Toshiba Satellite C650

The Satellite C650 is a perfectly fine budget laptop, but for a little bit more you can find better value elsewhere.


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It really is amazing what your money can get you these days. Take Toshiba's Satellite C650: a budget laptop to be sure, but one that comes well kitted out inside its rugged, textured exterior.

The 1366x768, 15.6-inch screen is glossy but looks gorgeous, while the Core i3 M370 @ 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive will see a large majority of people through just fine. There are obvious corners cut in ancillaries — 100Mb Ethernet instead of gigabit, 802.11n wireless that only supports 2.4GHz, incredibly poor speakers, only two USB ports; although we'd suggest only the latter would really annoy the mainstream audience it's targeted at.

When you can get Core i3 for this price, we're surprised Pentium processors are still in the market.

It's otherwise modestly equipped with a VGA port, headphone and microphone jacks, SD card reader and DVD+-RW. This is all for AU$899, great value — still, another AU$200 will get you an extra USB port, HDMI out, Core i5, Bluetooth, gigabit Ethernet and dedicated graphics if you can spare the dosh.

Upon first load Toshiba gives consumers the choice of running Windows 7 Home Premium in either 32- or 64-bit, something it should be commended for. Once the installation is completed, you're hit with a fairly standard Windows desktop, although it isn't free of crapware.

Bundled is a Norton Internet Security trial and WildTangent games collection (adding subscription links in Internet Explorer to both as a result), a Bing sidebar gadget, Amazon's Kindle app for PC, a Microsoft Office trial, Skype and an annoying bar that flips out from the side that controls the webcam.

Toshiba's own tools are numerous, having accreted over the years until the pure volume has begun to scare small children and threatened to collapse into a black hole. They rank from the useful (pop down OSD when the Fn key is held) to the pointless (Toshiba Reeltime, a dock that just shows most recent documents), and are in desperate need of streamlining.

Performance-wise, the Satellite C650 definitely shows its entry-level status, giving a score of 1719 in 3DMark06 and 5640 in PCMark05. This indicates it's not a gaming laptop, but should be fine for day-to-day tasks. If you have modest needs or aren't big into computing, this will see you through most activities.

What it lacks in performance it makes up for in battery life, clocking two hours and three minutes with all power-saving features turned off, screen brightness and volume set to maximum and an XviD video played back full screen. This is a particularly harsh test, and casual use will see significantly longer life. Keep in mind this is the C650/028 model with the six-cell battery — some C650s ship with a three-cell, which will dramatically cut battery life.

The Satellite C650 is a perfectly fine budget laptop — but for a little bit more you can find better value elsewhere.

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"its hopeless"

ConnorB1 posted a review   

The Good:theres nothing good about this

The Bad:what is just said above

this is a complete waste of time and money. so slow. takes 30mins to start up. good luck having 2 things running without it stopping for 5 mins every 10 mins. cant even run minecraft with the lowest graphics settings

 

ConnorB1 posted a comment   

this is a complete waste of time and money. so slow. takes 30mins to start up. good luck having 2 things running without it stopping for 5 mins every 10 mins. cant even run minecraft with the lowest graphics settings

MrSwaggafied
10
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"Amazing Computer."

MrSwaggafied posted a review   
Canada

The Good:Price, Size, Productivity

The Bad:Battery life, Weight

Amazing Computer. Suits all your needs, as mentiod, it is not a gaming laptop/computer. Surfing, Word etc, is perfect for this laptop because of it's i3 processor and 4gb Ram. Got it as a gift, and Loving it.
Haven't said, it is a great computer for everday tasks and probably even some light gaming. Runs Skyrim on low, but it runs! :)

kathleenwesley
5
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"Good as a first computer"

kathleenwesley posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Price, size,

The Bad:Battery life, Weight

I agree with the title it sums this computer up perfectly
"The Satellite C650 is a perfectly fine budget laptop, but for a little bit more you can find better value elsewhere"

This was my first laptop, I got it for $379 from walwart.

It was an ok first computer , Being a little dissapointed it crashed a few days ago and after only having it for 1 year and a half (guess you get what you spend though) was unable for it to repaired as its "a hardware issue" and going to cost more than the laptop initally cost, so I braught a HP laptop instead. It has served me well. Which is why I thought I would review it.

Battery life is not good, I found I am always re charging it and the computer gets really dangerously hot.

Weight - heavy! then again I was backpacking and traveling alot with this computer and moving around and taking it to college sometimes, so its a very bulky computer to carry around! if your looking for something at home, its a good one.

I found this laptop would sometimes just randomly shut down which was wierd with no warning or anything and I freaked out a couple of times as writing up college essays and it just turns off suddenly, is very scary for a student haha.

Has lots of space for storage such as movies, music and photos which is what I love as I have hundreds of photos and music and really good for watching movies as it has a big screen and a good size.
But I found it to be very slow sometimes and to even freeze up, which was frustrating!

Found I had to replace the charger twice as well! which is really expensive!

and the screen and keys get dirty alot and its hard to keep clean as its made from a sort of plastic material

but hey its good start as a basic computer for a year or 2 as a cheap buy,depending on how well you treat it, last possibly longer, but not long term.

John F
7
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"Good for the price"

John F posted a review   
Canada

The Good:Good office workhorse

The Bad:Doesn't feel as tough as my MacBookPro, which will probably outlast it.

The first thing I did was to dump the Windows and load it with Ubuntu (Linux) 11.04. I am running a data centre based system using a browser, all text based HTTPS with some graphics and scanned document downloads. On that it really flies and I won't need to wear my Mac out on the routine of day to day work.
I only paid $400 (Canadian) which isn't bad considering what I was getting. Although it is legacy technology, it is exactly what I needed.

bubba
10
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bubba posted a review   

Brilliant nothing wrong light too, wtg Toshiby!!!! like light. Fast rugged...10/10 for this puppy picked it up for 400 at store cheap too wow. Gone are the days of 1200 laptops price $$$$$$$

Liam
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Liam posted a review   

The Good:Everything so far

The Bad:Nothing so far

I recently bought this machine and i definently think it is worth its money; i3 processor 2.4ghz 500gb hard drive, trusty brand. WHY NOT? Definently reccomend.

guillevillalba
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guillevillalba posted a review   
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Worst laptop ever! the hinges broke in this laptop! http://www.ariustech.com/uploads/1/2/5/6/12562868/4516526_orig.jpg




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  • ConnorB1

    ConnorB1

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    "this is a complete waste of time and money. so slow. takes 30mins to start up. good luck having 2 things running without it stopping for 5 mins every 10 mins. cant even run minecraft with the lowes..."

  • ConnorB1

    ConnorB1

    "this is a complete waste of time and money. so slow. takes 30mins to start up. good luck having 2 things running without it stopping for 5 mins every 10 mins. cant even run minecraft with the lowes..."

  • MrSwaggafied

    MrSwaggafied

    Rating10

    "Amazing Computer. Suits all your needs, as mentiod, it is not a gaming laptop/computer. Surfing, Word etc, is perfect for this laptop because of it's i3 processor and 4gb Ram. Got it as a gift, an..."

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