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I've had this laptop for just over 5 years now, I got it for school work when I went into sixth form and it's lasted me through school and into my fourth year of university without giving up. I've used it for everything from word processing to playing Morrowind and the Sims 2, although it probably wouldn't play anything newer as it only has 1GiB of RAM.
Naturally I've had to replace a few bits over the years that have become damaged through general wear and tear, the biggest of which was the hard drive which finally gave up after 4 years of being battered around and dropped off things. The other problem I came up against, which is apparently very common with these laptops, is that one of my RAM slots didn't work so I was unable to put more than 1 stick in, although a 2GiB replacement is generally enough to run most programmes so long as you're not running a very high spec operating system or trying to play newer games.
While it's not the best computer in the world, and the first thing you'll have to do with it is get rid of Windows Vista, for £350 (which is what it cost new) it does the job, it's hard wearing, replacement parts are fairly cheap and it's very easy to get into it to fix things.
I've never had a Toshiba Laptop before, so I thought it would make sense to try one out to get the feel and as a bonus the one I was looking at was on sale the L300 29W.
After purchasing I was nervous, because some of my friends had told me that they burn out after a year and things stop working, this made me worry as I didn't know what to expect.
When I seen the picture of this laptop on the Argos website I thought that this was a great product, it looked slim and light weight, I was wrong, it is not that thin nor light weight.
The keyboard look excellent on the picture like a good typing keyboard, well it is a good typing keyboard once you are use to it, as I had been using laptops with spaced out keys it was strange going to a cramped keyboard. The only difference really with this keyboard is that the style of the letters looks different on the keyboard to other laptops.
Battery Life -
The battery life on the L300 29W is not very good at all. My particular laptop didn't hold charge for a very long period of time, at most I would get about 54 minutes out of a full charge (WIFI, and web browsing)
The laptop its self had an appealing 320 GB hard drive, and a 3 GB of RAM which is was very good at the price paid when I purchased this back in 2009 for £399.99.
The laptop had a screen size of 15.4 in which was perfect for what I needed with checking e-mails, browsing the web, and my son for his school studies. The screen is bright and clear excellent for watching movies, browsing and much more.
The sound on this laptop was of very good quality, you could understand words easy and clearly, it was not muffled in anyway.
The laptop does not come with factory restore discs, you have to burn them yourself via the software preinstalled which can be a bit of a nuisance. The connectivity of the laptop was good, you had a built in webcam, 3 USB ports, a microphone, and earphone jack along with the built in microphone, you had an Ethernet jack, and your disc drive.
Recommend ? -
I would recommend this laptop when I used it, but not now as there is a wider selection available, much cheaper and having more features. This laptop would be good for teens, as a starting laptop for school studies such as class projects etc etc.
Thanks for reading! I hope this has been of interest to you and has helped assist you in your decision.
I have had my Toshiba laptop for just about a year now, I got it in a sale from one of the national electrical stores and I must say for the price I wasn't expecting much, but I'm glad to say I was very wrong!
The battery power tends to give us about two hours before we have to connect back up to mains to charge and comes up with a very handy warning when you are getting close to the time when you need to charge it. The unit is very durable as I have two young kids who have knocked it from the table a few times and it still works perfectly!
The unit itself has sleek design and looks very professional. The keys are a nice size and have nice soft feeling when typing.
I am not the most technically minded person but in a nutshell this laptop is great for anyone looking for a simple word processor, looking for a laptop to surf the net (It always connects very fast and is always quick taking you to each website) and it also has good memory for storing photographs etc, we now have literally thousands stored (mainly of our children but also plenty of other happy memories).
I have also found recently, that when I can't get to watch the TV in my house due to the kids taking over with CBeebies and the like, that this machine is very good quality for watching DVD's. The sound quality was quite a nice surprise as well, whether it be from the speakers or connecting headphones, it is very clear and can be raised to quite a high level which was something I was always a little disappointed with on my last machine.
All In all I bought it as cheap replacement for my last laptop that broke and I have walked away with a bargain!
In January I bought my Toshiba Satellite L300-1G6 for the bargain price of £399 from John Lewis. Overall it is an extremely good laptop, however I was prompted to write this review by the fact that it now has a fault!
I'll just explain the fault first as apparently it's quite a common one with Toshiba Satellite laptops, although it is one that should be easily fixed. I recently noticed that it was getting more difficult to plug the charger into the laptop in order to charge the battery or use mains power, & soon realised that the power jack (the little metal bit that the charger plugs into) was quite loose & wobbly. I looked this up online, & found that it was common with these laptops, & also that it was a fire hazard & I could also potentially ruin the laptop's motherboard if I kept using it in that condition! So obviously I stopped using the laptop straight away.
Luckily the laptop is still under warranty (you get 1 year's warranty from Toshiba, plus if you buy from John Lewis they give you another year free). I was pleased to discover that I didn't have to organise posting the laptop off anywhere. I went onto Toshiba's website, found the warranty section, typed in some details about my laptop & the fault, & then waited for them to phone me to arrange for a courier to collect it from my house. They say they'll ring you within 4 hours of you reporting the fault (or in the first 4 hours of the next working day if you report it out of hours). I was very impressed as I reported it at around 11pm last night & a very polite lady phoned at 10am this morning to say someone would be around to collect it tomorrow. She also assured me that this fault was covered under warranty & admitted that it is a known fault (I had been a bit worried they might try to say I'd damaged it myself & therefore it wasn't covered by the warranty).
Having said all that, this is actually a really good laptop for typical home use & I'm really pleased I chose it.
The laptop looks very stylish & is very pleasant to use. The keyboard requires just the right amount of pressure to type on. In comparison to my old Dell laptop, the buttons (the ones that are the equivalent of the left & right mouse buttons) are quite 'clicky', i.e. you have to press quite hard to push them down & they make a clicky noise which my boyfriend says is annoying! I think it would be better if they were slightly less stiff but it's not exactly a major problem, especially when you're using the touch pad most of the time anyway.
I particularly like the screen as the colours are bright & vivid, everything looks crisp & clear, & you can look at it from any angle without the picture 'disappearing'.
The laptop came with Windows Vista which I was expecting to dislike, but now I've got used to it I actually prefer it to XP. It looks good, is easy to use & has handy extra features. I'm looking forward to trying Windows 7 though. The laptop comes with basic software such as Microsoft Works. There's a free trial of Microsoft Office that expires after 60 days.
There's an integrated webcam which would be handy to many people, although I've never used it. One slightly annoying thing is that I can't find any way of disabling the webcam software (I suppose you could delete it completely but I don't really want to do that). The application stays hidden until you move your cursor to the very top of the screen, then the controls appear - it's annoying if you're trying to click something at the top of the screen but the webcam controls appear & get in your way. This doesn't happen very often though. You can also choose for it to be hidden at the side of the screen instead but that seems to get in the way even more!
The battery life is very good. I've never timed it, however Toshiba claims it will last 2.5 hours. I'd estimate that it tends to last me around 2 hours.
I can't really claim to understand all the technical specifications of laptops, but apparently the Intel Pentium processor runs at 2.16GHz & there's 2GB of RAM. Basically, I've always found the computer to be very fast & have never really had any problem with the software. It has 160GB memory on the hard drive, which is plenty for normal home use. I don't play a lot of PC Games but I've installed Sims 2 & it works very well (much faster than on my old laptop). I'm not sure how well newer games would work as it's not really designed as a gaming laptop.
There is a CD/DVD drive that can write to DVDs, as well as a memory card slot & 3 USB slots (handily located at the sides). Like most laptops now, it has an integrated wireless internet receiver & I've had no problems with this. It's very easy to connect to the internet. One thing the laptop does not have is the ability to connect via BlueTooth.
The screen measures 15.4" & the dimensions of the laptop are 362mm wide x 267mm deep x 33mm high. It weighs 2.5kg.
Overall I would recommend this laptop, just be especially gentle when plugging in the charger!
I got this laptop last week and so far it's been a success. computers and laptops aren't my strong point but this is very easy to work and set up and you dont need to be a pro to work it. it's very fast which is something like me i think most people would like. it has the most recent version of windows vista and comes with microsoft 2007 so there is no need to buy it in the shops. if u are on the laptop alot the battery on this laptop is very reliable. it can store alot of things on it with it's 250gb hard drive. i think this laptop is more of a social laptop than a work laptop. it can be pruchased at a very good price and it is defianetly value for money. it's set up is very modern so if u like an old set up then this might not be the laptop for u.
I bought this laptop in the January sales for my girlfriend who was after a new one, as hers was the victim of a nasty soft drink accident. I did a lot of research into various online and high street stores for decent offers and value for money laptops and the Toshiba Satellite L300-1AS was the leading contender by a long shot.
If you're after a reliable machine for business or personal use, this model is a great choice to consider and with a brand you can trust. Toshiba provide a large number of businesses with this range and have won awards for how reliable they can be.
Since buying this laptop in January this year, my girlfriend has had no problems with it. She is a heavy Internet user and has installed on the machine a lot of resource hungry software applications and games such as:
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Flash CS4
Microsoft Word 2000
Open Office 3.0
World of Warcraft
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
Legend of Mir II
As you can see - the machine is more than capable of running top end applications and games.
If you are buying this laptop for college, university or school work, it is ideal. If you are a business user that plans to use similar applications (such as Adobe software) I would recommend going for a slightly higher spec laptop if you want faster response times so it is not as much of a drain on system resources.
This is the first laptop I have ever owned so naturally I was a bit unsure about which model to get. I did some researched, talked to a lot of friends and shop staff and the name Toshiba kept on coming up in the same sentenses as 'reliable', 'robust', and 'straight forward'. I bought this model (from the excellent John Lewis) and haven't looked back.
If you are looking for a simple to use, hard wearing, practical all round laptop this could be the one for you.
Its very easy to set up and run. Its strong and reliable and doesn't do any random things that could un-nerve you. It has a battery life of about 2.5 hours and the built in speakers are loud and good enough to listen to music or watch a dvd on. All in all its a great all-rounder and for normal day to day internet, email, photos, music, dvd type stuff its brilliant. Highly recommended.
I've had my 'TOSH' ... just over a year now, I'd never owned a laptop before, so wan't too sure what to expect ...
Well, it does exactly what it said on the tin ... it's fairly quick, but most importantly with 4 kids running around, it's VERY robust! ... It's been knocked on the floor on more than one occasion, and still seems to give me everything I require from it.
I don't use it for gaming, so wouldnt know if it we're suitable for a 'gamer' and also the sound quality isn't the best (but it's better than my hubby's ACER!) ..
The battery life is 'ok' ... holds charge for about 1hr and 30mins now. Can't remember what it was when I first bought it, but am sure it would be a bit longer.
I paid just under £300 for it (with a free laptop bag) ... and all in all I rekcon it's easily worth that much. And would definatly recommend one especially for the younger generation (teenagers) as I think it can a few more than average knocks.
I got my Toshiba Satellite pro L300 as a replacement for a advent . To start with i was a bit optermistic as having never had a Toshiba i soon found that the computer is easy to use . With its easy installation from first switch on to the every day to day use of the system this product preforms well. As it isnt a top of the range laptop sometimes the graphics fail to live upto the job but this being on the gaming side. As a general use computer such as the built in wireless is fantastic always connects and gives wide range coverage . Also the system is excelent for using as a home office . It has adequate storage on the hard drive . The built in speakers are efficent for playing music and other media. Comes with releavent programs and software to enable a decent first level laptop. would recommend .
Processor: Intel Celeron Processor T1600, 1.66GHz, 1M L2, 667 Mhz fsb - Memory: 1GB - HD Capacity: 160GB - Display: 15.4" TFT WXGA TruBrite 1,280 x 800 - Graphics Card: Mobile Intel GMA 4500M 284MB UMA - Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic - Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti - Dual Layer Wireless: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g - Mouse: Touchpad - Keyboard: A4 full size keyboard - Modem: V.92 56k - Sound: Integrated Stereo - Extra Chassis Information: Mist Grey - chassis, black keyboard
Weight: 2.5Kg - Additional Software: - Toshiba DVD Player
Ulead DVD MovieFactory for Toshiba- Toshiba Disk Creator
McAfee Internet Security Suite (30 day free trial)
3 x USB 2.0
1 x external microphone
1 x RJ45
1 x RJ11
1 x external monitor
1 x DC-in
1 x headphone
1 x Express card
10/100 wired network
The Satellite L300 is an affordable laptop that comes with the reassurance of Toshiba's well known quality. Everyday computing tasks are no problem at all with Intel processors, a SuperMulti DVD drive and 15.4" TruBrite widescreen. Built in WiFi wireless technology, modem and Ethernet port provide a wide range of connection options to the internet or home network. Selected models feature a webcam integrated into the chassis, ideal for video calls, and has face recognition technology which allows easy logon to Windows.
The Satellite Pro L300 is ideal for users that run or work in small businesses whose main requirements are for flexible mobile communications and computing at a price point that provides a swift return on investment. The inclusion of Toshiba EasyGuard applications provides a straightforward way to enhance data security and benefit from advanced system protection, simplified connectivity and management. A quick charge facility for the primary battery also helps users stay productive and enables a 60-70% recharge in just one hour.