I recently acquired a new laptop as my old one had finally lost it's battle with age. I chose this particular laptop as I trusted the Toshiba name, recognized that the specs were good, and loved the cheap price. Unfortunately in this instance I got what I paid for.
Don't get me wrong the laptop looks very aesthetically pleasing. The black plastic cover looks very smart, and the screen displays at an eye pleasing definition. Sadly looking pretty is all that really stands out about this laptop.
I have encountered many problems with using this and one of the biggest problems that I’ve encountered is the fact that it comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1. Windows 8 requires a minimum of 2 gigs to run, and since this laptop has 2 gig as standard then you can barely do anything beyond booting it up until you upgrade the RAM. Before you do this the laptop runs at a ridiculously slow pace and crashes frequently.
However even after updating the RAM I have found the laptop to have a lot of problems. Is it the laptop, or is it Windows 8.1? The problems that I have encountered have included crashes during video playback, green screens during videos, slowed internet speeds, a mouse pad that freezes out and forces you to reset. All of these problems have been listed as common windows 8 faults, but I still have to accept the possibility that the cheaper hardware may also be suspect.
To be honest it’s a shame that the laptop comes pre-installed with windows 8.1 as the base unit would have otherwise been a solid budget computer. Whenever I use it for working and studying I enter the computers control panel (a back door to a more traditional windows experience) and; as long as the mouse pad doesn’t freeze on startup, it then does everything I need.
However trying to use the main control screen to do anything else becomes a nightmare. The Windows 8.1 Internet Explore looks and feels clunky, and tends to crash an awful lot. The App system; just does not work on a traditional computer. All of that combined with the buggy nature of the thing means that these irritations will stay with you long after the initial price has been paid.
Still, as a budget laptop this carries a very reasonable price. Just beware that you’ll need to upgrade the RAM, and may potentially want to change the OS too. This would end up hiking the price up so if you’re not desperate for a new laptop then I’d recommend holding out until a new generation of Windows is released and you can then purchase a budget computer with a lot less bugs.
It comes with the Windows 8 operating system, a large 1 TB hard drive, and an ample 8 GB of RAM which makes it ideal for work or play.