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I bought this good value basic laptop for my 8 year old daughter.
It performs reasonably well, its not quick by modern standards but its not slow either. The hardware is of a good quality from good suppliers.
It does have some spam software pre-installed, mainly stuff from Google which annoyed me.
On first boot you have to install the software from its harddrive, no dvd is supplied, and following this you should burn recovery disks with which to reinstall the hard disk should you lose the factory installed stuff. Its a shame Toshiba could not ship a dvd with the product to save you from doing it yourself.
Beware the high Toshiba charge for the 'Free' Windows 7 upgrade which is not free at all and will cost you nearly £30! Other manufacturers are only charging postage for this so Toshiba are ripping us off.
Overall its a good value laptop and I am pleased with it, but it is considerably slower than a good modern desktop machine.
What a bore. There is simply nothing that stands out in this laptop and is a brilliantly average run-of the mill middle ranged gizmo. First off, though I am a huge fan of AMD processors (for gaming purposes usually), the AMD Athlon dual core 64 is by far ruled over by the Intel Dual Core. Paying 400$ for a mere 2 GB and 160 GB hard disk is in the current market not a very wise thing to do, given the huge spec advantages offered by competitors just 100$ up the price range. There is also no scope of extending the memory if you were considering the option, because believe it or not both the slots are taken and there is no third slot. Probably, the only saving grace is the TruBrite widescreen display, which as usual is a treat to the eyes. Do not buy unless you really do not have any option, which obviously cannot happen!!
I work for a school so get to try out a lot of hardware and software,our latest laptop is the Toshiba Satellite Pro L300d-20r.
first i shall talk about the specs
processor-athlon dual core ql-64
Hard drive-160gb 5400rpm
15 inch lcd display
dvd super drive
wireless lan 802.11bg
So from the off it is a decent specification ,my only gripe from out of the box experience is that there is no windows xp rollback disk that came with most toshibas until recently,(i can't say i am a fan of windows Vista)
Loading up the laptop to a windows image is easy and self explanitory you just have to fill in things like the name you want to call the computer,the name of your users etc,this take about 30 minutes to go from turning it on to being set up.
Bundled software is ok although there is no free trial of microsoft office like other toshiba models (A300).You get a 30 day trial version of McAfee Security centre which isn't a great deal of use unless you want to purchase it. You also get Adobe reader 8 which is free anyway but at least it saves the download,Google desktops which i always uninstall so i cant comment on,my photobook 3.6 and picasa both of which i cant comment on either.Toshiba also throw in their DVD playing
One thing you do notice is how nice and big the screen is and you can get alot of items on the desktop in the native resolution and one of the plus points about vista is that it is very easy on the eye.The graphics are powered by ATI radeon 3100,which for a lower end laptop does the job but you could not use it as a mid powered gaming machine,simple low graphic games should work fine.
Another thing to note is the handy boot disk maker which builds the computer image to two 4.7gb dvds or one dual layer dvd. I recommend that uses do this straight away in case anything happens to the image that is on the hard drive.
Out of the 5 that a i built only one had a hardware issue of not displaying a image through the external device. this however will be sent off to toshiba and will be back working in about 2 weeks.
the laptop is quite bulky yet robust its not too heavy,the input and out puts it offers are;3 usb slots,headphone and microphone jack,LAN,VGA out,and a modem slot and one pcmcia slot.The 160gb is plenty for a moderate laptop user,both memory slots are taekn up so not alot of choices for expansion. i cant comment on battery life as im not an end user.
I would recommend this laptop for anyone who is a beginner up to a moderate user,it is great for basic computing it can run 0ffice 2007 pretty well,people looking for more processing power from a core 2 duo will look elsewhere and as mentioned above there isnt a lot of room for upgrade with the memory unless you buy 2 x 2gb sticks of ram. if this was running on xp i would be very happy with it,its just that i am not a fan of vista and for those awaiting windows 7 i would recommend this for that aswell. i would not recommend this to people hoping to play the latest games from the last 2-3 years as this would struggle.
All in all a good low to middle end laptop with some good specs,easy on the eye.