Pros full feature tablet with 3 year warranty, for the price other manufacturers are way off.
Cons boxy design that harkens back to the days of the tecra M5.
Summary I truly like the Portege line of computers. If you have ever disassembled one you would understand the amount of care that is implemented behind the plastic. The M780 is a great value, find another tablet at this price with a 3yr warranty? Not only that but you would be buying a product that is considered to have the highest reliability. 15.6% failure rate over three years, in comparison HP is in the 30% area!
Pros Withstands some impacts and keyboard spills.
Cons Battery life sucks and the fan is always on but not too loud, though noticeable. Very ugly design
Summary I actually own the Portege M400. My brother owns this newer version. As far as externals go, they look exactly the same. I hate how toshiba hasn't updated their design. I love the flip screen tablet function. For example, I take notes on all the powerpoints my teachers use in class. I can write on word documents and pdf files. And if I need to ever draw something, I can do it in Microsoft One Note. Toshiba really nailed tablet function. Besides that, my laptop has fallen off my bed, dropped from a high shelf in my backpack, and taken spills all over its keyboard. It has cracks on the hull and the back of the screen, but this thing is still kicking like nothing ever happened. It's truly amazing.
It's really too bad that Toshiba completely disregarded looks; this is one of the ugliest laptops ever. It looks like its from the 90's and I get "did you get that from the 80's" comments from smarta**es all day. (Same with my brother's laptop since this "new" version looks exactly the same). To be honest, it actually makes me mad because I'm looking to get a new tablet pc, none are as good as the Toshiba in function. I guess I'm gonna go for a mac = (. On top of that, this ugly box is a hefty beast. It's not that heavy, but you don't want to carry it around all day in your bag.
So if you are immune to jokes about how your laptop looks, don't have to lug it around all day, and can always be near a power outlet every 1-2 hours, then this tablet pc is for you. It's a great machine. For me though, I'm a bit sick of those cons I presented in the previous paragraph.
Pros CNET doesn't understand the laptop or its category!
As a convertible tablet, this NEEDS to have letter-size display, not 16:9.
A good keyboard needs space. Can't have both ultraportability AND great ergonomics.
All those ports take space too.
Cons I'd love to see HDMI and USB3.
Summary This is one of the most powerful, affordable laptops available.