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I bought this laptop a little under 5 years ago and have been very impressed with how well it has worked in that time. Without changing any of the original hardware (and that includes the battery) it can now comfortably run Windows 7 Pro, have Chrome open with several tabs, run a full scan with MSSE and have a Linux virtual machine running that has partitioned 512MB from the RAM. The screen is pretty good and, after nearly 5 years the battery still works reasonably well managing about 70 minutes unplugged.
It can run at quite a high temperature at times but regular cleaning of the heatsink will fix that and, as it uses both Intel CPU and GPU, the processors will clock back to prevent damage caused by high temperatures.
If you're buying one of these laptops at this point in their lifecycle, I would say that they are ideal as development machines running your favourite flavour of Linux. They aren't ideal for running Photoshop with high quality pictures but for they are great as essentially disposable machines or if your budget is tight.
I have had this laptop for the past 5 years and I have not had any major issues with it.
I went for the 1.6 ghz with 2gb of ram which for my needs was perfect at the time. I deejayed with it for the past 4 years so it has had its fair share of damage. However, despite the scratches dents and snaps in the plastic outer casing it still works well.
One of the only problems I have with it is the volume roller on the front and the memory card reader can both be temperamental.
The speakers are loud although the quality is poor at full volume, however still listenable.
After 5 years i have lost 2 keys my right arrow key no longer works but i have managed to replace them fairly cheaply.
It is an old model however for the price I would recommend buy one.
I bought the Toshiba Satellite Pro A200 in 2008 on-line from Play.com.
At the time, I bought the laptop for £400 - which by today's standard you'd get a quicker processor, more memory and other added features that didn't come with laptops with this price tag back in 2008. Such is technology, though!
Okay, so to the meat and bones of my review:
I was impressed straight away with this laptop. On-line it said it was a widescreen laptop and it most certainly lived up to it's promise. Great for watching movies and films on...which brings me to my next point. The sound from the tiny little speakers is very powerful. Whenever I watched something on my laptop I never found myself plugging in external speakers as the in-built speakers really did the job.
The laptop has little extras, such as 4 USB hubs, a memory card reader and integral webcam - perfect for Skype calls.
As for battery life: I have read varying reviews that speak of only one hour battery life. I found that messing around with battery settings and putting it onto the "Power Saving" setting gave me 2 hours of laptop use before having to plug it in again.
The laptop made promises of Bluetooth capabilities but I never did manage to figure this one out.
Unfortunately, someone stood on my casing and the screen developed a huge big tear down the LCD screen (a common problem with Toshiba laptops!) that I still haven't got round to fixing - but even still, the laptop still runs like a little dream!
I consider this machine to be a brilliant all round laptop.
It has a good battery life and will last around an hour of moderate use (internet surfing, typing etc.) without the charger. It advises you when the battery is about to die by making a loud beeping noise, this goes on for around five minutes intermittently before the machine actually shuts down, which I think is great as you have a chance to retrieve your charger and there is no chance of the machine shutting down before you have a chance to save what you are doing.
The keyboard is easy to use even when you have long nails as I tend to have much of the time. The keys are raised enough to make them easy to distinguish from each other with your fingers without sliding across the keyboard onto other keys.
The mouse pad and buttons, again, are easy to use, however, I have noticed after around eighteen months of use that the mouse is a little tempermental and if too much pressure is applied whilst using on the internet for some reason it seems to skip back a page which is rather frustrating.
The machine boots up quickly and runs quickly, as I said I have had mine for around eighteen months and I have never found it to be sluggish even with all the various content it now contains (pictures, music etc.).
It is also very quiet and I sometimes forget to turn it off as I cannot hear it running which is lovely as my partners actually keeps me awake if it is left on.
Another benefit is that the under side of the machine does not get too hot even when it has been used for eight hours or so. I have had problems with the under side of some machines getting so hot after prolonged use that I had to remove it from my lap, which rather defeats the object of a LAPtop.
It has a sleek black and silver design which sits nicely on my coffee table when not in use.
All in all a good all round laptop.
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