Toshiba Satellite C665/00T

For AU$799, the Toshiba Satellite C665 is a perfectly good laptop. The omission of Bluetooth could be a show-stopper for some, otherwise this is quite a deal.


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The Satellite C665 is an excellent example of a mid-range laptop. All black, nothing too flashy, but a decent 15.6-inch 1366x768 screen, good keyboard, and a rather attractive AU$799 price.

The touchpad is tiny, yet it somehow remains quite usable. It's nice to use physical mouse buttons again compared to the current proliferation of clickpads, which integrate the mouse buttons into the pad itself.

It is decently specced too, with a Core i5 2430M @ 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM and a GeForce 315M. A 500GB hard drive serves storage duties, while a DVD burner is accessible when required.

There is one omission: while you will get 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless, you won't find Bluetooth here.

While the usual-suspect ports are available — HDMI, VGA, headphone and microphone jacks, gigabit Ethernet, SD card reader — there are only two USB 2.0 ports, down from the three to four we would normally expect from this category.

Flip the laptop over, and we see that Toshiba has provided easy access to both the RAM bay and the hard drive bay, allowing users to upgrade on their own. There's even a spare RAM slot available, just waiting for that upgrade.

Application performance

Choose a benchmark: Handbrake | iTunes | Photoshop | Multimedia

Handbrake encoding (in seconds)

  • 230
    Asus N53SV (Core i7 2630QM, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)
  • 394
    Toshiba Satellite C665 (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, GeForce 315M)
  • 396
    Asus A53S (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 520MX)
  • 405
    HP Pavilion dv6 (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Radeon HD 7690M XT)
  • 476
    Acer Aspire 5750 (Core i3 2350M, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics)

(Shorter bars indicate better performance)


The Toshiba jockeys for position all across the charts, generally providing acceptable performance.

Gaming performance

Choose a benchmark: Metro 2033 | Batman: Arkham Asylum

Metro 2033 (in FPS)

  • Max FPS
  • Average FPS
  • Min FPS
  • 39185
    HP Pavilion dv6 (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Radeon HD 7690M XT)
  • 48112
    Asus N53SV (Core i7 2630QM, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)
  • 3072
    Asus A53S (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 520MX)
  • 1330
    Toshiba Satellite C665 (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, GeForce 315M)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


The GeForce 315M can run our gaming benchmarks, but doesn't do terribly well at all. This is a non-gaming, general purpose machine.

Battery life

Battery life (time)

  • Heavy battery test
  • Light battery test
  • 2h 57m4h 26m
  • Acer Aspire 5750 (Core i3 2350M, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics)
  • 3h 4m4h 20m
  • HP Pavilion dv6 (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Radeon HD 7690M XT)
  • 2h 5m3h 32m
  • Asus A53S (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 520MX)
  • 2h 52m3h 31m
  • Toshiba Satellite C665 (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, GeForce 315M)
  • 1h 39m3h 30m
  • Asus N53SV (Core i7 2630QM, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


Considering what you pay for the C665, battery life is acceptable. There are better options out there though if you're willing to spend a bit more.

Conclusion

For AU$799, the Toshiba Satellite C665 is a perfectly good laptop. The omission of Bluetooth could be a show-stopper for some, otherwise this is quite a deal.

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"Piece of plastic sh*t"

LiliD posted a comment   

I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING ONE OF THESE LAPTOPS
Seriously, I've had my Toshiba for less than a year and already it's falling apart. I've looked after it so well, I have never damaged it at all. Yet, the corners above the keypad are coming apart, the screen is 'floppy' and the touch pad no longer works for clicking things. It's also the SLOWEST computer I have EVER used, even though I've tried everything to speed it up. Excuse my language but these laptops are plastic tacky pieces of sh*t.
I'm buying a MacBook

 

NitroWare.net posted a comment   
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dongle is out of thje question when it has 2 USB ports. On the C66x series they are next to each other.

Not sure what the story with the BT omission is but it is lilely due to the choice of wifi card, the C660 does ship with a Broadcom 2.4GHz N BT3 Combo card as default.

There is a catch however, that card is 72mbit only. The C665 likely has a better wifi card hence no BT, bu there are many good wifi cards with BT combo.
That chassis does not use a proprietary BT module like other brands. Intel offer a number of good and cheap cards with BT but efforts are being made to save $5 and $10 here and there with this chassis plus need for 'validation'

I do not see how this unit is "good value" for 799 RRP given it has a two generation old GPU and there a large number of competitors for same pricepoint or less with updated specs. There are a large number of caveats with this series of unit, some of which are present on other C66x variants too much to list here .

These caveats are present as the C6 series is intended as entry level. I am very surprised Gigabit is listed.

 

ChristopherM2 posted a comment   

Toshiba's laptops always have pretty shitty GPUs compared with competing products. I also don't see how the omission of bluetooth is a show stopper, its surely an inconvenience but you can always buy dongles for a few dollars.




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  • LiliD

    LiliD

    "I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING ONE OF THESE LAPTOPS
    Seriously, I've had my Toshiba for less than a year and already it's falling apart. I've looked after it so well, I have never damaged it at all..."

  • NitroWare.net

    NitroWare.net

    "dongle is out of thje question when it has 2 USB ports. On the C66x series they are next to each other.

    Not sure what the story with the BT omission is but it is lilely due to the choi..."

  • ChristopherM2

    ChristopherM2

    "Toshiba's laptops always have pretty shitty GPUs compared with competing products. I also don't see how the omission of bluetooth is a show stopper, its surely an inconvenience but you can always b..."

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