|Toshiba Satellite A355-S6925 16.0-Inch Laptop
|List Price: $699.99
Our Price: Too low to display
Home. School. Work. Community. How many roles do you play? So Toshiba made sure the Satellite A355 series laptop PC is well dressed for any part, with Intel Core 2 Duo processor, generous 320GB storage and 4GB RAM, plus a wealth of other features aimed at making you a star. Movies, music, photos and games. Who doesn't love being entertained? Of course, it helps that Satellite A355 laptop comes with a brilliant widescreen TruBrite display that puts a shine on almost any activity, offering incredible color and clarity, plus a widescreen format for more room to work and multitask. This Toshiba Satellite notebook is ready to help make your life better, right out of the box. The hardware, software utilities-even the design of the machine itself-are all meant to make things easy, regardless of who, what, where or when. It's a laptop that works for you, with almost no work at all. 16 diagonal (1366 x 768) TruBrite TFT LCD display Built-in Webcam and Microphone Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with up to 1759MB shared Graphics Memory Labelflash DVD+-R/RW Super Multi Drive with Double Layer Harman/Kardon Stereo Speakers Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN 802.11b/g/n Wireless 10/100 Ethernet LAN 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter - MMC, SD, MS, MS Pro, xD ExpressCard 54/34 Slot Ports - 3 x USB 2.0, eSATA/USB combo, Headphone out S/P DIF; Microphone-in, VGA, IEEE-1394, RJ-11 (Modem), RJ-45 Approximate Unit Dimensions - 15.1 (W) x 10.5 (D) x 1.52 (H) Approximate Unit Weight - 6.48 pounds
Replace your desktop PC with the Toshiba Satellite A355-S6925 laptop, featuring all the power and hard drive space you expect from a top-of-the-line desktop but in an easily mobile package. Stylishly designed, this Toshiba Satellite features a large, bright 16-inch LCD (1366 x 768)--with a true 16:9 aspect ratio and 720p native high-definition resolution. It's also great for using as a media center, with Toshiba's Express Media Player enabling you to bypass the system and access CDs and DVDs with a touch of button. The dual-layer DVDí└RW drive also burns CDs and offers LabelFlash print functionality. A 1.3 megapixel digital web camera built into the LCD's bezel lets you quickly snap photos and participate in live video chats.
The integrated webcam does more than just video chats. It includes Toshiba Face Recognition capabilities--the ultimate hands-free, hassle-free way to log onto your laptop. Just show your face to the webcam--no keeping track of hard-to-remember passwords and no unnecessary typing. And if you're using one laptop for several users--say for the whole family or for a small business--Toshiba Face Recognition lets you switch profiles with one simple look.
It's powered by the 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor, which boosts speed, reduces power requirements, and saves on battery life. It also offers a fast 800 MHz front-side bus speed and 2 MB L2 cache. It also includes Intel's 5100AGN wireless LAN, which will connect to draft 802.11n routers and offers compatibility with 802.11a/b/g networks as well. Other features include a spacious 320 GB hard drive, 4 GB of RAM (maximum), 5-in-1 memory card reader, Draft-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11a/b/g/n), Intel GMA X4500MHD integrated graphics (with up to 1750 MB of dynamically shared video memory), and Toshiba's Fusion finish with Constellation Black pattern.
This PC also comes preinstalled with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, which includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center. In addition to easily playing your DVD movies and managing your digital audio library, you'll be able to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV). Vista also integrates new search tools throughout the operating system, includes new parental control features, and offers new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures.
This Toshiba notebook is Energy Star 4.0 certified and it is RoHS-compliant, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances.
| Spec Check |
- 16-inch LCD screen
- 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor
- 320 GB hard drive
- 4 GB RAM (maximum)
- Dual-layer DVDí└R drive with LabelFlash
- Draft-N Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
- Intel GMA X4500MHD graphics (up to 1750 MB shared)
- Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
- Fusion finish with Constellation Black pattern
- Weighs 6.5 pounds
Screen, Video & Audio
- Processor: The Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor has a 2.0 GHz processor speed, fast 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB), and 2 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)
With two computational execution cores in a single processor, it provides greater system response when running multi-threaded applications simultaneously with no significant increase in power consumption. It's optimized for multitasking and is ready to support the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. It can simultaneously run multiple demanding applications--such as graphics-intensive games or serious number-crunching business productivity applications--while downloading music or running virus-scanning security programs in the background. Some of the advanced Intel innovations of the Core 2 Duo processor include:
- Smart Memory Access: Improves system performance by hiding memory latency, thus optimizing the use of available computer data bandwidth to provide data to the processor when and where it is needed.
- Advanced Digital Media Boost: Effectively doubles the execution speed for instructions used widely in multimedia and graphics applications.
- Dynamic Power Coordination: Coordinates Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology and idle power-management state (C-states) transitions independently per core to help save power.
- Deeper Sleep with Dynamic Cache Sizing: Saves power by flushing cache data to system memory during periods of inactivity to lower CPU voltage.
- Hard Drive: The large 320 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive (5400 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video. This SATA hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0.
- Memory: The 4 GB of installed RAM (PC6400, 2 x 2 GB) maximizes the capacity of this notebook, and it also offers an ultra-fast 800 MHz speed.
- DVD/CD Drive: The dual-layer Labelflash DVD drive is compatible with a wide range of formats, including both DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs, CD-RW discs, and dual-layer (DL) DVDí└R discs, which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data--great for backing up your MP3 collection or your most important documents. It features the following speeds: 6x for both DVDí└R DL, 8x for both single-layer DVDí└R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 5x DVD-RAM, and 24x/16x for CD-R/RW. It reads DVD-ROM discs at 8x and CD-ROMs at 24x.
With the Labelflash functionality, you can burn high-resolution, high-contrast pictures on the label side of DVD discs using the same laser used for data recording. Enjoy transparency and high-quality not found in traditional printable media. All you need is a Labelflash DVD disc to start labeling without a printer.
- Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a standard 86-key keyboard and electro-static two-button touchpad. It also offers a launch button for the Express CD/DVD media player and control buttons (play, stop, next, previous) as well as a volume control dial.
The 16-inch WXGA LCD has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels--perfect for watching movies in their intended 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. It also provides TruBrite technology, which makes images brighter and more vivid thanks to its anti-glare feature. Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500MHD, which uses shared video memory (up to 1750 MB allocated from the system memory) and provides Windows Vista Aero interface support and enhanced 3D graphics performance--delivering over 2x scores on 3DMark 06. Intel Clear Video Technology provides outstanding video playback with sharper image quality, increased clarity, and customizable color controls. It also enables enhanced visual quality of interlaced content on progressive displays.
This notebook also features an integrated audio card and two Harman Kardon stereo speakers.
Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
Be ready for the next platform in wireless connectivity with the integrated quad-mode Intel Wireless 5100AGN Wi-Fi chip. Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found in home routers and Wi-Fi hotspots) as well as 802.11a networks (which has a higher throughput, but more limited range--great for closed office environments).
It also includes a next-generation ExpressCard card slot (replacing the PCMCIA slot), which lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features. It comes with the following external connectors:
- 4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players (including 1 eSATA/USB combo port)
- 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
- Video out: VGA
- 1 ExpressCard 54/34 slot
- 1 headphone jack (with SPDIF digital output for 5.1-channel surround sound)
- 1 microphone jack
- 5-in-1 memory card reader (Secure Digital, MultiMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD Picture Card)
- 10/100 Fast Ethernet networking
- 56K modem (V.90)
The 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium (with SP1) is the operating system for users with advanced computer needs, and it includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center for watching DVD movies and accessing your digital audio library. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. It is also easier than ever to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect via Wi-Fi.
Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.
Microsoft Works 9.0, Google Toolbar, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5, Norton 360 All-in-One Security (30-day trial), and Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (60-day trial).
Dimensions & Weight
This notebook measures 15.1 x 10.5 x 1.52 inches (WxDxH, and it weighs 6.5 pounds.
It comes with a 4000 mAH lithium-ion battery pack for extra-long battery life.
What's in the Box
This package contains the Toshiba Satellite A355-S6925 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty.
- Portable multimedia laptop with 16-inch screen for true 16:9 aspect ratio and native 720p high-def resolution
- 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor, 320 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM (max), Labelflash dual-layer DVD drive
- Draft-N Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Fast Ethernet, Intel GMA X4500MHD graphics (up to 1750 MB total available memory)
- Connectivity: 4 USB (with 1 shared eSATA), 1 FireWire, 1 VGA, ExpressCard 54/34, 5-in-1 memory card reader
- Pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 (64-bit version); Fusion finish with Constellation Black pattern
Computer was shipped in fast and was exactly what I ordered. You can't ask for more than that...more info
- I'll need to buy a seatbelt!
I'm a professional photographer and graphic designer. I run a several applicatiions at a time and process a lot of 21 megapixel images at once. This Toshiba does what I tell it to RIGHT NOW.
You don't know what you're buying into until you have to deal with customer service. I found that the wireless internet feature didn't work and with great trepidation phoned their customer service number. I got a real person I could understand and she worked towards the solution, but had to pass me along to a higher tech who patiently worked with me. He had me un-install some stuff (I'm not a techie) and re-install it again. This took time, and he asked if he could call me back when it was done. He phoned back moments after the process finished (he must've set a timer) and resolved the problem. Now I know I not only have a computer which thoroughly meets my needs, but that I have customer support if I need it....more info
- Very Happy
I spent way tooooo long researching and reading and thinking about which laptop to buy and then bought the Toshiba. I'm sure other choices would have worked for me as well, but I'm VERY happy with the Toshiba.
It looks good, which, while not a big factor, is a nice bonus. It's fast. I've used a number of other PC's running Vista and they've all been pretty slow, so I think the 4GB of memory is a big help. This laptop has built-in DVD control buttons in the housing above the keyboard and while I wouldn't have bought it because of this feature, it turns out to be REALLY easy to use and helpful!
I've been surprised at how much I like it! I've used products from Dell, HP, Compaq, IBM, Lenovo, Apple and Sony and this Toshiba is, so far, better for me than anything I've used before....more info
- Toshiba A355-S6940 laptop
I am extremely happy with this purchase.As advertized it's fast with plenty of memory & harddrive space,with a large,bright,clear screen.Great for work or play.I did plenty of research before deciding on this laptop & I can honestly say this has the most bang for the buck!would recommend.
The only complaint (if you would even call it that) would be the way Toshiba went about lighting up the base section or keybaord section of the laptop.I think it would have been more usefull too have the actual numbers & letters on the keys light up instead of the line(light)above the touch pad & the dvd controls....more info
- good overall
Very fast...no problem w/ vista. The speakers are great and it was shipped free. There was also one dead pixel on arrival and the touchpad isn't very smooth but otherwise it's a good buy....more info
- Not Too Pleased...
Not too pleased, so far. CONS: Several of my programs won't work with Windows Vista 64-bit. Many of my favorite websites won't work with Vista 64-bit or Internet Explorer 8, both on this computer. The mouse pad/mouse buttons are quirky, imprecise, difficult to use (despite repeated adjustments) and often unresponsive. The mouse buttons are harder to push than normal, especially for someone with arthritis. The strangely textured mouse pad gets very warm, also feels staticky, which during use, seems to make my thumb/finger feel somewhat numb/tingly. (Never had that happen before.) The keyboard glares terribly, which is distracting and makes it very difficult to use, especially for those who need to look at the keys occasionally. It is also slippery when typing, causing errors. (Never had that problem before.) Don't like the glossy texture, at all, as it ALWAYS looks terribly "fingerprinty" and dirty, no matter what I do! I bought a 16" screen, so it would appear slightly bigger and easier to see, than my 15.4" screen (paid extra), but in fact the 16" screen is 1/2 inch SHORTER than my other one and only 5/8 inch wider. Not worth the extra money; harder to see. Lastly, slower than I expected, full of junk software, no rescue disks (better make your own, first thing!), Toshiba customer service is terrible, the caps lock light is difficult to see and several of the plugs/ports are flimsy. PROS: The speakers seem nice. It has an S-video port, which was a main reason for this purchase. Don't think I would order this computer again....more info
The Toshiba Satellite A355-S6925 16.0-Inch Laptop is under maintenance since 04-Apr-2009 ,after purchased on February 9, 2009 from Amazon.com order number: 103-6410839-3856257, Power failure, to now not repaired yet by local Toshiba support....more info
- Solid Laptop for everyday tasks
I have this laptop for a week. First thing you should do when turn on the laptop, make recovery discs and driver disc using toshiba preinstalled software, just open the program and it will inform you pop blank dvds in. Quick and easy, then you can do whatever you want with it. It comes with two 250G hard drives. So you can save your files on one drive and dedicate the other to OS to help your laptop run faster. I formated them both and installed a fresh copy of Vista Ultimate 64. It runs flawlessly.
Here's the pros:
I must say Toshiba did very well on the design, slick and modern look. The speakers are awsome!!! sound very crisp with the bass feature turned off, if you use the bass feature then make sure don't turn the volume all the way up or you will hear the tearing sound from the speakers. The processor is blazing fast, the screen is nice, webcam is decent. Haven't tested the VGA out put. Lots of junk preinstalled but you can uninstall them and should have some kind of software to clean up the registries after.
Here's the cons:
The buitlt in mic is not very good but is ok in case you don't have a mic. It will give you an annoying feedback when you unplug the front mic. So be certain that you mute the interal mic before unpluging the front mic. When you plug in the front mic, you have to unmute the internal mic in order to hear yourself in the headphone. My older toshiba laptop doesn't have a built-in mic, so i didn't have this prolem.
The FM antena feature would be nice if Toshiba has it built-in
I prefer the power cord in the back, not on the side.
There's no modem (i don't need it) so if you ever need one you should take it into consideration.
Overall, it's a very solid laptop for the price and features as of right now (3/27/09)
This laptop Is so great...blazing fast and you can play lots of games at decent performance...but some of the new games won't be that great specially at high resolution ( like Crysis for instance).....but the only problem that i find annoying is the smudgy dusty chassis.....fusion looks cool but if there's a lot of dust in the air you have to clean your laptop almost daily....and the price dropped 50 $ 2 daYS AFTER i bought it
final thoughts: great multitasking laptop for every day use and casual gaming... but for hardcore gamers u have to consider a higher laptop for some extra bucks...more info
- I'm Lovin' it!
I bought this computer in Feb 2009 as a replacement for 2 Hp and Compaq laptops I killed off. (still had to finish my taxes). I have had no problems yet, except for finding all my discs to install my old programs.
The screen is bright, the battery lasts quite a while. The Harman Kardon speakers are nice, one of the reasons I bought this model. You can actually watch a movie and hear it too.
Another reason I got this computer was the fact that it had separate ATI Mobility Radeon HD graphics card and Intel Core 2 Duo processor. I really did not want an integrated card. It runs all my programs with no problems. I have been ripping my cd collection and the DVD drive makes short work of it. The 4GB SDRAM and 400 GB HDD are also great features for the money, especially compared to Sony prices.
So far, I am very happy with this Toshiba Satellite A355-S6935.
I also bought a nice bag to tote my new laptop in, which is roomy and fits it well.
Belkin 17-Inch Messenger Bag (Jet/Cabernet)...more info
- Computer good, compatibility with existing environment poor
The computer works great; however, if I had it to do over again, I would stay with 32 bits. My internet provided security is not compatible and I discovered that many other services I utilize are not accessible in the 64 bit mode so I had to set explorer to run in the 32 bit mode to fully utilize this computer. Amazon is a great seller, Toshiba makes a great computer but I discovered the expensive way that the world, in general, is not ready for 64 bits. Lesson learned!...more info
- Just right
I have had this computer for 2 weeks and I must say that I could not ask for anything more. The letterbox screen is just wonderful. The screen measures smaller than my not so dearly departed desktop, but seems twice as big with beautiful resolution. The speakers are quite fine. I am listening to Wisconsin Public Radio HD classical musio as I type this and am completely satisfied with the sound. Not everyone will be. The keypad is very easy to use. The computer comes with more add-ons that I would ever be able to use. Case and keyboard smudges are insignifanct when compared to the entire quality of this product....more info