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Toshiba Satellite E200 Review




Toshiba’s new line of laptops include this Special Edition Satellite E200 running an Intel Core i5 processor and comes complete with all the bells and whistles. Check out our full review below.

The Satellite E200 is supposed to be under the category of thin-and-light notebooks and though I agree with the thin part, I don’t think the 2.24kg weight is something we can call light.

The laptop has a glossy finish all over, from the lid cover to the body and the palm rests with some pattern underneath. The body is a bit thick at the base and tapers off towards the front giving it somewhat of a clam-shell look.

The full-sized keyboard features large island-type keys and is a bit flushed to the left leaving a small area on the right side for a touch panel to control volume and LCD brightness. The keyboard is also back-lit and automatically activates when typing on the keys.

Its got a wide enough trackpad with a textured surface to separate it from the palm rest. The click buttons are positioned at the front edge and also tapers off which makes it a little harder to use at times.

The numerous ports are peppered around the sides but barely fits due to the thin design — an HDMI port, eSATA, USB ports and multi-card reader.

The 14-inch transflective display is bright and crisp with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. The glare and fingerprint smudges that’s attracted by the screen is very common to glossy displays; that and the entire surface of the laptop too.

The specs on this rig is above average to great, depending on where you are coming from — starting off with the trio of the CPU + GPU + RAM. See complete specifications below.

Toshiba Satellite E200 specs:
Intel Core i5 520M @ 2.4GHz (2 cores, 4 threads)
4GB Dual-Channel DDR3 RAM
NVidia GeForce 310M 512MB RAM
500GB SATA HDD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
HDMI port
eSATA port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
DVD+RW
5-in-1 card reader
6-cell Li-Ion battery
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The thin design might have also prompted Toshiba to use a slot-loading optical drive to fit the body.

Performance is impressive with the Core i5 520M getting a sub-score of 6.7 on Windows Experience Index. The system got an over-all base score of 5.0 taken from the graphics card.

Results of PassMark benchmarks are as follows:

PassMark Performance Test:
CPU Mark: 2751.9
2D Graphics Mark: 271.0
3D Graphics Mark: 285.0
Memory Mark: 1024.2
Disk Mark: 396.8
PassMark Rating: 938.5

Been using the unit to play Starcraft 2 and I’m doing just fine with medium to medium-high settings. As for battery life, I am able to pull off close to about 4 hours on this unit running on Eco Mode but regular use can easily drop that to just over 2 hours. BatteryBar gives it a 3 and three-quarters of an hour rating.

The Toshiba Satellite E200 Special Edition comes in a nice, attractive design, good built and pretty decent specs. It’s not something you’d like to carry around because of the weight but it will pass as a good workhorse machine. I’m just not sure if a lot of people will be willing to shell out the funds once they discover the price tag that comes along with it.

Estimated retail price in stores is about Php75,000. A bit way above the usual price of other brands in this configuration but Toshiba’s additional touch in the design and built of the unit might convince a few folks to pick this one over the others.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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23 Responses

  1. mcometa says:

    Nice specs! Tama lang ang price, the price that I can’t afford. :D

  2. the click buttons’ position in this E200 is placed in a peculiar position (edge of the laptop). But with its specs, one won’t bother with the click button’s odd position. :) Nice review sir Yuga! :D

  3. Vdiz0nJr88 says:

    too expensive! i’d rather get a macbook prob or an alienware at that price point of 75k. Im even sure that there are “better” laptops under 75k compared to this.

  4. Paul says:

    75k and it’s not only a Satellite, not a Portege?

    I’d like to know what those Toshiba guys are smoking, that’s some quality stuff right there

  5. wildecox says:

    That’s way too expensive.
    Fail.

  6. Paul says:

    *only a Satellite, not a Portege

    double negative’d

  7. Guy Radaza says:

    way way too expensive…

  8. Jhay says:

    From the pictures alone it does look heavy. Even heavier than my Compaq laptop.

    For that price tag, I’d get a lighter MacBook instead. :D

  9. Rolex says:

    @Jhay tangina mo, wala ka lang pambili

  10. jojo says:

    grabe,mahal siya…di ba at below 40K may mga i5 laptops na rin?

  11. Island Life says:

    Thank you very much for the very enlightening post. I am now using my Satellite M 100 which was the latest of the Toshiba line of laptop models way back in 2006. Reading at your post, I cannot help but imagine the convenience I could have had the Satellite E 200 model was available in those days.

  12. maverick says:

    i have a toshiba laptop 355 s7092..kung dto mo bibilhin sa pinas yan ganyan ang price tlga pero kung ioorder mo sya sa worth ng 75k mo nka high end laptop ka na sa toshiba nka qosmio ka na sa 75k kpg inorder mo sa ibang bansa..dto kc sa pinas patong kagad cla ng 100% sa price kagad kapg chineck mo sa toshiba stores ang toshiba qosmio aabot ng 160k pero kung bibilhin mo sa ibang bnsa nsa 60k to 70k lang ang qosmio kung icoconvert mo sa peso..i think nsa 800$ lang yan sa ibang bansa yang e200..bili ng mom ko sa laptop ko 800$ pero wala kang mkikita na nagbebenta ng 17″ inch laptop worth 25 to 30k kung icoconvert mo sa peso..kung meron mang model na ktulad skin cguro nsa ganyang price din..mostly na mkikita mo pinakamalaki na ang 15″ laptop..pero when it comes to quality matibay ang toshiba and superb ang kanilang design compare to other laptops

  13. maverick says:

    ang galing tlga..nsa 50k lang price nyan kpg binili mo sa ibang bansa..sa mga nagbabalak bumili ng laptop kung may kamag anak kau sa ibang bansa dun nlng kau magpaorder ng laptop na gsto nyo kesa dto sa pinas mas mura..sa 75k high end laptop na mabibili nyo..superb design ang toshiba and matibay..kaya kung bibili kau ng laptop i suggest toshiba when it comes to design pero wag kau dto bibili mahal dto sa pinas..if u want to know more go to http://www.toshiba.com

  14. Whey Lamar says:

    Whew! This is what I want! Money! Money! Dumating ka na!!!! :D

  15. Robin Lim says:

    “The Satellite E200 is supposed to be under the category of thin-and-light notebooks and though I agree with the thin part, I don’t think the 2.24kg weight is something we can call light.”

    I guess the standard is getting a bit old, bit technically:

    Thin & Light: 4-6 pounds (Example: 13.3″ Macbook Pro)
    Ultraportable: less than 4 pounds (13.3″ Toshiba T230)

    I noticed though that sometimes review sites still classify them as “ultraportable” even if they weigh more than 4 pounds, if they have a small form factor (Example: Alienware M11x which has an 11.6″ screen but weighs 4.4 pounds).

  16. NemOry says:

    ang mahal nga per0, super laptop nato, nd ka mag sasawa, .haha.

  17. ederliza tan says:

    ask for toshiba laptop processor Intel Core i5-460M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.53 GHz
    w/ Turbo)
    + 2 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory
    + Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium OS
    + 640 GB SATA hard disk drive + multi-in-1 card reader
    + 14” HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, high-brightness
    + ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 w/Switchable Graphics Tech.
    + High Def’n Webcam w/1280 x 1024 resolution
    + 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified
    + WPAN : Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    + I/O interface: 4x USB 2.0 ports, 1x HDMI w/HDCP support
    1x ext. display (VGA) port, 1x headphone/speaker/line-out
    1x Microphone-in-jack, 1x ethernet (RJ-45) port,
    1x DC-in jack for AC adapter

    + 66.6W 6000 mAh 6-cell Li-ion standard battery pack
    + Bundled full size Headphones (L & R) w/ volume control
    + Bundled Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit (OEM)
    how much

  18. Animaghus says:

    parehas lang ng specs ng satellite l655 ung pula kaso almost 45k lang un

  19. Thanks for this great information! I really appreciate this. I actually let my husband have a look and he posted a link to it on his blog :)

  20. Gbic modules says:

    GREAT! There are always some pretty things.

  21. Toshiba is one of the best brands. Great job. keep it on.

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