I got given this laptop for university 4 years ago and it was so nice to use when I first had it. The manual was clear and as I was used to Windows XP for a while, I found that Vista was just as easy to use.
The battery life of this laptop is possibly the worst I have seen on any laptop though. I am still using this laptop as I type this and if I unplug it from the charger, I would give it 2 minutes until it dies on me. I have now replaced my charger 5 times in the last 4 years, and the battery 3 times. It is a known fact that Toshiba laptops are great to use but their battery life is a let down.
I have started to buy my chargers from Ebay for £4.99 because when I went down Tottenham Court Road (London) to by a replacement charger, I was charged £65. Even if I buy 10 off ebay it would work out cheaper.
I recently wiped my laptop and installed Windows 7 after getting a virus. What toshiba failed to mention was that by adding Windows 7, I can no longer use my webcam as it was compatible with Vista and not 7.
I do think that at the time of purchase, this was a very good laptop, but newer and cheaper alternatives are out there. This includes, Acer, HP, and Apple.
This laptop was bought for me as I am dyslexic and studying at university. I was told it was one of the best within its price range and having used it now for a few months I am inclined to agree. It is very easy to set up and the instructions are clear and well written. It has a web cam built in and a dvd player with dolby sound room. It performs fast and I have had no trouble with it as far as performance goes. It is lightweight and quite thin so is easy to transport around although because of the screen size it is not one of the smallest laptops around. The battery life is reasonable too as it gives up to 3 hours without the power lead and has an option to put it on power saver which just dulls the screen a little. I have only one negative point and that is I dont think it is as tough as some other laptops. My partner dropped it a short distance from the ground onto a soft carpet and smashed the screen (my sons laptop has bounced down the stairs with no effect at all). As it was insured I had it replaced and have had no problems since but if you are accident prone get it insured of buy a tougher laptop.
This laptop is simply fantastic! Since I received it back in December 2008, I have had absolutely no problems with it. Upon opening the box, there is a large manual in most common languages, a power adapter with UK plug and the laptop itself. I am not going to list the tech spec as this is available elsewhere.
Upon startup for the first time, the computer will install Windows Vista itself. All you have to do is switch the mahcine on once connected to mains power and click install. How easy is that?!
Once the operating system is installed the computer will start up and this is where the only problem with this mahcine lies - it takes ages to start up! I am unsure whether this is due to Windows Vista, as this is the only Vista machine I have used, or whether this is just the laptop itself.
The laptop along with operating system comes with some Toshiba software for running the webcam and creating recovery discs etc. I suggest you create the recovery discs sooner rather than later as this will be your only way to restore the computer to factory settings.
The laptop seems to be very powerful and can cope with large multitasking including writing DVDs, browsing the internet and using graphics software at the same time. At no point has the system bogged down dramatically due to over exertion of the processor and memory.
The laptop is host to some pretty impressibe harman/kardon speakers, well for a laptop. The sound is tinny as expected but compared to most laptops, is rather good! The battery does not take long to charge and the computer will last for 2-3 hours depending on usage demands and screen brightness. I have the brightness set at minimum when on battery power to extend life.
The screen quality is brilliant, both pictures and movies are displayed perfectly. In fact I use it quite a bit for different DVDs.
The laptop is not particularly heavy so makes transport very easy and comfortable when placed in a suitable bag. In my opinion this is a fantastic laptop and you can't go far wrong with it.
The Satellite A300 is the perfect choice for those with style in mind. The gloss black chassis combined with the textured palmrest and glossy keyboard add to enhance the sleek latch-less design. All models feature Harmon Kardon speakers, feather touch white LED media controls and metallic coloured mouse buttons. The 15.4" widescreen display is ideal for every day computing tasks and for watching movies. The Satellite A300 series features Intel Core 2 Duo processors with plenty enough power for demanding applications. A 1.3MP camera is also integrated into the design, ideal for video calls, and has face recognition technology to allow easy logon to Windows.