Toshiba Satellite A665 - 11Z/ Core i7 £889.97 @ Currys

Toshiba Satellite A665 - 11Z/ Core i7 £889.97 @ Currys

Found 24th Jan 2011
This is for sale instore.
It is not the similar one on the web site ending in 14Q that has an I5 processor.
I checked stock and it was available in more than just my local store.

# Processor
# type: Intel Core i7-740QM Processor
# clock speed: 1.73 / 2.93 Turbo GHz
# Front Side Bus: 1333 MHz
# 2nd level cache: 6 MB
# Operating system
# Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (pre-installed, Toshiba-HDD recovery)
# Design Colour
# colour: Metallic Precious Black with glossy rim and textured pattern, black keyboard
# System memory
# standard: 4,096 (2,048 + 2,048) MB
# maximum expandability: 8,192 MB
# technology: DDR3 RAM (1,066 MHz)
# Hard disk
# capacity: 500 GB
# drive rotation: 5,400 rpm
# Blu-ray Disc drive
# maximum speed: Read: 24x CD-ROM, 8x DVD-ROM, 6x BD-ROM/ Write: 24x CD-R, 4x CD-RW, 10x HS CD-RW, 24x US CD-RW, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD-R (Double Layer), 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD+R (Double Layer), 8x DVD+RW, 5x DVD-RAM, 6x BD-R, 4x BD-R (Double Layer), 2x BD-RE, 2x BD-RE (Double Layer)
# type: Blu-ray Disc rewritable drive (BD-RE) with recording, rewriting and playback support, including DVD SuperMulti drive functionality
# Display
# size: 39.6cm (15.6")
# type: Toshiba TruBrite HD 3D TFT High Brightness display (120Hz) with LED backlighting and 16: 9 aspect ratio
# internal resolution: 1,366 x 768
# Graphics adaptor
# manufacturer: NVIDIA
# type: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M with CUDA technology
# memory: 1,024 MB dedicated VRAM. Available graphics memory can be expanded using system memory, through TurboCache technology: up to 2,781 MB with 4 GB system memory installed, and up to 4,096 MB with 8 GB system memory, (with pre-installed 64-bit operating system).
# memory type: DDR3 Video RAM (resp. Video RAM and system memory combined)
# connected bus: PCI Express
# Internal video modes
# The following internal video modes are supported:
# resolution: 1366 x 768
# Max External Video Modes
# Max Resolution: 2,048 x 1,536
# Max Refresh Rate: 100 Hz
# Non-interlaced resolution with max refresh rate: 1,920 x 1,200
# Interfaces
# 1 x DC-in
# 1 x external monitor
# 1 x RJ-45
# 1 x headphone (stereo)
# 1 x integrated 1.3 Megapixels Web Camera with built-in microphone
# 3 (Left 1, Right 2) x USB 2.0
# 1 (Left) x eSATA/USB 2.0 supporting USB Sleep-and-Charge
# 1 x HDMI supporting 1080p signal format
# 1 x Multi-Card Reader (supports SD Card up to 2 GB, miniSD/microSD Card with adapter up to 2 GB, SDHC Card up to 32 GB, SDXC Card up to 64 GB, Memory Stick up to 256 MB, Memory Stick Pro up to 16 GB, MultiMedia Card up to 2 GB and xD-Picture Card up to 2 GB)
# 1 x external microphone supporting Sleep-and-Music
# Expansion
# 2 x memory slots (1 to configure)
# 1 x Express Card slot (34 mm)
# Wireless communication
# Compliancy: Wi-Fi
# Network Support: 802.11b/g/n
# Wireless Technology: Wireless LAN
# Wireless Technology: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
# Wired communication
# topology: Gigabit Ethernet LAN
# speed: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T
# Sound system
# supported audio format: 24-bit stereo
# speakers: built-in Harman Kardon stereo speakers
# manufacturer: Toshiba Bass Enhanced Sound System with Dolby Advanced Audio
# Keyboard
# keys: 102
# Windows keys: Yes
# special features: Full-size matt black tile backlit keyboard with 10-digit numeric keypad
# Pointing device
# type: Touch Pad with Multi-Touch Control supporting two-finger scroll, pinch, flip and rotate. Featuring a separate Touch Pad on/off button.
# Battery
# technology: lithium-ion
# maximum life: up to 2h10min (Mobile Mark 2007)
# AC adaptor


Original Poster

The main reason I am posting this as I was thinking of getting it for my son when he goes to university.
All the reviews moan about the battery life ...less than 2 hours ..would that be a real problem for a university computer ?

The same machine is on play for £1249.

2 hours isn't a problem if using in a fixed location - if ever want to use on the move then yes its a problem.
these have really nice build but even so im not sure its worth the premium even if its cheapest for the model.

Of course that processor is now being replaced by the 2nd Gen Sandybridge i7's.

I posted a Samsung 17" 6gb with an i7-2630QM for £999 yesterday but it went cold.

Original Poster

It is the same spec as the 15" macbook pro ..What is annoying is that has a 10 hour battery life.

Presumably a lot a value has gone into the blu-ray writer - personally I'd have rather have a player only with a 1080p screen; or no blu-ray and some money off or maybe a better graphics card or processor.

Oopps Sorry! Just spotted this has a 3d screen - that explains the high price. Still can't see the point of 3D on a small low-res screen; but if that's what you need I guess it's worth the price...
Edited by: "wombat6025" 25th Jan 2011

Not shying away from the deal and all that, but Comet are the worst company to deal with if anything goes wrong. Dont expect any help from them. They are still using the old fashioned ways of electrical salesmanship.
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