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Cheap quality, slow, but OK
Pros: It's a laptop, and it's cheap. The processor can be upgraded to make a decent box: any 35W Core i5-M processor should work: known to work - i5-3210M Ivy Bridge. It has a DVD writer, and even though Toshiba's specs show the screen at 200 nits, it's reasonably bright and readable (has the typical shiny "mirror" screen). The stock configuration runs Ubuntu 12.04, though the Realtek 8808 (or whatever it was) has flaky performance at best.
Cons: The case is junk. I've never owned a laptop made of such flimsy and weak material. The display cover flexes at least 1/4 in if the notebook is picked up between the hand and the thumb. This thing feels like the case won't last 6 months of light duty use. My previous Toshiba laptops (it's been a while) felt much sturdier; and the numerous HP's I've owned have all had tough shells on them. The drive, at 5400 RPMs, coupled with an Intel Celery processor, make for a painfully slow experience. (Intel somehow manages to cripple their processors to create a bottom-of-the-barrel performance point that feels slower than a Pentium 4.) The WiFi chip (a Realtek unit) doesn't work well under Ubuntu 12.04 Precise.
Other Thoughts: If you're short on cash and handy with plastic epoxy (available at Lowes and other fine retailers), this could be the right laptop for you.
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Pros: Excellent bang for the buck. Toshiba quality, inexpensive, USB3, optical disk, stays very cool even after hours of use. The textured surface is nice because on a hot day your palms/wrists don't stick to the surface if you're sweating a bit. Good keyboard layout and feel for fast touch typing.
Cons: A fair degree of bloatware but nothing that 10 minutes of uninstalling can't fix.
Other Thoughts: I'm a software engineer, I use my L675 when I'm traveling and it works very well for that. It has been a great computer. The wife needed a laptop so we grabbed this C855 (they had a *screaming* price on it at the time - though still an excellent deal now) and it's equally as good.
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I really regret this purchase.
Pros: Cheap, nice screen
Cons: Piece of junk, tons of bloatware
Other Thoughts: The wireless turns itself off when the laptop goes into sleep mode, and will not turn back on until the laptop is rebooted. Updating the driver did not fix the problem.
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“Excellent bang for the buck. Toshiba quality, inexpensive, USB3, optical disk, stays very cool even after hours of use. The ...”— Dan 8/16/2012
“The case is junk. I've never owned a laptop made of such flimsy and weak material. The display cover flexes at least ...”— 11/6/2012