Toshiba Satellite L515-S4925 14.0-Inch Laptop – Black/Grey

November 4, 2009 by  
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Product Description
Toshiba Satellite L515-S4925Looking for a very affordable laptop that delivers solid performance for handling life’s essentials at home, school or work? Then look at Toshiba’s Satellite L500 Series. These easy-to-use, all-purpose portable PCs are tailor-made for people looking for a laptop that can handle the basics without breaking the bank.

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Offering solid performance and impressive affordability, the Toshiba Satellite L515-S4925 is is a great choice for handling computing essentials at home, school or work–from surfing the web and downloading video to managing household finances or studying for finals. This all-purpose laptop features a stunning 14-inch display with 720p native high-definition resolution. And thanks to the built-in webcam and Toshiba Face Recognition software on this machine, you’ll enjoy a more convenient way to communicate, log on or share your laptop among the family. To top it off, the L515 features a brilliant high-gloss Fusion Finish design with a Breeze pattern in Graphite Gray that’s sure to turn heads.

The Toshiba Satellite L515 laptop is tailor made for handling life’s essentials at home, school or work.

A brilliant high-gloss Fusion Finish design with a Breeze pattern in graphite gray means you’ll be multitasking in style.

It offers dual-core productivity from its 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium T4200 processor for excellent multitasking. Other features include a 320 GB hard drive, 4 GB of installed RAM (upgradeable to 8 GB), Draft-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n), 5-in-1 memory card reader, full-size keyboard and 10-key pad, and 64-bit version of the Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium operating system. This Toshiba notebook is Energy Star 5.0 certified and it is RoHS-compliant, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances.

Key Features

  • 14-inch high-definition display for amazing color depth and clarity (Learn more)
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium T4200 dual-core processor (Learn more)
  • 320 GB Serial ATA hard drive
  • 4 GB of RAM (800 MHz; upgradeable to 8 GB)
  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with up to 1759 MB of dynamically shared memory allocated by the system (Learn more)
  • 8x SuperMulti DVD drive with double layer support and Labelflash printing (See speeds)
  • 1.3 megapixel with Face Recognition capabilities for added security (Learn more)
  • Enjoy proactive PC health–without the worry. For your peace mind, this laptop comes with an innovative PC Health Monitor that constantly keeps tabs on things like your machine’s power usage, temperature and hard drive–so you won’t have to.
  • Draft-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100)
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium operating system (64-bit version) (Learn more)
  • 6-cell (3700 mAh) battery
  • 86-key keyboard
  • Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.13 x 1.5 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Warranty: One-year limited hardware warranty

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
With its integrated Draft-N Wi-Fi networking capabilities, this laptop provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It’s also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers). This notebook also providesFast (10/100) Ethernet networking.

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals–from digital cameras to MP3 players
    • Includes 1 eSATA/USB combo port with USB Sleep and Charge
  • Analog video output: 1 VGA
  • 5-in-1 memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Multi Media Card, xD Picture Card
  • 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack
  • RJ-45 port for 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • RJ-11 port for 56K modem

What’s in the box
This package contains the Toshiba Satellite L515-S4925 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions.

It also comes with the following software: Norton Internet Security 2009 (30-day trial), Toshiba PC Health Monitor, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial), Windows Media Player, Corel DVD Movie Factory, Google Toolbar, Google Picasa, PowerCinema, WildTangent Orb Game Console

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Customer Reviews:

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5 out of 5 stars Toshiba Satellite 14 inch laptop October 4, 2009
Shreyans S. Shah
5 out of 5 found this review helpful

This laptop is very good for it’s price, i looked every where to find a better laptop but couldn’t. There are only two things i don’t like about this laptop-

1) There is no HDMI output, i don’t understand why any laptop doesn’t have that feature.
2) The speakers are pretty bad for a laptop, looks like Toshiba found something to cut costs with. The best idea would be to buy some external speakers.

Everything else is great, the processor and memory is great. I particularly like the size and it’s look. The key board is set up great, there no useless keys on this laptop.

5 out of 5 stars Linux Laptop September 10, 2009
R. Bruce (Houston,TX)
8 out of 12 found this review helpful

I set this up with Ubuntu 64-bit and it works like a charm. It didn’t have any silly driver issues (as I did with my previous (HP) laptop. It’s solid, quiet and doesn’t have the myriad of LED’s glaring at you that seem to be so popular on other brands (HP). The keyboard has a good feel and spacing and clear (simple, legible). The touchpad buttons are a bit clicky but I only ever use an external mouse anyway.

I play World of Warcraft on it through wine over the wireless network and it works beautifully. Exactly what I wanted !

5 out of 5 stars Just what I was needing October 23, 2009
Lynn Larry Nelson
My recent purchase of a Toshiba laptop met all my expectations and needs for a small, portable computer for work.

5 out of 5 stars great for everyday October 29, 2009
Larry F. Emmerling (Grass Lake, MI)
I’m not a laptop expert, and only ask for reasonable performance, reliability and durability. This Satellite, so far, has beat my Dell, and HP hands down. I have to wait another year or so to compare it to my Acer, which has been my favorite up to this point. I’m not a power user, so there may be better Machines for that, but for the everyday use of a older “baby boomer” I think it’s great.

4 out of 5 stars Great display, not so great battery September 26, 2009
Dave (Portland)
34 out of 34 found this review helpful

The Toshiba L515-S4925 is part of Toshiba’s main consumer line: the L500 series of laptops. This version is the thin-and-light entry. It’s a very good laptop for someone who values good video quality (where this model excels) above battery life (where it lags behind).

A good friend bought this model and had me come over to uninstall the junk software (it was no worse than the typical bloatware found on retail notebook computers) and get it setup on his home network. Overall I liked this model but it has rather strong pluses and minuses. This is a pretty competitive market segment and I think Toshiba took a risk that will appeal to the right buyer: cut back on some less valued features and deliver a very high quality display. It’s aimed pretty squarely and HP’s very popular DV4 line of 14″ laptops and I think it competes well on most levels and (on Amazon at least) is priced about $150 less (depending on the exact DV4 model you compare it against).

Here a quick break down of the features:

CPU: Intel Pentium T4200 2.1 GHz (my friend’s came with the T4300 which is just slightly better). This is a decent dual core CPU for home use and it’s pretty typical for laptops in this price range. It’s not for anyone serious about gaming but it will run typical home apps and “light” games with no troubles. Two cores mean your system won’t slow to a crawl just because your anti-virus kicks in. While not as powerful at the Core2 line it’s still a good CPU for home users.

RAM: 4 GB 800 MHz RAM. This is becoming the new norm and it’s nice because this is lot of memory and provide some future proofing. This is plenty for home use.

HDD: 320 GB 5200 RPM. This is more than most home users will need (few exceed 100GB) and the speed is what I recommend for home users because it has a much lower failure rate than faster drives (and it’s plenty fast enough for home use).

Graphics chip: Intel 4500HD. This is also pretty typical of notebooks in this price range. It’s great for home use (including movie playback) and can run any non-3D game just fine. Older 3D games will run great too. Most new 3D games will run at dramatically reduced settings or not run at all.

Display: 14″ 1366×768 resolution (natively supports 720P video playback). This is a very nice display and I don’t know of any other laptop in this price range with a screen this nice. It’s is much better than the display you will get on the HP DV4-1433 which only comes in at 1280 x 800. It’s bright, has brilliant colors and good blacks. Toshiba clearly thought about the most important part of the laptop for most users and stepped it up a notch from the competition. Like most home systems it’s glossy which is great indoors but can be hard to read outdoors.

DVD-RW: Has a nice combo DVD-RW drive, which means you can read and write to CD and DVD media. It also has “Labelflash” which lets you use the DVD laser to “burn” blue imagery onto special media that supports it. It’s not great looking but it’s easier than printing, pealing, and installing labels and looks a lot better than a label written on with a sharpie. I can be slow (up to 20 min for a complex image).

Battery: 6 cell 3700mAh. Here is one of the places Toshiba trimmed money back off. This is a fairly low end 6 cell and I wouldn’t expect much more than 2.5 hours of real battery life (you’ll get more keeping the screen dim and turning off the wireless but who does that?). A more typical 6 cell batter will come in at 4400mAh and high-end 6 cells will deliver over 5400mAh. For most home users this is fine, they tend to plug in wherever they go. Outside the home this could get old fast.

Ports: Comes with the typical port assortment (USB, eSata, RJ-45 Lan, RJ-11 modem, VGA) except for one important one – DVI. The lack of a DVI (or HDMI) port means you will get degraded video when outputting to an external LCD monitor (because instead of a direct digital connection the video has be converted to analog sent out from the laptop and re-converted to digital by the monitor). As a result I would not recommend this model to anyone who wants to hook it up to an external display. I should not that some other L500 models do have HDMI ports

Control layout: I found the control layout to be good but not earth shattering. The picture on Amazon doesn’t show the front very well so let me describe it in detail: There are lights for the wireless, AC, on/off, battery, HDD activity and the media adapter. The memory card reader is also in the front but it only handle the smaller media like SD cards to make certain your digital camera media is supported (for example no compact flash support). Here’s the list: Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Mini SD Card, Micro SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO. The volume control is also here (which is a little odd because the other controls are on the keyboard up by the display). On the sides are the usual USB, VGA, LAN, etc… Above the keyboard you will find the media controls, the on/off switch, and above the screen is the usual webcam and microphone.

Wireless: Supports older wireless specs “B” and “G” along with the newer “N” standard. You shouldn’t have trouble connecting to wireless networks at home or traveling. This model does not support Blue Tooth.

Weight: At 5.02 lbs this feels pretty light and is a typical weight for 14″ laptops.

Build quality: This one is always a little subjective but I found the build quality to be very good if a little boring. It’s well made but there’s not much trim or flash to it. There’s a good side to boring: less stuff to break or scratch, and it lets Toshiba get that great display in this price range.

For the price anyone looking for a smaller and lighter laptop with a great display should be very happy here. As mentioned before serious gamers, travelers, and people planning on using an external display will probably want to keep shopping.

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