the problem with craptops over desktops is you cant upgrade much on the cheap and if you buy cheap its failing ot meet the user needs faster so needs replacing mroe often and ends up cheap = more cost over time than expensive today and cheaper into the future
While the 15.6-inch Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-17J is cheap, its limited range of ports, pedestrian performance and uninspiring build quality mean this laptop doesn't really offer good value for money.
not that i really needed to look the cpu is weak compared to others the gfx on it are decent the ram is slow and consequently the overal performance would be jittery at best if you put a common security center product on there (mcrappee/norton etc) if it had a tri or quad core cpu then i might agree but an ancient cpu is never going to give good long service, never mind that its a toshiba entry level device and built to fall apart with badley positioned ports
so what your saying is without the first clue about components your profering an opinion about how good something is based on the fact the marketing blurb doesnt mention things ........
let me explain this a bit more for you, the processor is a combination CPU GPU with a fraction of the required on chip memory cache to run a 64bit os and run peripherial components like the dvd drive,
the gpu is part of the same structure as the cpu meaning there will be serious bottlenecks to performance in any graphics intensive stuff, the hdd installed is a bog standard 5400rpm hdd, its slow, the memory is 1333MHz ddr3 and its in mixed sizes of 4 and 2 gig sticks so it will work a lot slower than if it had 2 x 2gig or 2 x 4gig ddr2 sticks at 600MHz
It was always the case that box-shifters like PC World / Currys / Comet et al sold yesterday's state of the art at tomorrow's prices. Many systems & lappies etc are built down to a price point.
If they say an item is reduced from 549.99 to 349.97 it (could) simply mean that they offered the item at the (stupid) higher price for a few days in a single shop before reducing it to the price it was always designed to sell for. Don't be taken in by 'SALE' claims - how can anyone reduce something by 40% or more and still make a profit.
If you want a lappie, why not go directly to Dell or HP?
if you can spring for 6>700 notes then a decent laptop is a much better option, i know its what i spent a chunk of my gratuity getting some for my kids
and use a half decent place to buy from the likes of pc world /curry/s dixons/comet/powerhouse/brhitehouse are offering stuff thats below par on average
i got a samsung thing out of a catalouge last year because i knew waht the specs were and for some reason they were selling it for 1k less than everyone else, turned out it was an advertising error in my favour