11:55:28 PM

Yeah it's solid. It will game better than most things out there, but not as good as some others.

The only major drawback IMO as a gaming rig is the T7100 CPU, instead of the T7300 or better. There is a next higher model S9359 which is a little better with the T7300 and the GF8700GT with real 512MB, not 256MB + 256MB TurboCache. But it's a little more money. And then there's the SLI models, the SLI1 and SLI3 which just boost the dual card option a little more (using 2 GF8600GTs not a single GF8700) and also ups the CPUs a little (T7100->7300 and T7300->7500).

So yours isn't a bad option, but if the SLI1 does sell in the next few weeks for the suggested $1999 I'd go with that one for both the better CPU and the dual GF8600s.
September 26, 2007 1:59:29 PM

With the SLI the cpu is only 7250. instead of the 7300. I will see if that will work for me. Also will you recommend to buy from toshiba website or look around to see if it is cheaper other places. THanks.
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September 27, 2007 8:07:25 PM

Well no, the SLI1 is up from the T7100 you have listed, the SLI3 is the T7500 up from the T7300. Both are upgrades within their segment.

The only way you're getting the T7300 now is in paying more right now, either way they're better than the current option, the question that remains is the value.
September 28, 2007 4:55:09 AM

I am thinking of buying The SLI1. I am just waiting for my fund to be available. This might sound crazy but i am barrowing money from myself. I am going to borrow total of $2300.00 That should be enought for the SLI1 . What ever is left over i might just buy more memory. Thanks for your help
September 28, 2007 10:39:03 PM

You're welcome, and no it doesn't sound crazy, sounds like a line of credit, so if it's another method, then hey whatever works.

I think you'll be happiest with an SLI1, as long as you're not expecting wicked battery life it should be good, it's a nice upgrade from the one listed, and considering it cost about the same as the S9359 but is a twidge better, it's probably the route to go. Just one thing, check with Toshiba how easy it is to get the latest drivers, because an SLI rig is likely not that easy to do that without fairly regular updates.
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