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My mum bought me this Toshiba Laptop in October 2009 to replace the old computer i had. What attracted me to it was how good it looks! The main thing i wanted in a laptop was for it to be fast and a big HD (hard drive).
So far I am very pleased with the Toshiba Satellite as it has lasted over 3 years without breaking or becoming too slow.
The advantages are:
The 250g hard drive is well enough and i have over 1500 songs and tons of pictures and videos stored. I am happy with the 2.1ghz processor as it is capable of handling day to day tasks and moderate gaming. Certain programs do fail to respond at times, but considering it's 3 years old it's still operating not far off how i bought it!
I like to go on skype and take pictures so the little 1.3 megapixel camera comes in handy! Watching movies is great too because the screen is clear and bright. For a better quality though, i connect the laptop to a HD television with a HDMI cable so i can surf and watch movies at high definition!
The speakers are not too loud, so you will have to plug in some of your own.
The battery life only lasts around 2.5 hours which is average., i would want longer. After 3 years i've had to buy another battery.
I bought this laptop at least two and a half years ago now, it has never let me down even once. I use it for Browsing the web, watching HD iPlayer, playing DVD's on my TV (via the monitor out) and much more.
The things that impress me about this laptop:
The build quality is top notch,
The enrgonomics are excellent,
Screen quality is crystall clear and bright,
Its been relaible,
Its stayed fast for two years,
The battery life has done well,
Looks fantastic - But is easy to scratch,
The multimedia controlsyou get are very useful.
I would buy another one of these in a instant, and I have recomended it to many friends. forget Vaio, acer and all those brands Toshinba has changed my mind (I used to be a samsung person). I prefer the 13" version of this as its more portable, but the 15" is more of a productive computer with its number pad and bigger screen.
Word of warning the older Dyna-Dock system you can buy is almost useless as the monitor output is ruined by it. Looks good though.
On opening the box, the first thing that struck me was what a good
looking machine this is! Especially as this is one of Toshiba's budget machines. I bought this machine as a field work tool, as it's reputed to be robust and reliable. Six months down the line and it's living up to it's name!
The keyboard is a good size and the keys are amply large, making typing easy. I also liked the depth; There's not much space between the front edge of the machine and where the keyboard starts, just enough for the touch pad. This makes typing easier, as you don't have to reach far into the machine. The touch pad is nicely camouflaged with the main casing, making for nice asthetics.
The display is wide screen format, 15.6 inches, TruBrite HD+ TFT and makes for a good working environment. The only thing that can be said against the screen is that you need to tilt the screen to see it perfectly and people looking from the side won't get a good view either as the screen fades out on side view, that said, that makes it a plus for privacy, no nosy parkers on trains and planes will get to see what you're doing.
The machine I got was actually, not what was advertised on the box - this was Toshiba's mistake, but to my advantage!! I got a 2.2 T6600 processor instead of a 2.1 T6500 advertised on the box!! So you never know you might get lucky as well if you buy one! The motherboard Chipset Type is an Intel GM45 Express and there's a built on Graphics Processor which is Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD. Ram is 3gb of DDR2 SDRAM.
The Windows system loaded is Vista, but Toshiba prevent it from booting the first time you use it, so you can choose whether you want to install a 32bit or a 64bit system. Granted, it takes its time to load the system the first time, but once it's done, it works just fine. Interestingly, the hard drive (320gb) is partitioned with half of it designated to a rescue system and the other half to the OS. This is so that you can recover your system - if need be - from that partition without a rescue disk.
One of my pet hates is loads of unnecessary applications and Toshiba go to town on installing numerous applications that I probably won't ever use. I stopped some from loaded at boot to save boot time. I also loaded PC Tools Registry Mechanic to keep the registry ticking perfectly - very important with Vista. Annoyingly, McAfee came installed and it took an age to find the uninstall tool on their site - in fact I never found it on their site, rather on someone else's!! I got rid of McAfee and installed Eset Smart Security 4 instead, because it uses far less of the CPU's resources. I also installed MAX Secure's Spyware Detector for extra security.
The battery life on this machine is better than most Toshibas, with 3.2 hrs from 100%, so those wanting to work where there's no electricity will be pleased. Charging time is also very quick. When in battery mode the machine is set to have a darker screen though, to save juice.
There are three usb sockets, one doubling as eSATA, an HDMI and an RJ45. Optical Drive is as follows: Type Dual layer DVD±RW/DVD-RAM. Optical Drive ReWrite Speed 10x (CD-RW), 24x (CD-RW), 5x (DVD-RAM), 6x (DVD-RW), 8x (DVD+RW). Optical Drive Read Speed 24x (CD), 8x (DVD). For those of you who need a wireless connection then there's an Integrated 10/100 Network Card, Integrated Wireless LAN, which worked flawlessly!
Altogether this machine is remarkable value and a good size, as well as being reasonably light - can be picked up with one hand. The pros definitely outweigh the cons, so I highly recommend this model.