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I have had this laptop for around 2 yrs now, and to be honest i've not been that impressed. After approx 12mths the problems began... the laptop would 'blue screen' on a regular basis and it did not seem capable of running even whilst doing the more basic tasks! ie playing video, streaming video etc
I am sure the fact that the hard drive comes with a 50/50 partition does not help, running supplied with Windows Vista means that the operating system almost fills one partition of the hard drive, not good.
I eventualy had to re-format the hard drive and remove the petition which seems to have helped with the 'blue-screen' problems.
As far as the physical side of the laptop is concerned, i found the battery life really poor, and just recently one of the keys stopped functioning and i ad to remove it!
All in all i would recommend spending that little extra to buy a more powerfull m/c
This is the laptop I am typing from now, and for me it has outshone my expectations of it by some way.
I bought this laptop a bit over a year ago and I think it was very cheap, about £350. For this price I was not expecting much in the way of performance or longevity however this laptop has defied the principle of more money, more ram means better.
It does not have the best of specs, however it handles most applications perfectly fine. The only thing that it has a problem with The Sims, however this seems to be more of a general compatibility issue with windows vista.
I realise that a laptop should last more than a year anyway, but in terms of longevity it is doing very well. It takes a lot of use and is still pretty quiet. Only when a virus scan is taking place can you hear the hard drive working away.
These may not be being sold any more but if you find a shop selling these off as old stock, then definitely think strongly about buying it because for the price, it has been amazing.
I have had my Tosh for 1 yr now and it has been through the wars with me, as im not the most careful person on the planet, i have dropped it from the sofa, but the worst i lifted 1/2 pint glass of orange juice, and 1/2 pint glass of coke over it and both tumbled from the tray and emptyed straight into the keyboard, my boyfriends quick action turned it upside down, and dried it out with my hairdrier as it stood on its side, he did spend the next 2 days with cotton buds and warm water and vinegar cleaning the sticky off of it, but hey ho im typing with it now, that was 6 months ago. I have upgraded to 2ram which makes it very much faster which is a must. It still looks good, and is robust and have had no problem with it (im the problem) the battery only lasts just under 1 hr, which could be better, but overall im still very happy with it. This
I bought this laptop after the screen went on my Sony Vaio. I spent £1100 on the previous one and it was crocked plus it had a broken hinge. So I looked for a new 'lowish end 'one in case it didn't last.
Overall the laptop feels good and works well. I had it upgraded to 1 GB RAM which I am glad of as it is using MS Vista and I think 1GB is the lowest that works at all well. The screen is good and keypad feels right (better than the Viao for my part).
The lid has agood amount of friction which allows it to open fairly easily but stay exactly where you put it.
Thus far (about 9 months of use) it has workd faultlessly and save it beeing a lttle slower than my old Viao (which may well be a Vista reason) I am very satisfied with my purchase. I knew Toshiba had a reputation for being robust and this laptop seems to live up to the reputation. My only quibble is I only get about 55 mintes - 1 hour from the battery!
Around 18 short months ago, I found myself needing a new laptop, due to an unfortunate accident which rendered my previous model unusable.
As a university student at the time, I had a tight budget. However, there were a few characteristics which I was not prepared to compromise when considering which model to purchase. These were durability, style and battery life.
After looking at many many different laptops, I decided to purchase the Toshiba Satellite L40.
I can honestly say that I have not looked back since. My decision was a right one, as for less than £400, this laptop is very durable (as proven after dropping it from the couch!), rather handsome, and a relatively long battery life (after a full charge, it will last for approximately 2 hours).
I would recommend this model of laptop for consumers who are looking for all the specifications and performance of a high-end, expensive laptop for a very reasonable price. I still have the same laptop to this very day!
Thank you for reading my review, and I hope you find the right laptop for you.