Toshiba Satellite 520 (A135-S4656)

August 23, 2007 – 7:53 am

Toshiba Satellite 520 (A135-S4656)A family member is interested in getting a new computer (and I’m interested in them buying a new computer).  The current computer, a Dell Dimension,  is about 5-6 years old.  A friend is looking for a cheap laptop.  A neighbor is looking for computer deals.  This sound familiar?  Welcome the $399 laptop!

This isn’t a post for just you, this is for my family, friend, and neighbor too.  I might have found a deal for the neighbor and my friend and maybe, just maybe, the family member.  Maybe not the family member.  No, not the family member (*explained below).  But the other two, yes.  Here’s what I’m hinting to…

BestBuy currently has a deal on a Toshiba Satellite 520 laptop (A135-S4656), a $399 laptop.  This Tosh isn’t going to compare to Alienware or a desktop in regards to speed, but the laptop is inexpensive and will work fine for reading email, writing stories, playing solitaire (or spider solitaire), and surfing the web.

The basics on the Toshiba Satellite 520 are:

  •  Intel Celeron 1.6GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM (self-upgradable to 2GB – Crucial.com)
  • 15.4″ display (1280 x 800 native resolution)
  • Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
  • 80GB HDD (5400 RPM)
  • built-in card reader (Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital and xD-Picture Card)
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • 6 pounds
  • 4 USB & 1 Firewire port
  • wireless (802.11b/g)
  • S-video output

The negatives are few: single PCMCIA slot, 1 year warranty, 6 pound weight, and shared video memory.  But since this laptop is inexpensive I can overlook a few of the minor things in exchange for having a good company’s product (Toshiba).  I’ve personally used and setup over 50 Toshiba laptops in my computer career and have never had anything wrong with one of them.  To compare, I’ve setup over 100 Dell desktops and 30 servers and have had approximately 7 DOA hard disks.

I’m actually thinking of buying this as a secondary laptop for home & work.  It’s not the same as my current Sony VGN-A290 for power (also bought at BestBuy) but it would definitely allow me more battery time then my Sony and it’s 45 minutes.  The Toshiba would probably be faster than my Sony too.  <sigh>

Now the question about why not for my family member (I know you were wondering about that).  Since the last time a computer was purchased was 5-6 years ago, I don’t think that a laptop is going to have that sort of staying power. 

Toshiba site about A135-S4656

BestBuy ad:

Limited Time Special Deal

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