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Toshiba Satellite A350-12J

Toshiba Satellite A350-12J

Shiny, but samey

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Tipping our scales at 2.9kg, the Satellite A350 isn't the kind of laptop you'll want to drag with you on the daily commute. In our tests, which involve PCMark05 running in a loop with the screen at full brightness and Wi-Fi switched on, it only managed to stay alive for 76 minutes. So it's best to see this is a laptop that will spend most of its time rigged up to the mains.

Toshiba Satellite A350-12J

A surprisingly smudge-resistant glossy coating

Toshiba isn't shy when it comes to preinstalled software. Microsoft Works and Ulead DVD MovieFactory are the two headliners, while the seemingly endless list of Toshiba utilities includes such marvels as Disc Creator, Toshiba Assist and Connectivity Doctor. You also get the Face Recognition utility, which uses the webcam to attempt to figure out who's sitting in front of the laptop. Naturally, you also get wonderful time-limited trials of McAfee and Office 2007.

Verdict

If you can get used to its shiny and somewhat slippery keyboard, the Satellite A350-12J is a solid notebook that performs reasonably well as long as you're not into gaming. The problem is that there's nothing that really makes it stand out from the crowd, and at this price we had hoped to see some form of discrete graphics. ®

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Toshiba Satellite A350-12J

Toshiba Satellite A350-12J

A decent performer, let down by its integrated GPU and lightweight battery life.
Price: £599 RRP

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