Summary: Ah, all the little extras: a backlit keyboard, "harmon/kardon" speakers (I put this next to my housemates Dell and he was blown away by how good the speakers are on the Toshiba), a large trackpad that can be extra sensitive to quick left and right mouse clicks. I purchased mine through Best Buy, though it was this same model with 6gb of ram and the Intel Core i5 processor.
Summary: Positives: I am very impressed with the speed and clarity of the system. I also like that the keyboard has a bit more space between the keys that makes it feel very good. I absolutely love having my 10-Key back. The Harmon/Kardon speakers are awesome for the small profile of a laptop. Negatives: The tap mousepad picks up my hands when I am typing sometimes when I am not touching it. I like using an external trackball anyway.
Summary: First off i'd love to say this laptop has preformed wonderfully. I've owned it now for... six months now... however... Being that as a bit of a gaming computer i've come across some slight issues. The speakers are a bit distorted on the right speaker i think perhaps playing my music one day i blew it out...
Summary: This is the second Toshiba with which I've had problems. The first one, last year's model, had a defective hard drive. This one has been working fine enough, but after five months, the battery isn't holding a charge. Since batteries are not covered under the warranty, I'm told I'm screwed. I will try to contact Toshiba directly; however, I don't think it's a positive sign that I've had issues with both Toshibas.
Summary: I purchased this computer to replace a home-brewed computer I made over 6 years ago. The Toshiba Satellite line has a good reputation, and everything I see in this computer verifies that that reputation is well-earned. I do a lot of investment writing, so I need a computer that can handle lots of internet activity, word processing and spreadsheet capabilities of the highest order, multiple screens, quick response time, and the ability to stop working (so I can sleep)...
Summary: I've had the machine for 3 months and absolutely love it. The I7 3rd gen processor screams, and I do a lot of heavy processing. As promised for the Ivy Bridge processor definitely throws a lot less heat than my old 1st gen I7 lappie did (that one would burn my hand regularly). The machine comes fully loaded, plenty of memory and disc, great battery life and a kickin' onboard speaker set. What's better is this: no crapware loaded. The machine was clean.
Summary: I have had 3 Toshiba laptops and each one had no problems. At 3 weeks this one working fine. The screen must be a a pricise angle to get a sharp look. Disk Drive is noisy and very hard to get open. The keyboard is softer to the touch and it will take some getting used to. Customer service is now in the Philipines and the menu to get through will really make you mad.
Summary: On the P855 Toshiba reversed the way the function keys work. The function keys control hardware adjustments except when the FN key is pressed. When the FN key is pressed you will have the F1-F12 functions. This is ok except if you are using a software package that requires using another key in conjuction with the F1-F12 function keys. It is for this reason that I will be returning the product.