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i was given this as a xmas present just over one year ago and i have used this laptop nearly everyday since ive had it and i have not yet had a problem with it either with hardware or software , i mainly just use it for browsing the net and watching movies on. There is sufficient memory for what i use it for with 148gb on the C drive and 147gb on the E drive, and also has a dvd writer to burn things on if u want to free more memory, i have never seem to have had a problem with the dvd burning on this and normally successfully burns dvds first time and quickly. there is also a built in camer which has a clear quality, i rarely use it but its worth having for chatting to friends and family on skype or msn etc. I mainly just use this in the house so normaly keep the charger plugged in but when it is not plugged in it does have a power saver option so your batery doesnt die down straight away although it does tend to die down quicker if your using websites such as youtube or watching a movie. This is the only laptop i have owned so it is difficult to compare it with other ones, but i certainly prefer using this to a pc just as you can have it anyway where you want in the house.
I got this Toshiba free from my mobile broadband provider (3) when signing on for another two years. As I had just broke the screen on my last one, I was happy enough to pay a little extra every month.
This laptop is quite big, but slim. Having a 17" screen means there is room for a separate numeric keypad, which I never had on a laptop before, and is a godsend for work purposes. It is quite stylish and once I had ripped off all the silly Toshiba and Vista stickers I was quite happy to open it up on the train or in the airport.
Built in WiFi means I can take advantage of free internet in a growing number of places, and I have found this useful on the odd occasion when there is weak or no mobile broadband signal.
The 320Gb HD is great for storing music and films when travelling and the battery decent enough that I can watch a full film without a charge. I'm not a processor expert but I can't say the Athlon Dual Core in this one is any worse than any Intel one that I have used.
I suspect there is a limited choice when getting a laptop free with broadband, but I was pleasantly surprised that this one was as good.
I have had this laptop for around 18 months now and it has had to go for repair once due to a problem when the computer kept crashing about 5 times a day. We did think there was a loose connection with the power lead and taping up the leads at the back did help a bit for a while. When the laptop came back from repair they said they had replaced the power lead connection and fan and given the machine a clean out. Since then I have not had the fault with the laptop crashing anymore.
Generally this laptop is heavier then my last laptop which was an Acer and it is quite big being a 17 inch screen. I would say if you do a lot of travelling then this model could be too heavy to take around. I use a site which requires having a lot of different sites open and it was very slow doing this so we took off Vista and replaced it with XP and also added more memory. Since then it does everything I want to do quickly and is reliable to use. I do use this laptop a lot though and the silver coating on the front has worn off to black where the mouse has been moved a lot.
Generally this laptop has done me well apart from the fault described above which has now been fixed.