Toshiba Satellite P200 (PSPB6A-0CS04M)
- HDMI port, Harman Kardon speakers
- HD-DVD player is no longer supported with any future movie releases but still adds cost to this notebook; not a high-definition screen
It's a shame to have to minus points from this notebook because of the HD-DVD player, but its limited utility is unavoidable. Otherwise it's a powerful and functional desktop replacement with plenty of media features.
Price$ 2,999.00 (AUD)
Just weeks ago the Toshiba Satellite P200 (PSPB6A-0CS04M) would have been joining the ranks of high-end entertainment machines we've reviewed. Unfortunately, the recent withdrawal of Toshiba's HD-DVD technology from the high-definition format war has left a stain on the value of this otherwise excellent notebook.
With a large, 17in screen running a 1440x900 resolution, a set of top-quality Harman Kardon speakers, and of course an HD-DVD-ROM drive, the Toshiba Satellite P200 has a lot to offer in the entertainment space, but is limited by the small, residual availability for HD-DVD movies post Toshiba's withdrawal from the high-definition format race. Although there are still many HD-DVD titles available to purchase, there will be no more to come. Unfortunately, due to the massive investment Toshiba made in HD-DVD, and the cost of producing the hardware, there is, at present, no discount on these notebooks to make them more attractive. The drive will, of course, play DVD movies and burn DVD once-write and re-writeable discs as well as dual-layer DVDs.
Outside the optical drive issues the P200 has some fairly impressive hardware, including an Intel T7700 2.4GHz CPU with an 800MHz front side bus and a 4MB L2 cache, 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, an ATI Mobility HD2600 graphics chip and a 320GB hard drive. It also offers some nice output options, such as HDMI, S-Video and D-Sub. Admittedly the HDMI port was probably included with the HD-DVD drive in mind, but it still allows this notebook to connect easily with home theatre systems and modern televisions.
On the entertainment side of things the P200 has plenty on offer. The Harman Kardon speakers have long been a high point of Toshiba's Satellite range and continue to be one of the leading notebook speakers among notebooks we test. The bass is reasonable and mid-high frequencies come out clear. They're good for watching movies and great for a little background music when doing your PC business.
Again, as with all Satellites from Toshiba, the dual-function touchpad is quite a handy little tool. In one mode it allows the user to use the touchpad as a curser control device. In the other it acts as a hotkey centre, with shortcuts to volume control, e-mail and Web browsing, but can also be programmed to open custom applications. Above the keyboard are a number of media shortcuts, such as play/pause, stop and skip track, which make media navigation easy.
The full sized keyboard will please gamers and number crunchers. The HD2600 graphics chip isn't a high-end card by any means, but it can handle DirectX 9 games at fairly high settings. In 3DMark 2006 it scored 3234, a good score for games like FEAR, but not enough to suggest newer games will run as well. Other benchmarks also faired well. In WorldBench 6 we got a score of 89, which is one of the higher scores we've seen from a notebook in this test and suggests it will safely run most commonly run applications, such as video and photo editing and the usual spout of Web surfing and word processing.
In our DVD run-down battery test we saw fairly impressive results. Although this notebook is larger and should consume more power with its larger screen, the battery test lasted longer than the average. Looping a DVD with the sound on drained the battery in 108min. As this is a worst-case scenario we expect the battery to last longer under normal usage conditions.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 2 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 3 Parrot Mambo Drone review
- 4 Evapolar USB air conditioner review
- 5 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Razer's revamped Blade Pro laptop marries a GeForce GTX 1080 with 4K G-Sync
- Tobii's new eye tracker adds head tracking with an emphasis on PC games
- Apple to announce new Macs at a special event October 27
- HP Omen 17 review: Great gaming performance at a great price
- Acer's swanky Swift 7 launches as the thinnest laptop ever
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- TV buying guide: What to look for when buying a TV in 2016
- Best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus plans: Optus vs Telstra vs Vodafone vs Virgin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (J2EE/Oracle/SQL) 161018/AP/812Asia
- CCSAP FunctionalistACT
- CCSenior Business Analyst - experience in IDAM a MUSTNSW
- CCJava Developers - Federal Government experienceNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystVIC
- CCSenior Business Analyst, Margin ProjectsNSW
- FTSoftware Development ManagerNSW
- FTSoftware Developers | .Net 4.6 | Multiple RolesNSW
- FTOperational Integrity ManagerNSW
- FTBusiness Analyst - PIMAsia
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/SQL/Web) 161026/AP/632Asia
- CCIT Data AnalystACT
- CCAccounts Payable/Contract Officer- NSW Government backgroundNSW
- FTIntegration Solutions ArchitectNSW
- FTData Governance Project Manager | 6 month ContractNSW
- FTSenior MS Dynamics CRM ConsultantSA
- CCContract Systems Analyst (SQL/Web) 161027/SA/842Asia
- CCSenior Project ManagerACT
- CC.Net Sitecore DeveloperVIC
- CCICT Project ManagerNSW
- CCDigital Solutions ManagerNSW
- CCContract Senior Systems Analyst (Oracle/SSADM) 161027/SSA/634Asia
- CCCisco Wi-Fi Network Engineer - SurveyorNSW
- FTSenior Application SupportSA