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Toshiba Satellite A505-S6031 with Intel Core i7 Processor

The Toshiba Satellite A505-S6031 has an Intel Core i7 processor, a 16″ widescreen LCD display and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Toshiba Satellite A505 S6031 with Intel Core i7 Processor

Toshiba Satellite A505-S6031 Laptop

Inside is the Intel Core i7 (720QM (Clarksfield)) running at 1.6 GHz.  This is a quad-core processor with 8 processing threads.  It normally runs at 1.6GHz, but can turbo up to 2.8 GHz when needed using Intel’s TurboBoost techology.  It’s a 64-bit CPU with 6 MB of Intel SmartCache (L3). It was built using a 45 nm process. The laptop comes with 4 GB of 1066 MHz and can be expanded to 8 GB.

The screen is a 16″ HD TruBrite LCD display with a resolution of 1366×768.  It supports 720p content with its 16:9 aspect ratio.  This bright display is driven by the NVIDIA GeForce 310M Graphics engine.  The chip has 512 MB of dedicated DDR3 video memory (up to 2267 MB with shared memory).   The GPU comes with NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology–helping extend battery life, reducing fan noise, and freeing the CPU for multitasking.

For storage you get a standard 500 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive rotating at 5400 RPM.  Plenty of size, but skimpy on speed.  Still it should be good enough for most purposes.  The optical drive is a DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash™ drive.

You can video chat with the webcam and microphone built in to the bezel.  You can also use the included face recognition software to use the webcam as a security device.

You have three different levels of networking on this machine.   If you want to go old school, you can hook up a telephone line to the internal modem.  With this you’ll be able to experience the joys of waiting for pages to load, just like you did in 1999.  You can step up and use the integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi wireless adapter.  If you don’t like the freedom of movement that wireless offers you can always hook up a cable to the RJ-45 jack for 10/100 Ethernet.

The notebook comes with a 6-in-1 Memory Card Reader that accepts Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, and xD Picture Card (shared slot). There’s also a spot for a ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slot.  Other external ports include RGB port (monitor), HDMI port, 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports, 1 eSATA/USB (2.0) combo port with Sleep, 1 i.LINK™ IEEE-1394,  S/PDIF output (shared with headphone port), headphone jack, microphone input and a slot for a security lock.

The system comes installed with Microsoft Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition.  Other software includes Microsoft® Works Version 9.0, TOSHIBA Face Recognition, Hard disc (HDD) recovery, TOSHIBA Hard Drive Impact Sensor (3D sensor), Microsoft® Silverlight™ , Norton Internet Security™ 2010 (30-day trial), Microsoft® Windows Live Essentials including Photo Gallery, Messenger, Mail and Writer., TOSHIBA Bulletin Board™, TOSHIBA PC Health Monitor, Corel® DVD MovieFactory® for TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA Power-saving eco utility™, TOSHIBA DVD Player, Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial), TOSHIBA Recovery Media Creator, TOSHIBA ConfigFree®, and TOSHIBA ReelTime™.

The laptop comes with a 4000 mAh 6-cell Lithium ion battery pack for 2.5 hours of unplugged power and a 90 W AC adapter.  The system measures 15.1″ W x 10.2″ D x 1.44″~1.61″ H and weighs 6.48 pounds.  It comes with a 2 year warranty.

The Toshiba Satellite A505-S6031 is an exclusive to Costco and can be found there for around $980.

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