Not so long ago, you had to part with a £1,000 (ex. VAT) to get anything approaching a decent notebook. Choosing a budget model for around £750 range was a false economy, as you’d have to put up with poor-quality displays, tiny hard drives and underpowered processors. But things have changed: increasing notebook sales and falling component costs, plus the introduction of processors designed specifically for low-cost/fair-performance systems, mean that prices keep on tumbling. Even so, £499 (ex. VAT; £586 inc. VAT) is a very low price for a usable notebook: so does Toshiba’s entry-level Satellite Pro A10 deliver the goods, or have too many corners been cut?