Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 vs Acer Aspire V5

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The Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 is optimised for business-grade performance whilst the Acer Aspire V5 is designed to be an entertainment powerhouse whilst remaining thin and light for travelling convenience. When comparing between two laptops geared towards very specific audiences, it is useful to have a side-by-side comparison of the technical specifications, hardware options and special features offered by each laptop. This guide will aim to present this information in a concise, organised way.

Technical Specifications

As the Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 and the Acer Aspire V5 are all available in several models, there will be differences in technical specifications across the range which will in turn affect the performance of the individual laptop. The table below outlines the available specifications for each range without differentiating between individual models:

Feature

Toshiba Satellite Pro C850

Acer Aspire V5

Processor

Intel Celeron; Intel Pentium; 2nd or 3rd Gen Intel Core i3 or i5 with Turbo Boot Technology 2.0

AMD A-Series with quad-core and dual-core; AMD C-Series with dual-core; Intel Pentium; Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 with quad-core and dual-core.

Operating system

Windows 8 64-bit; Windows 7 Professional 64-bit with Windows 8 Pro 64-bit on DVD

Windows 8

Graphics

Intel HD Graphics; Intel HD Graphics 3000; Intel HD Graphics 4000

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD; Intel HD Graphics 3000; Intel HD Graphics 4000; NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M; AMD Radeon HD (in 8550G, 8450G, 8210, 7600G, 6290)

Memory (RAM)

2,048MB DDR3 RAM at 1,600 MHz; 4,096MB DDR3 RAM at 1,600 MHz; 4,096MB DDR3 RAM at 1,333 MHz

2GB; 4GB; 6GB; 8GB; 12GB

Hard Drive

320GB or 500GB

320GB; 500GB; 750GB

Optical Drive

DVD Super Multi Drive

DVD Super Multi DL Drive

Display and Screen Format

15.6" (39.6cm) non-reflective HD High Brightness display with 16:9 aspect ratio and LED backlighting

11.6" (29.5cm); 14" (35.6cm); 15.6" (39.6cm). Touch-enabled screen with 1,366x768 resolution

Connectivity

Two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port; HDMI; VGA; Gigabit Ethernet; RJ-45; 802.11BGN wireless connectivity; Multi-Card Reader (SD, mini/micro SD, SDHC, SDXC, MultiMedia card)

Two USB 2.0 ports; one USB 3.0 port; HDMI; VGA; Gigabit Ethernet; RJ-45; 802.11BGN wireless connectivity; multi-in-one card slot; Kensington security lock; Bluetooth 4.0

Battery and Power

Lithium-ion battery lasts up to 5.5hrs

Lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery lasting up to 6hrs

Warranty

1 Year European warranty

Standard Acer Warranty

Hardware Options

The following table will explore all hardware options available with the Toshiba C850 series and the Acer V5 series, including any relevant factors that may affect the user experience:

Feature

Toshiba Satellite Pro C850

Acer Aspire V5

Design

Thin, textured matte-black finish

Silver frame all round with Acer logo in the middle. Includes backlit black keyboard and black rim around display.

Weight

Starting at 2.3kg (5lbs)

Starting at 1.2kg (2.6lbs)

Dimensions

38cm W x 24.2cm D x 3.4cm H

34.2cm W x 24.5cm D x 2.3cm H

Keyboard

Keyboard has integrated number keypad. Smooth, flat surfaces across the keyboard but keys yield easily with each stroke.

Backlit, Chiclet keyboard with number pad. Firm and sturdy with very little give during keystrokes.

Trackpad (or touchpad)

Multi-touch capable trackpad with two buttons separated from wrist rest with a glossy plastic ring.

Large, multi-touch trackpad offset to the left.

Webcam

Integrated 1.0MP HD webcam with built-in microphone (1280x800)

Integrated 1.3MP Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam

Speakers and Sound

SRS Premium Sound HD Stereo speakers located above keyboard, underneath plastic covering with small holes. Headphones and external speakers can also be used.

Four built-in speakers with Dolby Home Theatre and Virtual SurroundSound

Microphone

Microphone jack for external microphone

Headphone/microphone combo jack

Special Features

· The Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 range has Skype, Microsoft Office Starter, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, McAfee Internet Security and Nero BackItUp all typically pre-installed (although this may differ depending on the condition the laptop is sold on eBay). The C850 also has a half-height row above the numbers row that include shortcuts such as volume control, Wi-Fi toggle media forward, back, play and pause keys, key to turn off touchpad, screen brightness adjusting, key for switching to external display.

· The Acer Aspire V5 series have a full HD touchscreen with its Windows 8 system for increased interactivity, allowing the laptop to behave like a tablet. The touchscreen can track up to 10-digits at a time. The laptops also come in four colours for easy personalisation and are protected by Acer Theft Shield for peace of mind.

How to Buy the Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 and the Acer Aspire V5 laptops on eBay

Whether buying from the C850 range or the V5 range, buying on eBay can be a simple, fast and efficient way to shop. Use the following steps for a fuss-free browsing and buying experience:

· Type in ‘Toshiba Satellite Pro C850' or ‘Acer Aspire V5' into the search bar which can be found at the top of the screen. From here browse the listings as they are or narrow down the results using the categories on the left-most panel.

  • Alternatively, find the Electronics section from the homepage and then selectComputers & Tablets and then Laptops & Notebooks. From there, either type in ‘Toshiba Satellite Pro C850' or ‘Acer Aspire V5' or narrow down search results using the categories on the left-most panel.

· Categories available may include: ‘Format', ‘Screen Size', ‘Processor Brand', ‘Memory (RAM)', ‘Hard Drive Capacity', ‘Processor Type', ‘Features', ‘Processor Speed', ‘Processor Brand', ‘Brand', ‘Toshiba Series', ‘Condition' and ‘Price'.

· It may be possible to shop the Toshiba or Acer ranges through eBay's recommended deals section. Using the link at the top of the page, go to Electronics, thenComputers and scroll down to the Laptops section.

· When buying from eBay always read the product descriptions carefully and research the seller to ensure a smooth buying process. Prioritise eBay's top-rated sellers as they have been proved to be more reliable.

Conclusion

Whether buying the business-friendly Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 or the entertainment-grade Acer Aspire V5, familiarising oneself with the technical specifications of each laptop can help ensure the purchase of laptop that is perfectly suited for the buyer's needs. Buying from eBay's large range of laptops whilst keeping in mind the security measure can help make sure the final purchase is a satisfactory one for years to come.

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