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The Stereotypical High-Spec Computer
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Advantages: Surprisingly lightweight and slim, great display and speaker system, so powerful!
Disadvantages: Power hungry, noisy at times, plasticy build.
Upon unpacking the laptop I was first surprised by how slim the system was. Due to my only prior experience with gaming laptops being Alienware laptops which are notorious for being powerful but also extremely large, bulky and heavy, I was expecting similar from this laptop. I bought it online and therefore had no idea of what to actually expect in terms of size. I can happily say that the slimness of the system was a good surprise. This low profile makes it surprisingly easy to carry around as it can also fit snugly inside many laptop cases as it is just under 17" in screen size. A slimmer design also indicated less weight and this is true for this laptop, this adds to the portability of the system so you can use its immense power without being stuck at the same desk day in, day out. I generally use this laptop in bed, on a laptop tray (Fun Fact: I am actually doing this very thing whilst writing this review!), if this laptop was heavy then I would not be able to do this as it would get very uncomfortable, but I can handle this laptop being on me for hours upon hours without the weight becoming an issue at any point!
As I have said, this laptop is extremely powerful. Its main specifications are as follows:
- Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Intel® CoreTM i7-720QM Processor
- 500 GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
- Velvety Black with matt black keyboard
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M GPU
The full specifications can be found on its official Toshiba page as linked below:
This power enables it to handle pretty much anything you throw at it with ease. The main intensive task I have regularly done with this system is video editing and encoding for YouTube, this laptop has handled this well and gets the job done in a matter of minutes. I suspect using computers of lower specification would make this task last far longer and make them almost useless at such a task. I have also gamed using this laptop. All of the games I have ran on it have been able to run at maximum or near maximum settings with a high frame rate with no trouble whatsoever.
Now, this power does have downsides as you may suspect. If a computer is processing more, it needs more power - it cannot do something from nothing. Therefore it must drain power from its battery at a greater rate than that of laptops with less power. This certainly shows in this system. The official battery life of this laptop is 3 hours and 20 minutes from the specifications page on the Toshiba website - I do not have a clue how they could veer get this battery life from this system. Even from the first day of having the laptop, it could never even come close to achieving this. On a good day, running common programs such as a web browser and email client, I will get about 1 hour and 30 minutes from a full charge in the pre-installed Windows 7. If I choose to actually use the power at my disposal and encode a video or play a game, I will be lucky to get 40 minutes out of it without the power going critical. If you plan on doing something intensive with this system, plug it in first! I have came close to losing work accidentally many times because I got carried away with it and forgot to check the power level.
The choice of applications also affects the noise of the laptop. When doing basic things, you will have just a quite breeze coming out of the vent at the side of the system which is not loud in the slightest, you will not even notice it once you get working. However, when you choose to use the computer fully, you may well think that somebody has walked in your house and began using a leaf blower - it gets extremely loud and the air coming out of the vents could probably cook a few steak dinners!
The build of the system is pretty average. it has a plastic casing all around which although not the ideal material for a laptop susceptible to overheating, still makes the laptop feel solid and well made due to being a perfect fit for the components and having a great attention to detail thanks to being embossed all around and having nice smooth curves and includes around the edges. The keyboard has island-style keys which means that there is spacing between each of them, this is great for fast typists as it means they are less likely to catch the wrong key and it also helps distinguish between different ones as they move their hands around it. However, they keys themselves are not perfect - my 'A' key for instance, can unclip itself from the mechanism underneath as I type and required pushing back on to become usable again. I admit that this could be a one-off occurrence but the other keys do not feel too solid either and I expect the same to happen to another soon.
The computer has a variety of ports making compatibility fantastic. A quick list included multiple USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI output, a VGA output, 3.5mm headphone and microphone ports, an SDXC/HC slot as well as many other useful ones (Check the link above for a full list). The fact that the system can output directly to a HD monitor via HDMI makes up fro the fact that the laptop's display itself isn't full HD and is only just over a little over 720p (which is still pretty good and definitely more than the majority of people will ever need anyway).
The screen is bright and offers great colouring. I did have an issue with a single dead pixel when I bought it but as the screen must have at least 5% dead pixels before it is classed as faulty, did not constitute a replacement. A single dead pixel isn't noticeable anyway except in certain situations. Being around 17", the screen is fantastic for watching videos on either on your own or even with a friend or two - everyone will get a nice view of the screen even if it is a few metres away from you. The multimedia experience is greatly enhanced by the Harman/Kardon speakers built in to the laptop. I am not a sound guy and never claim to be, I am happy with almost all speakers as, to me, they generally sound the same. However, many of my friends were amazed by the inclusion of this brand of speaker and assure me that they are top of the range. They also listened to the sound from these and were very impressed!
Overall, if you like to do very intensive tasks at home but you still want the portability that a lightweight laptop gives you, this would definitely not be a bad choice. The main downside will be that if you are away from a socket for too long, you may be in a little trouble.
Summary: Can easily replace a desktop.
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