I got my toshiba satellite from argos, and I have to say it has been a little disappointing. Firstly it is not very portable as a laptop. I used it everyday taking it to university to take notes in lectures, and couldn't help but find it was a little too heavy, and bulky. Couple this with the fact it had a battery life of nearly 2 hours, I had to carry the charger everywhere I went, and had to always sit near a plug in the wall to charge it as I went.
No matter though, most laptops that are powerful and have big screens and really nice speakers use a lot of battery power....
But thats the problem. This laptop doesn't have amazing processing, or a super hi tech screen, and isn't even cheap enough to justify not having it really. The reason I went for this laptop is I thought as its Toshiba, its probably quite reliable, and I would rather have something simple, but doesn't just fall to bits on me....
Sadly I was wrong about this too... 2 months after my 2 year warranty expired, the hard drive just exploded. After taking it to a repair shop, they said that a screw that held the needle into the harddrive bit was missing, and asked me if I had taken it as they couldn't repair the hardrive without it... Considering I had never even opened the laptop up, the only remaining explanations are either A: someone took my laptop, opened it up, and robbed the screw, then replaced it all together... unlikely, B: the shop made a mistake when trying to fix it, or C: the quality control at toshiba isn't brilliant. I am sort of inclined to think the latter, as all the laptop problems started suddenly one day when it just started whirring and grinding weirdly.
Anyway, I still have the laptop, and am writing this review on it know, but honestly its probably not even worth £20 anymore, its battery life is nearly 20 minutes now, and now its graphic card has become dodgey, it no longer can deal with anything 3d.
Overall then, I think this is something best avoided. Its an expensive laptop with all the qualities of a cheap laptop. Its not portable, powerful, or reliable, and I really regret getting this over a samsung. My brother went for a samsung, and it has better battery life, is lighter, and has had nothing go wrong with it. Overall then, I have to give this 1/5. I found Toshiba very dissappointing, and after having bought a samsung netbook (I have a review on this) which did also break eventually when I fell in the snow, and a ASUS E PC, considering both those netbook were cheaper than this, more robust, and not really noticable worse in performance, I don't see a point in this laptop. Literally the only thing this does better is have a bigger screen...
I have two of these Toshiba Satellite laptops at home, and both of them work really well. I find that the laptop is perfect for commuting to and from work with as it's fairly compact and isn't incredibly fragile like a lot of other laptops.
In terms of performance, I've been really pleased. They come with all of the essentials, including the Microsoft Office programs if you buy the right deal! Whilst the default internet service is Internet Explorer which I'm not a big fan of, it's obviously really easy to download either Chrome or Firefox onto it, which enhances the range of programs even further. The speed has also been great. Obviously, it has got slower with time but that's to be expected, and it's still really quite fast after a good year or two of ownership. The laptop follows the typical QWERTY keyboard design and I find that the keyboard is really well laid out, although it does lack the set of numbers to the right of the keyboard. The power button and speakers are also placed underneath the laptop lid, which means that they're not easily damaged like a lot of other laptops. There is also a webcam placed above the screen, and whilst the quality is rather grainy, it has proved useful on a couple of occasions.
One thing I would say about the laptops is that there seems to be a design fault. On both of the laptops I own, they've had problems with the power connection at some point. It seems that the connector between the laptop and the power is particularly loose, and breaks really easily. In my case, I've had to send the laptops off to Germany to be repaired, so it takes ages to get them back! Despite this though, I would say that they are a good quality, affordable laptop with a decent set of features.
P.S. Battery life is about three hours, I would say. If it's fully charged, then it can last quite a while on low power settings.
I received this laptop as a present a year ago. Therefore, I didn't purchase it myself. However, you can buy this laptop for £336.
This laptop is the average size for a laptop. I feel that the appearance is a bit cheap-looking compared to the all-black laptops like the Satellite A300. When closed, the back of the screen is silver with a dark grey writing saying "Toshiba". Opening it up, the area around the screen is black. The keyboard keys are black with white letters/numbers/symbols on it. The area around the keyboard is silver with a black section at the top and a line at the bottom. There's 5 lights at the bottom on the black line. Showing if there's battery, if the cable's plugged in etc. The touch area is noticeable as it is slightly indented. Underneath is two buttons - for right click and left click. Along the sides is a disc area and a USB port. 'There is only one USB port, which can cause a bit of bother if you want to charge your iPod and upload pictures from your digital camera.
I had a few problems setting mine up. It is Wi-Fi enabled. However, it was not connecting to the internet. Turns out whoever made the computer forgot to install it. I had to take it back and get it re-installed. Apart from that, set up was pretty easy and straight forward. There is a little switch at the bottom of the laptop that switches on wireless. Ensure it's set to the on position and the little light is orange.
The webcam isn't great to be honest. However, it is so-so. All you need to do is roll over the top of the screen and a menu option pops up. This can be quite irritating if you're trying to click something but you can't because the webcam keeps popping up in your face. You can change the settings of your webcam and add graphics to it.
As usual, the laptop was very fast when I first bought it. However, it now crashes every second and sometime a whole load of windows explorer pops up and they don't stop, I need to switch it off in order to fix it.
I find the laptop heats up a lot. Sometimes, it even heats up to the extend that it switches off. At the side of my laptop, some of the plastic has melted off. The webcam isn't the best quality and the speed deteriorates. If you have connection problems at the start, you know why! Battery life is quite short.
Paid £349.99 for this and it was a good buy at the time, the charger however has had to be replaced TWICE which I would say is something to bear in mind if you are thinking of one. Aside from this, it has a reasonable 250gb hard drive, which should more than suffice for everyday use, but if your a gamer or like a lot of music, then you may want a larger hard drive. It also comes with a good amount fo ram, 2gb. Which does make the laptop run very speedily, it also comes complete with a dvd rw, which is very fast also, however its best to stick to 4x. The only downside, by personal preference, is that it comes with Windows Vista. However, as I said this is personal preference. It holds charge very well on the battery and when you have a max charge can go for about 3 hours of general use.
The Toshiba satellite L300D-10F is my first laptop. Out of pure excitement, I bought it in a rush and paid £399.99 for it. Being naive, I assumed that it would just be a great laptop and didn't really look around much. Fortunately, I wasn't disappointed and it was exactly what I expected.
For the price of the laptop it has great specifications. It has 2 GB ram, which I hear is what you need for vista to run perfectly. The more ram you have the quicker your programs will load. It includes a 250 GB hardrive, great for holding lots of music and video. After three months I still have plenty of hardrive space left. It has windows vista home premium, which runs smoothly and is a great version of windows. I would definitely use this operating system again. Finally it has an Athalon 64 X2 dual core processer. I'm not sure whether it is supposed to be better than other processers but the whole laptop runs swiftly and smooth because of it. The processor speed is 1.9 GHz which is fairly good and in the three months I have been using it, I have never had any serious slow spells.
I have to admit that it isn't the most stylish of laptops. When the laptop is closed the silver backing looks great but that is the only thing that does looks stylish. In the end if you want a laptop based on its appearance you should choose another brand, otherwise this is a great laptop for specifications.
The laptop its self has a great build and is very durable, great for someone as clumsy as me. I have indeed dropped this laptop. To my surprise nothing was broken. No smashed screens, cracks or snaps. I'm not saying the laptop is unbreakable but it's definitely fairly sturdy after it survived that drop. Finally, the hinges on the screen are neither too tight nor too loose. Just perfect.
The laptop includes a DVD rewriter drive, webcam, microphone and wireless. I haven't used the DVD rewriter yet but it writes on DVD + R and DVD +RW recordable disks. The webcam is built into the laptop just above the screen, similar to other laptops. It is very useful having a webcam that is so easily accessible and is a great feature. However the basic resolution brings the camera down. The built in microphone is also a great feature. At first I didn't realise I had it as it is cleverly hidden in the keyboard. I only discovered it when someone phoned me on a web based call. Finally the wireless ready functionality saves your favourite networks and connects you automatically as you log on, however I understand this is similar for many laptops. There is a switch at the front of the laptop where you can turn the wireless LAN either on or off.
At first when you buy the laptop, it may require some tweaking. For example there is lots of pre installed programs that will be of no use to you. You may want to uninstall these. There are also programs that activate when the laptop starts. You should disable these as, not only can they be annoying, but it will take your laptop longer to start up.
The laptop features a 15.6" glossy screen which gives a flawless picture. Of course it attracts its fair share of dust and fingerprints but you can't be disappointed by that alone. Overall it is a good size screen that is not too bulky nor to small. This is a great laptop for searching the web, watching videos and playing games. This is because of the excellent ATI Radeon X1250 graphics card.
Another disadvantage with this laptop is the battery life. It was advertised that it would last 2 hours however I'm lucky if it will last 45 minutes. Fortunately this doesn't bother me too much as I usually have the laptop plugged in and charging. You can make the battery last longer by choosing a different power plan. By changing it from high performance to power saver it can make you battery last longer, even then it doesn't last 2 hours. It is strange because by putting it on power saver it is meant to save battery life but affect your computers performance. However it still seems as swift and precise as it usually does. The only difference you notice is that the screen goes slightly dimmer.
All the ports on the laptop include the standard headphones and microphone ports ( 3.5mm), 3 USB ports and a slot for your Ethernet cable if you don't wish to use your wireless. Unfortunately there is no SD card slot but I find the various USB ports very useful.
So my overall thoughts are that it is a great laptop with a few disadvantages. But what laptops don't have problems. This computer has a great operating system, an amazing processor, a generous 250 GB hardrive and 2 GB memory. This gives the laptop a fast and quick response and is well worth its £399.99 price tag.
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The last laptop i has was a few years ago but i was so pleasently suprised to find my ne one had a built in webcam and audio stream. I have family that live up in inverness which is really far from me so it sved all the effort of linking up my rubbish webcam and trying to install the audio equiptment ready to talk to them. Vista runs like a treat and it has enough memory to do every day activities but still keep lots of files on. I have all of my college w on the computer and it still runs as smooth as if nothing was held on the memory. It has built in wireless with a small button at the bottom to turn it on and off. The instructions are really clear and talk you through step by step even if you have no computer knowledge.would reccommend
First Laptop I Have Had, but work in a store which has a large laptop section so i am wise to common faults, this laptop (L300D) has a 160Gb hard drive and a 2Gb RAM, meaning that it is quick and has enough memory for you day to day activities either at home or in the office, i highly recomend this laptop to any one!!!!
i know very little about computers and how they work but this laptop works itself vista is a dream ....the only thing i worry about is i don't know how many gigabytes it runs on...do i have enough space for simppe home work and searching and viewing stream and sending off and receiving large emails?
so far everything is working and it almost takes care of itself ....i never get stuck and it is fairly fast even running from a lite Gnet
the price was amazingly cheap....so cheap i thought i must be getting a second rate machine ...but far from it
everything i have asked it to do it has done so far...i just worry as i said about space... i do not know how much space i have????...i am obviously a person who knows nothing about computers but this systems makes me feel like i really know something