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I've had this laptop for quite a while now and I have had no problems with it to date. It is great for every day computing and for general use as it runs quickly and steadily. I do find that there is a lot of memory aswell which is great for storing pictures and music without having to delete any.
I do find however it sometimes tends to run a bit slow if you use a lot of programs at once, but like I said, its great for general use. The look of the laptop is pretty good and I find that it does not get dirty as easily as other laptops, the screen is clear and bright too, which makes it easier to see things.
The downside I find is that it only has one hour battery life so you have to constantly keep it on charge which makes it get hotter, so remember to have it on a good surface as this could cause problems. I have had no trouble with windows vista and I think it's good for first laptop buyers as it is pretty basic a long with the laptop.
It is also light and easy to carry around and is not bulky. This is a great laptop for younger children and first time laptop buyers!
This is in my opinion a good-enough laptop if all you want it for is general day-to-day computing. It does general day-to-day computing very well and relatively fast, however for anything more than this it does have a tendency to run rather slow. Eg, the processor can't handle some of the newer games, causing them to run either slowly or jittery, which can be a problem. Another problem I've found, which may not be a problem to some, is the battery-life, which is generally around an hour at the most, depending on what you are doing: ie, if you are streaming something on line, the battery life will adjust itself downwards accordindgly.
These are the main two problems I have found with this product, but saying that it does have its upsides. It is sleek and nice to look at, relatively light to carry, and starts up fast. As I say, if it is needed for general day-to-day computing, such as wordprocessing, it is perfect, and should be relatively cheap. If, however, you are going to be playing modern games that make more of a demand on the processor, I would suggest opting for something else.
I bought this laptop about 6 months ago, I decided to spend slightly more on the Toshiba name, I could have got a cheaper laptop with a higher spec but decided I wanted reliabilty and chose Toshiba, I have come to regret my choice for a few reasons. The laptop runs to its spec and does all it should, however its not built to the quality I would expect from a Toshiba, several of the keys fall off daily which causes frustration! the fan has started to regularly over heat causing the laptop to turn off without warning and then it takes what seems like an age to turn back on.
There are also good features, I love the design, its very stylish. The battery life is relitively good, and it charges very quickly.
It has a very good memory and runs very quickly at all tasks, the wifi connection has never failed me. The built in speakers are also great for my needs, and i must say they perform and handle my music much better than my cd player. Overall I would say do your research carefully and I would opt for a different laptop in future.
I purchased this laptop because my old laptop was not very good and I couldnt do alot with it anymore. I chose this laptop because of the good brand name and it had one of the largest screens of all laptops on offer as well as the numeric keypad which was quite important to me.
Good points. This laptop come with very high specification for what I thought was a reasonable price. Its very fast, I can store alot of information, such as music and pictures, and despite its large size for a laptop its quite light and easily transportable, screen qulity is exceptional as is sound quality.
Bad points. The only prblems I have with this laptop is that it has a very short battrey life- between 60 and 90 minutes depending on what your doing. Also when my power cable for the laptop broke- possibly my fault I was charged £35 for a replacement- which I thought was quite expensive.
This product is great i often play games onit and do my work. It was alot faster than expected. For the price its definetly a must buy ! I have had the product a few months now and nothing has gone wrong , The kids love it and i cant get them off it , i may even buy them one each. I did buy this product for general office work but when i realised its potential i started using it to play games on at first i was unsure but after i started it was just amazing. I also bought one for my Husband again he loves it , uses it for more work based activities . Its easy to clean , light weight and even better the battery seems to last for ever. 9/10 for this product , like i said its a must buy. Definetly value for money.
I have suggested this laptop to Dooyoo as I have been the lucky owner and daily user of this really good machine for the past year.
Mine came from Currys online refurbished laptops sale for 299 GBP in June 2008. It turned out that it actually has not been used, had only been opened as a test machine, still had foil on, etc. The criteria for a laptop were as follows:
* big screen
* at least 2GB RAM (memory)
* good and fast processor (no preference to brands/types)
* pleasant look
As you can obviously guess Toshiba Equium P200D ticks all of those boxes:)
In the meantime it turned out it is really good for watching movies on that 17inch screen and reasonably good for games.
I play Sims 2 frequently with all additional cds installed and medium details in the game - runs beautifully. It has been also tested on various games from Reflexive.com (try it out) and there were never any problems with them.
However - Heroes of Might and Magic V did not go so well - too slow. I hope this gives you the idea as far as games are concerned.
Update of 21.03.2010: Sims 3 with medium settings (the best would be to let the game set the graphics on its own) runs fab - great pleasure to play. Change of broadband provider and the speed of 6.5 Mbit enables to stream HD flawlessly - another big plus for Toshiba.
I use it everyday for my translation jobs where I need to have sometimes 5 to 10 websites opened at once, online dictionaries and heavy CAT tools (translation programs) that take a lot of memory. Toshiba is the winner - working on it is flawless.
As far as OS (operating system) is concerned, I downgraded from Vista Home Edition to Windows XP SP3 to make sure no nasty surprises with the translation software will appear. Generally, it worked really well.
Enough of praise - time to point out some disadvantages:
1. In my opinion due to downgrading from Vista to Win XP the touchpad lost its perfect sensitivity and on rare occasions it seems to switch windows when you click anywhere on the screen. It does not cause any trouble - might be slighly annoying for some users.
2. Battery is not good at all - but the 17inch screen and the speed of processing comes at a price. It lasts for up to 2.5 hours with light surfing/word processing and about an hour -1.5h with gaming/films.
3.Another trouble was with sound drivers. After installing Win XP the sound was very quiet. It required some kind of additional codecs or extra bits (not sure which ones:) to make it reasonably good. Now it is absolutely fine.
No more disadvantages found so far.
And that is all, dear readers. Depending on the needs of the users it might be a really fantastic machine - as in my case - or a nightmare to type - as in my nervous partner's case:)))