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This laptop is currently my girlfriends but often when she is out I have to use it for various things including coursework and other general usages. Recently I probably use it more than her so I thought I would review it from my opinion as an IT student.
At first glance it is already obvious that the laptop is a pretty low specification you can see this from the 160 GB hard drives that are really giving 73 and 74 GB respectively which is not making the claimed 160 gigabytes. It also has a processer that is only 2 GHZ although it is not as bad as you can get on some laptops.
For the initial purchase period and for quite a while the laptop performs really well and quite frankly you cannot fault it for anything and you're quite pleased with your purchase, however eventually it starts to slow down. The computer eventually gets slower and slower and you start to wonder why because you're not doing anything differently. I did everything on this computer to get it to perform how you would expect a laptop of this specification to doing things such as scanning for virus' removing unnecessary toolbars and a full PC health check and clean up to no avail.
The screen of the laptop is not bad for a laptop screen it's a fairly standard looking 1280 x 800 monitor, it's nothing special but gets the picture across satisfactorily for the average user. The other annoyance with this is it game installed with Vista instead of XP which as anyone who has ever used Vista or who has a knowledge on PC's will know is this is a nightmare.
Where I believe the problem lies. The Toshiba hard drive comes with two hard drives, I believe what is done is one hard drive is the boot drive and has all the data required to go through the BIOS and start the computer and the other has all your My pictures, My videos etc. and is the default save spot for them but obviously once you fill this section of the drive then you start to save things to the other drive. As you start to fill the "boot drive" every time the computer is starting up it is having to search harder and taking longer to find the necessary files it needs to start.
In summary I would not say an ideal laptop however if it just being used for small word processing tasks and web browsing then this laptop should perform fine it is just when it becomes very full with lots of data.
One last thing I'll mention Is the chargers are awful and I think we have been through about three of them so far.
I got this laptop as a gift last 2 years ago for college, I got it at a bargin price at tesco for around £290.
The memory is fantastic i can store loads of films and music with out it slowing down my laptop. the screen is a perfect size, not too big - not too small. The sound out the speakers is perfect. Its easy to clean. My battery life is still the same as the first day i got it. However a couple of months ago something happened with the keys. When ever i typed F - pf, R - 0r, V - ;v Unfortunetly i had just gone outside my toshiba warrenty. So I got my friend to have a look at it. It was the motherbord. Nothing I can do about it. But im sure if i was in time for my warrenty Toshiba would have fixed it. Also, they dont give you a recovery disk if you want to do a restore to factory settings (system restore) Its manually loaded onto the laptop. You need to press F8 and go throught the sub menus. Which i think is quite handy because im always loosing things!
I love my laptop. Its served me well. Even with the dodgy keybord.
I've had this laptop for two years, which includes two years of full time education, and using the laptop as a music player, dvd player and as a constant internet provider. Considering the amount of space I get through, it's still got some space left! The great thing about this laptop is that it's easy to use, which means that it's easy to manage the laptop and keep it tidy in terms of files etc. The screen, like on all laptops can get very dusty and the large gaps between the raised keys can be annoying if anything gets in between them! After owning this for two years, however, it has recently started to bring up the '5 minutes remaining' warning as soon as the charger is unplugged, so battery life is an issue. However two years of being on sleep mode a lot AND being used a lot have taken its toll and all in all it's served me well.
Having been attached to my desktop for as long as I can remember, I got a bit of a shock when this was loaned to me by my uni for my work. I asked them for something that did better than the older, smaller laptop, and boy does this deliver!
I'm usually moving about a lot, but when I sit down, I want to get to what I want quickly. Luckily, the Toshiba can run either Vista or have XP installed (the one I'm using is XP Pro) and has a quick load up time in comparison to some of the other laptops I've tried. Usually I can plug it in, turn it on, and it's done by the time I've gone and got my books out ready, or my reading list.
The keyboard is a good size, although some of the buttons are a little close for my speed-typing, but would work for more casual users. Not having a dedicated keypad can be a little frustrating, but it does mean that every single number that's typed in gets checked again, and that's always a bonus.
The laptop is quite small for it's class, with a decently sized screen, and isn't too weighty so it's easy to use on the move, a bonus if, like me, you need more than a netbook to get things done. Also, with the built in wireless, hooking into your home network or other free networks is also simple, put into one or tw oeasy steps by Windows integrated wizard.
All in all, if I wanted to buy a laptop, then I know a Toshibia would be high up my list.
After having a HP laptop for sometime converting to a Toshiba i would have thought might be a struggle ....but with Toshiba being the market leader in laptops since i can remember after buying this piece of gear i can see why.. all the features that i have on my HP are are on here.....it seems to me that Toshiba is a victim of gross copy cats! software seems to load and work quicker and the screen is second to none clear and crisp and this is not at the expensive of battery life which again is up there with the best. It has all the feature that you would like on a laptop and the graphics and sound card are more than enough to satisfy the gamer or music listener alike...A s with any product of this quality there is a premium in the price however the adage of you get what you pay for certainly applies here and with the fact that you can upgrade quite easily and fairly prices means that unlike with the lesser or more inexpensive laptops namly the cheaper alternatives like Acer or Dell you will not have to buy a new one in 18 months time when you need more memory or disk space. Overall a great package not jus a laptop highly recommened!
At the age of 73, my girlfriend's mum decided to become a 'silver surfer'. As the only (relatively) IT literate person in the family, I volunteered (was press ganged into) sorting out a computer for her. It was my job to select, procure, and install a laptop for her, then train her in the use of her new computer.
Girlfriend's mum ('GM') was interested in surfing the net and sending e-mails, but was not interested in heavy duty applications such as photo manipulation software or games. A medium range computer would therefore be suitable for her needs. She would, however, need a good sized, clear LCD screen.
A search on the Dabs.com website revealed several possible choices, but the Toshiba L300-292 caught my eye. This machine comes with a relatively powerful mobile processor (2GHz), together with 2Gb of RAM (the sensible minimum for running Windows Vista). It was very reasonably priced at just over £400 delivered.
The laptop does not have dedicated memory for its video driver, but uses some of the installed 2Gb RAM. As 'GM' was not interested in games, this was not an issue. The 160Gb hard drive fitted will be more than enough capacity for its intended use.
First impressions of the laptop were very favourable. The machine is quite slim, with a nice silver finish on the top and wrist rest. The computer is quite stylish to look at, with no sharp edges, and quite organic curves.
The laptop has quite a high quality feel, but is also extremely light (important as it may be moved around from room to room. With the built in wireless connectivity, it will not be tied to one desk). There's also a built in webcam, but I'm not sure how much that will get used.
As with many supplied Vista machines, final installation of the operating system was required before use. This took around an hour, but was almost completely automated. Upon completion of installation, the computer rebooted for a final time. From switching on to booting up was completed within about 40 seconds, not bad for this specification of machine.
As with many new computers these days, Toshiba had included many 'extra's'. Some of these were genuinely useful, others could be considered as 'bloat ware' (such as the many pieces of Toshiba software for monitoring and reporting, as well as applets for ordering from EBay and Amazon), and were removed during the installation phase.
The processor is an Intel 'Core 2 Duo' T5870 processor. Even though the laptop's intended use is not intensive, having a dual core processor makes sense as, for example, the virus checker can utilise one core with the user's software using the other without slowing down.
The screen, with a resolution of 1280x800 is one of the best features of the laptop. On the 15.4 inch screen (which is a TFT active matrix), the text is reasonably large and very clear so there were no readability issues for 'GM'.
The keyboard is another excellent feature. The keyboard is reasonably large, with an excellent wrist rest. The keys themselves have a positive action, but do not depress very far; for a laptop, this is acceptable, however.
I found the touchpad to be a real pleasure to use (I've found many of them quite irritating), and did not miss having a 'proper' mouse. We bought a mouse (USB), however, as we did not want to have to risk 'GM' not liking the touchpad.
Stereo speakers are inset at the top of the keyboard; these are capable of delivering quite a loud volume, with no distortion. They do sound slightly tinny, but are more than adequate for listening to the occasional CD or watching movies on.
The integral DVD player plays DVD movies and CD's as well as acting as a DVD recorder. Picture quality from the computer is excellent when watching DVD's.
In use, the computer is almost completely silent, with little evidence that the machine is actually on. Resting my hand to the left of the laptop, however, I found a blast of warm air emanating from the side. Investigation showed a large heat exchange vent where the hot exhaust air from inside is expelled. This appears an unusual place to vent heat from (I'd assume the back would be utilised), but is not a problem as long as the user knows WHY their hand is getting warm!
The computer appears reasonably fast, with the processor and RAM making short work of internet and e-mail use, the programs and menus appearing quickly with no sluggishness apparent. Even more demanding applications will be very usable on this machine.
The laptop contains all of the expected connection ports including three USB sockets, PC Card slot, external monitor connector, headphone jack, and LAN socket.
Software supplied with the machine is a bit miserly. A thirty day trial of McAfee Internet Security suite (uninstalled straight away and replaced with the excellent, free AVG anti-virus), Ulead Movie Factory, Toshiba DVD Player, and a few other utilities are all that's provided. No productivity software is included (although, at this price, that's not a surprise).
The battery life is reported as 2.5 hours, but I suspect that this is an absolute maximum. When playing DVD's the user will be lucky to get half of that judging by the way the power meter reduced when I was using it on battery power.
So how was the new laptop received by 'GM'? Well, initially she was concerned that she'd 'break it' by using it, but her initial impressions were very positive (liked the screen, the keyboard, and the DVD movie player).
After teaching her to use Internet Explorer, she was soon lost in the wonderful world of the internet and forgot all about damaging her new toy (brownie points for me then)!
The Toshiba L300-292 is an excellent, good looking, low priced laptop that is ideally suited to the task of internet/email use, as well as watching the occasional movie. Anyone in the market for a cheap laptop could do much worse than have a look at this model.