Heat and Noise
The Toshiba A665 again does a decent job keeping heat levels low with minimal noise. The self-adjusting fan speeds usually stay well below what you can hear in a quiet room. I did notice the fan noise from time to time during the course of the review, but it’s nothing compared to the fan on my Alienware M11x or my old Dell Latitude D630. The only obvious hot spot on this notebook is on the bottom left next to the heat vent. In general, the A665 stays very “lap friendly” as long as you avoid the area around the heat vent.
In the “balanced” power mode with 75% screen brightness, the Satellite A665-S5176 lasted for three hours and 56 minutes of non-stop use with wireless active and refreshing a page every 60 seconds. This is pretty good for a notebook with a stock 6-cell battery. However, it’s worth mentioning that the Satellite A665-S6089 from last year delivered four hours and 12 minutes of battery life.
Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):
The new Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176 is a well-built update to the A660/A665 line of laptops. These desktop-replacement notebooks remain one of the most popular laptops for Toshiba and I have little doubt that this particular configuration will sell very well thanks to the reasonably good performance, improved integrated graphics, and Blu-ray drive.
My only complaints about this notebook are pretty minor. For starters, there aren’t too many reasons to buy this notebook if you purchased the A665 last year. That’s good for current A665 owners because it means that last year’s laptop isn’t obsolete, but it means that consumers will be alright if they buy an older configuration of the A665 that is on sale. I’m extremely glad that Toshiba added a USB 3.0 port to the A665-S5176, but if you are someone who uses the ExpressCard slot then you’re out of luck. Although I’d like to see Toshiba improve the durability of the screen lid the new Satellite A665 still offers a great value for people shopping for a 15-inch multimedia laptop.
- Blu-ray drive
- Great keyboard
- USB 3.0
- No ExpressCard slot
- Weak screen protection
- Mixed performance compared to older models