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Review Toshiba Satellite C660 Notebook

Simon Kohlstock (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/31/2010

Entry Level. Toshiba offers a range of entry level notebooks with the C660 series. New customers are to be wooed with a wide functionality, and above all with a low price. We've taken a closer look at the Satellite C660-10E and put it through its paces.

What can you expect from an entry level notebook for 550 euros? In particular, since not an Intel Core ix processor, but "only" an Intel Pentium P6100 processor has been installed? Can the C660-10E meet the expectations put on an inexpensive entry level notebook? Or will it turn out to be a con artist? We've taken the test.

Case

Toshiba exclusively uses plastic for the case. Anything else likely wouldn't have fit into the 550 euro price limit. The applied plastic is well manufactured and makes a solid impression. Nevertheless, we have seen plastic notebooks that made a more superior impression. We noticed a clattering sound when we picked the notebook up for the first time. The battery appears to have too much leeway in its compartment. This likely allows the battery to clatter in its slot when the notebook is moved.

The notebook's design can very well be described as successful. You're usually on the safe side with black, plain notebooks. Toshiba has also selected such a design for its Satellite C66-10E. A knobby surface is used on the lid, which is particularly resistant against fingerprints, according to Toshiba. This isn't quite true. Although the knobbed surface is much less susceptible for fingerprints than a smooth surface would be, it's not completely resistant. Fade fingerprints were visible within a short time. In addition, they are much harder to remove than it would be the case on a smooth surface. This surface structure is also applied inside, so for the wrist-rest and the surface around the keyboard.

The Satellite C660-10E doesn't score especially well in our pressure tests. You already notice how the display lid clearly yields under pressure in a closed state. This is due to the gap between the display and wrist-rest, which easily measures 3 – 4 millimeters. Moreover, this large space could get problematic because foreign objects can penetrate the gap between the display and keyboard. The lid doesn't have much torsional stiffness in an opened state either.

In opposition to that, the notebook's base unit looks good under selective pressure. Pressures on the wrist-rest hardly lead to any yielding, not even over the drive.

Connectivity

You notice that Toshiba didn't want to surpass a certain price limit in connectivity once more. The number of single interfaces sooner has to be described as meager. Accordingly, the Satellite C660-10E only has two USB ports, which is netbook standard.

The VGA out, the RJ45 network socket, both USB 2.0 ports and both audio jacks for microphone and headphone are found on the left. The notebook's right accommodates the optical drive, the power socket and the Kensington lock.

Aside from the aforementioned interfaces, there is also a cardreader on the front. It supports SD, miniSD, microSD, SDHC and SDXC formats. There aren't any connections on the rear because of the battery housing design.

It can quickly get full on the left during stationary use because all interfaces have been placed here. Additionally, both USB ports sit so tight that a larger USB stick could cover the second port.

Left: VGA, RG45, two USB 2.0 ports, two audios
Left: VGA, RG45, two USB 2.0 ports, two audios
Right: optical drive, power socket, Kensington lock
Right: optical drive, power socket, Kensington lock
Front: Cardreader
Front: Cardreader
Rear
Rear

The Satellite C660-10E has LAN and WLAN for connecting to the outside world. Bluetooth didn't make it into the notebook. WLAN transmission is based on the 802.11 b/g/n standard and thus complies with the current average of this category. The wired network isn't any longer up to date with 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX.

Scope of Delivery

Aside from the notebook and the adapter, there is a small leaflet in the box. There are no other supplies.

Warranty

The Toshiba C660-10E has a two year warranty service which includes a collect service subsequent to registering the repair on Toshiba's hotline in Germany and Austria.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Toshiba has apparently invested the money it has saved from other parts into the C660-10E's keyboard. The keys have a pleasant size of 19x19 millimeters. Nevertheless, there is even still room for a number pad on the right. Working on the keyboard is pleasant. The pressure point is crisp and the keystroke isn't too long. The only reason for complaint is that the keyboard sounds a bit clattery while typing. Otherwise, the keyboard is impressive. There aren't any hot keys available. Functions, like volume, display brightness, switching among monitors or enabling/disabling WLAN are triggered via FN functions.

Touchpad

The touchpad seems to be lavishly sized with 93 millimeters. However, it is a bit narrow with 42 millimeters. It can nevertheless be used well with adequate sensitivity. The touchpad includes multi-touch aside from a vertical and horizontal scroll bar. Consequently, you can scroll, rotate pictures or zoom with two fingers.

Both mouse keys below the touchpad sound very clattery when used. Moreover, they make a cheap impression. The trigger noise is additionally very loud. The Satellite C660 is unfortunately disappointing in this regard.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

A 15.6 inch model is used for the Toshiba Satellite C660-10E's display. The LED backlight provides quite an evenly illuminated image. The 93 percent that we determined confirms this. The resolution of 1366x768 pixels complies with display standards of this size. The display's screen is reflective, which complicates outdoor use.

182
cd/m²
178
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
184
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
184
cd/m²
182
cd/m²
176
cd/m²
190
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 190 cd/m²
Average: 183.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 187 cd/m²
Black: 0.98 cd/m²
Contrast: 191:1

The average brightness of 183.1 cd/m2 is good. The black value of 0.98 cd/m2 could however be a bit lower. As a result, a poor contrast of 191:1 is given. The Toshiba C660-10E doesn't perform miracles in terms of color reproduction, and lags behind our reference displays. The sRGB color spectrum isn't completely covered, either.

Adobe RGB (t) vs. Toshiba Satellite C660-10E
Apple MacBook Pro 17 (t) vs. Toshiba Satellite C660-10E
Dell XPS 16 (t) vs. Toshiba Satellite C660-10E
Outdoors
Outdoors

Regrettably, it's almost impossible to test the display out in the sun due to current weather conditions. Therefore, we tried to simulate sunlight with another light source. You can clearly recognize that it's only possible to see the displayed content with restrictions on our test picture.

The displayed contents are only legible up to a horizontal viewing angle of 135 degrees and a vertical viewing angle of 90 degrees. However, the reflections on the display annoy much sooner.

Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite C660-10E
Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite C660-10E

Performance

The Intel Pentium P6100 processor is one of Intel's entry level processors. This dual core processor, alike the Core i3, i5 and i7 dual core processors, is based on the Arrandale core. Thus the processor has a dedicated memory controller and graphics core. In opposition to the Core ix models, the P6100 doesn't have the Turbo Boost function, so it can't automatically overclock. The P6100 has a TDP (thermal design power) of 35 watts, despite a clock rate of only 2.0 GHz. The processor is however apt for simple applications and routine office tasks. In any case, it must be considered that the Toshiba C660-10E is an entry level notebook and not a high-end workstation.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
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System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ
System info DPC
System information: Toshiba Satellite C660-10E

The graphics built into the processor is also only designed for basic tasks, and not to render complicated 3D games smoothly. The incorporated Intel HD graphics can however score with low power consumption. This entry level graphics is sufficient for watching movies smoothly on the internet as well as for playing older games. It's not apt for demanding tasks, though.

A is a 4 GB DDR3 RAM which can be increased to a total of 8 GB also belongs to the notebook's hard ware array. The hard disk is a 320 GB (gross capacity) model also from Toshiba. It complies with standard notebook hard disks with 5400 revolutions per minute. There is a cover on the bottom that is fixed with a screw for upgrading the notebook. When it's removed, the RAM and hard disk can be accessed. The optical drive is also fixed with a single screw and can easily be exchanged.

4.5
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
5.7
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.2
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2147
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4309
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1437
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
1649 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
5288 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
1451 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
1.01 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.3 Points
Help
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage3409 points
Help

The Toshiba C660 achieves 3409 points in PCMark Vantage. This is a comparatively low score. Strong office notebooks can reach twice as much with the according CPU. In combination with an SSD (solid state drive) even 8000 point or more are possible. These devices (T510, T410, HP 8540p, etc) cost much more than 1000 euros, though.
For example, the HP 625 is in the Toshiba C660's range. It's equipped with an AMD P320 CPU and HD 4250 graphics (3388 points). The equally affordable HP CQ62, with identical hardware, can even achieve higher 3567 points.

3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE6040 points
3DMark 033404 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
1210 points
3DMark Vantage136 points
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The notebook also has to accept moderation in the graphics benchmarks. The incorporated Intel HD is simply not made for complex graphic calculations. The notebook achieves scores slightly above that of an Asus Eee PC 1015PN netbook with an Intel Atom N550 processor and ION2 graphics.

Toshiba MK3265GSX
Transfer Rate Minimum: 36.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 93.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 67.1 MB/s
Access Time: 17.4 ms
Burst Rate: 77.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: -1 %

The installed Toshiba MK3265GSX hard disk is a 2.5 inch hard disk with a gross capacity of 320 GB. It's not exceptionally fast with 5400 revolutions per minute. This is also confirmed by the determined access speed of 17.4 milliseconds. While the minimum and maximum transfer rate is averagely on par with current hard disks, the average transfer rate of 67.1 MB/s could be a bit higher.

Gaming Performance

You shouldn't expect any miracles from the combination of Intel Pentium P6100 and Intel GMA HD in terms of gaming. We exemplarily tested the real time strategy game, StarCraft 2, on the Satellite C660-10E. The notebook still supplied a fairly smooth game play in lowest settings. However, it's very close to the limits of playability with 26 frames per second. If you'd like to experience more than the absolute minimum of StarCraft 2, you'll be at a disadvantage with the Satellite C660-10E. The frame rate nosedives to 5 frames per second already in medium settings. Since these rates are within the expected range, we would refer to our “Computer games on laptop graphic cards”. The rates of other games can be seen here. Besides, it should quickly become obvious that the Satellite C660-10E is not a gaming notebook.

low med.high ultra
StarCraft 2 (2010) 2654fps

Emissions

System Noise

The Toshiba Satellite C660-10E is pleasantly quiet in idle mode. It basically remains unobtrusive with an average of 29.9 dB(A), and only a quiet whirring is heard from the hard disk. You can clearly hear how the fan starts to rotate faster under load. However, the notebook doesn't get overly loud with 35.2 dB(A). This rate can also be called acceptable when you are in a quiet surrounding. We noticed that the drive occasionally turned up during the DVD test and got considerably louder. This only happened erratically, but movie enjoyment was in effect impaired.

Noise Level

Idle 29.9 / 29.9 / 31.7 dB(A)
HDD 29.9 dB(A)
DVD 33.7 / dB(A)
Load 32.7 / 35.2 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Satellite C660-10E always stays cool in terms of temperatures. We could even only measure a maximum temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius under full load. The user doesn't have to worry about the temperatures on the notebook's inside, either. Although the hottest area is found in the wrist-rest's center with 31.1 degrees Celsius, the temperature isn't alarming. Because the temperatures aren't particularly high under load, you don't have to worry about the idle temperatures.

The Satellite C660-10E did quite well in our stress test. The processor is far from reaching critical temperatures with a maximum of 60 degrees Celsius. Nor could a possible performance breakdown be determined in the subsequent benchmark.

Max. Load
 28.0 °C27.3 °C24.0 °C 
 27.3 °C30.8 °C24.3 °C 
 25.2 °C31.1 °C23.9 °C 
Maximum: 31.1 °C
Average: 26.9 °C
23.4 °C30.8 °C36.1 °C
23.8 °C37.6 °C28.8 °C
26.2 °C32.3 °C26.4 °C
Maximum: 37.6 °C
Average: 29.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  51.1 °C | Room Temperature 20.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The loudspeakers in the Satellite C660-10E are at most suitable for occasional music enjoyment. While most notebooks suffer under the lack of basses, the Satellite C660-10E also has to put up with a quite muffled sound. The speakers' emitted sound doesn't appear as clear as in other notebooks. Although the maximum volume is quite high, it doesn't sound worth listening to in connection with the muffled sound.

Battery Life

Charge
Battery charging
Readers Test
Maximum battery life (Readers Test)
Classic Test
Minimum battery life (Classic Test)
Surfen
Internet surfing battery life

If you generally stay in idle or only execute very undemanding tasks on the notebook, you can be pleased about a battery life of 3 hours and 25 minutes. 2 hours and 22 minutes are left when the user mainly surfs on the internet via WLAN. We visited various web sites and also played YouTube videos on the notebook in our test. If you execute slightly more computing intensive programs on the notebook, you can still get almost 2 hours of battery runtime.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 25min
WiFi Surfing
2h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 50min

When the notebook is idle, the system's power consumption sinks to 9.7 watts and to 16.7 watts during low activity. The consumption increases to a still fairly modest 42.7 watts under load.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.6 Watt
Idle 9.7 / 12.8 / 16.7 Watt
Load 32.2 / 42.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Verdict

Actually, the Toshiba Satellite C660-10E meets exactly the expectations that can be placed on an entry-level notebook. It bids users an affordable start into the world of mobile computer systems. But nothing more. You can hardly speak of an interface diversity since only the most essential has been installed. Toshiba has also made cutbacks in performance. The hardware isn't apt for much more than basic office applications and simple games every now and again. Nevertheless, the notebook could stand out in a few concerns. Although the case is completely made of plastic, it is by and large solid anyway. However, we couldn't quite get used to the surface texture. Even the keyboard is impressive. It surprises with a much better typing feel than would have been expected at first.

The Toshiba Satellite C660-10E is aimed at laptop novices who want to first discover the market and thus would like to buy an affordable all round notebook to start with.

In Review: Toshiba Satellite C660-10E
In Review: Toshiba Satellite C660-10E

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite C660-10E
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, Core: 500 MHz, GDDR3, 8.15.10.2189
Memory
4.096  MB 
, DDR3-8500, 1.066 MHz, max. 8 GB, 2 bays
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LED backlight, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel HM55
Harddisk
Toshiba MK3265GSX, 320 GB 
5400 rpm 320 GByte, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
HD Audio
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone out, microphone in, Card Reader: SD, miniSD, microSD, SDHC and SDXC ,
Networking
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller GigaBit (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek RTL8188CE Wireless LAN 802.11n (b g n )
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633C
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28– 35 x 380 x 254 ( = 1.1 x 14.96 x 10 in)
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz) Power Supply: 350 g ( = 12.35 oz)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cell battery, 48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 volts
Price
550.00 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: VGA, manual, Toshiba Disc Creator, Toshiba user's manual, Supervisor password program, Toshiba Assist, Chicony camera assistant software, Toshiba facial recognition software, Toshiba Value Added Package (Toshiba Power Saver, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Toshiba PC, Diag, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The Toshiba Satellite C660-10E is a low priced entry level notebook.
The Toshiba Satellite C660-10E is a low priced entry level notebook.
The Toshiba Satellite C660-10E's battery.
The Toshiba Satellite C660-10E's battery.
…the installed hard disk.
…the installed hard disk.
…both RAM bays and…
…both RAM bays and…
The components can be accessed via a large cover. It grants access to…
The components can be accessed via a large cover. It grants access to…
The optical drive can be very easily replaced.
The optical drive can be very easily replaced.
The webcam above the display.
The webcam above the display.
…and even a number pad.
…and even a number pad.
The keyboard has 19 x 19 millimeter sized keys…
The keyboard has 19 x 19 millimeter sized keys…
In return, the clattery mouse keys were disagreeable.
In return, the clattery mouse keys were disagreeable.
The display's maximum opening angle is good.
The display's maximum opening angle is good.
A close up of the surface texture.
A close up of the surface texture.
Toshiba uses a surface texture that is supposed to deter fingerprints – but it's not completely successful.
Toshiba uses a surface texture that is supposed to deter fingerprints – but it's not completely successful.
The black design has basic and yet good looks.
The black design has basic and yet good looks.
The Toshiba Satellite C660-10E's adapter is small and light.
The Toshiba Satellite C660-10E's adapter is small and light.

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Pro

+Solid workmanship
+Good keyboard
+Quiet and cool
+Low power consumption
 

Cons

-Low performance
-Very clattery mouse keys
-Very few interfaces
-Clattery battery

Shortcut

What we like

The Satellite C660-10E supplies a good keyboard in a solid case for little money.

What we'd like to see

The notebook's interfaces have definitely been cutback majorly. The performance has also been extremely economized.

What surprises us

The notebook's actually very good keyboard.

The competition

A comparable notebook at an equally low price is found in Acer's array. The TravelMate 5740Z notebook however has a somewhat inferior processor. In return, it has more interfaces.

Rating

Toshiba Satellite C660-10E
12/29/2010 v2
Simon Kohlstock

Chassis
72%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
74%
Connectivity
49%
Weight
84%
Battery
76%
Display
71%
Games Performance
52%
Application Performance
74%
Temperature
93%
Noise
93%
Add Points
80%
Average
75%
74%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average
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Author: Simon Kohlstock, 2010-12-31 (Update: 2013-06- 6)