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Big-screen desktop replacement laptops are one of the biggest resources of highway robbery in the complete retail computer-shopping world. It certainly is tempting to gravitate to an enormous 18-inch model flooded with LED lights and imagine a superpowered experience, in particular when the purchase price is reasonable. However, buyers beware. Many retail configurations are fitted with middling innards for doing that price, leading to machines that are more bark than bite.
The Toshiba Satellite P505D-S8007 is an ideal exemplory case of this. We found its retail predecessor, the P505-S8980, to become a relatively value. That was 2009 and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. This year 2010, the P505D-S8007 comes with an AMD Turion II running the show along with middling ATI graphics chip, a blend that results in a decidedly last-generation performance at a cost that’s hardly cheap: $749. For only $50 more, Toshiba has another laptop, the Satellite A505-6025, that is clearly a relative bargain with a far faster Core i3 processor and also good Nvidia graphics chip. For only $649, you can get a 16-inch Asus U50F-RBBAG05 with a Core i3 processor would provide an improved, lighter experience . Will there be any good reason to find the P505D-S8007? Let’s see. Graphics? No. Performance? No. Price? No. Battery life? No. This technique was in the bottom of each chart. If we’re able to stamp a “no buy” label using one product, this might be it.
Not for the weak of arm or those short in desk space, the Toshiba Satellite P505D-S8007 is one seriously big laptop. Weighing in using its adapter at 10 pounds and measuring 17 inches long, the P505D won’t easily fit into many notebook backpacks–but at least its battery doesn’t bulge in the trunk. Its glossy “sonic black” plastic chassis with “fusion finish”–understated gray lines etched through–is a fingerprint magnet, although the base’s bottom is dull matte black. Your body of the P505D is almost exactly like the the one which graces Toshiba’s high-end Qosmio type of multimedia laptops, but here, looks are deceiving. Toshiba’s Qosmios have far more under the hood, as the P505D is barely breaking ordinary.
Beneath the LCD, the notebook computer certainly looks attractive. It includes a wide, flat keyboard, a complete number pad, a couple of touch-enabled media controls left of the keyboard, and Harman Kardon speaker set above the keys–rimmed with chrome accents to catch the attention. The tremendous screen fills up almost all of the upper lid, with just a little room at the very top to match the Webcam.
The keyboard may be the same wide flat affair that graces virtually all Toshiba Satellites. While we’ve largely hated its glossy finish, it could not bother other persons just as much as it bothers us. There’s a good amount of room to rest your palms, and on Toshiba’s larger media-oriented laptops, these flat keys somehow bother us less. Of greater concern may be the laptop’s tiny matte touch pad which has a width that’s considerably less than both massive chromed buttons set beneath it. Our fingers tended to slide around the pad without obtaining the cursor to react how exactly we wanted it to, and having less space on the pad got on our nerves, specially when the rest on the P505D is glacial–it felt like driving a toy car on a real-life racetrack.
The 18.4-inch glossy LED-backlit display is arguably the star of the show on the P505D-S8007, and the probably reason why anyone will be drawn to this Satellite. This is a fine display, with good colors and only decent brightness, but its maximum resolution–1,680×945 pixels–is a puzzler. That’s much better than the typical 1,366×768-pixel screen resolution entirely on smaller laptops, but it’s significantly less than the normal full-HD resolution (1,900×1,080 pixels) we’d expect from such a huge screen. Budget desktop replacement systems will get away with a 1,600×900-pixel resolution (or 1,680×945 pixels in cases like this), but you will want to offer full-HD resolution here? Unfortunately, the displays low resolution showed, as full-screen HD video tended to show a lttle bit of pixelation when viewed up-close. The Harman Kardon speakers were, as always, very good, and had a good combo of bass and volume.
A word on the media-control bar on the left of the keyboard: with eight discrete functions which range from volume control to simple playback and screen settings/power modes, the touch panel had some use to us. Toshiba’s insistence, however, in getting the touch keys emit a hideous high-pitched beeping sound (that reminded us of a smoke alarm) by default when touched is unfortunate.
To its credit, the P505D-S8007 manages to earn a few ports many laptops don’t, such as for example having am eSATA port, ExpressCard. and mini-FireWire. Unfortunately, and baffling, the P505D is among the few large laptops we’ve observed in the last half a year it doesn’t have an HDMI-out port. On a big-screen desktop replacement laptop, having a video-out to an HDTV is probably the top features we’d search for. To include insult to the omission, the P505D has two blocked-off holes where HDMI and DisplayPort connections might have been. We don’t value its insufficient DisplayPort, however, not having HDMI is silly.
On the other hand, maybe Toshiba is onto something. As the AMD Turion II processor was certainly in a position to play HD video files quiet well, our attempts to stream full-screen Hulu in 480p (we tried “Caprica” as a reference video) led to unsuitable choppiness. Having the ability to stream sub-HD, full-screen video is the very least expectation in any notebook that deems itself to become a big-screen mainstream machine in the present day era. This is not a Netbook, in the end. The P505D is aiming itself as a media machine and likely TV replacement, and it can’t even do this well.