Excerpt: Toshiba is hitting the ground running with Windows 8 notebooks. In this review, we take a look at the Toshiba Satellite S955, a relatively slim and light 5 lb. 15.6" laptop that ships with Windows 8. The machine lists for $749 and you find it in stores, but not on Toshiba's online store. The S955 is a bit of an anomaly: it's a full size 15.6" notebook with a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U ULV CPU usually found in Ultrabooks.
Pros: Fairly slim, nice looking machine with a built-in optical drive.
Cons: Despite its size, the S955 runs on Ultrabook ULV CPUs that are less powerful than full mobile CPUs generally found in 15" laptops.
Conclusion: The Toshiba S955, like most inexpensive Windows laptops, has its fair share of weaknesses. The display is adequate at best, the keyboard is lacking, and the build quality is mixed. All of these downsides are common of laptops in the segment, but some do manage a better user interface. That problem makes the S955 unsuitable for buyers who use their laptop for more than a couple of hours per day. However, there are strengths.
Pros: Attractive, slim exterior, Plenty of RAM and hard drive capacity
Cons: Chassis flex, Poor keyboard and touchpad, Fan is audible at idle and loud at load, Poor value