Pros Toshiba. It's solidly built.
Cons I had the worst compatibility conflicts I've ever experienced with this notebook.
Summary I have owned three Toshiba notebooks. I travel in my work and go through the airport screening machines. Over the years, my Toshis have traveled around the world with me. Dozens of screening machines on domestic and international flights.
I bought a DELL Inspiron this year in February. The display died in May. So I had to get a new notebook. Repair was too expensive. It was out of warranty.
So I went back to trusty Toshis. My old Satellite S-105-114 was substitute until I could get the M35X up & running.
That is where the problems began. I could not get the M35X up & running. Here is a list of hardware I could not install on the Toshi.
1. PCMCIA Verizon Air Card VZ 610
2. PCMCIA Verizon Air Card VZ5220.
3. HP All-in-One 1315 Printer Scanner USB
4. Logitech Webcam Pro4000. USB
5. HP 5600 Color Ink Jet printer)
I spent hours with tech support at Verizon. I spent hours at the HP site & the Logitech site. No luck in installing any of these products. I would get a Windows message that said, (I'm paraphrasing), "Windows could not install this device. It may be because your driver is new than Windows 95."
I was able to get an HP printer to finally work with it, a 1012 Laser USB.
The keyboard is very flimsy. Here is where the problems with the M35X stopped and the nightmare scenario began. I was limping along with the new Toshi in my office. (I had to use my old Toshi S105-114 for internet, because the air card wouldn't install on the new one.) I either looked like an idiot, or a real hi-tech guru with two notebook computers, side-by-side on my desk.
However I may have looked to my clients, I felt like an idiot. And then my "H" key came off on the new rock-solid Toshi.
I tried to replace the "H" key. No dice.
I called Toshiba. I was informed I had to send the whole notebook computer back to them to replace an "H" key! They had to strip the keypad off and put a new one on!!!
While they were at it - I asked them to look into the compatibility issues I was experiencing.
I have no doubt this is another rock-solid Toshi suitable for traveling. But I can't use if for internet. So it's worthless on business trips. I can only use it with 1 printer. So it's nearly worthless in the office. It's solid. But it is non-functional.
I bought a Compaq Presario while the Toshi is in the shop. All of the above devices installed first time through on that computer. It may not be rock solid like a Toshi. But at least it is functional.Updated
I have sent the Toshiba M35X back 2 times to be repaired. The first time they replaced the system board and the keypad. When I got the computer back. The keypad was screwed up. I typed "h" and I would get the letter "p". I hit the space bar - I would get the number 6 and a space. I typed "y". I would get "0".
So I sent it back a second time. This time, they replaced the system board (a 2nd time), hard drive, and the keypad (2nd time).
The computer works well now. I could install at least two of the devices I could not install before.
BUT Toshiba kept my power supply! I sent the power supply back. And Toshiba kept it.
Not only that - they can't provide me a new one. IT's on back order. So the trials & tribulations of my 3rd Toshi in a row, continue. I think they build good, solid, durable computers. But this M35X has been a total washout.
Pros Good speed, nice screen
Cons The chip doesn't handle many programs too well
Summary I recieved this computer as a fathers day gift and overall for the price it is an excellent buy. If you are on a budget and need a decent computer for basic needs this is a good computer choice. I would upgrade the ram to 512 for better performance.
Pros cheap and light
Cons Screen and motherboard died twice in 3 months
Summary I bought this laptop 3 months ago. this is going to be my second time to take this laptop for a repair. This first time, they replaced the screen and the motherboard. They told me it was overheated and not my fault. They said the original design was bad on the motherboard and caused the overheat. Luckyly, it was under warranty. This second time is going to be the same thing I have the feeling.I am so disappointed on their product now. I trusted Toshiba because I had bought a laptop from them before,but this turns out to be a nightmare. I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone.
Pros I've had this computer since the summer of 2005 and it's still working great. Considering the specs you can't expect it to be amazing - but it is only until now that I needed a new computer. Never had a problem with it in the 4 years I've had it!
Cons Fan is LOUD, and the computer gets really hot.
Summary This computer lasted me for 4 years, so I would recommend it. I upgraded mine to another GB of RAM, I would recommend doing that as well.
Pros When it works, it does a nice job. For the money, it's quick enough and it is a good computer for working with Microsoft Office, emailing, and doing online research. I've had mine for three years and it works most of the time.
Cons It can not handle all the Windows updates...it gets bogged down quickly and will not run. I've had to re-format the drive about once a month, resulting in not being able to use my computer to save vital information. It is not very dependable.
Summary When it works, the MX35-S114 does a nice job and I'm reasonably happy with it. The problem comes with the many updates that are received from Windows. At first, I set the computer up for automatic updates through Microsoft. However, it was no time at all before the computer was so bogged down that it took several minutes (no exaggeration) to start up. Finally, it just wouldn't start at all. I played with it trying to start it in safe mode and restoring the original settings. But that was a very temporary fix. I have owned it for three years, and I like it, but the dependability is just not there. I have it mostly for personal use. Because of the unreliable nature of this computer, I have to save all pertinent information on memory sticks rather than on the hard drive...I never know when it's going to up and quit again. The only remedy that I've found for this is to reformat the drive...over and over again...usually once a month or more. I've become a master at formatting and reloading a computer! I've been through two power cords...the battery life is quite short...and now I have to make the decision to spend $80-$120 on a power cord or to buy a new computer. I do like the Windows XP operating system and hate to think that I'll have to go to Vista if I buy a new computer...but that's the only drawback for buying a new one instead of putting a bandaid fix on this one...again. It works well for personal use, and was a good computer for the money spent at the time. But it's so outdated now... the cheapest laptop that I found at Best Buy at $399.00 has so much more on it than this one...but Vista? Just not sure... If you purchase this computer, be sure that you do it knowing that it's really quite outdated at this point and will not keep up with all the Windows updates, Norton Anti-virus, etc... The processor just gets bogged down too easily.