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Toshiba makes great laptops, you will not be disappointed.
on December 14, 2011
I've had this laptop for almost a month now. So far I'm very pleased with it. I use this laptop mainly for everything a college kid does, as well as development software like Netbeans, Adobe, Eclipse, AutoCAD, etc. I'm also a casual gamer.
Pros: This thing is a beast, incredible performance and speed. I can have something Dreamweaver and Eclipse open at the same time, while watching a video or gaming and you barely notice a difference. the 2nd generation Intel Core i7 2670QM, aka Sandy Bridge, has a great benchmark. It can overclock to over 3.0 Ghz via Turbo Boost when needed. It has a lot of RAM, 6GB is more than enough, and you probably will never use all of it. For the average person, 4GB is more than sufficient. Starcraft II ran just fine on it, even without discrete Graphics Memory. Of course, for the hardcore gamers, it will be best to get a model with NVIDIA Geforce.
750GB is a ton, even more than my external hard drive. Many people don't understand that when you buy, say a 750GB hard drive, you do not get 320GB of space. No, you have not been lied to. Manufacturers use decimal notation (320GB = 3.2 billion)but computers read binary, so it's really closer to 690GB. You always get slightly less than what the manufacturer says, I believe it's around 5% less than what is advertised, so this one holds about 692gb. It's roughly 692GB usable, and more closer to 650GB with all the Toshiba Bloatware. But still, The average person won't ever have to worry about running out of space on this laptop.
The screen looks great. It's a glossy LED-backlit LCD screen. The resolution isn't super high, but this isn't a $2000 laptop. It's 1366 x 768, and that's perfect for anyone really. This doesn't bug me at all, as you can't even tell the difference between 720 and 1080 on a screen size like this. But if you really are obsessed with screen resolution, be prepared to spend close to $2000.
There are dedicated hotkeys up by the screen, next to the power button. The Eco button, the wireless button, LED Light Controller, Play/Pause(music), mute, and volume. Very cool and useful.
It does everything that I need without ever having problems. This machine feels cool to the touch, doesn't overheat, even while having Adobe Dreamweaver open and watching a DVD movie at the same time doesn't make it hot. After running for around 4-6 hours, the bottom was still fairly cool. Keyboard is fairly good. Not the best laptop keyboard ever, but I tend to have low expectations for laptop keyboards. This is not a $2000 laptop, btw.
The battery life is fairly good for a machine this size. Usually it's 3 hours, but I can get 4+ hours in Eco Mode(Plus the Environment). However, in Eco-Mode, I noticed that the computer was significantly slower once I was running multiple applications. The Eco-mode does reduce performance, but prolongs battery life, so that's a trade off.
This laptop also has sleep/music and one USB 3.0 port that does sleep and charge. I never use the sleep/music function, but what it does is that you can plug in a headphone jack from an mp3 player and play it through the computer's speakers even when it's shut down. I don't see the point in that, as I could just fire up iTunes when it's on and do that. But pretty cool regardless. Sleep and Charge allows you to charge your portable device(Phone, iPod) via USB 3.0 even when it's powered off, as long as the laptop has a certain amount of battery life. That could come in handy when you are outside traveling and away from a power source. Keep in mind that this feature doesn't work on the other three USB 2.0 ports.
The speakers are amazing, they're harman/kardon. It sounds great, and gives you a mini-theater feeling. It was a lot better than my old computer, I noticed a significant difference. Built in Mic is loud and clear.
I really like the touchpad. It works well, however multi-touch scrolling is not enabled out of the box. You might have to download & install a touchpad driver from Toshiba(search). Then you have to go to the Control Panel, Mouse, Sypnatics, and enable to multi-touch scrolling gesture. You can enable others as well, but the scrolling is the only one I ever use.
The whole laptop design is beautiful and elegant. That design really stops fingerprint smudges, and just looks really cool in general.
Not much cons here, but Cons:
The Webcam. The webcam isn't the best, I believe it's VGA. It's not that bad, just not the best. I don't notice much difference at all between this and a 1.3 MP webcam. How many laptops actually have HD webcams built-in? I don't really video call that often, no this is a non-issue to me. You can always buy an external HD webcam.
Some people might think the material feels cheap and plasticity, and would prefer a different material instead. But personally I think it's fine the way it is.
Toshiba Bloatware. Toshiba usually has a lot of preinstalled software on their machines, including free trials to things like Norton. They're not all useless though, the Toshiba Eco utility helps me prolong battery life, while the Intel My Wifi can allow you to connect at the login screen. Once again, not a big deal to me, I uninstalled Norton and Ms Office Starter though.
No discrete GPU, if you're doing something GPU intensive, I recommend you look for another model with NVIDIA.
Overall, this laptop was a great bang for the buck for me. I checked Toshiba's official website, and a laptop with similar specs as this one would range from 975-1000s. If you can get this laptop in the 700s, then it's a fantastic investment. I'm very happy with my purchase, and who would recommend this to anyone.
Update: Had this for nearly 6 months now, Laptop working perfectly fine. Remember to keep a computer at its peak performance, you have to be doing "maintenance" on a consistent base(ie, Deleting Unncessary Files, Defraging, clearing temp).