|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768|
|Processor||2.6 GHz Core i5-3317U|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||750 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||HD Graphics|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1696 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
Toshiba Satellite S955-S5376 15.6-Inch Laptop (Ice Blue Brushed Aluminum)
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I was very skeptical of Windows 8. Since he was most familiar with the Mac OS, I was worried. He was using it fully in 5 minutes. Since getting it his Mac has been back-benched.
The laptop is very thin and light, and still has connections for VGA and a wired Internet Connection. While WiFi is very prolific, the ability to connect to a wired connection is useful in difficult situations or dealing with old equipment often found in schools and Universities. With the bandwidth-sucking Tablets having an option could be the difference between a successful presentation and just standing there hoping the WiFi works.
The battery life is pretty good, but not awesome, about 4 or 5 hours under normal use so far. It is quiet and doesn't heat up the way laptops used to.
Special note about Windows 8. It is different. However, you can get a desktop if you prefer by hitting a button. People tend to freak out every time Windows makes a change. I remember Windows 3.1, 95, Windows 2000 (remember that fun), XP, Vista and 7. Each change generates a group of people who complain.
When Mac switched to Intel, I remember those freakouts. So don't let the fact it has a new OS freak you out. It actually is more App based and more like a Tablet. Younger users will figure it out quickly. Also, I imagine people with limited computer abilities will like it.Read more ›
I found this item on Amazon but bought it directly from Adorama, only because I called to be sure it was in stock and they offered me free next day shipping at the same price.
One caution: Adorama advertises this with the correct CPU clock speed - 1.7 GHz; Amazon deceptively uses the "max turbo speed" of 2.6 GHz. I was a little disappointed when I went into the system properties and saw the lower number. Google "Intel Core i5 3317U" and you will see what I mean.
From Intel's site:
"What is Intel® Turbo Boost Technology?
Intel Turbo Boost Technology is a way to automatically run the processor core faster than the marked frequency. The processor must be working in the power, temperature, and specification limits of the thermal design power (TDP). This results in increased performance of both single and multi-threaded applications."
*Amazon should give standard specs on the computers they sell, or at least give a disclaimer.*
Moving on. Similar to other reviews, I have struggled a bit with Windows 8, but am realizing everything is out there, just hidden. Hit the window button (looks like a 4-pane window, lower left of keyboard), you can start typing and search for your favorite Windows programs, like task manager, control panel, calculator, etc. You can pin them to the taskbar (bottom of screen) or the initial start window that freaks everyone out.
Once you get the desktop and start window clear of all of the junk apps, it becomes a manageable environment. I am an experienced PC user and do not think I should have to work this hard to figure out a new OS version. Would it have been so hard for Microsoft to include a Win 8 tutorial?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very happy with this computer... Until the hard drive failed after only 90 days! I am not a heavy user, by any means. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This computer is great. Toshiba laptops are the way to go. My computer did come a little dinged up but i was expecting that form a refurbished computer.Published on August 30, 2013 by Dustin z Heinzeroth
I needed a new laptop because my hard drive went out on my last one. This connects to the internet quick, has good speed and functions great...Negative is Windows 8... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by amy
I had to replace my hp laptop because of heating issues.
The price was good for a computer with such features. I needed a 16' screen because of my research work. Read more
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