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Hey guys, I was looking at laptops for college and found this laptop: http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Satellite-R845-S85-14-0-Inch-Laptop/dp/B005KP0BJU/ref=zg_bs_565108_5

I was wondering what are your thoughts on Toshiba (do they make good laptops?).

My budget is $600 tops, I really like an i5 as a processor or i3 at the lowest, 4gb ram and at least 7-8 hours of battery life.

Also I would really appreciate any recommendations/suggestions thumb.gif
post #2 of 20
I've taken apart Acers, Asus', HPs, Toshibas, and a few more brands - Toshiba were by far best buld quality.

It was a Satellite too, but an older model. It had lived for over 6 years, beating any other laptop that I ever knew smile.gif And that was under heavy stress, both software loads and constant moving aroud smile.gif

I hope that helps.
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not really. at this point, better to wait until ivy bridge based laptops are shipped out to the masses.

this is my personal preference, but always found toshiba laptops look outdated and just not my cup of tea.

it also depends on what you want to use the laptop for. If its just web browsing, watching movies, word processing, any laptop would do just fine.

for battery life 7-8 hours I would look at anything below 13inch
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Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post

I've taken apart Acers, Asus', HPs, Toshibas, and a few more brands - Toshiba were by far best buld quality.
It was a Satellite too, but an older model. It had lived for over 6 years, beating any other laptop that I ever knew smile.gif And that was under heavy stress, both software loads and constant moving aroud smile.gif
I hope that helps.

That definitely helps me out a lot. I know HP and Asus make good computers, but Toshiba's I dont really know too much so thank you for that insight I really do appreciate it thumb.gif

Also that is very impressive since most laptops only last 2-4 years, so the fact that your satellite lasted you 6 years really makes me want to get it now lol.
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not really. at this point, better to wait until ivy bridge based laptops are shipped out to the masses.
this is my personal preference, but always found toshiba laptops look outdated and just not my cup of tea.
it also depends on what you want to use the laptop for. If its just web browsing, watching movies, word processing, any laptop would do just fine.
for battery life 7-8 hours I would look at anything below 13inch

Hmmm your right about that maybe I should wait for ivy bridge, and maybe they do look a lil outdated, but its okay I dont mind smile.gif.
Yes I do plan on doing the three things you mentioned with my laptop, but when I do those things I dont want it to be laggy/slow.
post #6 of 20
If you can wait until June for Ivy Bridge dual-cores, you might as well. As it is, Ivy Bridge dual-cores only offer maybe 10-15% CPU performance, and 50% faster graphics. Not worth the wait if you want/need something now.

As for that particular model, the R845 is an undercover Portege. It has the 66Whr battery, which gets 9 hours runtime (yes, independently tested reviewers showed it having the longest battery life in class, beating out Macbook Pro 13 etc.). I have the Portege R835 and I love it. The R845 weighs just 4.2 pounds - less than most 13" laptops, keyboard is nice, good Synaptics touchpad, etc. Speakers are mediocre but that's true for most laptops. If you just want i5 and integrated graphics, lightweight and good battery life, the R845 is perfect. You won't find better for the price.

As for aesthetics, nothing about it looks dated. Chrome hinges, metallic navy blue lid, magnesium alloy chassis that's something like 0.8-1" thick, thin bezel left-right, decent amount of curves, etc. Wannabe_modder, maybe try to learn a little on the product you're commenting about. The R845 indeed gets over 7-8 hours of battery...
 
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Purchased a 13.3" Toshiba for my mom recently, very similar to the one you originally posted (Portege instead of Satellite, designed to be thin and lightweight)

Very nicely built, but the keyboard and the touchpad click-buttons feel a little cheap. Gets around 7 hours of battery life, it's great for productivity but definitely not for gaming since it only has the iGPU of the i5 mobile lineup.
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If you can wait until June for Ivy Bridge dual-cores, you might as well. As it is, Ivy Bridge dual-cores only offer maybe 10-15% CPU performance, and 50% faster graphics. Not worth the wait if you want/need something now.
As for that particular model, the R845 is an undercover Portege. It has the 66Whr battery, which gets 9 hours runtime (yes, independently tested reviewers showed it having the longest battery life in class, beating out Macbook Pro 13 etc.). I have the Portege R835 and I love it. The R845 weighs just 4.2 pounds - less than most 13" laptops, keyboard is nice, good Synaptics touchpad, etc. Speakers are mediocre but that's true for most laptops. If you just want i5 and integrated graphics, lightweight and good battery life, the R845 is perfect. You won't find better for the price.
As for aesthetics, nothing about it looks dated. Chrome hinges, metallic navy blue lid, magnesium alloy chassis that's something like 0.8-1" thick, thin bezel left-right, decent amount of curves, etc. Wannabe_modder, maybe try to learn a little on the product you're commenting about. The R845 indeed gets over 7-8 hours of battery...

well then buy it! thumb.gif

On a second thought, I take back what i said about aesthetics upon closer inspection. However, I still hate that big a** Toshiba logo on the lid tongue.gif
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well then buy it! thumb.gif

Guess what laptop I have (see 1st sig rig)... a Toshiba Portege R835! Pretty much the exact same as the R845 minus screen size biggrin.gif
 
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maybe im the odd one out but i didnt like my toshiba at all. my asus laptops on the other hand, i have loved both of them.
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