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I purchased my Toshiba Satellite in 2007 for just under £600, and it's still in use. I had previously owned a Toshiba Satellite and I'm impressed by the quality of Toshiba's hardware, so I wanted to replace my older model with something similar. What I like best about this laptop is the layout. The dimensions are good, with a generously sized screen, and an attractive silver facing. It has an inbuilt CD/DVD player and write drive and is wi-fi enabled. On the downside, the keyboard has almost worn out (though I am a very heavy user!). One major disadvantage of this model compared to others in the Toshiba range is that it doesn't have an external volume control - this causes huge embarassment if you're powering up in a library or somewhere quiet, and is inconvenient when you can't use the desktop volume controls because the system is running too slowly (more on that later). The playback quality is also very poor - the upper volume limit on the speakers is far too low to be able to play back a DVD, for example, comfortably. The battery life is also extremely limited: mine will run for a little over half an hour if not plugged in, making it impossible to use on the go - the heavy weight limits its portability too. In view of these facts it should really be though of as a compact alternative to a desktop, rather than a genuinely portable computer. The biggest problem with this laptop, however, is the insufficient memory. It has huge difficulty in running more than one program at a time, especially with programs that are greedy with memory (such as iTunes and Indesign - programs I use routinely). I store almost all of my files on an external hardrive and still have problems. However, in view of the years of reliable service I've had from it, it's a small price to pay.
Got one of these as a 21st birthday present in 2007 (cost £380). The laptop came with 1gb of ram and had windows vista home premium installed. Had to install an additional 1gb ram as it ran painfully slow. The extra 1gb of ram made all of the difference and I would recommend anyone who has one of these to do the same. Has got 3 USB ports which is pretty much standard these days. Sound out of the speakers is loud and clear. battery life can be described as being average as mine only lasts 1h10 (this may be down to the power required for vista) overall I'd give this 3 stars as it would have been better shipped with xp or 2gb of ram. wifi card is good and seems to have a big range as it picks my mates network up 6 doors down!! Had it nearly three years now and it's still running strong.