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I've had this laptop for over 6 months now. For the most part, it is excellent. I had some issues initially with the programming, as the Windows 7 Pro didn't work well with a few programmes, and considered the downgrade, but with some wrangling (which was a real headache, I will admit) finally sorted it. I'm sure those with a lot more computer savvy would not have been nearly so aggravated with the programming conflicts, but while I can hold my own to some extent on making adjustments and such, I didn't expect to have to look up fixes online and sort it that way when some of my programmes weren't compatible (printer, free antivirus software, etc).
The screen is a good size and very clear. The laptop itself is not too large or unwieldy, so that also is good. I can run a lot of different things at once, without too much slowdown as well. Lots of preloaded material was nice, although some of it was unnecessary and I ended up deleting some as simply taking up space as I simply didn't use it.
The laptop itself is silver grey, which looks fine. I honestly am more concerned with how it runs as opposed to how it looks. It's not snazzy and high fashion looking, just looks like your standard laptop. That being said, I will say that the hinge fastening that holds the keyboard and screen together is very good - it's one huge piece going across the middle 2/3 of the laptop. I've had other laptops before, and they had two hinge fastenings on the screen section, which puts a lot of pressure on them, causing cracking in the screen casing after a time. This one has taken a fair bit of abuse and held up admirably well.
The main annoyances for me involves placement of things around the outside edges of the laptop. First and foremost is the volume control. There is a dial at the front lower edge that adjusts the volume. Unfortunately, when sitting with the laptop on your lap, I am always bumping the volume button this way and that. I generally run mine on silent, as we're watching television in the evening and such. One minute it's quiet, then screeching at full volume because I've moved slightly and bumped the volume dial. Verrrrrry annoying!! I am constantly adjusting it back down. And occasionally even though you've turned the dial all the way down, the volume doesn't actually GO all the way down and you have to bring up the volume controls on the screen and adjust it that way. I would say that I am adjusting this numerous times a day, so to me, that's a big annoyance.
I'm not keen on the placement for the power cord - on the right side of the laptop, so that it's sticking out and in the way when I want to use my mouse for certain programmes that it works better than the touchpad. The photo card reader is in the front, just under the edge. Again, awkward to work with.
I've also noticed this laptop gets quite warm quite rapidly, and I've had it literally shut off due to overheating. I have to keep it on a flat hard surface - can't even set it down on the sofa for longer than a few minutes. It means some adjustments for me, using it on a table or tray.
I also have noticed that the battery life is not great. I rarely get two hours out of the battery. I'd say more along the lines of 90 minutes tops, when I would expect a good 3 hours.
Due to these particular problems, I can't say that I would readily buy this particular laptop (or possibly even Toshiba) again. It's otherwise a good laptop - I like the webcam built in, and the card reader is nice (just located in an awkward spot). But for me, the annoyances somewhat outweigh the positives, as they crop up regularly.
Few a few weeks now I have been using my new Toshiba L45D-11J laptop which I purchased thanks to my lovely Dooyoo miles and it cost me about £280 on Amazon, with the new rather crappy payment system I guess those days are now long gone but at least I can get a decent number of miles reviewing it. Be warned I'm not at all computer literate so do not expect me to be discussing the spec or anything as it is all gobble di kook to me.
Set up was really easy as once I had charged it up the set up ran smoothly and straight away I was into The Toshiba help guide. It does come with quite a few preloaded stuff so my first job was to get rid of the free McAfee anti virus software and load my preferred one, I also dumped the free Microsoft office trial as I have a disc with that on and there were a couple of other things as well but I kept the Skype.
I like the layout of the keyboard and the 15.6" screen is very sharp and clear, I also like the fact that it is a pretty light laptop and easy to carry around. It has 2GB of Ram and 160gb HDD and an Athlon X2 QL-65 2.1 Ghz.
The big flaw with the laptop is that I find that the battery life is not great, fully charged I find myself lucky to get two hours of charge from the laptop based upon normal use of playing some music of one of the playlist sites and maybe cracking out a review on Dooyoo. It takes a similar time to charge while in use.
It is a metallic silver in colour, I chose it because it had Windows 7 installed rather than the rather crappy vista and also because it was in my price range. It comes with a one year warranty from Toshiba.
I have always have always had a home PC, so I was unsure about changing to a laptop. I need a reliable machine for when I work from home, so would a laptop such as this toshiba L450D be suitable and have all the features I would possibly need? Since buying it I have totally changed my my way of thinking. This laptop is fantastic! I bought it from my local Comet store for £349.99. It has a good sized screen (15.6"), and the picture is clear. The keypad and cursor keys are easy to use, there is no difficulty clicking the icons and navigating around the desktop. There is a free trial to a virus protection programme so you can surf the net for free and with peace of mind for the first month. The laptop is competitively priced. It has windows 7 loaded on to it. For those of you who need a web cam there is an internal one fitted just above the screen. I bought a pack containing a years Norton security cover, laptop case and wireless mouse for an additional £49.99 from my local Comet store which I thought was a fantastic bargain. The laptop has 2GB of RAM so suitable for most people's needs. The laptop has an aluminium and black finish so looks sleek and modern. Windows Student doesnt come as part of the package so most people might want to purchase this as an additional extra. However, there is a 60day trial to Windows office which means that you can get up and running and using your new laptop straight away. The initial set up of the laptop is easily done. Clear instructions are given that enable you to personalise your desktop as well as set up passwords for added security.
|Product Description:||Toshiba Satellite Pro L450D-11J - 15.6" - Athlon X2 QL-65 - Windows 7 Pro / XP Pro downgrade - 2 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD|
|Operating System:||Windows 7 Pro / XP Pro downgrade - pre-installed: Windows 7|
|Processor:||AMD Athlon X2 QL-65 / 2.1 GHz / 1 MB Cache|
|Memory:||2 GB DDR2|
|Storage:||160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm|
|Optical Drive:||DVD SuperMulti DL|
|Display:||15.6" TruBrite 1366 x 768 / HD|
|Graphics:||ATI Radeon HD 3200|
|Networking:||802.11b/g/n (draft) , 10/100 Ethernet|
|Battery:||Up to 2.2 hours|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||38.3 cm x 26.7 cm x 3.9 cm|
|Microsoft Office Preloaded:||Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|