Pros In spite of my user lack of experience with Laptops & Nomenclature (Geekology) - I find that "RED" is IN (My Living Room!)
I wanted Internet Feed from New York Metropolitan Opera and, eventually, I Got It!
No ugly desktop over by the TV.
Cons What I thought were flaws went out the window in a hurry. Minimal documentation proved to be adequate and II had it running in a few minutes but the constant interference from the installed programs caused much frustration.
Summary Review Toshiba Satellite Laptop T135-S1325 RDFurther research shows both S1324 and s1325 are nearly identical and valid model stock numbers. S1320 is the "Wal-Mart" version with 3GB DDR-2, S1310 has an Intel Processor and faster DDR-3 RAM. In the process, it appears that the consensus is "AOK" except for the finish on the Touch Pad, the "Too Small Keys." I object to the dead flat surfaces on all except for Function Key Row buttons.
My credentials do NOT include use of a Laptop for anything during my career of care & feeding of PCs since I got my first one in 1986. Being such a laggard, I cannot be anything but a "newbie" regarding RED. So, here I am, a clueless Septuagarian telling you about it. But I do know what I like.
Last Summer, we went down to Stanford to attend a conference (she) and Fry's (me). Among that superabundance of toys I spent 6 hours surveying; I was drawn back to the ample display of portable computing devices. The next morning, I took her back to Fry's to show her those portables. Swatting the pestiferous sales clerks away; we managed to home in on a couple of models that interested us. Like a cloud of flies, the clerks kept distracting us to the point of exhaustion but we were drawn to one portable because of its wildly non-conforming appearance.
It was RED. Not exactly Stanford Cardinal, nor blood red; this was more like WINE RED. In fact, it was Toshiba Red.
Fast forward a year and the buzzwords include Internet and TV; as in Internet on television. Content from the Internet is dangerous to the entertainment industry which wants to control what we watch or hear. The consumer can take control by dragging a spare PC out into the living room and setting it next to the flat panel display. There it could sit while you are away and nobody would care. While you ARE there, that PC will look as ugly as a wart-hog. And chances are that the first setup will not work. I tried it but was baffled by a defective off the shelf Ethernet Cable.
Now, "Consumer Reports" March 2010 wrote about this wonderful technological breakthrough, hyping the "new" Blu-Ray Player and how it could connect directly to the Internet. So, Right in the middle of IRS Time, I jumped into this concept and got me a Blu-Ray by LG. It only allowed 'connection' to pre-selected programming such as rent-a-movie services and the weather channel. So, back to Wal-Mart with the LG. I have already managed to subscribe to something that appeals to my own wierd tastes: Metropolitan Opera. I could watch their feed any time and from hundreds of Operas in the Met Opera Archives. It dawned on me that a smaller PC could be hidden away in the TV cabinet. Not an Apple Mini nor a big screen heavyweight Portable but a small Laptop. (See, I learn quickly.) So, within an hour of returning the useless Blu-Ray player, I wandered into Office Depot and spotted RED.
And, here we are. User reviews are filled with geeky problems I can see have been worked out by Toahiba - almost.
The keyboard is a hateful thing but I have been learning about its limitations while writing this review on it. I have another new toy over in front of my Desktop Monitor. It is a Logitech Illuminated Keyboard designed by typing teachers. One lesson I got from my junior high teacher was: "ARCH YOUR FINGERS and DON'T rest the heels of your hands on anything."
That works with RED, because the slightest touch of your hands will cause the cursor to kick in somewhere else. My pleasant experience with the Logitech makes me detest the keyboard on RED. Logitech keys are slightly concave and that increases strike accuracy. The Logitech is a USB device - - - hmmm! Do you suppose I could plug that into "RED"? I did not try, Instead, I moved over to my Desktop after the CNET program refused to accept this review. So, I cut and pasted it to my Solid RED Traveldrive, thencely to this desktop.
So, I AM HAPPY with RED!
GET THOSE FINGERS ARCHED!
Now, if CNET will allow it, ........
Updated on Apr 13, 2010
I found the touch pad nearly impossible to use; cured that with a Belkin F4U006 USB Retractable Mouse. But the on-screen Pointer is too small for my ancient eyes. The VGA D-Sub port did not secure the cable, that led me to try the HDMI Interface; which did. I recommend at least an e-Bag Sleeve for protection and a pocket for the AC Adapter.
Pros Nice sized computer, light weight, decent screen and sound, good sized memory, an okay system for the price. Truth, I actually like the computer, no optic drive makes it lighter, good for student or someone who travels.
Cons where to begin? First, Battery overheats and is on recall as are a number of other pieces and you can
forget getting your computer back for months, which means you loose out on warranty time with your system.
Customer Service WORST in the industry.
Summary I sent my machine back for warranty work the middle of January, no problem. Was notified that there was non warranty work needed to be done (not sure if I believe). Took over 2 days and spent 8 hours on HOLD, in fact they left me on hold even after they had closed! before I finally spoke to someone. Paid my money and expected my computer to be fixed. After numerous tries to contact a person, I was informed by email that the parts for my system would be in by mid MARCH. So IF the part is on time and they fix it quickly, I may have my system back by APRIL.
Are you kidding? I went through the phone loop again to be told by a completely, couldn't care less, service Manager that they don't keep parts on hand they order them for each system. Again, Are you kidding? I then asked how I could contact Toshiba corporate and was informed that THEY do not respond to customer complaints.
I liked this computer, it fit what I needed. But I also need customer service and they do NOT have that. In this market where many systems are similar find something by a company that actually cares about after purchase service. Don't blow your money on a company that tries and does, get you in the end.
Readers may say this does not have to do with the computer itself but it does. When you loose two and a half months use of your computer under warranty time that's almost an entire quarter of the year and if this is your primary or only system you are in trouble. So it does have to do with owning and using this system, or in fact ANY Toshiba system.
It's a nice little system and I was very pleased with it until this. Thank goodness I did not give my old laptop to my son or I would be unemployed. I work from home via my computer.
Spend your money on a company that cares.
Pros It's light... that's it...
Cons The sound is bad.
The mouse design is terrible, after 1/2 hour of use your fingers hurt... and it has many features that are really good for nothing.
Summary After only four months of use the systemboard broke, I had to wait for 7 weeks to get the replacement and only 3 weeks later the replacement broke again... I guess I´ll keep getting systemboards until the guarantee expires and upps! "we can't give you any more parts!"
Pros NONE. I will never by Toshiba again.
Cons The laptop is fragile and easily broken along with many internal problems
Summary After four months of using this laptop, the left hinge broke off. This laptop was barely moved around and had set mostly on my desk. There also was an overheating problem and the screen froze often.
When I called the customer relations, they at first did not even state the recall for my computer, and when I had called at least four times, the fifth call finally mentioned the recall and stated that everything, and I mean EVERYTHING including the hinge and the overheating problem would be fixed, free of charge.
They contacted me back and I have to spend about 180 dollars to fix a problem that never was caused by me in the first place. The people in customer relations are also very rude, even raising their voice like they are shouting at times.
I will never again buy Toshiba products and I am thinking about taking this issue to court.
I just hope that people will read this and realize that Toshiba is a company with horrible services and horrible products.
Pros I love how slim it is yet has robust features like AMD Dual-Core Processor, HDMI Port, TOSHIBA Sleep & Charge, Hard Drive Impact Sensor.
Cons While the Gloss interior/exterior may be eye-catching, it also leads into unwanted smudges on the keyboard and outside. I only had it for a month and already my finger marks on the keyboard have become permanent.
Summary Considering the price of this laptop, I doubt you can find another Ultra-Slim model with the same or greater amount of battery life, performance, and hard-drive capacity. Even though I payed a little more for shopping at Best Buy, I fully love this laptop. The smudges Con is minor and doesn't really affect the overall performance. You don't just buy a laptop to show off its design, but also what it can also do.