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I have owned two of these lap tops for about 3 years now. They are both the 1.73 GHz processor speed version. They are the Satellite Pro M40. I should say "were" because one of them mal functioned so much and so often that I had to scrap it.
Talking about the one that I still have and which is still "alive".............
It has 3 USB ports, a touch pad integral mouse and didn't come with any pre-loaded Microsoft Application Package Software (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc). I have now installed my own software.
It is running Windows XP Home Edition, has a Local Area Network port (LAN) for making a wired connection to Broadband Internet. It is also capable of connecting wirelessly which is how I have it right now.
The build quality to the eye looks very good. It has a 15.4 inch screen an 80GB hard drive and the lap top is quite heavy and sturdy with a fair amount of metal used on its exterior.
I purchased it new paying about £500. At the time that I bought it this was a mid range lap top specification wise but above the average price in its class. I paid the extra money because I thought, I don't know why, that Toshiba was a superior brand and would therefore give me better value for money and a more consistent level of performance.
Having had it for a while and also having had other makes during the same period I would never buy a Toshiba again based on my experiences with this one.
The things I don't like about it are as follows.
It is incredibly slow to boot up.
It is often useless and almost unusable if you try to do more than a few processes at once. This is especially so if you are running a virus scan or downloading something and trying to surf the web or open documents at the same time. I often get the message "Low On Virtual Memory" when I have just 3 word/excel documents open and two web pages open all together.
Sometimes it just starts inexplicably whirring and over using the hard drive when no increased usage has been requested. I have checked an it is not due to a scheduled virus scan or a Windows Update or anything similar being downloaded. It just does it for no reason and slows down or completely stops everything else that you happened to be doing at the time. It is very annoying.
Its battery life is poor. I know fully charged battery life diminishes over time but I don't remember it ever being over 90 minutes and it is currently about 60 minutes.
There is an annoying Toshiba sort of ghostly looking menu that sometimes pops up on the screen and I don't know how to permanently disable this. It is something to do with the mouse pad and comes on when you least want it to.
About a year ago the computer suddenly could just not handle Internet Explorer without it continually crashing. I re-installed IE but it still didn't work so I can now only browse the web with Firefox which is okay but I would rather have the choice.
About 1 in 10 times the lap top will just not switch off so you have to hold the power button down and unnaturally switch it off.
I have tried various fixes and remedies for the computer, some of which have had a temporary positive effect. I regularly do disk defragmentation and clear temporary Internet files etc but the problems still persist.
I have now started to have a problem with the power switch which needs to be pushed in very hard to get it to work.
In general I have found that all of my other lap tops that I have had and used which are Hewlett Packard and E-Systems ( a very cheap PC World brand) have given a far better hassle free performance over a similar period of time.
My HP lap tops have been in the same price range as the Toshiba and the E-Systems ones were far cheaper than the Toshiba.
The only nice things I can say about the Toshiba are that the screen is easy on the eye and the buttons on the keyboard are nicely sprung and easy to type quickly with. Everything else is either average or poor in my opinion.
The sound quality on the built in speakers is very good and better than on most other lap tops that I have used.
It is easy to say that perhaps I just got a dud lap and that you will always get one in a batch of a few hundred of the same model but the point is that I have had two of this model that have both been poor.
This review is also posted on www.ciao.co.uk
under my user name bella6789
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