Mini Laptop – Toshiba Satellite T115-S1105
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One of the first netbooks launched by Toshiba is this T115-S1105 part of the company’s Satellite lineup. It offers just about the same level of performance and hardware specifications as the T135-S1300 which is a larger system. The speed certainly won’t blow your mind since we’re dealing with a single-core processor, but at the time of its launch it was one of the fastest and better-featured netbooks available, but its price tag was steeper than what the competition had to offer.
The starting price of the Toshiba Satellite T115-S1105 was $449 while the following configuration carried a retail price tag of $479. Under the hood is an Intel Pentium SU2700 processor clocked at 1.30 GHz which works together with 2GB of DDR3 memory running at 1,066 MHz. For storage you get quite a spacious 500GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm. The graphics power is provided by the integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD while the chipset is an Intel GM45 Express. As standard, this netbook comes with Windows 7 Home Premium, 32-bit edition.
The T115-S1105 measures 11.3 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches and tips the scales at 3.4 pounds or 4.1 pounds if we take into account the AC adapter. The feel and look of this model are almost the same to the company’s T135 family of thin and light systems. The inner and outer surfaces are surrounded by glossy plastic and are highlighted with chrome lines sitting on the edges.
You can consider this as an almost full-size laptop if you take into account the fact that it has a nearly full-size keyboard, a webcam and an 11.6-inch glossy screen. It doesn’t have an optical drive while the bulk of the battery has been engineered in order to slightly taper down. As for the keyboard, this is somewhat different than that of the T135 as it is flat. We should mention that it has a matte surface, while the wide touchpad sitting below offers a good response level.
The Toshiba Satellite T115-S1105 has an 11.6-inch display that features a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels so it is suitable for watching HD content. The quality of the picture is decent but not something to write home about, while the audio experience provided is subpar and the level of the front-firing speakers located on the underside is way too low.
As for ports and connectivity features, in the video area Toshiba has installed both VGA and HDMI ports, while in the audio section we notice headphone and microphone jacks. For your data transferring needs you get an SD card reader and three USB 2.0 ports, while networking is covered by 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port.
When it came out, this Toshiba Satellite T115-S1105 had a decent amount of ports, a little bit more than what other similar models had to offer in this segment. However, it lacks Bluetooth but on the other hand it does come with the company’s extremely useful sleep-and-charge USB port.
Regarding the aforementioned single-core Intel Pentium processor, the model SU2700, it is the same CPU that powers the T135-S1300 and it is better than the Atom processors that were available when this netbook came out, but it’s no way near as powerful as a dual core processor. It is indeed powerful enough to handle casual entertainment, office work and web browsing, but keep in mind that even a 480p fullscreen video streamed over Hulu shows signs of stutter so it isn’t really a netbook recommended for multimedia enthusiasts.
One department where this netbook from Toshiba excels would have to be in the battery area where the standard battery is capable of lasting for five and a half hours, which is just about the same as the larger T135-S1300. In normal conditions you should easily squeeze more than six hours from that battery which is a decent result although we’ve seen better from the netbooks that have the latest generation of Intel processors for netbooks, while AMD’s E-Series is making serious improvements in the performance of the battery.
If you are in the market for a used netbook like this one, there are other alternatives that you should be taking into consideration, like the Lenovo IdeaPad U350 and the HP Mini 311. The first one is powered by an Intel Pentium SU2700 processor working at 1.30 GHz and packs 4GB of DDR3 RAM at 1,066 MHz. It is equipped with a 320GB Western Digital hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm and a Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD. As for the HP, this one carries an Intel Atom N280 clocked at 1.66 GHz with 1GB of DDR3 memory at 1,066 MHz and a 160GB Seagate hard drive rotating at a speed of 5,400 rpm. It also has an Nvidia Ion LE graphics chip with up to 512MB of shared system memory.