Pros Sufficient processsing power
Nice lcd screen - good mix of size vs. portability
built in videocam - nice for skype
Toshiba does an excellent job of setting up laptops
- excellent sounds, desktop graphics, nice extras
Laptop feels solid
Cons Not much
Comes with a fair amount of bloatware, which was easily deleted
Summary Bought this for my daughter for college.
Best Buy price was better than list, which was appealing.
It has a strong processor and decent battery life, especially compared to other laptops I use for work.
It comes with adequate memory (4 Gig) and a large hard disk (300 MB), which are a good match for the operating system. I do not expect to need to add memory or hard disk space for life of this machine, compared to other laptops with less memory and smaller hard drives.
We use Skype (free videophone software), so the built in videocam and microphones are appealing.
Case is very stylish. Review talks about easy smudging. Perhaps true, but not a deal breaker. Perhaps the other reviewer should wash their hands more.
This machine has the umph to be a very nice desktop replacement
- not underpowered for MS Office breed applications.
Reasonable amount of USB ports.
The battery is unusually shaped. It is not flush with the case, but has a cyllindrical protrusion over it's entire length, which acts as a stand for the laptop. The laptop does not have the ususal "legs" to tilt it, because the battery does this. The oversized battery is what extends the batter life, which is not good or bad, it just is. The battery does add weight: a fair trade-off for the 3+ hour useage time.
Have not worked with built-in FM radio, yet, but am impressed that Toshiba made it available - another nice touch, an extra which indicates Toshiba thought this through
It has a nice number of custom desktop screens in addition to those that ship with Vista, which shows Toshiba knows how to finish a laptop. Has the cool Toshiba sounds, too, another nice touch.
I have used laptops for work for over 20 years. I build desktop computers for a hobby. This is a very nice laptop.
It feels solid. It exudes quality. I would definitely consider buying another Toshiba laptop.
Pros Obviously the stylish yet classy design.
The bright touch icons work on every OS.
Great processor - RAM balance.
Good speaker volume (compared with other laptops Ive had)
Cons For most people could be the weight but Its worth for the specs.
Summary I purchased this amazing laptop on Summer 2008 from a Best Buy and from the very beggining, it ran Windows Vista faster than any other device I have ever seen.
Across the time, Ive had Windows Vista, Ubuntu, Windows 7 and right now is running Windows 8 smoothly and without any little delay.
I have a 2 years younger Toshiba laptop (from work) with Intel i3 and same ammount of RAM but after 18 months of use this one is running 20% faster than the other. Also, the newer one has already needed a battery change when the older one took 3 years for the same change.
So, for a summary, I spent USD 900 on 2008 for a computer than is up-to-date with the most recent OS, that handles any task without jamming, overflowing, or event delaying at switching windows. Right now, on 2012 I'm just starting to see superior equipments on my market (Mexico) and this one is worth 900 USD on Mexico (4 years later!!!)
PS: This laptop has NEVER had a blue screen! I just love it and it's 6 pounds of power!
Pros I'll state the obvious that the "Webcam" works perfectly fine on Skype.
The speed for transferring data is great.
The wireless radar in the network software is really neat especially looking for a network that is not out of range.
Toshiba has some great
Cons The weight can be a bit heavy, not as heavy as the other bigger models.
I find it overheats but doesn't shut down.
The battery tends to be a bit short (but that could be my own doing lol).
When playing games like "Aion" it tends to lag due to the graphics
Summary To tell the truth, ever since I've gotten my Toshiba Satellite A305-S6858. I never had any problems with Skype, or anything. I only had to use my recovery disc once when it wouldn't load onto the windows login screen. I never had the extended warranty. I have no idea why everybody doesn't like this computer whats so ever. I've bought my Toshiba at Best Buy. :\ For other computers I wouldn't recommend getting Acer or Dell laptop computers. Those crashed and blue screened on me more. While this Toshiba never blue screened once!i missed out on the 4th line of type under pros. I ment to say "Toshiba has some great features that any college student or any regular computer user can enjoy using."
It would depend where you've purchased this computer, and how it's handled. Once you take care of it, it will last for a long time and will be running perfectly.
Updated on Aug 23, 2011
Pros -Gloss finish
-All of the lights around the keyboard
-Harmon/Kardon brand speakers
-Finger Print Scanner
Cons - I got the blue screen of death one time lol
-The speaker volume doesn't go too high
-Battery life is like I said...OK
Summary Overall, my Toshiba A305 has served me very well since the Fall of 2003. I did get the blue screen of death, but lucky me, one of my friends fixes computers for a living. This bad boy came with Windows Vista (sucks!), but I did install Windows 7 later on. I don't used Skype like I used to, but the web cam worked superbly.
The Harman/Kardon speakers was part of the reason why I purchased this. I imagined some legit audio, but sadly...it doesn't get that loud. The quality is good to go however. I love how the keyboard is surrounded by small LED white lights. It has a 350gb storage capacity, which doesn't matter now since you could buy a 1TB external storage device for no more than 100 bones now a days.
All in all, a GREAT laptop that hasn't exactly failed me except one time. Great quality and build! Not buying another laptop until this one completely dies out haha.
Pros Stylish finish. Worked sturdy while it did.
Cons Couldn't install Ubuntu for a long time. Could only install it from 9.10.
Heats up a lot.
And yeah, motherboard failed in two years.
Summary Motherboard will fail, so just skip it.