Toshiba Satellite L300 (Celeron 2GHz, 1GB RAM)

The Toshiba Satellite L300 is the perfect budget laptop — simply designed and passable in performance.


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Design
The best way to describe Toshiba's Satellite L300 is basic. It's a straightforward two-tone laptop in silver and black, and doesn't pretend to be "personalised" to your needs. There's no mess of multimedia buttons either, or a fingerprint scanner. In fact it's so basic, that it even comes with Windows Vista Home Basic — a huge blight which can fortunately be updated to Home Premium, and we suggest you take this path. The more audacious among you, we're sure, will order the machine with Home Basic, then nuke it and install Ubuntu.

A matte black keyboard sits nestled in a silver base, and a black trim above that houses the speakers and power button. The exhaust vent is on the left-hand side, so if you're a lefty and use an external mouse your hand could get a nice blast of hot air every now and then. And really, that's it.

Features
The standards are all here — a webcam at the top of the 15.4-inch, 1,280 by 800 screen; modem port on the back; SD card reader, wireless on/off switch, headphone and microphone jack, and volume dial at the front; USB port and DVD drive on the right; and two USB ports, an Ethernet port, VGA out and ancient PCMCIA card on the left. The L300 is clearly targeted at those who don't update their laptop that often, and are working off a budget.

Internally, it's just as functional and unexciting — a single core Intel Celeron 550 runs at 2GHz, 1GB of RAM will get you by, the Intel GMA X3100 is workable and the 120GB hard drive passes muster. Make no bones about it, this is not a performance machine. But for AU$949 it's really hard to complain — the specs and price makes this the perfect cheap office or Internet machine.

Performance
These scores were never going to impress — 3DMark06 pulled in a dismal 270 (around a tenth of a moderate gaming score), PCMark05 a passable but lacklustre 2430. The battery life situation was a bit better, with all power saving features turned off and screen brightness set to maximum, playback of a DVD lasted one hour, 24 minutes and 48 seconds — still a bit of a disappointment considering the low-spec hardware, but definitely within acceptable limits.

This may all sound like a bit of a downer, but to be honest, the L300 is just perfect for what it is — a simple budget 15.4-inch laptop. It will no doubt be the perfect upgrade to those who are feeling a bit cash-strapped or just need to get through uni.

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8
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"VERY durable"

JasonB5 posted a review   

The Good:durable, long overall life

The Bad:gets up to 200 degrees to the touch (measured),

Honestly, this was a great laptop. I got it brand new back in 2008 when they first came out. It has very little gaming capabilities, but holy crap can this thing take a beating. When i first got it, i was about 12. Back then, i was reckless. I dropped it, hit it, and even stepped on it sometimes. I accidentally killed the screen , which was replaced for free (thanks to warranties). It has never crashed on me, although it gets BURNING hot to the touch sometimes. I love the Satellite series, and when i get another laptop (soon because this one is obselete) it will deffnently be a Satellite. Thank you Toshiba

 

alvinalwi posted a comment   
Australia

I've had one of these :

Toshiba Satellite
Model No : PSLBCL-006003
Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 550 @ 2.00 GHz
2.00 GHz, 1,99GB of RAM

I want to upgrade to 2GB of RAM, is it possible and how?

idealist
8
Rating
 

"Very good basic laptop"

idealist posted a review   

The Good:Ergonomically good, excellent screen. Fast enough.

The Bad:A little heavy.

I've had one of these since 2008, and still like it very much. It's running 3GB RAM, a 160GB HDD, and Win 7.

In fact I still enjoy using it, moreso than a more recent HP Entertainment laptop I have, with a bigger screen.

The screen is superior, (I have a glossy overlay, which I prefer), the keyboard more clearly marked, and the size is better for carting around. Battery life is (still) around 2.5 hours. I'm thinking of installing a SSD.

It does get a little warm sometimes, but nothing to be concerned about.

To the person who complained about it as a gaming machine - it's NOT a gaming machine. It is what it is.

For light home use, or student use, it's perfect.

Adz
10
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Adz posted a review   

The Good:when upgaded to 4gb ram a 500gb Hard Drive and XP Pro installed it is Faultless We have 2 of them a standard 2gb ram 150gb HDD 2ghz running Vista home premium and a 2 gig ram 500gb HDD 1.8ghz on XP Pro There both Great machines

The Bad:on the 1.8ghz machine the battery packed in within the first 12 months of ownership from new wasnt covered under warranty (my sister's) yet on mine the battery has been faultless and still going good after 2 years

A great basic computer for our Needs so in fact we bought 2 of them, They make a great starter just for basic user computer for the internet word processing and some games.

All in all its a great all round basic computer for our needs. I'll definatly Buy another Toshiba.

kiwiwalker
1
Rating
 

kiwiwalker posted a review   

Very disappointed in this model. Battery is completely dead after 1.5 years. Problems with hard drive and screen keeps disappearing. Lasted just outside warranty and then went kaput. I wouldn't touch a Toshiba again with a barge pole.

MyNameIsAwesome
5
Rating
 

MyNameIsAwesome posted a review   

The Good:Mostly Reliable, Cheap

The Bad:Very slow for today's standards, no graphics card, only 1GB RAM

Got mine in 2008 for around $500, has been good, but is very slow, and can't do too many things at once. I need an upgrade...

 

risky posted a comment   

The Good:cheap,quick wifi,good spreakers

The Bad:processor

good laptop acc to price but its slow speed of the processor makes it dull.

 

KP posted a comment   

The Good:Pretty good laptop according to price and if you upgrade to windows 7, your gaming score increases to 8.2.

The Bad:just the weight and design

pretty good for gaming (windows 7) and excellent for uni work or business

 

KP posted a comment   

The Good:Pretty good laptop according to price and if you upgrade to windows 7, your gaming score increases to 8.2.

The Bad:just the weight and design

pretty good for gaming (windows 7) and excellent for uni work or business


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User Reviews / Comments  Toshiba Satellite L300 (Celeron 2GHz, 1GB RAM)

  • JasonB5

    JasonB5

    Rating8

    "Honestly, this was a great laptop. I got it brand new back in 2008 when they first came out. It has very little gaming capabilities, but holy crap can this thing take a beating. When i first got it..."

  • alvinalwi

    alvinalwi

    "I've had one of these :

    Toshiba Satellite
    Model No : PSLBCL-006003
    Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 550 @ 2.00 GHz
    2.00 GHz, 1,99GB of RAM

    I want to upgrade to 2G..."

  • idealist

    idealist

    Rating8

    "I've had one of these since 2008, and still like it very much. It's running 3GB RAM, a 160GB HDD, and Win 7.

    In fact I still enjoy using it, moreso than a more recent HP Entertainment..."

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