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Great hardware, terrible operating system
on February 16, 2013
I've owned four Toshiba computers, and they have been great machines. The Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5340 has an outstanding keyboard, a fantastic display, and it's fast and nearly silent. But I would not recommend it for people who are long-time Windows power-users.
The serious defect with this machine is Windows 8, an operating system designed for tablets and cell phones. It's ridiculously inappropriate for use on computers, and it will seriously interfere with your productivity. A number of functions that made Windows 7 a powerful tool have been removed. The elegant, highly-evolved user interface had been seriously hobbled, for no good reason.
It's stunning that Microsoft would release a product that is such a usability bomb. It looks like a project designed by an elementary school computer club, and then accidentally approved for production with no user testing whatsoever.
The system will be less annoying to folks who are light users -- shopping, email, web surfing. But experienced folks who use computers for efficiently getting work done should stay clear of this OS in its current form.