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Great gaming laptop, with a couple of caveats
on August 16, 2007
I've been using this machine for a week or two now and can honestly say it lives up to it's billing. There are a couple of things that I think could be improved:
The hard drives are 5400 rpm and you can definitely tell when the machine boots up. This could be improved by installing 7200 rpm drives or by not including so much bloatware. This leads me to point number two:
Don't include so much bloatware. I realize this is an off the shelf machine and I'm going to have to put up with this as such... but this machine could be SO much faster if it didn't have so much extra software installed. I'm still learning my way around Vista or I would've probably wiped it and started over straight out of the box.
Of course, I have to mention the size and weight of this thing. It's really a desktop replacement, as I can't see anyone carrying it every day. I would strongly suggest that if you're buying one, to get it first and get an idea of how big it is before you go buy a bag for it. I have one of the Targus messenger bags and while the laptop fits fine, there isn't much room for other things. (Gaming mouse, headphones, etc etc) Buying a large laptop means you need large everything else too.. ha!
With those things out of the way, let me talk about what I enjoy about this laptop.
The screen is REALLY nice. Having 1680x1050 in a 17" may be a bit taxing on some people's eyes but I really enjoy it. Watching an HD DVD is very clean and crisp.
The graphics board (8700m GT w/512mb dedicated) is very fast and is more than adequate for the games I play. I'm able to run World of Warcraft with everything but AA maxed at ~100fps in towns and ~40-60fps around the world. Shattrath City, which is a constant source of pain for those of us who play this game runs at around 30fps during peak hours. I've also played Lord of the Rings Online, which seems to run very well at high/ultra detail levels. Warhammer 40k Dawn of War (and all expansions) runs buttery smooth with all details maxed.
The speakers sound amazing, especially given the fact that they're in a laptop. While it's a bit off topic, I also highly recommend the Razer surround headphones that Amazon also sells. Very comfortable and they sound even better than the Toshiba's speakers.
All in all, I'm pleased with this laptop. The only things that I feel could be remedied are somewhat par for the course for this class of machine (retail prebuilt).
If I happen into anyone looking for a laptop and this class of machine, I will definitely recommend it.