Our review of the Toshiba A505D-S6987 brings us to an interesting crossroads. In recent years Toshiba has made a habit of producing fairly well-rounded and inexpensive notebooks that are good values. The A505D we have on hand adds an AMD Turion II Ultra to the equation, specifically the M600 that exists near the top of AMD's mobile line—or at least it did until the Phenom II refresh last month that's starting to show up in the marketplace. Toshiba aims to bring a strong value-oriented mainstream notebook to market. Can it compete? We'll look at the A505D as well as the M600 to see where they stand.

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