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It was an uncertain decision when converting from the old desktop pc with the massive monitor that had so comfortably settled in our 'spare bedroom' to a space saving laptop that could be used anywhere (we should have done it years ago). Having being used to waiting ages for the PC to boot up I found this a dream. Running on vista I was concerned as I had not heard many good thing about it. However was suprised and have had no problems. The machine is robust and needs to be, having young children who are excited by the bright screen they grab it at every chance it has to endure being grabbed,pulled,dribbled on and bashed. Advantages: good price, good processor speed, robust. Disadvantages:not so good battery life, silver interface marks easily, is probably big compared to its competitors. Overall I would definately recommend this and think the price is good. When it needs replacing i'll be going to toshiba again.