Summary: what initially got me into the portege series was the aesthetic. it has a very simple and clean look. I'm not exactly tech savvy as I don't keep up with all the latest processors and whatnot, but for all the praise and hype about the new Sandy Bridge processors, this laptop seems decently quick. doesn't blow me away compared to my several years-old core duo desktop or even my 1-2 year-old, $500 toshiba satellite.
Summary: I was comparing the to the Lenovo T420s and because of my college budget was rather straped I spent the $770 on this laptop instead the $910. I wish I would of fork out the $140 for the lap top but before I tell why ... Let me start with the good. Pros great batter life super light DVD drive large HD Wireless Monitor capabilities Has work alright with my new wacom table O Can expand RAM to 16g Eco button for longer battery life Cons Clickers on track pad are Hard to push...
Summary: No bluetooth? Really? A BT dongle is the size of your thumbnail, and less than $10, and they couldn't include it internally? Come on Toshiba, $15 phones have bluetooth! Going from my goliath Vostro 1700 was a big change. I love the portability but miss having more than 2 usb ports, and external buttons for mute, volume, etc.. Battery life is obviously much better than my old machine.
Would be a 5 star review but for dishonesty on Toshiba's part
26 July 2011
Summary: This is a great laptop, thin, light, powerful. Sure it's missing a few higher end features like built-in bluetooth (I would rather have had that than the useless "wireless HDMI" feature), but overall the feature set is good. HOWEVER... Toshiba saw fit to disable SATA III functionality for "Power savings" (according to their support rep) This is not advertised in the system specs at all.
Summary: Has some of the best specs for a i5 2nd gen. laptop. Very light weight. Fast in all operations. After a couple of days use the usb port on the right side would go to sleep and was inoperative until computer was rebooted. I contacted Toshiba and after the tech support person had me do several things, he decieded the port was bad. He said to send the unit back and in 7 to 10 business days I would receive a new one. Thank goodness I purchased this computer from Amazon.