Pros: Beautiful Screen, LED Backlit keyboard, Switching Graphics, Powerful mid-range video card with plenty of dedicated video ram (GDDR3 instead of DDR3), system ram is DDR3 as well which is nice for a laptop. Also a plus to have num pad for those who really care to use it. I've not noticed any issues with the spacebar like some have mentioned, but that is a personal preference sort of thing. Runs World of Warcraft on Good/High settings and maintains 50-60 FPS most of the time, drops to 40-50 in heavy battlegrounds.
Cons: NORTON which causes the issues with wireless (Read below on how to fix this issue)
Out of the box the power options on this laptop actually made World of Warcraft freeze the entire screen for 1 second randomly every few minutes. Assumed at first that this was a bad IRQ setting or faulty CPU core (one reads bad when tested). Found out that this was due to power constraints to the CPU when out of the box power options are set (Balanced)
To fix this issue, change the power options over to High Performance when plugged in. You will have to "Add" this option. Once you go to add this power setting it is a preset you can make a permenent option.
Overall Review: ***THE FIX FOR WIRELESS ISSUES WITH THIS LAPTOP***
For those of you who have had issues with this systems wireless card... it is not a hardware issue. I work I.T and bashed my head against this issue for a good while. The issue is NORTON! When Norton is installed on systems it attaches itself to multiple layers of a TCP/IP stack and all other sorts of system files. Installed or not it causes issues with this particular laptop connecting automatically to wireless hotspots, regardless of the settings being saved.
HOW TO FIX THIS ISSUE:
You will need two programs in order to remove Norton, and fix its screw up.
1. Norton Removal Tools
2. TCP/IP Repair tool... use both the TCP/IP Repair and Winsock Repair
Run them in that order and everything should be fine.
Short of software issues, this is a great laptop for a techie/gamer.
Pros: One of the only AMD laptops around and thankfully it has the Phenom. I'm tired of intel's monopoly.
Only 1.6Ghz but quad cores keep everything incredibly smooth.
LED Keyboard is beautiful and can be kept on a timer or left on or off all the time.
LED Backlit Screen is extremely bright and clear.
ATI Mobility 5650 is DX11 and plays games extremely well
Left 4 Dead 2 maxed out ranges 30-55fps
Assassins Creed runs about 20-25fps maxed out which is pretty good for a laptop.
2222 CPU Score
Power consumption is extremely low, toshiba eco utility shows you exactly how much power is used. Idles around 35w and only goes to around 60-65 when playing games.
Harman/Kardon audio sounds good for a laptop system.
Chicklet keyboard feels and types great
Fan blows out lots of hot air but keeps bottom and keyboard cool.
Switchable graphics isn't as seamless as optimus but still handy.
DDR3 1066 is ve
Cons: Screen isn't 1080 but the only way to get that is to pay 1000+ for an asus g series or something so I'm ok with the 1366x768.
Battery life is only around 2 hours but I keep it plugged in so that's fine.
The toshiba hdd protection is set to high sensitivity and locks the hard drive with the slightest vibration so it just needs to be turned down and everything is fine.
My biggest complaint is no USB 3.0. I don't understand why all companies don't have it yet. It's going to be mainstream soon I hope.
Overall Review: 2 hard drive bays would have been nice but that's hard to fit in a 16"
Replaced a 17.3" HP AMD turion 2.1Ghz dual core with geforce 8400m gs which I payed $1100 for 2 years ago and started falling apart. I'll never buy HP again after 2 of their notebooks crapped out on me. I know many people who loved their toshiba's and have held up very well with incredible quality so I decided to give them a try.
I really wanted an AMD Nvidia combination with optimus technology but they don't exist (probably because AMD owns ATI) but the ATI Mobility 5650 has better 3dmark scores than gts335m and is more affordable anyway.
Thank you Newegg for $750 guerrilla deal sale and it arived 30 hours after I purchased it with free shipping.
I didn't get to try hdmi yet but it is supposed to output audio as well as video which is great since my old laptop was just video.
Pros: Well built, Nice keyboard, large screen, smooth operation, reasonably light for size, lots of features, backlit keys- five stars for that alone.
Cons: Software management can be confusing; be especially careful about deleting Toshiba software, until you really know what you are doing. A lot of the Toshiba programs are done better by other software, but deleting the wrong program can cause many frustrating hours lost. Be very cautious about deleting "Flash Cards" and Value Added Pack".
Overall Review: I did a lot of research before purchasing this computer. I wanted a backlit Keyboard, and a good graphics card, in a system that doesn't overheat. This is definately the answer. Purchased from Newegg, as usual. Graphics are great!
Pros: This laptop Outperforms my old laptop in almost every area. To top that it produces considerably less heat than my old Asus F3T. I upgraded parts on my F3T when they failed, HDD, Wireless card, DVD drive. But it died a few weeks ago (Video Card).
I'm glad to have an AMD processor in my laptop. I know it not the best, but there are upgrades available. If this processor becomes to slow for me. I'll get a x920 to replace it.
The keyboard lights up that is a nice perk. As well as the one weird looking SATA/USB 2.0 port can charge you MP3 player while the laptop is unplugged and shutdown. I have charged mine to test it out one day.
The battery life is good, but if you leave it alone (like when you watch a movie) it will go to sleep on you in minutes. With the eco mode I manage to get about 45 more minutes out of the battery.
I noticed that the laptop will change from a simple onboard video card to save juice to the 5650 when need be.
Cons: Like another user said the newegg box it came in was damaged. I took photos before opening the box that looked like it was dropped kicked in the UPS truck. The Toshiba box inside was undamaged.
The laptop has many features but surprisingly it doesn't have bluetooth.
The Quad core that in this laptop has the minimum output of both AMD and intel's quad core lineups. With low L2 cashe and no L3 at all it makes the 1.6ghz preform even worse.
Even though the light up keyboard is awesome, I would wish it had an adjustable intensity setting somewhere. Off and on seem to be the only options available. Also the keys themselves are odd. They are a completely flat, untextured surface. It makes typing odd and takes a while to get used to.
I figured that most mainstream laptops would have a blue ray player by now also. With some Dvd recordable features too.
I wish my Audio jacks were up front.
The laptop comes with tones of useless software that slows down the system.
Overall Review: I'm hard on this laptop because I'm comparing it to my old one. My old Asus laptop cost $300 more when it was new. The Asus came with a bunch of little accessories. This laptop came with just the Laptop, Battery, and power plug.
- No reinstall Disk, just a partition. It hampers my plans for the laptop.
Windows 7 Home will not allow you to have Xp mode. You can upgrade to professional/ ultimate edition. I just made a Virtual Machine.
If you are an AMD nut too, I would suggest that you wait until the middle of 2011 for that line of laptop hardware. It would be higher performing and competitive to the Intel products.
Pros: Smoking Fast
Beautiful sleek, lightweight design
Not filled with bloatware like an HP
I have another unit with the seemingly rare AMD Phenom Quad Core with 100% satisfaction. I wonder why there are so few units offering this CPU
Cons: $50 price decrease a few days after purchase
None so far - how can you go wrong at this price?
Overall Review: I don't do gaming, so I can't vouch for frame rates, and have not yet hooked up to my TV. The video, after mucking about for a few minutes, was properly switchable to my Acer 1400 X 1050 monitor.
All around, a beautiful unit, just shocking what you can get for $800. With Windows 7, I couldn't ask for more speed, ease of use, compatibility with all my devices and great network sharing. Can't wait to try streaming with Netflix over the HDMI connection.
Pros: This is an amazing laptop, great graphics, sound and looks beautiful. games work well such World of warcraft and Heroes of newearth. and the internet can be fixed for those who have problems with the wireless by using Alaska I.T Guy's procedure. worked perfectly after doing it.
Cons: Only thing is going through the procedures to fix the wireless problem, but after that, it is a perfect laptop. takes about 5 minutes max.
Pros: So far can handle everything I throw at it, got it at a crazy discount from newegg, runs low in sound and temperature.
Cons: I don't know why, but when installing things from CD/dvd drive, it's pretty slow. Other than that nothing else.
Overall Review: At first I could not connect to the internet wirelessly and I thought I had the same issue as others... But then realized I was just typing in the wrong password. It can handle the games that I like and the programs that I use flawlessly. That's all that matters.
Pros: Fast, lovely screen.
Cons: Just as some others have seen, I too have been having the wireless issues. I've never seen this on ANY laptop I've been on (which has been 100s (whether owned or worked on)). I actually have 2 spare routers that I tried and all did the same thing. They were all Netgear routers, but all used different chipsets. You just can't connect w/o repairing the connection 1st, and sometimes you can NEVER connect. I had to move to WEP to get some regularity of a connection...
I also have the problem where it won't wake back up from sleep (not hibernate...SLEEP) if you close the lid while it's not plugged into the power adapter.
Overall Review: To add to the issues, I bought a Bluetooth adapter and accompanying Bluetooth mouse. The adapter installs perfectly, I can pair the mouse perfectly, but when the mouse is not used for a bit (power save mode), it won't re-pair back with the PC without going thru the Bluetooth devices, removing and re-adding (a good couple minute process). I tried the same Bluetooth adapter/mouse on another PC & it behaved perfectly.
ALL drivers were updated from Realtek & AMD (NIC, Wireless, chipset/graphics, audio), none of the issues I mentioned here were resolved...saddened