Summary: After purchasing this laptop for my daugher for college, at first we were quite happy with it. She used it for about two months. However, just a few weeks before school was to start, it developed a problem wherein the computer would shut off when disconnected from charger - as if there was no battery at all, even though it showed 100% and charging. When talking to a support person, it was concluded that I would have to return the computer to them for repair.
Summary: Great battery life. Screen viewing angle limited, not so good for watching videos with it placed on a coffee table. Fan is not loud but has an annoying whine. Black finish shows evey finger mark. Glossy screen reflective. Bundled with a lot of annoying software. Almost easier to reinstall Win7 than having to remove it all and the 10gig recovery partition. Machine is not that small, I have a 12" Portege R500 (5yrs old) it is way smaller.
Quick computer not suitable for those who work and play hard
Peter Marinari, Amazon
10 June 2012
Summary: The Toshiba Portege R835-P94 is a Windows laptop that is fine for wireless productivity in your home or on the occasional business trip, but it is not made to stand up to daily wear and tear of a heavy user. It's a pity, because it's a fast, efficient machine. BACKGROUND: I previously owned an indestructible, tiny SamSung NetBook, but after three years of using it 8-12 hours a day the keyboard was finally giving out.
Slow hard drive; Flawed BIOS; Customer support non-existent
13 March 2012
Summary: I'm an IT professional and have used tons of laptops. This Toshiba laptop is very light compared to the macbook pro 13'', and has good battery life. Build quality is also good. However, it has some major drawbacks -- its hard drive, BIOS, and customer service. The stock hard drive is 5200rpm which is on the slow side. Besides, Toshiba put lots of redundant software on top of windows 7. The result is that starting windows and some apps takes a long time.
Summary: If you're thinking of installing an SATA-III SSD in this laptop, think again. Despite using the Intel HM65 Chipset, which is fully capable of SATA-III transfer rates, Toshiba has limited the R835 laptop series to SATA-II. It is upsetting that Toshiba did not publicize this limitation anywhere in the product's spec sheet. Many customers are angrily pushing for Toshiba to release a BIOS patch to enable SATA-III.