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Pros: Very powerful machine overall with a medium-high end graphics card.

Physical build looks great and feels good quality though the LCD is a little thin so it may feel flimsy when opening with one hand from a corner. Display at max brightness is very bright and is very crisp and clean. Speaker quality is about what you'd expect but I was surprised by just how loud the speakers can get.

Dual HDDs is interesting and works great with my dual boot of a CSM boot Windows 7 and UEFI Windows 8 boot.

Cons: Battery life is honestly pretty terrible. The advertised rating of 1.5 hours is seriously what you can expect even just browsing the web using the Intel integrated GPU with the display at near minimum brightness.

Windows 8 is frustrating for power users and Toshiba's UEFI settings are not as easy to use as other manufactures. You cannot fall back from UEFI to CSM so if you want to switch you'll have to enter the bios every time.

Drivers for Windows 7 are a major pain to find. Neither the US or EU Toshiba sites supply drivers for the PSPLZU for Win 7 so you'll be searching Intel, Realtek, and Atheros. I was able to find drivers for everything except the webcam.

Touch pad has some minor issues, most notably that it is centered under the space bar on the left which can feel odd. Very little jumpiness once you install the Synaptic driver but some major issues when used without the driver in a Linux environment (clicking causes the cursor to move).

As the other reviewer mentioned the heat exhaust is pretty much right where you would use an external mouse.

Other Thoughts: For a desktop replacement this was a great deal and is an amazing machine. I am extremely happy with it and I would easily have rated it a 5 if either the battery life was improved or Windows 7 drivers were easily accessible.


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Display Name: Dana H.

Date Joined: 03/12/13

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 04/11/13
  • Last Review: 04/11/13
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