Toshiba Satellite L650

At less than AU$1000, the L650 offers great bang for buck, and should offer the flexibility for most consumers to do what they want to do.

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

The Satellite L650 is a slightly upscaled version of the C650. What this means is a glossy outer shell with a wavy chequered pattern, three USB ports instead of two (one of which has eSATA integrated), HDMI out, a Mobility Radeon HD 5470 and a 640GB hard drive. It also has am in-built 56Kbps dial-up modem, for the seven people left in the country that use them.

Otherwise, the specs are quite similar: 100Mb Ethernet, 802.11n that only supports the 2.4GHz band, a Core i3 M370 @ 2.4GHz with 4GB RAM, a 1366x768 15.6-inch screen, VGA out, SD card reader, headphone and microphone jacks. The speakers are miserable, but then this is par for the course for most laptops. There are status lights on the lip, which are absolutely useless, as due to positioning they can't be seen at a quick glance.

Just like the C650, the keyboard has step-down ledges on either side of each key, and incorporates a numpad. The touch pad sits flush with the lip, and although it's textured differently it can be a pain to relocate if your fingers slip off without the aid of sight.

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 vast mass spews forth out of the Start menu, swallowing nations whole. 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.

As expected, compared to the C650 the L650 offers a large performance leap in exchange for battery life — although in this case the sacrifice isn't too bad. On our L650/0FN, 3DMark06 yielded a score of 4243, meaning the L650 could handle some 3D games at modest settings. The PCMark05 score of 6392 likewise points it out as a competent performer in web, production and office capability.

Turning off all power-saving features, setting screen brightness and volume to maximum and playing an XviD file back in full screen, the L650 lasted one hour and 54 minutes, only nine minutes less than the considerably less equipped C650.

At less than AU$1000, the L650 offers great bang for buck, and should offer the flexibility for most consumers to do what they want to do.

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OliviaT posted a review   

The Good:Good size, picture quality, fast enough

The Bad:Battery life, gets too hot quickly, shuts down suddenly, health and safety issues

Ive had this computer for a little over 2 years, and have had a few issues with it, after a year, i had to send it back to toshiba as the fan stuffed up, ive had to replace the battery and is having battery issues again, the battery life lasts under 2 hours fully charged, which is ridiculous. Its pretty fast and has quality picture and sound. It has been good use for uni and school work, and watching movies. But i would not purchase this product again


SamG4 posted a comment   

very nice


NUIL posted a review   


The Bad:Yo Mom

It's great and fast


Chris posted a comment   

The Good:Light Weight

The Bad:HDD, Sound

HDD keeps crashing. This is the second one I have bought in less than three months and HDD fails. A piece of crap! Don't buy Toshiba!


GuitarGirl posted a review   

The Good:Sleek, Good Video,

The Bad:Random Shut down - Health & Safety Issue

Purchased end of Nov, directly from ToshibaDirect. 2nd week of ownership, computer fan kicked up and computer shut down. Currently, it is shutting down 3-4 times per hour.

Toshiba will only allow me to send it in to an authorized dealer, be without it for 2 weeks. UNACCEPTABLE. I am a full time college student and do not have access to another computer. Not sure what to do, but I do feel this is a Health and Safety issue.


dman posted a review   

The Good:Look and feel

The Bad:Unacceptable battery life

Great looking and feeling laptop, but I returned mine for a refund - less than 2 hours battery on a full charge (in "eco" mode) is unacceptable.

What's the point of a portable computer that needs to be plugged in for you to use it?


Oddoutlet posted a review   

The Good:Keyboard, lotsa harddrive space, sleek look, battery

The Bad:nothing noticable so far

I just purchased it yesterday, without even reading any reveiws about it! It was on sale @ $898 or something like that.

What attracted me straight away..

* It was white, the look and design of the keyboard and overall appearance was cool.

* The price was reasonable

*I was tossing up between this and a sony but considering this was way cheaper and the sales guy said this one was a more sturdier machine and had just about the same specs anyways

* It's a toshiba, I've only ever used toshibas and so far have found them to be reliabe laptops- besides maybe battery but I am yet to see how long this one lasts for- so far so good for a new laptop!

*I was impressed by the 630 gb of room on the hard drive as I do a lot of photography and generally store alot of pictures on my computer! And the other specs just sounded like the computer would work smoothly like the intel CORE i5 etc.

* There also seems to be newer features on here that make computing alot more cooler and fun like the notie board gadget and the Kindle which I just got on my mobile as well and Skype!

So this is my second day so I may post again in a month or so and let you know how it's holding up...I do love typing on these keys though : )


thenextbestthing posted a reply   

Can I ask where you bought this laptop from??



RickS posted a review   

The Good:Screen, battery life, solid look

The Bad:Power cord sticks out the right side, interfering with mouse manipulation a bit..

Bought at JB, good value, no problems, its been 4 months now, and am happy with purchase.


chaz posted a comment   

Unfortunately, there are many people in the country who can only get dial-up internet - still - so the inclusion of the 56K dial up modem is a definite plus. You can also use it when you travel to places where there is no ADSL. It's actually getting hard to find notebooks with them included.


FredL2 posted a reply   

I am thinking about expanding the memory to 8GB or even 16GB. What type of memory does it use?
There are just so many types now. I couldn't find a spec on this site.

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User Reviews / Comments  Toshiba Satellite L650

  • OliviaT



    "Ive had this computer for a little over 2 years, and have had a few issues with it, after a year, i had to send it back to toshiba as the fan stuffed up, ive had to replace the battery and is havin..."

  • SamG4


    "very nice"

  • NUIL



    "It's great and fast"

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