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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2012
I have had many laptops and several Toshiba ones. In the past I have been very happy with the reliability and sound quality. I still use almost every day an almost five year old Qosmio F45 that originally had Vista. I have always thought the F45 was one of the best laptops I have ever owned. The 15.6" screen is a size I like. And hugely important is the keyboard is centered in the middle. This is key if you are actually going to use a laptop in your lap. To revitalize the old Qosmio I installed Linux about two months ago. It now runs like new again. Of course there are quite a few programs that will not work on Linux, but as this is a computer I almost always use personally and not for work that is not a problem.

I know this is a review on the P855-S5200 and not my old Qosmio, but I had a reason for talking about it first. The only reason I gave the P855 four stars and not five is that it is not a good lap laptop. Since I use it nearly always with a keyboard and mouse attached that does not matter much to me. But I have to tell you that if you plan to buy a laptop that you are going to use the built in keyboard and touch pad with, keep looking. The old Qosmio has a great centered keyboard with palm rests on either side of the touch pad. The new P855 has the numbers on the right so the letters are not in the center. Sure you can get used to it, but still a long was from ideal. And the P855 touch pad has so far been just so so. The old Qosmio was better. The new one reads multi signals like two finders, but the left and right buttons are not good at all as they are built in and are hard to use. You are supposed to be able to press down on the touch pad and left click like on Apples. This is a poor operating imitation.

Now to the good parts and there are many. This is a powerful fast working machine. I was planning to buy an Apple but just could not bring myself to pay double plus have a couple of legacy programs that would not work. This Toshiba was just out and priced very right considering it comes with a full I7 and not a 5 or a 3. It comes with the Windows 7 which is well sorted out now and works quite well. So far I have been able to restrain myself from installing and using bloatware. I also took some time to remove some programs that come preinstalled that I know will lead to slow downs in the future. Adobe pdf reader and Norton are two of the several. And I combed through the "start up" programs to make sure only what needs to start up automatically does. I did notice that when you download some programs these days you have to be VIGILANT to make SURE nothing is being installed on your computer you do not need or want. I guess that is the new game, to slide in some garbage that can track you. So if you want to use Mozilla stuff be sure to go directly to the Mozilla site and not a portal.

Toshiba really has a good selection of connections. 4 USB ports, hdmi, still has optical, VGA, ethernet, and card reader. This is a better set up than most Apples. I have been using the P855 for about 2 weeks now and can tell you it is a speedy performer in both boot up and running programmes. I hook up with an ethernet connection and it is very fast. I know the boot will get bigger and slower, but if it gets too slow I will just put Linux on this box. I still don't like the keyboard and touch pad. Very funky if you don't connect a standard keyboard and mouse. If my old Qosmio gives up for good and I need a good feeling lap laptop I may get an Apple air.

Update Aug 3 2012 - I have now become used to the keyboard and like it much better. It is still not centered. It still is slightly more difficult to use than my old Toshiba because of that. But it is good enough that I left my keyboard behind recently on a trip I took with the laptop. Also, this is a multifunction touch pad. I am beginning to learn how to use it. Plus the spring in the touch pad to left and right click is breaking in a little so it works better. And it would be nice if Toshiba made it easy to find how to use this touch pad. They don't. I have looked. In help they have how to use their tablet. Some applies to this computer and some not. Because of the modest price I would go 4 1/2 stars on this if I could. Amazon only has 4 and 5 stars. I have to say still that this thing starts up fast and is in general quite a fast machine.

Update Nov 1 2012 --- 1366 x 768 is the highest resolution on the built in laptop screen. My two year old Sony for a slightly wider screen is 1600 x 900. This does make a difference. You can fit lots more on my old Sony. Of course I just hate! using the Sony F series any more because the stupid cooling fan is so loud now that it bugs the heck out of me. It is so loud that when people call me on the phone I push the button to put the system into sleep so I don't have to listen to it. I have found no solution to the Sony problem and of course there will be no solution to the coarse screen either. Or the offset keyboard. I wish I had bought the Apple. I just did not have enough spare cash to splurge on the Apple. Twice the Toshiba price.

Here is something else I have learned on this computer. My son in law is right about getting Windows to run fast. He is a Windows software writer and he said, "only put on the programs you absolutely have to". And don't load it up with files. I still have a minimum of aps on this. Things like Itunes are still on the Sony. And the Toshiba still does run and boot up very fast.

For times when I do not use an external keyboard I almost always use my old Toshiba with the keyboard centered on the laptop. BTW Apple centers it's keyboards.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2012
I have had this PC for about a week now and I love it. As the specs say, it comes with a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor @ 3.3 GHZ, 8 GB RAM, and a 750 GB HD. All of those things are amazing! It comes with great Harman/Kardon speakers that deliver loud, clear audio and great for when I'm listening to iTunes. It comes w/ 4 USB 3.0 slots which are better than USB 2.0 because it allows for a faster transfer of data. It has a touchpad that allows you to click with one finger, right click with two, and scroll b sliding two fingers up or down, it comes in handy. It also has a numberpad on the keyboard which makes for punching in numbers a lot easier. It has a great 15.6" display that is a crystal clear LCD. For people who do not know a lot of PCs, the 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processor that this PC has is the best, fastest processor on planet Earth right now, 8 GB of RAM is the most that come standard on a laptop right now (it's expandable to 16 GB RAM) and has a lot of Hard Drive (HD) space. Theoretically you will NEVER use up all of it's HD unless you copy and save thousands of movies, millions of pictures, and literally hundreds of millions of songs, which you're not going to. I love it, it's amazing and prior to my new laptop, I was a Dell guy for life, until some recent issues with their craftsmanship, I switched to Toshiba. But get it at Best Buy, you'll save A LOT of money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
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I purchased this computer to replace a home-brewed computer I made over 6 years ago. The Toshiba Satellite line has a good reputation, and everything I see in this computer verifies that that reputation is well-earned.

I do a lot of investment writing, so I need a computer that can handle lots of internet activity, word processing and spreadsheet capabilities of the highest order, multiple screens, quick response time, and the ability to stop working (so I can sleep) without shutting down all of my research material.

Oh, and I wanted it to be easy to use, too.

The P855-S5200 is everything I needed it to be, and then some. I've got three monitors connected to it (write on one, have research material on another, and internet on the third (to do updates to my research). I had to get the docking station to accommodate all of the stuff I have, but with the USB3.0, everything seems to work just great. When working I usually have Word, Excel and One-Note up, copies of several research documents, and Firefox to get around as I need on the Internet. All of this stuff works like a charm - while playing music through Windows Media Center.

Although I will never "like" laptop keyboards, the P855 does give a full-size (or nearly so)Keyboard with number pad. I use my own keyboard, though - except when traveling. I really wish someone would produce a laptop that did not have the touch-pad in front of the keyboard - it just gets in the way. (Touchscreen would be an incredible modification to incorporate at some time.)

I am at my computer more than 10 hours per day. It has to be able to take a lot of use and maintain its speed (I am majorly impatient). The Toshiba P855-S5200 fits my needs perfectly.

If only it could make a cup of coffee . . .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2012
I've had the machine for 3 months and absolutely love it. The I7 3rd gen processor screams, and I do a lot of heavy processing. As promised for the Ivy Bridge processor definitely throws a lot less heat than my old 1st gen I7 lappie did (that one would burn my hand regularly). The machine comes fully loaded, plenty of memory and disc, great battery life and a kickin' onboard speaker set. What's better is this: no crapware loaded. The machine was clean.

The touchpad takes a little getting used to, but you've got an on off switch for it if you use an external mouse (another nice add). Keys are Chiclet-style, so if you don't like them, you're warned. I do a lot of writing and have no problem with them.

The case is diamond-etched aluminum. Very rugged.

I'm thrilled with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
I have had 3 Toshiba laptops and each one had no problems. At 3 weeks this one working fine. The screen must be a a pricise angle to get a sharp look. Disk Drive is noisy and very hard to get open. The keyboard is softer to the touch and it will take some getting used to. Customer service is now in the Philipines and the menu to get through will really make you mad.

In all I think Toshiba is like them all in trying to find ways to boost profits at the expense of a good product. If you have huge bucks probably buy an Apple. Can be bought at best Buy cheaper.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
On the P855 Toshiba reversed the way the function keys work. The function keys control hardware adjustments except when the FN key is pressed. When the FN key is pressed you will have the F1-F12 functions. This is ok except if you are using a software package that requires using another key in conjuction with the F1-F12 function keys. It is for this reason that I will be returning the product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
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Wonderful product, I added an SSD and this is the exact produce I was seeking. I absolutely love this laptop!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2013
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Positives: I am very impressed with the speed and clarity of the system. I also like that the keyboard has a bit more space between the keys that makes it feel very good. I absolutely love having my 10-Key back. The Harmon/Kardon speakers are awesome for the small profile of a laptop.

Negatives: The tap mousepad picks up my hands when I am typing sometimes when I am not touching it. I like using an external trackball anyway. The VGA plug is on the right side and toward the front so the accessories get in the way when you use a mouse or trackball.

2 suggestions more for the design team. 1. Make the keys light up for low light typing. 2. I miss my touch pointer in the middle of the QWERTY keyboard like my old Lenovo. I'm not much of a touch pad guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
First off i'd love to say this laptop has preformed wonderfully. I've owned it now for... six months now... however... Being that as a bit of a gaming computer i've come across some slight issues. The speakers are a bit distorted on the right speaker i think perhaps playing my music one day i blew it out...

After six months it's overheating but that is most likely due to the nature of using a game which draws high graphic and heat demands on the graphics processor and gpu cpu rendering. and demands on the fan running at higher speeds.

the usp ports have worked themselves loose from daily usage on the right side, but sadly this seems to be a flaw with usb ports themselves.

As for the laptops proformance itself it handles functions and graphics at a standard i'd expect a single graphic card to.

As i'm within the one year warentee Toshiba will repair all of these issues for free. though i'm having to pay 25 bucks for a specially designed box from Toshiba to be send fedex for the repairs.

UPDATES

Sent the laptop into toshiba fixed the overheating problem "adjusted usb ports"
updates.... Toshiba refused to fix the USB ports... and wanted to charge me $125 bucks to replace the mother board AFTER THEY said that they don't do usb repairs and told me it was sent in damaged after being in my hands for only a day after receiving it back.. (usb ports were part of my original complaint)

Sent in a BBB report... has NOT been resolved gave me some sepal about the usb ports not being covered in the warentee (its not) But yet they attempted to fix it and made it even WORSE...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
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Everything I hoped it would be it is.Extremely fast and the visuals will just blow you away......................what more can I say!
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