The M115-S1071 gives you four USB ports to play with, plus a FireWire port that comes in handy if you've got a digital camcorder. Unlike most consumer-oriented laptops, it also has a built-in fingerprint reader, Toshiba Satellite M115-S1071 battery,which makes it easy to log in to Windows and secure Web sites with a swipe of your fingertip.
Other components include a dual-layer, dual-format DVD burner and a 120GB hard drive (above average for its category) to handle burning and storage, respectively. As for expansion card options, you'll have to settle for a PC Card slot instead of the newer Express Card slot.
The M115-S1071 carries the lowest-clocking Intel Core 2 Duo processor on the market, the 1.6-GHz T5200. The T5200's clock rate is about the same as that of the 1.67-GHz Core 2 Duo T5500 (found in the Dell Inspiron E1405), Toshiba Satellite L600-62R battery,except that it has a slower front-side bus(533Mhz).
Still, the M115-S1071 outperformed the Acer Ferrari 1000 Series, which features an 1.6-GHz AMD Turion X2 TL-56 processor. Photoshop scores sped up drastically, thanks to the system's 2GB of RAM: The M115-S1071 finished our Photoshop CS2 tests in 1 minute 18 seconds—almost a minute faster than the Inspiron E1405's 2:07 , Toshiba Satellite L600-62R AC adapter (with 1GB of RAM)—proving that system memory is vital for using Photoshop.
Despite the system's good performance scores, however, its mediocre battery life of 2 hours 13 minutes will keep you close to an outlet. If plugging in is one of your pet peeves, Toshiba does sell a variety of extended batteries, starting with a 12-cell that'll give you approximately 4:30 total for $153.
When you consider the M115-S1071's Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, and ample media functionality, its $1,249 price tag sounds fairly reasonable. Toshiba Satellite L600-58W battery.It'll make a great holiday gift for a student heading back to school for the spring semester—though you may want to throw in an extended battery as a stocking stuffer.
This Toshiba Satellite M115-S1071 notebook computer was purchased for $816.29 at Buy.com in October of 2006.
In addition to a number of useful home-grown programs, such as ConfigFree, a wireless management utility, Toshiba crams quite a bit of software into the M115-S1071, including the pared-down Microsoft Works productivity suite and a few disc-burning programs from InterVideo. Also included are a handful of trial demos, Toshiba Satellite L600-58W charger,which last only 30 days or so and needlessly take up hard drive space.
If you're looking for good value and a nice balance of components, performance, and connectivity in a handsome and portable thin-and-light laptop, the M115-S1071 is a good choice. If you're looking for extended battery life, however, keep looking.
When you're looking at a notebook in this price range, components are likely to take a backseat to economy, and the Satellite M115-S1071 is no exception. The system's 1.6GHz Celeron M420 CPU is about as far down the processor chain as you can get these days.
Despite the aging processor, the M115-S1071 compared favorably to some other budget laptops in CNET Labs' Multitasking test, beating both the Intel Core Solo-powered Fujitsu LifeBook Q2010, which features a slower 4,200rpm hard drive, and the HP Compaq Presario V5000T, which has a 1.46GHz Celeron M410 CPU. With a ATI Radeon Xpress 200M chip for graphics, Toshiba Satellite L600-88R battery, this system won't let you do much gaming, although we tried out a few very basic casual 3D games and got acceptable performance. The similarly priced Averatec 3360 outperforms the M115-S1071 in both the iTunes encoding and Photoshop CS2 tests.