This Toshiba Satellite is a fantastic, sub-$1000 computer. It hits all the right notes and should be considered by anyone looking for a responsive desktop replacement machine.
• SCREEN: First and foremost, the screen is absolutely gorgeous. As a design professional, I rely on color and clarity to make critical decisions in my work and I spend my days staring at monitors and laptop screens from all the big, computer makers. This is by FAR the best screen I've looked at on a laptop (and that includes Macs). I can't believe how crisp text is: Web pages practically sing.
• FAST: This system is optimized for Windows 10 and it shows. I've found nary a delay over the week that I've used it.
• KEYBOARD: The haptics of the Satellite's keyboard are spot on. While the full-size keyboard does mean that, on my lap, my right arm is stretched a bit further across my body than I'd like, it's not a problem on tabletops. The keys are perfectly spaced and the keyboard is quiet.
• PORTS: While many computer makers are moving away from ports as they release laptops, Toshiba took the opposite tack. If you have something you need to plug into your laptop, there are plenty of options. When I first fired up the machine, I was delighted to find a rare, built-in Ethernet port. I used it to quickly download Windows 10 Pro and install it on my machine. With three USB ports, and SD card slot, Ethernet, HDMI, and even a media drive (!), you're set to up- and download your content (which I find I'm doing a lot, because I love this screen!).
• QUIET: This machine is made for media and, as a result, it runs quietly. I've taxed it by playing games (even streamed from my Xbox--a new feature of Windows 10), watching Netflix, and playing music at full volume while working on graphics files and it handles all of that without sounding like it's about to take off and launch into outer space.
• TRACKPAD: The trackpad has a nice surface that adds just a bit of friction to enhance accuracy. Overall I've found it to be responsive, though I prefer to use a Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Black
(which shines on this system).
• BUILD QUALITY: The build quality of the Satellite line is more of a light-weight, consumer friendly style. I find it's perfect for moving from room to room in my house, but I'd be a bit concerned if my needs involved heavy movement (e.g., in and out of a backpack and shuttled around a campus). The battery, which sits at the back of the machine where I typically pick it up, has a bit more play than I'd like. Toshiba was definitely making some decisions to keep this thing light in the face of all of it's features and size. As a result, it's not a rugged laptop like say a Macbook or Thinkpad.
• ERGONOMICS: As mentioned before, the full-size keyboard makes for an awkward hand position when using this machine on your lap. In addition, there's a distinct edge at the seam where the metal keyboard surface meets the plastic body of the computer. I find this irritates my arms with extended use (yes, I know I shouldn't be resting my arms on the computer).
• BATTERY LIFE: So far the battery life on this laptop is not that great. I suspect it's draining due to the high-quality screen, as it seems to only last about 4 hours when only doing light-weight activities like browsing or responding to email. Hopefully a patch from Toshiba is in the works.
All in all, the cons don't outweigh the pros with this machine. I'm incredibly happy with it. Since I got it, my elder Macbook Air and iMac have been collecting dust because I can't resist the siren song of the Satellite's gorgeous screen.