Pros + Core i5 speed
+ Responsive touch pad, easy to adjust its sensitivity
+ Excellent battery life
+ Solid State Drive (SSD) is sweet
+ Screen bezel around the top is pretty thick
+ 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports
+ Camera and microphone work flawlessly
Cons - Toshiba claims 128 GB of storage, it only has like 102
Summary I got this Ultrabook about 2 months ago, for my commuting purposes to college. My other toshiba laptop weighed a ton so my mum thought this was a necessary investment.
Initially I thought it was really ugly; the webcam is quite big and really noticeable, and the screen bezel around the top is pretty thick, buuutt after taking it to school and receiving tons of compliments I'm not gonna be too nit picky about the looks and the magnesium finish I must point out makes the casing look really sleek :) lets get to the serious stuff...
This thing is THIN, (just as thin as my iphone), so thin you can hold it with your fingers in one hand, and most importantly LIGHT, I mean i even forget it's in my backpack, the problem with it being so thin however is the screen actually bends, and that's makes me really nervous, like the slightest blow will crack/break it... it just seems really flimsy. Aside from that my hinges are stiff enough to where it doesn't wobble when I type. My friends also like to pick it up from the corner of the main body because it is so light, it doesn't bend or flex when they do that though so as opposed to the screen the body is sturdy.
Ports: I think this ultrabook has the most ports out of all the ones out now. The big seller for me was the Ethernet cable because I don't have WiFi at home, I was surprised to see that most of the other ultrabooks didn't actually have an Ethernet cable port. It also has an SD card slot which I have yet to test out. It also has full hdmi which I used recently and it worked fine and the usual usb ports.
Keyboard: This is the first laptop I have owned with a back-lit keyboard, and may I say that it is a fantastic feature!! It just looks really cool and now I can do my homework in low light areas. It has a chiclet keyboard,the keys are really shallow, which took getting used to since I was used to a more clicky ones. They are also pretty silent, I cant hear myself type in a really quiet classrooms.
Speed: Mine has an i3 processor but I know you can get the ultrabook with i5 or i7. The i3 works just fine for me. It boots up really quickly like other reviews have mentioned. For anyone curious I have been able to play flash 3D games on miniclip and shockwave etc without lag, BUT these tasks make the fan roar, I mean the fan will just really rev up and get pretty loud so I dont play those often. I also run matlab on here for school with no problem.
My WiFi for some reason doesn't pick up as well on campus compared to my friends they will have connection and I'll be on and off soo I dont know if it's just my unit although my campus has notably bad WiFi that they are working to fix. I also get an entire school day about 6-7 hours of battery life on it.
Complaints: Toshiba claims 128 GB of storage, it only has like 102 or something when you first boot it up so I want my other 20 GB lol.
The screen seems flimsy, it scares me a little and from reviews i have read if the screen breaks toshiba doesn't cover that under the warranty...
it doesn't have a hardrive so you will probably want to buy yourself one for extra backup.
I have had mine for about 2 months, I take it to school almost everyday, I'm glad I bought it because it is soo thin, light and fast. I do have a sleeve for it just for the protection, I definitely wouldn't just plop this in my backpack because I'm pretty sure it would break.
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So far I'm loving it, this has been one of my bigger investments so I hope it holds up and lasts a while.
Pros Lightweight. Backlit keyboard. Pretty good battery life
Cons Right at the time that my 1-year warranty ran out, my SSD crashed (according to Best Buy service). Toshiba started the 12-mo count on my warranty before I received it.
Summary If they don't honor my warranty and fix my PC, I'm going to swear off Toshiba for my entire household for the rest of my life. They have a chance to make it right, or their PC will be a hunk of junk forever.
"Hardware is failing"on by andykir
Pros It is light to travel with
Cons Have it for three months and sent it for service once again. So far it had: keyboard failure; speaker failure, and screen failure. First time it was free, now they want $450 from me. Doubt if I should pay or just trash it.
Pros Unreliable, Toshiba sucks, Third Toshiba burnt through this year
Cons $1044 worth of damages from a small amount of liquid from Toshiba and the keyboard is supposed to be "spill-resistant"
Buy my computer:
Summary Toshiba is horrible company with bad computers, I had a $500 satellite and the motherboard failed in 6 months. Toshiba has computers that are made to break so that you need to purchase another computer yearly.
Buy my computer!!
Pros It's really small. Light. The Wifi works good compared to other Ultrabooks.
Cons 1) Blue Screen Of Death.
2) Casing is really cheap. Will start looking scratched up after some use
3) a/c adapted being held in place by a little piece of plastic. Will break eventually
4) Last but perhaps the most important.ZERO Toshiba support.
Summary Cannot stress this enough. You can buy their absolutely best premium support and you will receive absolutely NO support. It is scary how many people you need to speak with, how long it takes to get back to you and ultimately, how long it takes for your issue to be fixed.
For this reason alone, combined with the machines faults - which will require support in the long run, I give this machine a half star. I'd give it 0 stars if I could.
While cnet is reliable with their recommendation, they only have this machine for one day! I had the machine for a month. Please don't buy.
Dell has a fantastic XPS 13 machine (gorilla glass and all), IBM u300s, and there are many others out there.
If you reply to this thread I will do my best to respond.