Pros Great new processor, fun Tablet PC features
Cons Small text on screen and screen latch is flimsy
Summary I got my Toshiba R25 two weeks ago now. I was quite surprised at the lack of reviews on the computer when I was looking to buy, so I now feel compelled to write my impressions of the computer. First, I love most things about this computer. The Centrino Duo processor is fantastic! I had a 2.8 Ghz P4 before this R25, and I can’t believe how much more information this R25 can handle. The difference is particularly noticeable when I’m running multiple programs at once. The keyboard is a great size for typing, the screen is nice and bright, and I love the battery life I’m getting. I’m particularly tuned into that because my Sony Vaio was pushing it to hope for 2 hours, and my R25 is 4.5 hours, and that’s running a lot of different programs. This R25 feels lighter than the 6 pounds the specs say that it is as well. I’m looking forward to traveling with the R25. I’m also planning on buying an external battery for it that will push the battery life to almost 10 hours, which is going to be great for that San Fran to Beijing route I take three times a year. Secondly, because this is the first Tablet PC I’ve owned, I’m definitely finding out that making the most of a Tablet PC takes some time. I think in the long run it will be great, and I know that there are features that once I learn them (like OneNote), I will really be able to utilize them. But computing with a pen takes some time, and I think that everyone could benefit from it. I’ve really enjoyed using the Windows Journal, which is a program that you can use to make hand written notes on the screen, and you can save them as your handwriting, or convert them to text. I’ve also like the voice recognition software that comes with the R25. I’ve used it for voice commands to open programs, and in MS Word to type documents. Especially with the price of the R25, it may be an extra $150 over similarly equipped computers to get the Tablet feature, and that was worth it to me to take advantage of the R25.
In terms of things I don’t like about the R25, there are two of them, and one is a bigger deal than the other. The biggest problem I have is that the icons and other text on the screen are noticeably smaller and take more effort to read than other laptops. In fact, even though I’m not using this computer any more than my Vaio it’s replacing, I’ve had noticeable eye strain with the R25. I keep saying to myself that it will just take some getting use to….. I sure hope so! I would say that if you already have eye problems, you will definitely want to keep this in mind and go to a CompUSA or Circuit City to test this out for yourself. In fact, after noticing this on my own R25, I went to my local Circuit city to test this out, and sure enough, when you look at the screen of the R25, the text is quite a bit smaller. Of course, on a web browser or word processor, you can zoom in, which is helpful, but as I’ve tried to adjust the screen resolution, while it makes the icons and text bigger, it also makes it fuzzier. The other thing that I’ve not liked is that the latch that holds the screen down when it’s in Tablet PC mode doesn’t grip very well, and the screen comes loose very easily. Of course, I can just re-latch it again, but it would be nice if the latch held a little better.
Overall, the R25 seems like a great ‘bang for the buck,’ and I’m looking forward to using it for years to come!
"Great Laptop"on by Lanman1
Pros Dual-core is fast, ATA-150, quiet, next to no heat, finger print works for websites, dvdram, solid keyboard, lots of ram and expandable, fast video
Cons Default resolution of 1480x900 is fine, lower resolutions blur a bit with the tablet PC coating
Summary I've been looking at tablets for about a month now. This is for sure the best price for performance (with the exception maybe of the gateway) and it's a Toshiba! Battery life is great, built in Toshiba software includes an auto update manager, wifi tools look nice with active desktop graphical ping tool to locate wifi nodes.
Using the tablet takes a bit of time, but if your one of those people who feel like they are more creative writing than typing and you want a laptop that nearly the fastest (there are better game machines) this one is it.
I haven't tried to run Civ4 on it yet, but I have a feeling with the Nvidia card, it will do just fine.
Toshiba's are next to Sony in my book for quality, they do themselves justice, they could charge $500 more for this laptop when compared to others on the market.
The only thing I would change is to be able to lower the resolution without loosing the sharp screen, this is probably a side effect of the "tough" tablet screen.
I bought the 3 year accidental warranty at Compusa, this added $350 to the price, but I plan on using this baby for years and years.
Pros Screen presentation, Battery life
Cons Weight, durability
Summary Purchased in Aug'06 (CompUSA $1299) for 13 y/o daughter for school (teachers use WiFi "white boards" for class presentations). Thus far we have suffered cooling fan and power cord failures. The machine initially suffered a number of software "siezures" which have been treated by family friend (Network Engineer - removed a lot of extraneous software junk packed on new PC's)and by factory service (cooling fan replacement). The machine now runs well in the service of a exuberant teenager, shutting around campus, on the bus, and at home. It seems to weigh a ton, but since several of her text books are on the hard drive (which is spacious)...the weight is tolerable tradeoff in the padded backpack she lugs around.Updated
In reference to the Toshiba customer service experience back in Feb '07. This was initially excellent with regard to initial phone conversation, UPS shipping, and initial diagnosis. Repairs were delayed a couple of days in Louisville due to parts. Toshiba's relationship with UPS (also hubbed in Louisville) is the real bright spot here...time lost by Toshiba for parts appeared to have been made up by express delivery by UPS...all coordinated and paid for by Toshiba. All I did was drop the machine off at my nearby UPS store with my repair auth # and Toshiba/UPS account #...we had the machine back 8 days later. Not bad...not bad at all! Thanks Toshiba and UPS.
Pros Slim design, solid preformance, and many many features.
Cons Technically its heavy for its class, but common, its a widescreen!
Summary I'v had dell's, I have had hp's, I've had gateways... Toshibas computer is the most solid laptop I have ever owned. No weird technology bugs, tons of extra utilities built by Toshiba. New swivel on the R25 is WAAAAAAYYYY better then older tablets. Don't think twice if you can find a good deal on this bad boy!
"DO NOT BUY TOSHIBA"on by ERiddle
Pros Good Tablet Function
Cons They admit to having problems with the DVD drive
Summary Customer support was of no help unless you want to give up your laptop for 10 days and if your like me and use it for work you really can't be without it that long. When asked to speak to a supervisor there was none available.