The Cute Geek Back to School Guide: Toshiba Laptops

It’s back to school time for many geeks out there and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to review Toshiba laptops so that you can buy the best one for your needs. All of these laptops come with Windows 7, so if you’re a fan of the software, these are the notebooks for you. They also include Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Edition to write all those papers. Let’s get into it! Toshiba Satellite T235 Pros Chicklet keyboard - extremely easy to type on and looks great. Size - I almost thought it was a netbook at first glance. It's small, light, portable and just plain cute at 3.9 lbs. Trackpad - The buttons on the trackpad slant towards the edge and are pretty seamless. Cons Hand Rest - Some folks actually like this, but the beveled design on the hand rest that continues around the keyboard is a little much for me. I could do without it. DVD Drive - This is a bummer-it's sold separately, but if you're like most young kids these days, you'll probably be able to find what you want online ;) Overall This is the perfect laptop for class and casual use. It's my favorite of the new Toshiba pack. Price and Specs: $549.99, 3GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, AMD Athlon II Neo Dual-Core Processor K325

Toshiba Satellite L655 Pros Keyboard - large with separate numeric keypad, wish it was a chicklet keyboard though Trackpad - seamless with the handrest, although the buttons overtly stand out Processing Power - This laptop can take a lot. It has lots of RAM, Hard Drive space and an Intel Core i5 processor which certainly separates it from the pack. Cons Feel - Because of the size and white color, it seems cheaper than the T235 Large - while this version does boast the most computing power, it's a little larger than I would like for carrying to class. If you don't use the numeric keypad like me, a good 4 inches of space on the right side could go to waste. Overall If you need to do more than write papers and take notes (i.e. programming or running many applications at the same time), I would suggest sticking with the T235. Otherwise, this may be the right computer for you. Price and Specs: $789.99, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, Intel Core i5-450M processor

Toshiba Satellite C645 Pros Price - the laptop with DVD Drive comes in at under $530 - a very good deal Cons I'll come right out and say it - this was my least favorite of the bunch. For those of you going back to school, this is the kind of computer your parents would have. The build is matte black clunky plastic. It's simple and nothing we all haven't seen before. I like simplicity, but this is missing the magic factor. Overall I'd say skip on this one and stick to the T235 if you want a computer under $550. Price and Specs: $529.99, 3GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Processor P320