Lenovo B570 – £320 ($500)
Lenovo’s well-equipped B570 comes in a range of incarnations. The budget model we have here sports stripped-down components, but retains the great keyboard, solid build quality and security features of the pricer models.
The screen is a good one, and renders photos and videos nicely. Lenovo has gone with a glossy Super-TFT coating, so the colour reproduction is sharp with excellent contrast. As ever though, this kind of shiny coating is a double-edged sword, as you’ll discover if you try to use this laptop in very bright light.
This business-like approach extends to the design – jet black with sharp angles and a fantastic keyboard – perfect if you plan to be typing a lot of business reports, or using the numeric keypad for databases and spreadsheets. If those are your key buying criteria then you’ll like the B570, but we feel there are better all-rounders out there.
Toshiba Satellite C660-2F7 – £310 ($500)
The Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7 is exactly what you would expect from a low priced laptop. It has an unattractive plastic black chassis, only two USB ports, 2GB of RAM and a rather uncomfortable keyboard. But inside there’s a Sandy Bridge processor, numeric keypad, excellent touchpad and 320GB of hard drive space.
We didn’t mind typing on the keyboard too much and Toshiba appears to have fixed an annoying rattle that cropped up when typing on previous version of the C660.
There are only two USB ports on the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7, and although Toshiba has provided a VGA connection, you won’t find an HDMI port for a high-definition connection to an external monitor.
While the performance of the Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2F7 is geared towards basic users, we feel that for its £390 (about $600) price tag it would provide a reasonable purchase.
Toshiba satellite c660 c670 battery,
Toshiba satellite c660 c670 black keyboard,
Toshiba satellite c660 c670 white keyboard,
Toshiba satellite c660 c670 cpu cooling fan,
Toshiba satellite c660 c670 laptop hinges,
Toshiba satellite c660 c670 lcd cable