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    Thoughts on this Toshiba laptop from PCWorld

    pcworld.co.uk/mar…895

    Any pro's & cons with this machine ? or seen a better machine cheaper then i would appreciate the heads up.

    Alex

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    [SIZE=2]Good specs & price in my opinion [/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=2]Bit cheaper @ Dixons[/SIZE]
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    It's a toshiba, that would put me off. Why don't you check out the dell offers, you could get a pretty decent laptop for the price you are looking at. Look at this.

    hotukdeals.com/for…636

    upgrade the ram and the cpu and it's a better laptop already.

    hotukdeals.com/for…633

    this is a pentium but with a poor graphics card

    The Toshiba is a core _2_ duo. This is the BEST laptop chip - a lot better than core duo (without the 2). The dells lack the 2.

    davelfc

    It's a toshiba, that would put me off. Why don't you check out the dell … It's a toshiba, that would put me off. Why don't you check out the dell offers, you could get a pretty decent laptop for the price you are looking at. Look at this.http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74636upgrade the ram and the cpu and it's a better laptop already.http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74633this is a pentium but with a poor graphics card



    Hang on, you're put off by a Toshiba, who have industry leading support and consistently make the highest rating laptops in any computer magazine you'd care to pick up and recommending a Dell, the company with one of the lowest customer service ratings in the industry and are well known for cutting corners with cheap components - I don't get it :? That's like saying don't buy that Aston Martin get this Kia instead and save yourself a few ££. If you can afford the Aston (Tosh) then there's not contest.

    Have to agree with the last comment.

    Toshiba have a long standing reputation for making some of the best quality laptops / notebooks. Along with IBM, they are robust and top performing in the workplace.

    Dell make lower quality, but much cheaper stuff. Price is the way Dell has muscled in on the market, not by sheer quality.

    Here seems to be an example of a Tosh, but in the Dell price range. Looks good to me.

    I went to buy this laptop but found that the screen is the old style tft. Most laptops have the nice HD displays now. Also, if you go to Dixons reconditioned laptops they have an ACER with the same spec for £439 if you're not bothered about the display. There is also an additional discount code 10JUNEAW.

    Hope this helps. But if anyone finds a similar spec for a core 2 duo with the new diamond type screens at the same price, please let me know.

    Thanks

    Donna

    Think you might be confusing HD with a glossy coating there. Many laptops (PB, Compaq, HP, Sony) come as standard with some form of glossy coating to the TFT (goes under different names but essentially the same thing) which is not necessarily preferable - many people find they prefer using uncoated displays.

    It is possible to get high-resolution displays (Dell for example offer it as an option) but this is not necessarily preferable - personally I find a 1280x800 resolution good for a 15.4" laptop.

    Toshiba are a very good brand for laptops, with excellent reliability and functionality, preferable IMO to most other brands including Dell & Acer. If you want a reliable machine with decent portability and a sensible/ practical build it looks good value for money.

    megalomaniac

    Hang on, you're put off by a Toshiba, who have industry leading support … Hang on, you're put off by a Toshiba, who have industry leading support and consistently make the highest rating laptops in any computer magazine you'd care to pick up and recommending a Dell, the company with one of the lowest customer service ratings in the industry and are well known for cutting corners with cheap components - I don't get it :? That's like saying don't buy that Aston Martin get this Kia instead and save yourself a few ££. If you can afford the Aston (Tosh) then there's not contest.



    I change my laptop somtimes twice a year for work, I speak as I find. I've had 5 toshiba's fail on me and their overseas call centre (at the time, not sure where it is based now) was useless. The most recent was purchased from Costco last month and lasted 3 weeks before it died. I take care of my laptops and although they travel the world with me they are very carefully looked after. They are not put under any extra pressure and yet as I say 5 have failed. I also have some horror stories of the repair of at least two. They sent me back my laptop without it's usb ports once.

    I've finally given up with them and YES I will buy a Dell over a toshiba until Dell prove to be as unreliable.

    You can waffle on about aston martins all day mate but if you owned a few and they failed you'd probably buy a different car, then again you probably would not. :roll:

    Afaik Toshiba UK support is in Surrey and has been for least a 10yrs (when the Toshiba laptop sitting in my draw was new, it still works perfectly btw) and they have repair centres scattered all over the place.

    It's a shame you've had a bad experience but it doesn't alter the fact many regard them as the cream of laptops.

    davelfc

    I've finally given up with them and YES I will buy a Dell over a toshiba … I've finally given up with them and YES I will buy a Dell over a toshiba until Dell prove to be as unreliable.



    It's a well known fact that Dell have one of the lowest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry, that doesn't mean you can't get a bargain or that they will fail but I still wouldn't actually recommend them over Toshiba, who despite your problems remain one of the most respected name in the business.

    davelfc

    You can waffle on about aston martins all day mate but if you owned a few … You can waffle on about aston martins all day mate but if you owned a few and they failed you'd probably buy a different car, then again you probably would not. :roll:



    I'm sure Astons do fail, it doesn't alter the fact they're infinitely more desirable than Kia's. They are however still a car, my point was that Dell as Kia are a budget brand, made and sold as cheaply as possible. Toshiba on the other hand like Aston are a premium brand.

    megalomaniac

    Afaik Toshiba UK support is in Surrey and has been for least a 10yrs … Afaik Toshiba UK support is in Surrey and has been for least a 10yrs (when the Toshiba laptop sitting in my draw was new, it still works perfectly btw) and they have repair centres scattered all over the place..



    In 2005 when my £1900 Toshiba ultra wide notebook expired I was put through to a call centre in India or was it Turkey. Anyway it wasn't the UK. I received a call from Toshiba to apologise for the mess in dealing with my laptop and he explained the call centre had not long moved and they were having problems.

    If they moved back I don't know. I have since purchased my Toshiba laptops from Costco and they have a no quibble money back policy on computers for 6 months. Which is more than enough to catch a faulty Toshiba.

    Please note I do not as a rule have a problem with call centres abroad, many companies train these staff to a high level and you can get very good service.

    I have in my cupboard two faulty Toshiba laptops that fell out of warranty and were bought in 2004. They power up and then without notice they fail. A very common problem even today with Toshiba laptops.

    davelfc

    In 2005 when my £1900 Toshiba ultra wide notebook expired I was put … In 2005 when my £1900 Toshiba ultra wide notebook expired I was put through to a call centre in India or was it Turkey. Anyway it wasn't the UK. I received a call from Toshiba to apologise for the mess in dealing with my laptop and he explained the call centre had not long moved and they were having problems.



    Fair enough, having never had to call myself I can only go by where they were last time I checked (a long time ago :giggle:) and where they are now (according to the UK website), so being the same place I put 2 and 2 together.

    davelfc

    I have since purchased my Toshiba laptops from Costco and they have a no … I have since purchased my Toshiba laptops from Costco and they have a no quibble money back policy on computers for 6 months. Which is more than enough to catch a faulty Toshiba.



    I love Costco, they are fantastic. I thought they did 3yr warranties on electricals though, or does that not include computers?

    megalomaniac

    I love Costco, they are fantastic. I thought they did 3yr warranties on … I love Costco, they are fantastic. I thought they did 3yr warranties on electricals though, or does that not include computers?



    It specifically does not include computers, although when one of my previous Toshiba laptops expired it was nearly 7 months old, they refunded me after I had a lot of hassle with the Toshiba customer service which was very good of them.
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