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Anyone heard of Toshiba Satellite L505-ES5033 Laptop

I have a concern about a laptop for which I cannot find any reviews.

My son brought his Toshiba S6953 laptop to a computer center for minor software repair. He paid for the work, but due to some confusion, the store sent it to their recycle center, and may be able to get it back if it hasn't been salvaged yet. I found overall favorable reviews for this S6953 laptop. (We called for a couple of weeks but they said they had no record of the transaction; then we tried again, and forced the issue, and they said that since the transaction was closed, and since the laptop was lying around, they decided to recycle it.)

The computer store offered him a replacement laptop, a Toshiba Satellite L505-ES5033 which they said is better; e.g., it has Intel® Core™ i3-330M Processor instead of T6500 processor - Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor; and it has Windows 7 instead of Windows Vista. But there is more to a laptop than the processor (e.g., battery life, heat conduction, MTBF). They said that a customer brought it in for repairs and said they did not want it. (Why, I wonder.. is it a junkie laptop?)

Not sure if this makes much of a difference.. The S6953 spec says it has a 16" screen; the offered replacement has a 15.6" screen.

I am unable to find any reviews for this replacement laptop. The original laptop cost $650 in July 2009. This laptop appears to have had a lower starting price.

My concern is that the replacement may not be a fair trade. If you could shed some light on the fairness of this trade, that would be great. If you could give some reasons as to what might be considered a fairer trade, I would appreciate hearing from you.

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Going by specs it seems to be a decent trade. Its in the same series L505 ou are getting an upgraded cpu, faster ram, an much better OS. Not sure about battery life but should be about the same if not better as the I3 uses less power and produces less heat. I cant find any reviews either but this isn't uncommon for budget level systems. I would have them put at least a 90 day warranty on the system just incase there was a reason the previous owner ditched it. It's very possible they just upgraded and didn't want to pay to repair the system.
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
The specs for the suggested replacement laptop are here:


Intel® Core™ i3-330M Processor 2.13GHz  3Mb Smart Cache
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
4GB DDR3 1066MHz memory
Intel® Integrated Graphics
320GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial ATA)
DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash™ drive
Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
No Bluetooth (No Antenna)
Standard US keyboard with 10-key pad (Black)
Touch pad pointing device with multi touch control
Li-Ion (4000mAh, 6-Cell)
1-eSATA/USB combo port
2-USB (2.0) ports

The one the company lost is:

Intel® Core(tm) 2 Duo Processor T6500 2.1GHz 2Mb L2 Cache
4GB DDR2-800 RAM
320GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
SuperMulti Double Layer 8x DVD±RW Drive
Memory Card Reader
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
10/100 Network
Intel® Wi-Fi Link 5100AGN
16.0" Widescreen TruBrite Display
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
Graphite Grey

More detailed specs can be found on this page from Toshiba if you click on the Detailed Specs Tab:


A processor comparison can be found here:

So it does look like they are very close in specifications and with the better processor, not a bad replacement at all.
phoffricAuthor Commented:
The replacement unit is made to be sold exclusively at only one computer store. I do not know whether this is a red-flag. The comparable specs are good. But missing are reliability factors. Those hidden specs are the kind of things that you can only find in reviews of which there appear to be none. The only review I heard of was that the owner of the replacement model just walked away from it. Reliability of the model as a whole including things like battery life, and other quality factors are my main concern.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
From a personal perspective - I have never bought a laptop based on anything other than the specs.

Toshiba is a solid reliable brand and I have had at least 4 Toshiba laptops and never had a single problem with any of them.
phoffricAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks for the feedback and advice. I appreciate it. BTW, first they said "no warranty", but then said "1 month"; and I had negotiated a 3 month warranty.
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Well done.  I hope it proves to be a worthy replacement and is reliable for you.

Depending on the age of the HDD, you can always get it swapped for a new one as that is the most likely part to give you problems.
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