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Toshiba Portege A600 Laptop – A Review

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Notebook: Toshiba Portege A600-122

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300

Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD

Display: 12.1 inch, 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixels and glossy.

Weight: 1.5kg (lighter than most notebooks)

Prices: start from $1,399 upwards


The Toshiba Portege A600 is a good-looking, slick and lightweight laptop with built-in modem HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) – which is simply the new protocol for Mobile Data Transmission (MDA). HSDPA is a vast improvement on W- CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access – 3G protocol). HSDPA can achieve data transmission speeds of 8-10 megabytes per second, which means faster video and music streaming, amongst other positive features.

This notebook has a 12.1 inch display and is able to run several programs concurrently with alacrity.

Several features make it stand out from its predecessors:

o Eco-friendly: The Portege A600 is ENERGY STAR 4.0 rated having attained Gold status through Green Electronics Council’s Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). For the uninformed, ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy which is supportive of energy-efficient products that are cost-friendly and help to protect the environment.

o LED Display: The 12.1 inch display has a LED (Light Emitting Diode) which provides back-lit vibrant color images with a sharp, superior quality. Most backlighting LED displays sacrifice quality at the expense of thicker, heavier and less easily-portable laptops. The Portege A600 surprises, however, with all the features of backlighting but is slim, lightweight and has excellent battery life/power consumption.

o Integrated Optical Drive: High Density Mounting Technology (HDMT) gives this Toshiba notebook duo-sided motherboard component mounting technology. This mass-reducing technology is what has enabled the Portégé A600 to have a nice and slender form and is lightweight and good-looking. (Neither is there any need for supplementary cables).

o Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: The shared-memory GPU and GM45 chipset (Montevina) is speed-enabled due to the addition of two shaders and a high core clock. This notebook is not really supportive of games apart from DirectX 10 games which are playable on very low settings. The video processor can assist-decode HD videos and provide effortless Blu-Ray playback with slow CPU’s.

o Intel Core 2 Duo: (is paired with Core Solo) which attains 5-20% more speed without the need for excess power consumption. As an extra feature, it has a fourth decoder, amplified SSE unit and supplementary ALU (Arithmetical Logical Unit).

o Sleep-and-Charge USB/eSATA Combo Port: The port of the Portégé A600 combines two functions:

1. Capacity to charge USB external devices regardless of whether Portégé A600 is off/on, in sleep/hibernation modes.

2. Data transfer from eSATA external hard drives: five times faster than the USB 2.0.

o Toshiba’s EasyGuard Technology with PC Health Monitor: Alerts the user when the system is in need of attention. This feature keeps track of the hard drive, battery life, temperature, etc., and forms a vital part of the Portégé A600, ensuring HDD protection. The keyboard is spill-resistant.

Judy Wolvaardt

All content in this article is for informational purposes only and in no way serves as investment advice. Investing in cryptocurrencies, commodities and stocks is very risky and can lead to capital losses.

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