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Have had this laptop for around 6 months now. I find it to be speedy and reliable. It seems to perform better through chrome, although I am not sure that this is due to my internet or simply to the processor inside the laptop. The battery life is adequate, and mine lasts for around 3 hours with no power saving modes employed. The screen is a good size, and displays games and films well, although the sound could do with being a little louder, especially for film viewing and music. The built-in webcam is adequate, and performs well, it can also take still pictures. The main issue I have is with the touch pad, I have found that now it is starting to wear flat it is harder to get a purchase on it to move the cursor around the screen. I am not sure if or how this would be remedied. Overall a good nippy laptop, which does everything I ask.
I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro, 17" screen with GeForce 7600 graphics. Very nice indeed, and runs Half Life 2 at decent frame rates, couldn't ask for anything more at the price... Hard drives will die thats just a fact of life. So with that said toshiba laptops last a long time and dont have many issues. Just replace the hard drive in 5 years or so if you plan on using it daily. They have many issues. The everyday toshiba laptops are great.Toshiba laptops are good in their performance as well as perfect in reliability as well. I believe Toshiba is the best brand of laptop i've ever used! They are also well known for reliability, and great customer service.I would recommend anyone to buy Toshiba Laptops!
My old Advent Laptop eventually clapped out after 3 years and since my Laptop top is pretty much my number one everyday essential as I use it to do so many things, I had to look for a new one fast! I hated my old Laptop and I'd had numerous problems with the speed of it and the Hard Drive etc. so I was determined this time to get a Laptop that was a good performer and would not let me down like my last one.
As well as looking for a good performance Laptop I also wanted something that looked stylish instead of the standard black or grey Laptop that I'd previously had. I was tempted to choose something pink but then I decided that white was a lot more classy! The first thing I looked for specification wise was a good sized Hard Disk since my main problem in the past with computers has been with my Hard disk getting used up so quickly and therefore really slowing the computer down and causing it to run poorly. This Toshiba laptop has a 640 GB capacity Hard Disk which was a big difference from my old 300 GB model and it was more than enough for me. One of the main things I use my laptop for aside from using the internet, is playing The Sims 2 (I'm a self-confessed sims addict!) and I have every single expansion pack for the game and as you can imagine if you have a laptop with only a limited amount of Hard disk space, running all of the Sims expansions packs can be a big problem. My old laptop would run them all only now and again and only when it felt like working and even then it would take a million years to load and then run slower than a snail! In the end I had to give up my beloved Sims game-playing until one day I could get a new laptop that I could play them on.
So I had to be sure I was getting a laptop I could play The sims 2 on as I was really looking forward to getting into the game once again and the large Hard Disk space seemed promising, I couldn't imagine having any problems with speed or the loading of the game with a Hard Disk that size. But of course when playing games on your laptop the video card and graphics also play a key part as to how well they will run and I was a little bit concerned that the Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M and a supported video resolution of 1366 x 768 might not be up to the job. So in all honesty I tried not to get my hopes up and I planned on trying out the games and if this laptop wasn't good enough to run them smoothly I was going to send it back and look for something else (yes I love The Sims that much!) But I was thrilled to find that I was able to install The Sims 2 and all of its Expansion packs without any problems - I did this over a period of a couple of weeks rather than installing them all at once, I figured that was a better idea and it seemed to have done the trick. The display screen for the game is a little bit smaller than on other computers I've played on, I think it has adjusted the size in order for the graphics to perform better and it is not a problem - the game runs great!
So that was my biggest wish fulfilled! But of course there are the several other things I do on the laptop to test out performance wise. I am a big internet surfer and I run my own Shop on Ebay as well as visit social networks and review sites like Dooyoo, I spend a good few hours a day online so a laptop that runs at a snails pace is no good to me. But once again this laptop didn't let me down and it runs very quickly, I have Wireless internet and there is a button on the keyboard of the laptop to turn on WiFi and it picked up my connection straight away, after enterting my security passcode I was able to use the internet straight away.
Probably the number one issue with computers stems from security factors and viruses, so it is of course important to have some form of anti-virus software installed on your computer particularly if using the internet. I had bought a package from amazon but it hadn't arrived yet when I got my laptop, but Toshiba had this covered and included a Free 30 day Mcaffee security software package, which again was easy to set up and carried out regular scans to check for threats.
The Operating System on the laptop is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit which is extremely efficient and I actually find that I like it a lot better than the more recent Windows versions such as Windows Vista. Windows 7 comes with all of the standard Windows content but it also has a few handy extras such as Sticky Notes which are like little post-it notes to put onto your desktop screen, a magnifier and optional Gadgets so that you can also include things like the local temperature on your desktop too.
In terms of Media this laptop caters well to those needs to and has features such as Windows Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center and Windows DVD Maker etc. Personally I have a lot of photos and a few songs on the laptop at the moment and it has been able to store everything I want so far and it hasn't effected the speed of the laptop. There is a DVD Super Multi Drive to I can play all of my CD-ROM's or DVD-ROM's etc. so there's not a lot that I CAN'T do on here! There are also 3 x USB Ports on the side of the laptop which come in very handy for my Memory Stick or Camera Uploader etc. and I've found that anything I plug into the USB's is picked up really quickly.
Toshiba have included a few added extras that come already installed on the Laptop such as BBC iPlayer, Ebay, Skype, Nero and Adobe Reader X etc. all of which you can uninstall if you wish, but I've found most of these to be quite useful to have. There is also a Toshiba Bulletin Board which has a handy To-do list for when you have just bought the laptop. There is also a feature called Toshiba TEMPRO which displays any "Good to Know" or "Need to Know" messages from Toshiba including available Software updates.
The laptop comes with Microsoft Office Starter 2010 which gives you access to Excel and Word which for me was enough, but of course there is the option to go online and purchase the full Microsoft Office package if you want to. In terms of display and look etc. the laptop really does look very nice and the flat keyboard is one if the nicest keyboards I've typed on and I find that I can type things up really quickly. The Mouse Pad on the laptop is a Touch Pad with Multi-Touch Control supporting two-finger scroll, pinch, flip and rotate. I've sometimes found these really hard to use on other laptops and sometimes they are too sensitive and can skip from page to page without you even thinking you've touch it. But this one is just right and very easy for me to use.
The speakers on the laptop are 24-bit stereoo which aren't blaringly loud but are just about as loud as you would expect on a laptop, just right for me. The Battery life of this laptop claims to last up to 4 Hours but I can really comment on this as I usually have my laptop plugged in while I'm using it so I'm not sure yet how efficient the Battery life is. The screen size of the laptop is 15.6" which again for me is perfect and there is a Backlight which will dim if the laptop isn't touched for a while, therefore saving Power and Battery life. There is also a Built-In Webcam and Microphone which is very useful for those who want to use things like Skype, although when I've tested the Webcam out it seems to be quite blurred, perhaps I need to just adjust the settings? I haven't experimented with that too much as I doubt I'll really be using the Webcam.
Finally, the Laptop comes with 1 year Warranty from Toshiba and you are able to register your laptop for this straight away on start up and it only takes a few minutes. It seems to me like there really is very little that Toshiba haven't thought of when making this laptop! I am extremely happy with it and I love the way that you can add your own personalised touch by changing around the colour schemes, backgrounds & pictures etc. of the laptop.
On release, this laptop was originally priced at around £540 but I bought it from Very.co.uk for £419 which I think is excellent value for money considering the high quality of it. When I was looking to buy it I did find that there were very few reviews of this model and certainly none that told me the things I really wanted to know, so hopefully this review will be useful to anyone who is considering buying this laptop. I've tried to include everything I would personally want to known when buying the laptop, but if I've missed anything out or if there is anything else you want to ask then just give me a shout!
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