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Deal: £360 Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 Core i5 laptop

If you want something a bit more powerful than the Core i3's or Pentium processors in your laptop, then check out this Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-1H8 which costs £360 from CCL computers (via its eBay outlet) and comes with 359 Nectar points.

It runs on a Core i5-3230M processor, one which is clocked at 2.6GHz, comes with two cores and 3MB cache. It has 4GB of RAM (upgradable to 16GB), has an Intel HD 4000 graphics subsystem (which means that it is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture), a 500GB hard disk drive spinning at 5,400RPM, a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, a DVD writer, SRS Premium Surround Sound, a touchpad, three USB ports, HDMI (but no VGA), a card reader, a GbE connector, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, a 1-megapixel webcam and up to four hours battery life.

Toshiba has also included Windows 8 and a number of other applications which some may qualify as bloatware. These include Microsoft FreshPaint, Nero 12 Essentials, Toshiba Tempro, Video Player and Truelink+. Still, it doesn't remove the intrinsic value of this laptop, especially as it is not that much heavier compared to an Ultrabook (2.3Kg). We only wished Toshiba had made it slightly less thick (33.5mm is a bit too much).

Check out our review of the Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 here.

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