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This is a laptop that runs windows 7. It has Skype pre-installed and a free trial of McAfee anti-virus. I've had this laptop for nearly two or three years and it's still in good working condition. The only downside to the laptop is that the screen is a bit wobbly at times. But other than that, the laptop still works very well. I use the laptop for a lot of things in my life and I've found it very useful.
However about a year and a half ago, the hard-drive on the laptop became bust and the laptop would not work at all. So we rang up Toshiba and because it was still in warranty, they were happy to have a look at it and they took it away for a while and it came back with a new harddrive. I did lose all my files on the laptop including over 10,000 songs.
But as I had a lot of them on CD anyway, I was able to recover them. As far as I'm concerned I think Toshiba gave us great support and they also advised us to make a recovery disk to prevent it from happening in the future. My recovery disk is currently sitting in discreetly in my anime section of DVDs. In T3's own review of this laptop, they said it was a laptop good for everyday use that won't break the bank.
For writers I would say that this is a great laptop. As a writer myself, I find the keyboards useful and easy to go use. There was a free trail of word pre-installed here, but since I don't have the money to buy the program, I have been using Google docs and skydrive for my writing. I also have Open Office installed which is a free version of word. I find it really comfortable to use when I'm writing weather my work be long or small.
It is a slim and wide laptop and it is good for working on your work as a student, but I do find it is quite heavy to carry around and the charger can be a pain to put in my bag as well. But it connects to the Internet usually without any issues. It looks and feels nice and has a really like memory capacity.
It's a very durable laptop, but I think that it can do a bit better as the screen has become a bit wobbly. My friends and family have noticed this too and their solution to be very careful with the laptop.
Gamers may need to look elsewhere. My boyfriend has downloaded Steam on this laptop and he and his friend both complain that the lag from the laptop when they play Team Fortress 2 can be horrible and they often blame the lag on my laptop when their player gets killed in the battle. There are some games already pre-installed and the laptop doesn't lag as much when I'm playing on emulators which is rarely since I always believe that the real game system kicks emulators any day.
For Film Lovers
Youtube works fine on the laptop and any videos you download should be able to play fine. You can play dvds on this laptop as well, but as it's blu-rays that are the big thing now, the laptop may have a disadvantage because this laptop doesn't play blu-rays. But if you have a blu-ray player or a PS3, then this shouldn't be a problem.
Skype and Windows Live are already pre-installed and Windows Live Messenger is automatically downloaded when you upgrade Windows Live Essentials. Most chat sites work fine and I've had no issues when it comes to communicating on the laptop. So it's a good laptop for all the chatterboxes out there. The mic and headphone slot are next to each other near the bottom left handed corner and there are two usb slots and you can use one of them for webcams.
I have GIMP (A free version of Photoshop) installed on here and it does take a long time to load, but using GIMP, I did have a lot of problems on my Vista laptop because the program kept on crashing and wouldn't save properly, but on this laptop I've had little problems with GIMP. I'm not sure what it would be like for Photoshop, but it might probably be the same. So the laptop may be useful for all you artists out there, but you guys may be better off with a mac depending on your needs.
For Music Lovers
I've had Last.FM, Itunes and Spotify on this laptop. I would say that this laptop is very good for music lovers like me because there is plenty of space for all your music. However I've noticed that since I've had this laptop my ipod classic has been playing up and won't sync all my songs. It is an 80gb ipod and one had over 10,000 songs and will now only sync 100. Other iPods connected to this laptop have worked fine, so maybe the 80gb iPod's hardrive is dead or something.
For Everyday Life
I would say that this is a very good laptop. Even though there are not a lot of colours for this laptop available, I do find that it is easy to navigate on this laptop and also good for most every day tasks. One thing I really like about the laptop is the opportunity to turn your desktop into a slideshow, which I have done and it looks really awesome. The speed is good, although I have seen other laptops and tablets that are faster.
In it's prime time the battery can last for 1.5 to three hours depending on weather you chose the power saver or performance. There are a lot of themes available for this laptop and it's very easy to customize the laptop to suit your own needs. I'm very happy with this laptop and I intend to stick with it until the laptop dies or I end up getting a new one. If I did get a new one, I would probably pass it on to my mum.
So I think this review covers everything you want to know about this laptop. If you have any questions about my experience of the laptop then please put them in the comment box below and I'll answer them by editing the review.
I don`t think I ever had a laptop like this, no wonder when I bought it , it as on sale. it is very slow, Ikeep getting all kinds of errors, windows doesn`t work properly, even Microsoft Office was pre-installed badly. Of course if you need a laptop just browse a web or use it minimally then buy it.
Since my work-inherited top-of-the-range (for that time) Toshiba died a rather violent death around 2005, we lived without a ''proper laptop'', making do with desktops and a netbook. The price premium on a laptop has always seemed too high for the benefit of not-quite perfect portability, and anyway, that requirement was fulfilled by the Asus Eee PC netbook.
We did live out of our bags for quite a few months though, with the desktops stowed in storage, the fighting over the netbook (which was, I hasten to say, nominally at least, MINE) started to get to us. It was also a tad to small to properly view and edit all those lovely photos we took when travelling, and a tad to weak to process the 10 Mb RAW files that my other half insisted on using as output of choice from his camera.
And thus a Toshiba Satellite Pro C650-13D appeared, purchased from Amazon for around £350. This is certainly a good budget price for a full sized laptop and we were a little worried about the machine's performance and quality.
We have had it for over a year now, and I can safely say although it doesn't quite dazzle with its performance (and even less with its design), it is a decent workhorse which offers fantastic value for money.
It is advertised (which is reflected in the model name) as aimed at the professional rather than consumer market, but it is essentially an entry-level laptop for any purpose.
I will not list all the technical details here, nor provide speed results, because the spec is available in just the next tab, and I am not a professional IT person. This is definitely a user review.
Starting with build and design, it is a fairly large laptop, measuring 38 by 25 cm and weighing 2.4kg. This size allows it to accommodate a large (almost 16 inch) monitor and a wide-screen display with 16:9 image aspect ratio. This is fantastic for photographs or watching films, and very good for browsing web pages that tend to get a lot of clutter in both vertical side bars. It is less useful (in fact, almost a nuisance) for word processing for example, where the page, when used fully, is too wide to be accommodated without moving eyes from one edge to another. This is easily fixed by adjusting the display though, but anybody that doesn't use image/video functions much might prefer a narrower display. The screen quality is good enough for my non-discerning eyes, and in the sunlight it performs a little bit better than my Asus Eee PC (meaning it's still pretty poor, really, and one needs to cover one's head and the screen to see much for example in a car on a normal day.
I don't object to the weight either, as we don't really move around with this computer much, although again, if you wanted to carry a laptop with you, and not in the car, a lot, you might want a smaller, thinner and lighter one.
The build quality is fairly solid but crude, the plastic is mostly textured and doesn't appear to be brittle. It does have a fairly cheap feel to it, if it's a kind of thing that bothers you - think a Nissan, not a BMW.
Thanks to the width, the keyboard is very reasonably sized and easy to type on, the numerical pad is also very handy and all the normal keyboard keys are present in normal positions.
The touch pad, as touch pads go, is pretty good, not too sensitive, but not too clunky, and the buttons work well.
The laptop has a DVD/CD ROM drive that takes up pretty much all of the right side (although the power socket is also there). This means that there is no USB port on the right hand side which for a right-handed wired-mouse user like your reviewer means that cable always trails across the machine in one way or another.
In fact, the USB ports are one of my main qualms about this laptop. There are only two - why?? - and both of them are on the left side, together with a network socket, audio ones and a parallel printer one. I know you can use a hub, but it doesn't always quite work and even with a limited number of devices I own, I end up having to unplug the mouse frequently simply to connect a printer and a phone or camera; not even speaking of an external hard drive (mine needs two USB ports for power).
The speakers are located on the top of the main laptop body and they do fine for individual use, but their maximum sound level is a little low for, for example, watching a film by a few people who would need to sit away from the machine - headphones or external speakers would be needed for this.
It has an integral camera which I never used because I don't do web cams.
The wi-fi adapter is pretty good, although not quite as good at picking up the signal as some can be (better than my HTC phone, though). I only used the Ethernet cable port a few times, but when I did, it seemed to work fast and well.
This Toshiba comes preloaded with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, which would not be my weapon of choice (I still, stubbornly, stick to XP) and a pile of essentially useless Toshiba and Windows related software/apps that just clogs up the disk. I don't like this kind of stuff and would much rather install everything (apart perhaps from the basic operating system and drivers).
The actual operating spec is pretty good for such a cheap laptop, as it runs a pretty impressive Intel Core i3 330M (2.13 GHz) processor and comes with pre-installed 2 Gb of RAM, expandable to 8 Gb. I am neither a gamer nor a CAD designer and this is satisfactory for all my computing needs (including those big picture files mentioned at the beginning), though a bit more RAM would probably help with some tasks.
The 250 Gb disk is, again, pretty big (it took two years of use and a A LOT of pictures) to fill it up, unless you want to keep a vast video library at your fingertips. More would be nice, but indulgent.
There is a card reader, apparently, which I have only now discovered reading the spec - I usually use a cable to connect the camera, but I suppose it can be handy.
The nominal battery life on this Toshiba is 3.8 hours, and after over a year of use it gets about 3 hours which isn't particularly impressive but not bad considering the size of the display.
All in all, a good entry-level laptop, particularly for those looking for a larger display, at a very good price.