Pros Still evaluating...
Cons Still evaluating...
Summary Just bought at Best Buy $749; saw cnet note on their review. So far so good... :D
Pros Battery life is probably about 8-9 hours. Not exactly sure because I have yet to run out. Bought directly from Toshoba and I got the extended battery. Glad I did. Laptop runs fast. Stays cool. Quiet. Plenty of storage space. Weighs nothing.
Cons Nothing. Works great.
Summary If you are looking for an ultra light computer with very long battery life and powerful computing power then you need to buy this. Better than any MacBook computer out there.
Pros inexpensive (for its weight/power class); long-lasting and removable battery; understated and elegant metal design; unbelievably lightweight; impressive performance accentuated by the SSD I installed
Cons screen *could* be better (like the Vaio Z's); does not smell too great in the first few days of ownership; graphics are integrated (but, on the plus side, I could play Portal adequately :D)
Summary I've had this laptop for three weeks; I paid $835 on Amazon. I decided to swap out the included HDD for an SSD (Intel X-25M 120GB, $175). So in total, my system cost me $1010.
(Just a side note: I think it's probably a better idea to install an SSD on your own rather than to configure with the manufacturer, as the "No SSD" reviewer might have wished for. Stock SSDs -- especially Toshiba's -- can be inferior to the top-tier ones made by OCZ, Intel, Corsair, etc.).
I like my R835. As highlighted in the Pros section above, it's a nicely balanced system with good performance and battery life. It's perceptibly light, and is well-built. I agree with the points made in the main review.
The R835 is a much better value than the Mac competition. It has a faster processor than the MacBook (white plastic) and Macbook Air. It is lighter than the MacBook white plastic and the Macbook Pro. It has a removable battery, which none of the Macs have.
The default system has more storage space than its Mac and PC competitors.
But, if you, as I did, choose to install an SSD into the R835, you lose some space, but get the benefits of an SSD. At $1010 with SSD, the R835 has more storage space than the MBA ($999). (Bootup is 23 seconds until workable desktop, vs. 15 for a MBA). The Macbook white plastic and Macbook pro do not have SSDs at the $1000 price point, which I consider a disadvantage when compared with the R835.
In summary, if you're in the market for an around-$1000 system, you should definitely consider the R835. It represents a very good value, taking into account its good balance of performance with lightweight and sturdy build quality.
"Try before you buy"on by royauty
Cons Keyboard ergonomics
Expected poor reliability
Summary I owned the forerunner to this machine (the R500) and nothing could persuade me to buy another even though the specs are great, the price is reasonable, and the name is Toshiba.
Cnet does not test long-term usability or reliability, they only test features. It is unsurprising that they like this machine so much: on paper it's one of the best out there. When you have to live with it for long periods of time, the shine wears off.
Here's what I didn't like:
1, Off-center track-pad. I was forever grazing the edge of my trackpad and suddenly my cursor would be on the other side of the screen. It would happen in the middle of typing and was very frustrating. You have to try this out before you buy it to see if it's an issue for you. Buyer beware!!!
2, Lousy keyboard. It's loud, with very poor key travel. It flexes. The plastic coating covering the keys wore off after a few months, leaving me with a partly labeled keyboard.
3, Low reliability. Definitely not what I expected from a Toshiba with a 3 year warranty on a machine that listed for over $2k. Within a few months of getting it, the ctrl keys stopped working (both of them). It turns out to have been an actual hardware issue, since an external keyboard had no issues. Endless calls to tech support did not fix the problem. Then the "T" key stopped working and I'd had enough. They lost a customer and I gained a computer that is fit for purpose.
Pros It's lightweight
Cons Loud, clicky keyboard
Too much reflection in screen
Speaker buzzes even at mid-volume
Summary At about three weeks, the running noise the laptop makes became noticeably louder. Very loud in a quiet room, at night, with someone else trying to sleep. Of course this started after the 14 day return period. I tried to live with it, but it's loud, so I called Toshiba and they said they would send me a box, etc. It took a few days for the box to arrive and several more for me to run back up and clear all my data (I so did not want to deal with this) and during that time a problem with the power outlet started: intermittently the screen dims unless the power cord is jiggled.
I took it to the UPS store as instructed, gave them the numbers I was given, and nothing. Nothing came up that was supposed to come up so the unit was not sent. I verified the numbers with the CSR before ending the call. The UPS store clerk could see that I was frustrated and told me that Toshiba is awful and it will get worse. I am considering living with the noise, running constant back ups, putting up with noise until I can justify buying a new one.
I've had five Dells and a Lenovo, all ordered online. This Toshiba is the first computer I've had to send back.