Toshiba Satellite A215-S4807 15.4" TruBrite Notebook - AMD TL-56 1.80 GHz, Turion X2 - Onyx Blue Metallic

2 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD - DVD-Writer - ATI Radeon X1200 - Windows Vista Home Premium - 1280 x 800 Display - MPN: PSAEGU01400U
Product Details
Description
Make home movies, watch blockbuster flicks. Update your favourite social media sites, keep up your blog. You can also tackle the family budget. Catch up on work. Build photo albums and playlists. Game away. Or get a great education. You can do it all in style with Satellite A215-S4807 Notebook.
Quick Glance
Laptop Type Notebook
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
Included Network Card IEEE 802.11b/g, Fast Ethernet
Display Type TruBrite
Interface Connection 4 x USB 2.0, Firewire Yes, S-Video Yes, Modem RJ-11 Yes
Included Drives DVD-RAM/R/RW
Video Chipset ATI Radeon X1200
Processor Class AMD Turion X2
Green Compliance RoHS
normalized-Processor Speed 1800
normalized-Weight 100.64
normalized-Hard Drive Capacity 160000
normalized-Display Size 15.4
normalized-Installed Memory 2000
User Reviews
Toshiba Satellite A215-S4807 Notebook
1 Star Review     

Strengths: fast, heavy

Weakness: froze up all the time

I purchased this a year ago now but after 6 months of using this notebook it started to froze up constantly everytime I will open a new browser. The price is pretty reasonable for $800 the features are gret except for that problem.

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Crap
2 Star Review   By member msk180 - Feb 19, 2008   

Strengths: nice screen thats about all

Weakness: Poor touch screen, cheap lates

I have had this notebook since September of 2007. Never dropped it or did anything to give physical damage. All of a sudden last month the latch to open the laptop broke off. I called Toshiba they said its not covered under warranty and I would have to pay at the minimun $25 to fix it. Mind you I have a 3 yr warranty. Now I have to open it with a narrow sharp object until I take time and money to repair it my self. How cheap can they get and how embarrassing for me to have to open it like this everywhere I go. I will never buy any more products from them.

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Great value, good performance
5 Star Review   By Fiddleman on ToshibaDirect.com - Dec 7, 2007   

I don't normally write reviews, but I have been very pleased with the performance of my Toshiba A21-S4807 laptop. I have owned a Dell and a Sony laptop, and the Toshiba has out-performed both of them. The special price from Circuit City enticed me to consider this laptop and I wanted to make sure I had at least 2mb of RAM to run Vista and related software. I use it mostly for standard business applications and have not have any problems since I bought it. Battery life, while better than the Dell I had, still is not optimal.

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Laptop convience
5 Star Review   By kodi on ToshibaDirect.com - Dec 3, 2007   

My wife and I purchased this laptop a few months ago and are really pleased with it. Since this purchase we have gone wifi and take it every where when we travel. There is a problem with the screen going black on occasion and we must rebot the computer any hints on correcting this would be helpful. Overall I am very pleased with this computer and have recommended it to many of my co-workers. Thanks Tony

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best computer i have
5 Star Review   By lorraine on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 27, 2007   

the toshiba is a great computer with all the features that i need to go from work to home

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Great purchase for the price range
4 Star Review   By JemStar on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 27, 2007   

I purchased this laptop a few short months ago and have been pleased with it overall. There have been few problems and I feel that it offers good features for the price range of the laptop. One big plus for me is that it came with Windows Vista Home Premium, a decent processor, and 2 GB of memory. The laptop itself is sleek-looking and typically gives great performance. However, like another reviewer I have had the problem with the screen just going to black randomly, for no reason, even though the laptop indicates that it is still powered on. Holding the power button and restarting the machine is the only method that brings it back, but it is a hassle when you are in the middle of working on something and it does this. Thankfully, this has only happened a handful of times and does not occur often. I have changed the power options on the laptop, but have still had it happen... Nevertheless, it appears to be a minor problem. I do wish the graphics card was better and more compatible with some games, but laptops aren't designed to be gaming machines in general, so that's to be expected, particularly with one in the same price range as this one. The only other negative I can think of would be that the laptop does not have impressive battery life. Depending on what programs are running, I can get at most 1-2 hours with the laptop running on battery alone. Overall, I'm pleased with this laptop and Toshiba, and recommend it as a good middle-of-the-road laptop.

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only will buy a Toshiba
5 Star Review   ToshibaDirect.com   

i bought an HP at first in within 24 hours had to return it. i traded it in for my GREAT toshiba

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Good buy
4 Star Review   ToshibaDirect.com   

I purchased the laptop 3 months ago. I haven't had any real issues with it. The problems encountered were due to Windows Vista itself. The only set back is the short battery life-it barely last an hour.

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Initial processor problems
3 Star Review   By barnards1 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 19, 2007   

This laptop has great features and okay performance. It is a very good value overall. The one problem is with the speed stepping for the processor. The unit kept locking up (1-2 times daily) and would go to a black screen that only holding the power button could solve. I tried testing the memory with mem386 and updating the video driver before I finally broke down and reluctantly called tech support. To my surprise, the tech was friendly, efficient, understandable and competent. Marvin led me to the power options to disable powering down the processor and bingo, no more lock ups. This must be a common problem because he knew exactly what my problem was with only a minimum of description. Overall a good machine, but battery life will suffer without the processor stepping down when inactive.

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XP is not supported
1 Star Review   By member OhHenree - Nov 17, 2007   

Strengths: Big and Heavy, good exercise

Weakness: Graphics, little to no support outside Vista. Touch pad causes cursor to jump all over the place. No driver support outside Vista

If you are not a USER this is a pretty good laptop. If you do any development it is weak, as Vista and Sql Server are incompatible. I have run into quite a few of these issues where I have had to jump through hoops because of this operating system, so I can\\\\\\\'t really blame the hardware; but Toshiba said if I wanted XP I should not have bought this laptop and no they are not going to even think of doing drivers for XP. Nothing over 640x480, no network connection, no, no, no. Too many no\\\\\\\'s. They also did not post my review a couple of days ago.

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Product Details
Description
Make home movies, watch blockbuster flicks. Update your favourite social media sites, keep up your blog. You can also tackle the family budget. Catch up on work. Build photo albums and playlists. Game away. Or get a great education. You can do it all in style with Satellite A215-S4807 Notebook.
Quick Glance
Laptop Type Notebook
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
Included Network Card IEEE 802.11b/g, Fast Ethernet
Display Type TruBrite
Interface Connection 4 x USB 2.0, Firewire Yes, S-Video Yes, Modem RJ-11 Yes
Included Drives DVD-RAM/R/RW
Video Chipset ATI Radeon X1200
Processor Class AMD Turion X2
Green Compliance RoHS
normalized-Processor Speed 1800
normalized-Weight 100.64
normalized-Hard Drive Capacity 160000
normalized-Display Size 15.4
normalized-Installed Memory 2000
Summary
Product Title Toshiba Satellite A215-S4807 15.4" TruBrite Notebook - AMD TL-56 1.80 GHz, Turion X2 - Onyx Blue Metallic
Manufacturer Toshiba
Power Score 4.0 | 113 Reviews
Processor
Cache Size: 1 MB
Processor Speed: 1.80 GHz
Memory
Memory Technology: DDR2 SDRAM
Maximum Memory: 4 GB
Installed Memory: 2 GB
System
Input Devices: TouchPad
Slots: ExpressCard/54, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Memory Stick
Display
Display Size: 15.4 in
Max Resolution: 1280 x 800
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Storage
Solid State Drive Capacity: No
Hard Drive Capacity: 160 GB
Number of Hard Drives Included: 1
Features
Included Devices: Built-In Microphone Yes, Built-In Webcam Yes
General
Color: Onyx Blue Metallic
Dimensions
Height: 1.6 in
Weight: 6.29 lbs
Width: 14.3 in
Depth: 10.6 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
CD-ROM Read Speed: 24 X (CD,CD-R)
DVD+R DL Speed: 4 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Processor Model: TL-56
DVD-ROM Read Speed: 8 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Product Line: Satellite
Dimensions: 1.55" Height x 14.30" Width x 10.60" Depth
Number of Total Memory Slots: 2
Wi-Fi Manufacturer: Atheros
Product Model: A215-S4807
Brand Name: Toshiba
System Chipset: AMD M690V
Modem (RJ-11): Yes
CD Write Speed: 24 X (CD,CD-R)
Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 4
Graphics Memory Technology: DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Card Reader: Yes
Screen Mode: WXGA
AMD Model: TL-56
Hard Drive RPM: 5400
Max Shared Video Memory: 319 MB
Product Series: A215
Green Compliance: Yes
Video Bus: PCI Express x16
64-bit Processing: Yes
DVD Rewrite Speed: 8 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Software Included: Toshiba Software and Utilities: TOSHIBA Value Added Package Bluetooth Stack for Windows by Toshiba TOSHIBA ConfigFree TOSHIBA Assist TOSHIBA Security Assist TOSHIBA Disc Creator TOSHIBA Extended Tiles for Windows Mobility Center Third-party Software: TOSHIBA Game Console Microsoft Works Version 8.5 Sun Java 2 Runtime Environment Adobe Acrobat Reader Google Desktop Google Toolbar Yahoo! Music Jukebox Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5 for TOSHIBA Trial Software: Microsoft Office Trial Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial) McAfee Internet Security Suite (30-day trial) Special Offers: EarthLink Internet Service PeoplePC Internet Service Microsoft Office Live Shutterfly digital photo service Napster music subscription service eMusic MP3 music subscription service VONGOSM internet video download service ebay CNN Pipeline Skype Voice & Video
Video Memory: 319 MB Shared
Dual-Layer Media Support: Yes
Drive Controllers: Serial ATA
Bus Speed: 1600 MHz
Modem: Yes
Video Integration: Motherboard
DVD-R DL Speed: 4 X (DVD, DVD-R)
Total Number of USB Ports: 4
CD Rewrite Speed: 16 X (CD,CD-R)
DVD Write Speed: 8 X (DVD, DVD-R)
DVD-RAM Speed: 5 X (DVD, DVD-R)
User Reviews
Toshiba Satellite A215-S4807 Notebook
1 Star Review     

Strengths: fast, heavy

Weakness: froze up all the time

I purchased this a year ago now but after 6 months of using this notebook it started to froze up constantly everytime I will open a new browser. The price is pretty reasonable for $800 the features are gret except for that problem.

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Crap
2 Star Review   By member msk180 - Feb 19, 2008   

Strengths: nice screen thats about all

Weakness: Poor touch screen, cheap lates

I have had this notebook since September of 2007. Never dropped it or did anything to give physical damage. All of a sudden last month the latch to open the laptop broke off. I called Toshiba they said its not covered under warranty and I would have to pay at the minimun $25 to fix it. Mind you I have a 3 yr warranty. Now I have to open it with a narrow sharp object until I take time and money to repair it my self. How cheap can they get and how embarrassing for me to have to open it like this everywhere I go. I will never buy any more products from them.

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Great value, good performance
5 Star Review   By Fiddleman on ToshibaDirect.com - Dec 7, 2007   

I don't normally write reviews, but I have been very pleased with the performance of my Toshiba A21-S4807 laptop. I have owned a Dell and a Sony laptop, and the Toshiba has out-performed both of them. The special price from Circuit City enticed me to consider this laptop and I wanted to make sure I had at least 2mb of RAM to run Vista and related software. I use it mostly for standard business applications and have not have any problems since I bought it. Battery life, while better than the Dell I had, still is not optimal.

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Laptop convience
5 Star Review   By kodi on ToshibaDirect.com - Dec 3, 2007   

My wife and I purchased this laptop a few months ago and are really pleased with it. Since this purchase we have gone wifi and take it every where when we travel. There is a problem with the screen going black on occasion and we must rebot the computer any hints on correcting this would be helpful. Overall I am very pleased with this computer and have recommended it to many of my co-workers. Thanks Tony

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best computer i have
5 Star Review   By lorraine on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 27, 2007   

the toshiba is a great computer with all the features that i need to go from work to home

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Great purchase for the price range
4 Star Review   By JemStar on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 27, 2007   

I purchased this laptop a few short months ago and have been pleased with it overall. There have been few problems and I feel that it offers good features for the price range of the laptop. One big plus for me is that it came with Windows Vista Home Premium, a decent processor, and 2 GB of memory. The laptop itself is sleek-looking and typically gives great performance. However, like another reviewer I have had the problem with the screen just going to black randomly, for no reason, even though the laptop indicates that it is still powered on. Holding the power button and restarting the machine is the only method that brings it back, but it is a hassle when you are in the middle of working on something and it does this. Thankfully, this has only happened a handful of times and does not occur often. I have changed the power options on the laptop, but have still had it happen... Nevertheless, it appears to be a minor problem. I do wish the graphics card was better and more compatible with some games, but laptops aren't designed to be gaming machines in general, so that's to be expected, particularly with one in the same price range as this one. The only other negative I can think of would be that the laptop does not have impressive battery life. Depending on what programs are running, I can get at most 1-2 hours with the laptop running on battery alone. Overall, I'm pleased with this laptop and Toshiba, and recommend it as a good middle-of-the-road laptop.

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only will buy a Toshiba
5 Star Review   ToshibaDirect.com   

i bought an HP at first in within 24 hours had to return it. i traded it in for my GREAT toshiba

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Good buy
4 Star Review   ToshibaDirect.com   

I purchased the laptop 3 months ago. I haven't had any real issues with it. The problems encountered were due to Windows Vista itself. The only set back is the short battery life-it barely last an hour.

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Initial processor problems
3 Star Review   By barnards1 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 19, 2007   

This laptop has great features and okay performance. It is a very good value overall. The one problem is with the speed stepping for the processor. The unit kept locking up (1-2 times daily) and would go to a black screen that only holding the power button could solve. I tried testing the memory with mem386 and updating the video driver before I finally broke down and reluctantly called tech support. To my surprise, the tech was friendly, efficient, understandable and competent. Marvin led me to the power options to disable powering down the processor and bingo, no more lock ups. This must be a common problem because he knew exactly what my problem was with only a minimum of description. Overall a good machine, but battery life will suffer without the processor stepping down when inactive.

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XP is not supported
1 Star Review   By member OhHenree - Nov 17, 2007   

Strengths: Big and Heavy, good exercise

Weakness: Graphics, little to no support outside Vista. Touch pad causes cursor to jump all over the place. No driver support outside Vista

If you are not a USER this is a pretty good laptop. If you do any development it is weak, as Vista and Sql Server are incompatible. I have run into quite a few of these issues where I have had to jump through hoops because of this operating system, so I can\\\\\\\'t really blame the hardware; but Toshiba said if I wanted XP I should not have bought this laptop and no they are not going to even think of doing drivers for XP. Nothing over 640x480, no network connection, no, no, no. Too many no\\\\\\\'s. They also did not post my review a couple of days ago.

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always room for improvement
4 Star Review   By teelabrat on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 12, 2007   

Great laptop. Problems with computer powering out at inconvenient times on or off line. Longer battery life is always a plus. Love the larger keys and the accessories.

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Awesome deal
4 Star Review   By HarleyET512 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 12, 2007   

I bought this laptop based on features for the price. What I got was a GREAT deal on a laptop I am very pleased with as far as features and performance.

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2nd laptop purchase
5 Star Review   By MayBNxtYr on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 12, 2007   

This laptop is awesome. I'm not into all the tech stuff too much but this one does everything I need and then some. I love Windows Vista. The screen resolution is incredible. My daughter's laptop was not a Toshiba and now I wish it was, I don't think I'll ever buy anything else. My only concern is the battery life, i wish it was a bit longer.

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fairly happy with purchase
4 Star Review   By dooj on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 11, 2007   

I just wish the computer was a little faster.

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My Favorite Toy
4 Star Review   By taximom54 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 10, 2007   

I really love having my very own laptop. A few times the screen has gone blank while I was using it, and I had to manually shut down and/or restart to get the notebook to respond, but other than that, it has been a great & useful tool.

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Disappointed
3 Star Review   By Llama on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 10, 2007   

The Satellite A215-S4807 is slow with Windows Vista, even though it's running with 2 Gigs of memory. It tends to overheat, and the screen blanks out if left on for an extended time.

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deceptive purchase
2 Star Review   By chemE on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 10, 2007   

i purchased this laptop in 3 months ago and had to return it within a week because the screen just kept on dying on me even in the middle of typing! it would not respond to any keys so i had to turn it off with the power button and run it in safe mode. i thought it was a problem only with that particular one so naively, i exchanged it for the same model. the same thing kept on happening. i had to call Toshiba over 8 times; they helped me download drivers, i changed my power options, etc. it seems to be working ok now, but i don't put it to sleep anymore: i simply shut it down completely when i'm not using it.

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Reliable laptop
4 Star Review   By allclem on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 10, 2007   

Purchased this lptop for two children in college and then got one for myself

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Good Computer ...but
4 Star Review   By rodknee on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 9, 2007   

This is my 1st notebook. The flash player doesnt work.

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Excellent Machine
5 Star Review   By Northstar on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 9, 2007   

It's everything I need and more, I recommend this to any one.

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great
5 Star Review   By jhawk225 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 9, 2007   

great machine for the price. I added a stand alone battery and got all the life that I need. Very satified

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Satisfied Purchase
4 Star Review   By Augie38 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 9, 2007   

I've been very pleased with the performance of my Toshiba Satellite and have the confidence of its reliablility.

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Better Battery would make perfect
4 Star Review   By FCfacil on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 9, 2007   

Bought this laptop a couple of months ago and it has performed beautifully. The 2G Ram is a must with Vista. Price was best of the bunch and has everything I was looking for and more. Only disappointment is battery life. Don't know if it's a systemic problem or a one time flaw with battery company.

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smoking hot
4 Star Review   By delaplane on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 9, 2007   

It's a blast furnace, generates heat around the touch pad. No extra USB ports in the back,hate power plug on the side. Wireless switch is hard to find. Good speed for the price

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happy
4 Star Review   By luci on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 9, 2007   

i am happy with my laptop is very good i have my programns and i buy another because i love the digital pictures and i so happy with this product thanks for sale good things

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good for the money
4 Star Review   By krisllf on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

i always like toshiba product good quality and reliable. my only concern with this one is that the graphics card is not that spectacular but it still looks beautiful with vista. It staggered abit try to run high graphics games but since i didn't purchase it for that function it is cool. it is price really well it does not run hot as i have read before by other and it definetly has enough ram and i like that i can expand it to my likeing . i am looking forward to enjoying this fo rthe next 3-4 years

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good deal for price.
4 Star Review   By thsapp on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

Good computer for the price. Battery Life is very dissapointing. as is the Junk programs loaded at start up. I was a little upset that I had to pay $40. to the dealer just to removal all the unnecessary junk. The computer runs much faster now. still having problems with shutting down, but I bet that is a Windows Vista problem. I was a little upset that I could not use my current Printer I had because of Vista, but that is a Canon problem not toshiba. I like that fact that I was able to get 2 gb ram at this price point, becasue Vista alone uses 1/2 that. over all a good comp, but will probably ahve to up grade the battery with in the year unforunatly now the $699.00 becomes $850.00 so is this a good computer at that price Point? Over all I think i received a pretty fair deal. I understand the marketing strategy and putting juck marketing and unecessary programs int he comp, but when I took it in the tech told me he was able get much faster seepd by deleting much of the jusnk and turning off about 15 to 20 differnt profgroams that loaded automatically, but were not needed for startup.

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Great value for price
4 Star Review   By kazooljh on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

this is a very good computer for the price. Lots of power [memory] allows Vista to run better than most laptops in this price range. I do have problems with my fingers triggering the touch pad while typing, but I am learning to keep my thumbs up,,,,,

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Deal
4 Star Review   By Romeo on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

I thought this laptop was an exceptional buy for the price. Plus, the 2048 MB with the 160 gig hard drive was awesome. Windows Vista needs at least 1000 MB just to run at an acceptable level, but with 2000 MB, you will definitely run faster. I've had no problems with this laptop. I told a friend about it and he went out to purchase one too. Great laptop for a great price!

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Great Value for a Great Brand
4 Star Review   By reginaslim on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

This laptop is a great value! I've had mine for about 2 months now and the performance is pretty good. My only complaint with it is the fact that the battery doesnt last too long but otherwise, I am satisfied with my purchase.

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TOSHIBA SATELLITE
4 Star Review   By RicardoJ11 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

A LITTLE SLOW NOT THE SPEED THAT I EXPECTED, RESOLUTION IS VERY GOOD, SOUND IS HORRIBLE (SPEAKERS) THEY REAL BAD, FRIENDLY TO USE I DO LIKE THE COLOR

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Excellent 1st Laptop
5 Star Review   By DenCoMan on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

This is my first laptop. I am extremely pleased.

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Best buy
4 Star Review   By Rach83 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

Very good computer, it runs fast. One problem is the battery life is horrible on it. You have to keep it plugged in all the time if you are wanting to work on it for over an hour.

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Such a value we bought two
5 Star Review   By maryw1173 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

This product was a wonderful value. My husband and I both bought one.

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Great Deal
5 Star Review   By Mcirv on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

This has been a great deal for me. It was the best of everything I wanted for the price paid. I have had no problems with it and I use it all of the time.

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Very Satisfied
4 Star Review   By HeliPilot on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

Purchased laptop for collegiate daughter who is a very savvy PC user. She is delighted with the machine. Only concern is the heat level of the electrical adapter.

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wow
5 Star Review   By chaos on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

well i got the laptop and wow i havent had one this is fast and the features that i thought i would never use in my life boy was i wrong i m hooked on them now i use the web cam and dvd burnner all the time and the vista features are totaly awsome with the dvd watching graffics and i love the online tv it plays i travel all the time and this thing is my side kick so im wouldent buy any other brand now that ive had this one my two last computers i had usaly crashed the first three months and this thing is takeing the abuse from me and alll my web n downloading

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very satisfied
5 Star Review   By americanbadass on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

This was my first laptop purchase,and for the money I spent I feel like I did extremely well! I wasn't very pleased with the service I got from Circuit City! When I got the laptop home,after waiting a week because they didn't have any in stock, I turned it on & found out that somebody had been messing w/ it! Everything on the desktop was in the trash bin & it had been turned off wrong & started in safe mode! Of course nobody at the store knew of any of that matter! Besides that I've had no problems w/ my product & am very satisfied w/ my purchase as of this date! I purchased the extended warranty thru Toshiba Direct! Hopefully I'll never have to use it! I would recomend this product to anyone! I use mine daily!

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Overall - pretty good
4 Star Review   By deltaV on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

I was looking to upgrade from another laptop I had that was 5 years old. This laptop has all the memory, storage, speed, etc., I needed for the applications/programs I run. I haven't had any problems with it up to this point. Good price for a good laptop.

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Good computer
5 Star Review   By chriso on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

I am enjoying my laptop. I am a grad student and purchased it to use multi media programs. So far, so good! No complaints.

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Solid Performer
4 Star Review   By michaelm on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

I use it for internet, microsoft office suite of business products and storing pictures and videos. It is a solid performer and I have had no problems. I have been disappointed with the battery life considering I don't do games or other resource intensive activities but it is not enough of a problem to poo-poo a recommendation. This is a nice machine. Also, Toshiba plasters their name on the lid which is a pet peeve so when skinit comes out with a wrap for this machine, I will cover it up.

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Pretty Good Computer
4 Star Review   By Woody109 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

I think my next computer is going to be Toshiba as well. Not bad at all.

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Not HAPPY
1 Star Review   By jamminjohnson on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

I'm sorry I'm not happy with this purchase... This computer is not what I was thinking it would be. I type and the space will move and I'll have to retype it, and if I'm on to long this laptop act like it get LOCKED so I'm NOT HAPPY. The sad part I have only had it for about 2months............

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Bad keyboard
3 Star Review   By Fjorgyn77 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

I type upwards of 100+ words a minute and this keyboard constantly makes the cursor skip around the page, at random, to different lines and words. It is extremely frustrating and I'm calling toshiba this weekend about it. If it wasn't for this horrid defect in keyboard quality, I may consider it a decent laptop.

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Satellite A215-S4807
4 Star Review   By saulters5 on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

I have a problem with the keyboard. Whenever I am typing the cursor jumps position and will even send out incomplete emails. Battery life is low as well.

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Great computer
5 Star Review   By ShannonS on ToshibaDirect.com - Nov 8, 2007   

I love my laptop. I purchased it for college and spend half my time on it doing other things. The only thing I am unsure of is that my card reader is not working properly, but that may be an easy remedy. Other than that I love my laptop!!

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1st Laptop
4 Star Review   By cukoo4u on ToshibaDirect.com - Oct 24, 2007   

I bought this laptop and had problems with the driver. The screen would just go black and pretty much go to sleep. I had to install 3 different drivers before the current one worked. Other than that this laptop has done everything I bought it for. Goodluck to anyone else and try not to get frustrated if it happens to you....customer service was very helpful

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good for me
4 Star Review   By dashreeve on ToshibaDirect.com - Oct 17, 2007   

I am a math teacher and use this laptop, running through a projector, to display powerpoints. I keep everything work related on it and have everything backed up at home. I'm certainly glad I bought it, I use a lot more than I thought I would. Went with this model b/c it was the lowest priced with 2 gb ram. still somewhat slower than my desktops, but that's to be expected I suppose. Favorite thing, the laptop is RELIABLE. I have not had any problems and it's been almost 3 months.

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Wow is the memory upgrade expensive!
4 Star Review   By Nosty3201 on ToshibaDirect.com - Oct 12, 2007   

The machine is performing as expected - a good value for the price paid. Dislikes have more to do with trying to find upgrades - folks at the Circuit City I purchased the unit at did not seem to be aware that laptops have batteries in them, much less how to get a higher capacity battery for this one. The 2GB memory upgrade (to get to 4GB total) from Toshiba is more expensive than what I paid for the computer!

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A couple of probs, but ok otherwise
4 Star Review   By UserCAL on ToshibaDirect.com - Oct 10, 2007   

I have had the PC stop working (the screen died out totally) 4 times since i have had it. There is no consistancy. Am wondering why. Other than that, the machine is working fine.

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great laptop
5 Star Review   By kaydee on ToshibaDirect.com - Oct 4, 2007   

This machine is super fast - compared to my 6 year old IBM 15G thing. Easy to use, screen is bright and clear, has lots of features, great price for them. The touch pad is touchy, sometimes doesn't move and sometimes it flys with barely a brush touch, so I use a mouse. Still getting used to Vista, but I love my laptop!

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Good Bang for the Buck IF....
3 Star Review   By Phoenixhawk on ToshibaDirect.com - Oct 2, 2007   

Your not looking to do anything graphics heavy. After turning off the dreaded Vista User Control Access (Cancel or Allow) and cleaning out all the trial ware garbage that is pre-installed. This laptop runs great, wireless holds a good signal, And overall has great performance with much more RAM than other machines in the same price category. However it does suffer from a rather short battery life (30-45mins) and the ATI X1200 does not perform well enough to run even low end older games much less newer games. Also I reconfigured my laptop to dual boot Vista-Fedora Core 7 which again brought me back to the ATI X1200 problems, even with downloading and installing ATI's drivers for Linux it will not run in anything higher than 800x600 resolution on the display which is native 1280x800

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Excellent Purchase
5 Star Review   By ShaeW5 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 29, 2007   

This purchase was worth my money!

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Toshiba A215-S4807
3 Star Review   By member jamo888 - Sep 28, 2007   

Strengths: 15.4 screen bright, X2 Amd dual core, 2 gig mem

Weakness: Battery life 1 to 2 hrs.

I purchase this computer at circuit city, it is good for the price. Computer for me was fast enough, the screen was excellent and comes with Vista Premium not home. You will be happy with this notebook except for the battery life. AMD X2 was supposed to have longer battery life, but unfortunately it isnt. Grab an extra battery instead

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i love it
5 Star Review   By nabeel on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 28, 2007   

I am the greatest fan of toshiba laptops ever...i bought this laptop from CC and asked my cousin to bring it to me here in pakistan. I wish such a great company should come to pakistan and put outgreat sales here so ppl could see wat a piece of art and reliables machines toshiba makes. Thank u

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Best Quality for Money
5 Star Review   By veteran on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 26, 2007   

This product has plenty of features that are very useful. The only features that I wish it had would be a serial port and a fax modem. The built in web cam and WIFI are very useful. The laptopn in conjunction with Vista make it a pleasure using this computer.

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Wow
4 Star Review   By Shanny on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 26, 2007   

This was the 2nd laptop I've had. The first was a Gateway. My friend talked me into purchasing a Toshiba Satellite, which I am glad that he did. This one is much better and was a "steal" for the price and what I got. I did a lot of research and I am satisfied with what I recieved.

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DONT BUY IT
2 Star Review   By reesespieces on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 26, 2007   

This computer is so slow. I bought it about 2 months ago and instantly started having problems with it. Half of the time I cant get it to shut down or restart. Opening a program takes almost a minute. Windows Vista is nice, but takes a while to get used to. Battery life isn't that long, especially if you are a student and need to bring your laptop to class and use it all day. I just would not recommend this laptop.

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Great buy!
4 Star Review   By wmwinkle on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 26, 2007   

I was looking for a 64 bit dual processor with 2GB ram and this was an outstanding value. Nobody else came close even with an educational discount at the big D. My only nit pick is the touch pad as it doesn't work as softly as my Dell at work. I'm running VMware using this box to host several virtual machines and it works flawlessly. Didn't realize I had a GB capable network interface until I plugged it up. Very forward looking machine. I should be able to accomodate the 64 bit OS and have enough RAM for anything.

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Great for design
4 Star Review   By Macanario on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 25, 2007   

This computer is over th standard, the 2GB in memmory is enough to run Windows Vista smoothly since Windows Vista takes over 800Mb of them! I have tested this machine with Photoshop CS, Dreamweaver, Word, Excel surfing over internet and chatting in MS and it has never got slow. The only problem that I have had is the Toshiba Function bar preinstalled that stopped working after the first Up-to-date downloaded for Vista, but I don't miss that bar. The features pre-installed in the computer works ok, and are helpful, you practically don't have to install anything else, like writting programs, post-it programs and office programs. Great bargain for the price

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A Great Value
5 Star Review   By grampa on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 25, 2007   

I bought this model to use for work. I should have bought it first. My other laptop doesn't even come close to it in features, or performance. My co-workers would love to get their hands on one too!

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I LIKE IT ALOT
4 Star Review   By MSTERRYTAG on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 25, 2007   

I love this little computer,Its fast and easy to use, But I read the review from the person who wrote about the jumoing curser,,I hate it too and I dont know what causes it to jump, Im with her FIX the Cursor.....The mouse pad seems to jump around alot also,Great buy compared to all of the other ones I saw for the same price.

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Nice Laptop-Nice Price
5 Star Review   By Bearsgirl on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 25, 2007   

My first laptop was a gateway..This is far superior. It moves very fast with my DSL. My only problems are with vista compatibilty with my scanner and the battery life is very short. Perhaps I'm not charging and using properly. Overall I would definitely recommend this. It was recommended by a freind and I shopped around for a month before my purchase.

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glad we have it
5 Star Review   By patticake on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 25, 2007   

We purchased this instead of a desktop and we are very happy with it. It is a great computer for the price. We did purchase a wireless mouse with it, to make it easier to use. We homeschool, so it gets a lot of use. We have only had it a couple of months, but we are happy with it.

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Satellite A215-S4807
4 Star Review   By ejgpm3 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 25, 2007   

I bought this laptop for school use. Wireless was easy to set-up, and features are nice. I have had one Windows crash, but this is a Vista problem, not Toshiba. The battery life could be better though.

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lemon???
2 Star Review   By shepz on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 25, 2007   

Well I purchased product a week later the circuit that connects to motherboard for battery charging fried laptop has been in shop almost 2 months with the part on backorder

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An Unfortunate Experience
1 Star Review   By Phreda on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 25, 2007   

I purchased 2 Satellite A215-S4807's and each has the same apparent product defect -- the display will suddenly turn black during use. This is not the "sleep" feature, for when the malfunction occurs, the on light remains blue, rather than flashing red as it does during "sleep" mode. Further, the laptop is not "awakened" by a quick touch of the on/off switch; it will not awaken unless the laptop is turned off by holding down the on/off switch for about 5 seconds. Although the laptop can easily be turned on again, it returns with a Window Error Recovery, and all of the unsaved work is lost. Circuit City did NOT honor its claim of a 1 month warranty period; its sales man was later shown to be wrong in indicating the period was for 1 month, but for 14 days. I requested the exchange on the 15th day. I have been working with Toshiba Support. They, nor the Authorized Service Provider could find the error, but suggested it my be result of a virus downloaded via music file over the internet. Neither laptop has music downloads; one laptop has no 3rd party downloads. This malfunction has occurred once already while I am completing this response!

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fits the need
4 Star Review   By resq01 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 25, 2007   

It was time to purchase a new computer due to last one croaking. This one fits the need well. 2 gigs of memory keeps it running well and it has plenty of power for everyday task. I believe it is one of the best values for the money/price range. Battery life is OK but could be better. I can play a 2 hr DVD on the bat power but I would like a little more for the standard batt. The only negatives is that the standard batt could last longer and the key board does not like light strokes. I'm always having to retype a word due to not useing a heavy key stroke. I feel liek I am pounding the keys sometimes just to make sure that it takes the stroke. I would say it is great for the average person and / or student . 4 out 5 stars for me. It is powerful, quiet, great display, burns dvd's/cd's, all in all it is a nice little laptop.

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Toshiba with Vista
3 Star Review   By Plumeria54 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I bought the Satellite with Vista Premium and made sure to get at least 2GB RAM due to problems with Vista freezing when RAM was only 1GB. When it worked, the laptop was great - nice and clear, great features. But I was plagued with random screen blanks that could only be restored by restarting. Toshiba tech support couldn't solve and Circuit City Firedog couldn't solve - I gave up after trading the laptop in and having the same problem repeat with the second one. I gave up, returned it to Circuit City and bought a different laptop with Windows XP instead -- it appears the problem is with Windows Vista running on the Toshiba Satellite and I wasn't going to wait for someone to figure out how to fix it while my kids in the meantime were losing their work when the laptop "crashed" on them repeatedly.

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Good Purchase
4 Star Review   By Suzie on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

Battery life is good. Webcam is a nice features. Runs quietly. I do have a few software issues but the computer is workig well.

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great value
4 Star Review   By kristyandbear on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

i have a dell desktop computer at home, but i needed a computer that i could travel with...this one has great value and i've had no problem using it when i needed to. it's very easy to operate, although i did get a wireless mouse to make navigation easier. i was not comfortable with the built-in mouse. i have a friend who works at a major electronics store and he is very computer savy, he highly recommended this unit and i am very glad he did!

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excellent purchase
5 Star Review   By alizul on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

excellent purchase for the price. not very happy with unexpected random blackouts and cursor jumping while typing (I think is the Vista)...overall I am very happy with my laptop.

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Very happy customer
5 Star Review   By dwags1981 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I bought this to do some light video editing and I love it! It does what I need it to do. My only complaint is with Windows Vista, and that's Microsoft's problem.

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great purchase
5 Star Review   By aviseck on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

this product is a great purchase. i use it for college and it was a very good price. i feel that i can do mostly everything and i am very happy with it.

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Laptop Review
5 Star Review   By Catbelly on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

So far this little computer has met all my expectations.

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Great laptop for the price.
4 Star Review   By medicstudent on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

Overall, the Toshiba Satellite is a great Laptop to buy. The price was great at Circuit City. The performance is great. The only problem I have is the battery life; about 2 hours. I would like to have a battery life of 4 hrs or more.

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I love it!!!
5 Star Review   By Burke on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

Love the laptop. great resolution and performance. however windows vista is horrible. it's slow asks too many questions, but i do love the side bar and the features along with it. vista seemed like a great concept that was forced out the door way too early. it bricked up the router in my apartment etc. the only thing i do not like is the lack of battery life with the laptop. I do highly recommend this laptop but try to locate one with XP. Lastly the Toshiba DVD maker takes wayyyy tooooooo lllloooonnnnnggggg to render. Purchase a different program if you're going to make homemade dvd's with menus.

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good value, decent system
4 Star Review   By blahquaker on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

Great video display, plenty of RAM for Vista, good performance speeds and responsiveness. I was disappointed that not all of the hardware is natively supported in (Ubuntu) Linux, though I've been able to work out most of the issues to make it usable.

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My daughter wants it.
4 Star Review   By Freda on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

We are having fun with this thing. We get on it right when we enter the house. We like it better than the desktop. My daughter goes to college next year and I told her I will buy her one, she doesn't want a new one, she wants this one. LOL The only thing that doesn't work for me is that my discs I use for school will not download because of Vista. There needs to be something done about this.

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My first notebook
2 Star Review   By Cragon on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I am a Kitchen and bath designer. The program I use is very graphics laden. I bought this product because it has the RAM, video card and processor I need for that pogram. I like the product( the notebook itself ) very much. It has a great feel, the monitor is very good and the keyboard is smoooooth. It is interesting, however, as I read the reviews posted, to see the word VISTA (note capital letters) appear so frequently. I have wasted many hours...... Well, I could go on for a while, but I will not. For this reason alone, I can not recommend this product.

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worst computer i've owned
1 Star Review   By mk725 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

i never dropped the computer, spilled anything on it, treated it badly, but the computer just broke on its own within the first month of purchase!!

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Still Learning
5 Star Review   By vickib1955 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I love the convenience and reliability of my new Toshiba laptop. It was a great deal and I am really glad I bought it. I did get a LOT of help at Circuit City in choosing the right product for me. I have never used a laptop before, so I was surprised at the sensitivity of the scroll and other keys, but I learned quickly. It is pre-loaded with a bunch of great features that I have yet to use (web cam!) but I am sure they will come in handy someday!

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Great Laptop
5 Star Review   By BILL42 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I have been using this laptop for about 1month now and have no complaint.I use it for keeping medical records and so far it has worked great.For the price $699.00 @ circuit city you can't beat this laptop.It could have a better battery life but i guess you cant have everything.

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Great Price
4 Star Review   By PDinOregon on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I haven't had this laptop very long but so far I am very pleased with it. I am really happy with the screen. This one is not as glossy as the HP I had. I am not crazy about Windows Vista but didn't have a choice.

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Satisfactory
4 Star Review   By happyhillbilly on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I like everything about my Toshiba except the sound volume is very low. It seems is should and could be a lot better. Don't care for the cables attached to the side and not the back, because they seem to take up a lot more room. My volume wheel on the front of the laptop doesn't work, at least it doesn't change volume. Connecting to the internet is excellent and easy. The picture is bright and clear. Over-all a very good buy.

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Best Purchase at this time
5 Star Review   By sandman5tx on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

This is my first laptop. I've used several laptops in the past and they don;t compare to this one. It took me a few days to find everything this was due to the fact that it was my first expierance with Windows Vista. The only negative I could find was the battery life was very short compared to other laptops I have used. It lasted only 1/1/2 hrs. others 2/11/2 to 3 hrs.. Features are first class as is the performance. The price of $700 was unbelievable for a 2 gig of memory, most others are much higher in price. I find it difficult to get off this computer whether it's for work or being on the internet. Awesome machine Toshiba!!!!!

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toshiba
4 Star Review   By kcush on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I like the price for this laptop. It has 2g of memory and 160 hard drive-just what I needed. The only thing is I wish it had a number keypad on the right side and wish the battery lasted longer. Overall I am satisfied with the laptop!

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lacking here & there
5 Star Review   By paulc on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

one thing jumps out at you right away, the lid has been changed ,I didn't notice till I got it home.if I had seen this i would have bought a different model. over all this is a great computer.BUT I do not like the lid and I despise vista premuim what a headache trying to access my own files. the amd processor is fast and I like it. toshiba , like everyone else tries to sell products by giving you trials, but you can zap them easily. I would recommend it based on previous complaints (lid)

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Sound problems
4 Star Review   By Russ on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

The sound control on this machine seems to rotate forever in either direction and I have trouble turning it up even though all the settings on the machine are at maximum volumn. I tried to get the machine fixed, which they will do, but I have to either be without it for up to 10 days or take it to a place 80 miles from where I live and then they do not know whether they can fix it.

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Laptop
3 Star Review   By blukoolaid75 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I really was excited about the purchase and it seemed great but my laptop now just shuts off on me everyday.. I will be in the middle of doing something and it completly powers off, very dissapointed!

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Good Purchase
4 Star Review   By ProfessorRMD on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

The system gets hung quite a few times if used for long periods. This should be improved. Otherwise, excellent performance

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Possibly great
4 Star Review   By JSEMO on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

This laptop is great...when it isn't freezing up. I am currently going back and forth to the Toshiba techs, where they can't seem to duplicate the problem I am repeatedly having. It will lock up at random times. Otherwise, the features are nice, the graphics seem to be great, I got plenty of RAM for a good price, and if we can fix the issue, I will love the computer. I've only had it for a month, so I have not yet given up hope.

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Jumping curser!!!
4 Star Review   By autumnmeadows on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I love the computer. It is a great product on everything but the freaking jumping curser. I will be typing away I am a fast typist and the curser will jump to somewhere in the middle of the letter and I will be typing text in the wrong spot. My husband toshiba does the same thing. Also sometimes I will mishit a button and it will take me a page back. Some shortcut somewhere. You must get a prompter to ask if I really want to do that action. Otherwise. I just love the product. Quick uploading, fast processing speed easy for the end user. Just fix that dang jumping curser please!!! warm wishes, Autumn

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Great Computer
5 Star Review   By trafty7 on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

Great laptop....I'm in my 3rd month of using this computer and have no complaints...great buy for college students, well, for anyone really!

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Sweet deal!
4 Star Review   By Surfborden on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

Bought this Laptop based on memory, processor, Harddrive space, and price. Would have to say the volume could go a bit higher for DVD/MP3 playing... but that alone is the only thing im limited to with this Laptop. You'll be surprised at the speed and ease of use. Very user friendly features as well. 10 thumbs up on this one... OH!.. lol

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Good Product
4 Star Review   By YoJo on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

Good Product, features, sound, etc.

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Great Labtop for price
4 Star Review   By 74novaboy on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

Battery life could be better but other than than labtop has a lot of great features and is ready to go out of the box, would be great if blue tooth was built in also but i can live with out it.

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Good machine but, Vista is slow
4 Star Review   By PeruvianPistol on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

I really like the machine. The battery life really is not that long but, for me that is not a big deal. What really got me is how much of a memory hog Vista is. It looks cool and has some nice features but, for having 2Gigs of RAM it's not that quick. I can't see anyone buying a laptop with Vista with anything less than 1 Gig.

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Nice
4 Star Review   ToshibaDirect.com   

good computer, nice features

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Low Audio
4 Star Review   By Nels on ToshibaDirect.com - Sep 24, 2007   

Laptop is fine except the audio is so low that it seems necessary to buy equipment just to watch a dvd.

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