Summary: I have had this model for a little over 2 years now and I could not be happier. I upgraded the RAM to 8gb shortly after purchasing so I can't comment too much on the stock speed. I have used this laptop for gaming (Skyrim with the HD patch and full render settings) with no problems. Under heavy graphics load it does run a little warm, but no where near some of the other laptops I have had and used in the past.
Summary: 4 GB of ram isn't bad, it can run most everyday programs. It can play games such as Happy Wheels, and is very good at multitasking. It will run hot from time to time due to the accelerator, which runs programs faster than the CPU can keep up with. It's a nice computer for general tasks.
Summary: I purchased this laptop in January of 2012. I thought the value for the price, at the time, was a good deal, and since I had purchased several Toshiba laptops in the past, and always had excellent performance, durability and longevity, I dove in. This laptop received very lite usage as it was my third PC, purchased to check email and general browsing while watching tv - thus not having to go to the tower PC or other laptop in the study.
Summary: Whatever you do DO NOT UPDATE THE BIOS! Toshiba products have a high rate of failure after attempting a BIOS UPDATE. I have to replace my bios chip, possibly the motherboard and have to pay the guy for labor. The bios chips are about $10-15.00, the motherboards are about $ 200.00 and the labor is 75.00 an hour. It is not worth that much. For that price I can get several other used laptops with better options.
Summary: I have had 3 Toshiba Satellite laptops and have a tremendous success. Never have I had to get any repairs on any of them. It is the easiest decision for me to pick which brand of laptop... it's just deciding how fast I want it to go.
Summary: whatever you do keep your virus software updated!! i didnt now my laptop has become victim to death..replacing the parts and software is going to cost more than the laptop is worth. other than that i love it! i miss it!
Summary: I purchased the Toshiba model new a couple of years ago. One of the grandkids spilled soda in the key board and it was totally fried no fixing. I found out that this model was no longer available new so I went to e-bay to find another because I like this particular laptop/notebook so well. I was able to find exactly what I was looking for, made the purchase and am extremely happy with the machine.
Summary: If you're looking for a high quality budget laptop, then this is the one. I read through a lot of other reviews before I made this selection and got it through a black Friday sale in 2011. No regrets since. No crashes, still has a quick startup and is pretty fast. The speakers are above average. Overall I'd say it's pretty reliable.
Summary: Purchased this laptop November 2011 and the hard drive has already failed. Contacted Toshiba and was told my warranty expired a month ago and there was nothing they could do. She suggested I contact an authorized repair facility and pay to have it fixed. I have never had any computer fail after only 13 months. Based on the response I received from Toshiba tech support; I will never buy any kind of Toshiba product again.