Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

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Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby dickkickem » 2018-4-23 @ 02:11

I'm settled on the CDT/CT series Toshiba laptops for a DOS gaming laptop, but I just want to know which one is better. Personally I like the Portege because the screen's large, along with the laptop itself. I like bulkier laptops.

Which one is the best Toshiba laptop?
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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby SpectriaForce » 2018-4-23 @ 09:38

Portege is actually the most portable series (apart from Libretto).

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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby Byrd » 2018-4-23 @ 11:13

Anything that has a TFT panel without quirks is what you want - Portege and Satellite Pro were similarly priced, but I'd go a Satellite Pro for more rugged case design and expansion options.

Also, check out the Libretto if you want something small you can just keep on any desk and plug a monitor into - the Pentium MMX equipped 70CT is a great choice, the LCD is also good for all DOS games.

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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby dickkickem » 2018-4-23 @ 23:26

Byrd wrote:Anything that has a TFT panel without quirks is what you want - Portege and Satellite Pro were similarly priced, but I'd go a Satellite Pro for more rugged case design and expansion options.

Also, check out the Libretto if you want something small you can just keep on any desk and plug a monitor into - the Pentium MMX equipped 70CT is a great choice, the LCD is also good for all DOS games.

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Idk about the Libretto, they're pretty small and pretty expensive, but if I found one for under $100 I'd consider it.
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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby jaZz_KCS » 2018-4-24 @ 09:00

The Libretto series is ultra portable but also the demand is high for these machines, ergo the price is way too high.

The Satellite, Tecra and Satellte Pro Series I can vouch for, having restored and refurbished a ton of these over the last years I can say that most of these machines have specs suitable for Win9x and DOS gaming.

Most of the laptops of these series come equipped with CT6xxxx video chipsets for graphics which are very backwards compatible with 2D DOS games, and ES6xx/16xx soundchips which are known for excellent SB emulation, other come with Yamaha OPL3.

So long as you get a model with working TFT, you should be all set.

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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby Byrd » 2018-4-24 @ 10:59

jaZz_KCS wrote:The Libretto series is ultra portable but also the demand is high for these machines, ergo the price is way too high.


Really? They pop up for $80 - 150 on eBay from time to time and I'd say more are looking for a bigger Toshiba if they want to play DOS games. An underrated little unit, I even think the keyboard is excellent (and I've large hands that struggle to type on an iPhone keyboard). A lot of the 100/110CTs have issues with lines on the screen however - a panel fault, not cable related. The 50/60/70CTs seem a bit more rugged.
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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby jaZz_KCS » 2018-4-24 @ 12:06

Byrd wrote:
jaZz_KCS wrote:The Libretto series is ultra portable but also the demand is high for these machines, ergo the price is way too high.


Really? They pop up for $80 - 150 on eBay from time to time...



Yep, as I said, way too overpriced. Other more capable Toshiba's like Satellite Pros or Tecras go for 20 bucks.
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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby henryVK » 2018-4-24 @ 12:58

jaZz_KCS wrote:
Byrd wrote:
jaZz_KCS wrote:The Libretto series is ultra portable but also the demand is high for these machines, ergo the price is way too high.


Really? They pop up for $80 - 150 on eBay from time to time...



Yep, as I said, way too overpriced. Other more capable Toshiba's like Satellite Pros or Tecras go for 20 bucks.


I suppose one can get lucky, if one is patient. Generally speaking, prices are somewhat inflated across the board, and Librettos are the most sought after models.

Apart from the Satellite 400 CDT, the Tecra 720CDT seems to be a good choice. Or any other model with a TFT screen and the CT65550 graphics chip, for that matter, because it allows full-screen scaling from 320*200 resolution.

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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby dickkickem » 2018-4-25 @ 22:41

jaZz_KCS wrote:
Byrd wrote:
jaZz_KCS wrote:The Libretto series is ultra portable but also the demand is high for these machines, ergo the price is way too high.


Really? They pop up for $80 - 150 on eBay from time to time...



Yep, as I said, way too overpriced. Other more capable Toshiba's like Satellite Pros or Tecras go for 20 bucks.

Where can I find 'em for $20?
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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby keenmaster486 » 2018-4-26 @ 02:35

I got a Satellite Pro 460CDT for $40...
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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby dickkickem » 2018-4-26 @ 03:09

keenmaster486 wrote:I got a Satellite Pro 460CDT for $40...

Where?
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Re: Tecra, Satellite Pro, Portege - Which is better for DOS gaming?

Postby keenmaster486 » 2018-4-26 @ 03:19

dickkickem wrote:
keenmaster486 wrote:I got a Satellite Pro 460CDT for $40...

Where?

eBay, believe it or not. I got lucky on a "not working" auction when it really just had no working OS.
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