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TOSHIBA Satellite L55Dt-A5253NR Notebook AMD A-Series A6-5200 (2.00GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8400 15.6" Touchscreen Windows 8

  • AMD A-Series A6-5200 (2.00GHz)
  • 6GB Memory 750GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 8400
  • Touchscreen
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8
  • DVD Super Multi
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Bruce S.
  • 9/24/2013 11:14:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsUpgrading this computer

Pros: Well made and priced reasonably for a major brand.

Cons: It's was made more difficult that it needed to be to upgrade major components like hard drives, memory and batteries.

Other Thoughts: I own this and a few other Toshiba notebooks and until I recently retired I also serviced computers and other electronics.

In the only other review at this time it was stated, or at least implied, that the battery, hard drive and memory either couldn't be replaced or couldn't be replaced by the owner. There is really no truth to this statement. For some time now, with some of Toshiba's small, light weight and expensive notebooks (One notebook that's been around a while and that comes to mind is the Portege), Toshiba has been designing cases that certainly not end user friendly. However, there are instructions and videos on disassembling these models as well as upgrading or replacing the major components. So anyone with patience and will to read a little should have NO PROBLEM replacing these parts. The first thing I do with ALL my notebooks these days is replace the mechanical hard drives with solid state ones. So far, they have been very reliable. But beware, some manufacturers have had failures with certain models. Many people believe that because it's solid state that it will last virtually forever, which is NOT true. If you use a notebook mostly on the go or on you lap, a solid state drive CAN be a lifesaver/

That said, just don't do it before your warranty runs out, since disassembling it will VOID your warranty.

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  • Nathan H.
  • 8/17/2013 7:35:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsReally Bad Idea for Long-Term

Pros: Packs plenty of nice features into an affordable package.
Unlike most of the notebook PCs (currently) on the market, that only have Intel-brand CPUs with only 2 physical cores, this one has an AMD Quad-Core CPU, with an above-average amount of 6GB of notebook PC DDR3 RAM -- thrice (3x) the min. req'd for Windows 8 -- along with a 750GB HD -- other laptops might only have either a 320GB, or 500GB HD for the same asking price -- and it's all for under $600.

Cons: Most laptops/notebook PCs -- most, not all....at least until recently -- were somewhat User-Upgrade-able, in that you could (almost always) upgrade the RAM/memory &/or the hard drive -- either for one that had more storage (like 1TB or greater), or was faster (like 7200rpm, or an SSD), or both. Also, with the exception of Apple/MAC -- but we're talking about PCs, not MACs so that really goes without saying -- you could always replace the battery in your notebook PC, whenever you wanted.
However, you can NOT do any of that with this laptop!

You can NOT: Upgrade the memory, Updgrade the hard drive, or even the battery.
Once the battery can no longer hold an adequate charge --- which is only a matter of "When," not "If," which is usually between 1-5 years, depending on how little or often, & how well or poorly you use it -- then you'll either have to spend several hundred dollars more by: 1.) Getting the battery replaced out-side your (included) 1-year warranty 2.) Getting the battery replaced the multiple-year service plan (that you had to pay extra for) 3.) Getting the battery replaced with the multi-year extended warranty (that you had to pay extra for) 4.) Or, by simply replacing it with a whole new laptop (also at least several hundred dollars more).

You will have to spend several hundred dollars more (in the end), all to simply replace a Lithium-Ion (Rechargeable) battery that only costs $60-$120 tops, in the end, for this notebook PC.

Other Thoughts: With netbooks (which are basically very simple, cheap notebook PCs) & tablets/e-readers (like the iPad, the MS Slate, or the Goodle Nexus, for example) there's usually, at best, a 50-50 chance it's designed so that the user can not replace the battery, but until recently, the biggest thing that set them apart from a laptop/notebook PC was that, even if you couldn't have access to upgrade either the RAM/memory &/or the Hard Drive --- which was usually always a guaranteed option, until recently --- you could Always replace the battery, whenever you wanted, but you can't with this one. I could've settled for not being able to upgrade the RAM or HD, but the battery is a deal-breaker for me. To me, it's like having to buy a new car when the one you have (& recently purchased) eventually runs out of gas, instead of being able to replace its spent fuel with fresh -- it's expensive, it costs you way more in the end, & it's a huge waste of good electronic components. So, unless you are either a sucker, or rich, I'd suggest you buy something you can always & easily replace the battery on.

P.S. A common misconception is that rechargeable batteries last forever, but that's NOT true: rechargeable batteries longevity is relative to it use, which affects its ability to both hold a (full) charge, & the amount of times it can be (fully) charged -- which is usually about several thousand times (like 5400 full charges total), or 1-5 years. However, eventually the rechargeable battery begins to slowly lose it's ability to hold a (full) charge --- from 6 hours, to 5 hours, 4, 3, etc. --- before requiring another charge, until eventually, it can either hold less than 1 minute's worth of a (full) charge, or simply no charge at all, & becomes useless.

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