This week I needed to find a good little Grandma computer. No fancy artwork or decals here, just an understated brown box. Decent loud stereo speakers not Harmon Kardon and a headphone port handle audio output. No fancy features here, just a simple human interface device. A single 1 GB ram module would be better, and would facilitate easy upgrade to 2 GB.

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The average trasfer rate on the drive was A downgrade option would be a great idea especially on modest a notebook like this. All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights a21019d perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.

Toshiba has outfitted the A with a single Express Card slot. Also, while the stiff lid does a good job of protecting the LCD its bezel is a bit flimsy, particularly close to the web cam.

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Things like keyboard and design are very personal and hard to convey in a small web photograph. Visit our network of sites: In the end, this review illustrates just how much computer can be had for a small price. Bundled software includes the usual assortment and a minimal amount of uninstalling will get the notebook to an optimized state.


The Dell has a more orthodox s210-19d layout — for a lot of people this alone could be the clincher. Surfing and downloading patches I got a respectable 2: There is light bleed and the screen looks washed out during DVD playback although it looks fine within Windows. Aesthetically the Toshiba is better looking in my opinion.

A four pin firewire port is included for connecting that DV cam you have kicking about. In this test the A delivered a score of 2,not bad for a budget computer.

Antenna performance was excellent. There is nothing wrong with this approach and the powerful CPUs of the last few years have allayed any concerns people might have had about the CPU being tied up with audio tasks.

This is then output via a codec chip. Most of the folks I know just need a basic computer, and the reason they enlist me is that I love finding good deals on notebooks. In detail, the PCMark 05 score looked like this: All are good choices. a210-19v

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This is a refined and understated looking notebook. For Facebook games and solitaires this setup will do nicely. No fancy features here, just a simple human interface device. If you are picky about keyboards you should try the A out in a store.


Using a program like vLite should bring performance to XP levels. With the proliferation of 2. Inside the A is a210-199d in some cardboard inserts. The touchpad on the other hand was perfect right out of the box. The mAh 6-cell battery fits snugly into the bottom of this particular A with a solid feeling locking mechanism.

This should cover most needs, but the drive is easily upgraded if necessary.

Vista really chokes the A When powered by battery the A was quiet and cool. US pricing is a little more expensive, but the A comes with a slightly larger and faster hard drive GB, rpm and 2GB of system memory. Gaming aside, the X does have some interesting features: Another synthetic benchmark we use is PCMark Accessories accessory brochure, manual and power adapter are packed in cardboard and there is a minimum of plastics.