Pros relatively cheap, fast, nice design
Cons battery life, Vista
Summary Have this laptop for more than a year and love it! If you re not a hardcore user, it will be smooth, fast and stable with Vista forever. If you need performance, downgrade to XP (a little tricky there) and add 1 gig memory... and this bird is gonna fly I did the above on mine and unlike the review says I can play pretty much every game (even relatively new ones). "Multitasking" is out of the question.
Pros A great multi-tasking laptop, especially for an intro type model.
Cons Memory! With Windows Vista, this badboy needs double the SDRAM or DDR.
Summary Overall this is a great notebook/laptop. I really love it,especially for the $649.00 I paid. Works great with I-Tunes and other applications. If you get a deal like I got, buy it, you won't be sorry. Just be ready to upgrade the memory. (No fault of computer, but the Vista Op-System.)
"An OK Laptop"on by zowen11
Pros Bright display, full array of ports, cheap, good speakers
Cons Small trackpad, heavy, heavy display, ugly, thick
Pros Affordable, reliable, usable
Cons Odd plug placements, especially for USB and external monitor
Summary About 6 months ago, I upgraded from my 4 year old Dell Inspiron 1000 to the Toshiba A-135, and am not regretting it. I bought mine at Office Depot on sale, paying $600 instead of $750. Included features were DVD-RW, 5-in-1 card reader, 120Gb drive, 1Gb ram, Pentium Dual-core, and Vista Home Premium (not One word about Vista, okay?). I asked about Toshiba and received positive reviews from people, so I skipped an HP for it. The Tru-Brite screen is very crisp and clear, worlds apart from my Dell. All programs work great and I've had very few issues with them. The only time it crashed, which thankfully was recoverable, was when there was an issue with GIMP. I have updated GIMP and theire have been no issues since.
Surprisingly, for making everyones' 'worst tech', I have had very few problems with Vista and have had none of the problems that people talk about, and I have one of the early versions. My Toshiba and Vista work great together and have no intention of dinosauring my system back to XP.
My only complaint with the system are the port and their locations. While seemingly practial, I'm finding them annoying. The 4 USB's are scattered, 2 on the right infront of the DVD drive, 1 on the back on the far left, and 1 on the left in the middle. Plan accordingly. Also, the external monitor port is on the left side toward the back. Maybe this makes it easier to access, but to me it's just in the way. And with the speaker/mic plug-ins at the front, if you use all the ports, its looks like a deranged computer chip.
Fortunately, I more hooked on portability and performance and have tuned out such problems and think I could have spent more and be less capable. My Toshiba was the right choice. One upgrade I would like to do would be to install the motherboard that allows the installation of two hard drives. The case is set up for it, another plus for Toshiba.
Pros Good general use laptop.
Cons Battery could be better.