Summary: I think this computer is great. It's lightweight, portable, battery life is good, screen resolution is good. It rarely freezes up, it's super-quick, has good video handling. The only thing I don't like about it is the sound quality coming from the speakers and the touchpad is a little unresponsive sometimes. Oh well, totally worth it and for $500 worth every penny.
Excerpt: The R705 is an interesting notebook because of the power that comes with it's size and weight. I wouldn't have minded if it weighed a little more and was made of metal instead of the plastic. Or at least stronger plastic with better engineering.
Summary: I bought this to upgrade from my Dell Mini 9, which I liked for its portability but disliked for its lack of a CD drive. The Toshiba Portege 705 is wonderful because it is small and easily portable, but also has a CD/DVD drive, making it not only ultraportable but also ultrafunctional for my needs. At 13.3", it is small, but definitely easier on the eyes than the 9.1" Dell Mini.
Broken screen in a month...but still a fast and light laptop 2 yrs later
J. Cammarano, Amazon
17 June 2011
Summary: I purchased this laptop for travel. It has great features and is very light. I was happy for the first 28 days and then the screen cracked. I called Toshiba customer support, and the person was polite, but tried to suggest that I was responsible for it cracking. They tried to pawn it off on my non-existent cat or dog, non-existent kids, and my wife (who exists, but did not touch it).
Summary: I used to go with the cheap HP/Dell laptops. But this time I decided to chance it and go with a nicer model and I couldn't be happier. I was hesitant to spend so much on a laptop, but Consumer Reports & cnet.com both rank this Toshiba as the best laptop on the market (excluding Macs). I was a little scared to get a laptop with only a 13.5" screen, but the resolution is so nice I don't even notice.
Summary: I agree with those who say the keyboard is a little weird at first, but it took me little time to get used to it. I also agree that you should not buy this machine here since I just picked mine up at Best Buy for $699.99 with the added convenience of being able to take it back to them should anything go wrong (in the first year). As with any computer you ever buy, the first question you ask yourself is, "What am I going to use it for?
Summary: This looks like a great laptop and is on my list to possibly buy soon. What I don't understand is, Why does Best Buy has this exact laptop for almost 300 dollars less than Amazon? Watch out for the sticker price.
Summary: I got this laptop two months ago. I wanted something small so I could carry to school. The computer seem pretty fast. I had no issue running multiple applications on it at the same time. It is very light to carry around. The battery life is pretty long. I am not sure it will last 8 hrs but still good battery life. The only issue is the keyboard is not so easy to use. It took me a while to get use to the smaller keyboard and typing at first was hard.