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This laptop was brought for me around 18 months ago and I found it very easy to use. It set up very quickly (although it didn't come with Microsoft office/works, but this is more to with the package than with Toshiba). I believe that it cost around £300 at time of purchase and came with a warrenty. It also came with Windows Vista Premium package and was therefore like many other laptops that I am used to using.
The design of the laptop is quite standard, however the keypad blends in with the athestics giving it a very sleek appearance. Although I would have liked to have had a white laptop the colour still looks sleek and professional.
Having just a 1GB RAM I thought that it would become very slow very quickly, however I have downloaded many applications, software, video/music etc... and I also run my itunes and iPod from the laptop and also being a University student, I have an awful lot of documents including high quality photographs, and it still functions very quickly. It occasionally freezes and I have to restart it, however I usually leave it in sleep mode for weeks at a time and therefore this could be overheating problems. However some of the features are quite basic.
All the software and internal functions of the laptop are very good, but I found problems with my keyboard. It began to stick and the only way to stop the "H" key from typing constantly was to pull it off. This then happened with further keys including the space bar, which obviously caused problems when trying to type up essays. I now have to use a detachable keyboard.
Also the charger for my laptop stopped working (and it wasn't the fuse in the plug either), I then had to purchase a new charger for around £45. However when the battery is unplugged the laptop lasts for about 3 hours and that includes watching television.
I think this laptop is good for occasional use (maybe once a day) however I spend upto 8 - 10 hours a day using my laptop (as many students do) and I think the problems that I have encountered are to do with this.
I still think it was great value for money and would buy a Toshiba again.
We liked the separate number pad, nice size keys, the auto scrolling on the right side of the touch pad (although it did tend to be a bit over sensitive and it kicked times in when you weren't consciously intending to use the feature), the screen display itself was very crisp and sharp. It was our first computer with an AMD processor which did seem to compare well with what we had experienced of pentium processors , possibly it seemed it was even a little less prone to locking up (particularly with image based processes - the AMD was using their what they call Vision enhancement basic version) which every pentium based PC we have had did at some stage.
But the C650-15J we had developed an horizontal green line on the screen just under where the 2 upper lid knobs are after only 3 weeks. Researching the defect forum sites revealed such lines seemed to have developed in other Toshiba laptops although not being limited to just that make. This started us questioning the rigidity of the screen casing which did seem less solid compared to some other makes and maybe we wondered was a contributing factor to the fault that had developed (dialogue about the problem with Toshiba neither confirmed nor denied that).
Another immediate useage problem was that the laptop would not recognize our usb plug-in external hard drive or boot up from CD's or DVD's that were Linux based (the platform used for a lot of PC disk recovery situations software). Searching again internet forums we found the BIOS version (v.1.4) on the laptop we had bought in Sept 2010 was found to have defects which were resolved around Nov 2010 and a new BIOS with corrections was available (v.1.6) from the Toshiba site for download then update. Toshiba themselves though did not tell us about this but after downloading then installing the updated BIOS the external hard drive and Linux disks then worked as they should have done on the laptop.
So if you have a Toshiba laptop supplied with the old BIOS and your external hard drive doesn't seem to work with it or it won't boot some start-up disks, don't go out buying a new hard drive thinking it is that which is the problem, go to the Toshiba site and download the new corrected BIOS.
Some other negative points came about when using the laptop in that the disk drive drawer is very close to the power supply plug-in point, so the drawer tended to get caught opening and closing it.
This Toshiba also didn't come with hmdi connection and only had 2 usb points which seems less than can be found in other makes in the same price range (many also including a built in webcam too).
As a last minor point I would also mention that when writing the recovery media disks an error came about writing the first disk. The messages about dealing with the error and how to proceed were less than clear as indeed was the little they say in the instruction manual booklet about this particular process.
The recovery media situation is also in my opinion somewhat deficient particularly in the fact you are not supplied with disks for the operating system itself which is something I would encourage people to complain to both the retailers and manufacturers about.
The notebook: Toshiba Satellite Pro C650-197 (Satellite Pro C650 Series)
The display: Glossy,15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
The processor: Intel Core i3 350M
Weight: About 2.4kg - 2.5kg
The graphics adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD Graphics
The price: In euros: Euro600, £289.99, $790.715
The features aren't very good and the usability is mixed, but the Satellite Pro C650-197 is still a good computer which I had a while ago. The performance is assured, because of the Intel Core i3 processor. The widescreen display is also very good for playing, or doing something on the computer in the night.
Whit this computer, I had a really great expirience untill it got old and I needed a new machine because this one was getting to slow for my business. But I recommend it to all which like to play games at night or to people wo like a clear view on their screen.
Note: Recommended for purchase.
My wife just got this new laptop and I would like to let potential buyers in on our experiences with it. Some low price laptops use processors from Intel's Core i3 processor family, but this Toshiba Satellite C650-15x has a less powerful Pentium Dual Core T4500 processor. Processing power isn't the most important thing if you'll only be web browsing and word processing, but the C650's slower processor means that it needs plenty of other features before anyone would choose it over the competition.
Never fear because Toshiba did load the laptop up with some great features; there's a 500GB hard disk and 4GB of memory which is great for this price point. The battery life has been very good at 4-5 hours depending what we are doing. If you are an avid gamer you should probably spend a little more because the graphics are pretty average.
The Toshiba's main advantage is its low price. It's a well-built laptop with lots of RAM and a huge hard drive. Despite its older processor it's perfectly capable of all the tasks that most people actually use computers for like email, creating a document, organizing photos and browsing the web. If you don't have much to spend get the C650. It is a good choice.
Pros:This is my 2nd laptop so I have experince of laptops to compared with. All I can say is it seems to fulfill my portable computing needs OK I may alter my opinions as time progresses. Big smashing quality screen. Great keyboard with comfortable space to rest wrists for long hour periods typewriting. Cons:Whoever designed the touchpad made an mistake, it perpetually flicks between resizing my computer font enlarge or shrink when ever it chooses to, somehow very frustrating. It also changes into various icons and I am still trying to get it to do what I need it to. Also, not enough memory to run Windows which was provided. Sometimes, the flash card not responding..looked this up on the internet and it seems many people have this problem with toshiba satellite laptops.