Toshiba Satellite C660 - 11K review

24 Dec 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

A smart and well-built laptop with good battery life, but it lacks a number of expansion ports


15.6 in 1,366x768 display, 2.3kg, 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-370M, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Toshiba is well known for its business laptops, but it's still a little surprising that the Satellite C660 (which is aimed at home users) is fairly businesslike in appearance. The case is made of black plastic, but it's finished in a uniform texture which looks smart. With no tapered edges, the C660 looks quite boxy, even though it's the same thickness as most laptops.

Toshiba Satellite C660

There aren't any flashy LEDs or shortcut buttons on the case; two large speaker grilles sit each side above the keyboard. The touchpad has a two chunky buttons, adding to the impression of ruggedness. The speakers are quite loud and have better bass than many laptops speakers, but the sound is still compressed.

Toshiba has included a four-column numeric keypad to the right of the main keyboard: the keys are large and arranged in a normal layout. The action is a bit shallow and the flat-topped keys rattle as you type, but it's better than a lot of keyboards we've used. The wide touchpad is responsive too, and the large buttons are easy to use.

An Intel Core i3-370M processor provides ample power, scoring 85 overall in our benchmarks and 97 in the single-threaded Image-editing test. Toshiba relies on the Core i3's onboard graphics chip, which can handle HD decoding but isn't powerful enough to play the latest 3D games.

The 320GB hard disk is slightly disappointing, as we'd expect 500GB at this price. What's even more disappointing is the lack of expansion ports and support for new technologies: there are only two USB ports, no HDMI output and no eSATA or USB 3.0 ports, plus the LAN port only supports 100Mbit/s Fast Ethernet and there's no Bluetooth. At least you get 802.11n WiFi.

Toshiba Satellite C660 DVD

This paucity of ports and connections means the C660 lacks flexibility. If you prefer to use a mouse with your laptop, you'll only have one free USB port to plug in external drives, smartphones or MP3 players, and the lack of HDMI output means you'll have to resort to the VGA output to connect a larger screen.

The C660's 15.6in screen is reasonably bright and colourful. A glossy finish and fussy vertical viewing angles mean you have to adjust the tilt carefully, and there's a slight blue cast that dulls flesh tones, but otherwise it's a decent display. The 1,366x768 resolution is standard at this size, but means you can watch 720p video at full resolution, too.

With a collect and return warranty, the C660 isn't terrible value when viewed alone. Its battery also lasted well over five hours in our light-use test, beating virtually every other 15.6in laptop at this price. However, it also has a smaller hard disk and fewer USB ports than many rivals plus it lacks an HDMI port. Even if battery life is important to you, there are better buys than the C660.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i3-370M
Processor clock speed 2.4GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 36x381x254mm
Weight 2.3kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366x768
Graphics Processor Intel GMA HD
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 64MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 2
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SD, MMC
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Nero 9 Essentials
Optional extras £175

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £560

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