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The Toshiba Satellite Pro is not a spacecraft, it's a laptop
Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-1EQ
Member Name: goosey
Toshiba Satellite Pro C850-1EQ
Date: 07/02/13, updated on 22/10/13 (223 review reads)
Advantages: Fast, fingerprint free, energy efficient
Disadvantages: For me... Windows-8
Figuratively speaking, I am a 'belt and braces person, in that I like to have a backup system so that if one fails the other will keep me going until a solution is found.
With all the various technological bibs and bobs available, I still prefer a desktop computer to work on, rather than laptops, tablets or whatever else is popular at the time.
My laptop, which I can and do use when working elsewhere, is my backup should my desktop dare throw a wobbly or on the rare occasion when a power cut occurs.
My previous laptop was programmed Vista basic, which I really came to dislike after the introduction of Windows 7, a much quicker and easier system altogether in comparison, so I decided it was time to get something as near as fast as my desktop as I could. Hence, one reason I am now in possession of a Toshiba laptop; the other reason is that I can be an impatient little tyke at times when working with less efficient systems.
After grilling a member of staff at my favourite computer store, MicroBitz, who assured me that the Toshiba Satellite Pro 850 - 1E laptop, which they already had in stock, had all the qualities I was looking for; I decided to look no further.
A quick demo on one they had set up was enough to convince me, that for the price, I could not do much better. The following day I fetched it from MicroBitz, after they had set it up for me, all I needed to do was link it wirelessly to my router and download the Office Home and Student 2007 programme; both simple enough tasks.
The cost to me, inclusive of BullGuard security system and all essential software installations came to £545.
Specifications (For those interested)
Dimensions: length 38cm, width: 24cm, depth: 3cm.
Screen size: 15.6-inches, LED backlit.
Energy Star rating 5 ..set to enter low power sleep mode within 15 minutes of inactivity.
Intel Core i5-3210M-2.5 processor.
Processor clock speed: 2.5Ghz
Hard drive: 500GB
Internal memory : 4GB
Internal RAM: 4.096MB
Max internal memory: 8GB
10/100Lan and 802.11N wireless.
3 x USB ports, two of which are USB2.0 and a one USB 3.0 (which has the capacity to transfer rates up to ten times faster than Hi speed USB 2.0)
DC IN 19V jack
HDMI -out port,
External RGB monitor port.
Optical disc drive. Supports DVD, CD and Blue -ray
HD Web cam and stereo speakers.
Operating system: Windows 8 home (64-bit)
Manufacturers' warranty: 1-year
The very first thing I noticed about this laptop was its matt black, textured casing ; even the touch pad and surrounding area was textured; a welcome change from the usual glossy black efforts that attract and display dust and finger marks like fashion accessories. The word TOSHIBA is emblazoned on the lid exterior in large silver letters.
Supplied with the Toshiba, was the power cable and adaptor, plus an A4 sheet of diagrams and information labelled Quick start, and a small booklet with about 40 pages of advice on safety when using the device and how to sit comfortably whilst using it.
An extensively detailed manual was installed with a short cut to view it, so that it could be found and opened quickly if and when more information was needed.
The battery life when working without mains power is approximately 6 hours, a vast improvement on the three-hour battery life of my previous laptops.
It is recommended that the battery be allowed to discharge to the point where the alert signal kicks in, and then be fully recharged again at monthly intervals, which apparently extends the life of the battery.
According to the manual, when not in use, the battery will remain charged for about 8 to 10 months.
The keyboard has large, silent keys with large, white lettering and numerals, when I say 'silent', I mean they do not sound like the clatter of a dog's paws along a wooden floor when I type, unlike my computer keys.
The textured touch pad is set off centre, giving plenty of space to rest the palm whilst typing. The web cam is situated centrally at the top of the laptop lid.
The speakers are placed above the keyboard, one on the left, one on the right.
On the left hand edge of the base is the power input jack, the universal USB 2.0 port and the optical disc, a small inset button opens the disc tray.
On the right hand edge is the headphone jack, microphone jack, USB 2.0 port USB 3.0 port, HDMI out port, LAN jack, external RGB monitor port and security lock slot. The cooling vents are also located on the right.
At the front is the Memory media slot for memory cards; the wireless communication indicator; the power light and battery indicator.
One of two methods can switch on the Toshiba (a) by pressing the power button at the rear of the base above the keyboard, or (b) by opening the lid. I have mine set to boot up when I open the lid.
My experience, thoughts and opinion
I must admit, that Windows-8 is taking some getting used to. At the moment, I still prefer Windows-7. Although I do have sufficient knowledge of Windows 8 to use the laptop without encountering any holdups or problems; I did purchased a book to help me discover any useful features, as yet unknown to me, of Microsoft's new baby.
Booting up takes seconds, 10 to be precise, and it shuts down immediately. The log-in times are on a par with my desktop computer, so I am delighted with that, it being the main reason for my purchasing this particular Toshiba model.
Price-wise the Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 is, in all probability, at the lower end of business laptops, it is fast, efficient, the battery charge lasts longer when used without mains connection and it is energy efficient, does not collect fingerprints, is reasonably lightweight and affordable. All I need do now is explore all the possible advantages of Windows -8 over Windows-7.
I find that I am using this laptop far more frequently than any of my previous ones, but I still favour my desktop.
Summary: If it's speed you want, Toshiba will deliver.
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