"I Love It So Far!"5.0 starson by Carpenter-TG
Pros: + Core i5 speed
+ Responsive touch pad, easy to adjust its sensitivity
+ Excellent battery life
+ Solid State Drive (SSD) is sweet
+ Screen bezel around the top is pretty thick
+ 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports
+ Camera and microphone work flawlessly
Cons: - Toshiba claims 128 GB of storage, it only has like 102
Summary: I got this Ultrabook about 2 months ago, for my commuting purposes to college. My other toshiba laptop weighed a ton so my mum thought this was a necessary investment.
Initially I thought it was really ugly; the webcam is quite big and really noticeable, and the screen bezel around the top is pretty thick, buuutt after taking it to school and receiving tons of compliments I'm not gonna be too nit picky about the looks and the magnesium finish I must point out makes the casing look really sleek :) lets get to the serious stuff...
This thing is THIN, (just as thin as my iphone), so thin you can hold it with your fingers in one hand, and most importantly LIGHT, I mean i even forget it's in my backpack, the problem with it being so thin however is the screen actually bends, and that's makes me really nervous, like the slightest blow will crack/break it... it just seems really flimsy. Aside from that my hinges are stiff enough to where it doesn't wobble when I type. My friends also like to pick it up from the corner of the main body because it is so light, it doesn't bend or flex when they do that though so as opposed to the screen the body is sturdy.
Ports: I think this ultrabook has the most ports out of all the ones out now. The big seller for me was the Ethernet cable because I don't have WiFi at home, I was surprised to see that most of the other ultrabooks didn't actually have an Ethernet cable port. It also has an SD card slot which I have yet to test out. It also has full hdmi which I used recently and it worked fine and the usual usb ports.
Keyboard: This is the first laptop I have owned with a back-lit keyboard, and may I say that it is a fantastic feature!! It just looks really cool and now I can do my homework in low light areas. It has a chiclet keyboard,the keys are really shallow, which took getting used to since I was used to a more clicky ones. They are also pretty silent, I cant hear myself type in a really quiet classrooms.
Speed: Mine has an i3 processor but I know you can get the ultrabook with i5 or i7. The i3 works just fine for me. It boots up really quickly like other reviews have mentioned. For anyone curious I have been able to play flash 3D games on miniclip and shockwave etc without lag, BUT these tasks make the fan roar, I mean the fan will just really rev up and get pretty loud so I dont play those often. I also run matlab on here for school with no problem.
My WiFi for some reason doesn't pick up as well on campus compared to my friends they will have connection and I'll be on and off soo I dont know if it's just my unit although my campus has notably bad WiFi that they are working to fix. I also get an entire school day about 6-7 hours of battery life on it.
Complaints: Toshiba claims 128 GB of storage, it only has like 102 or something when you first boot it up so I want my other 20 GB lol.
The screen seems flimsy, it scares me a little and from reviews i have read if the screen breaks toshiba doesn't cover that under the warranty...
it doesn't have a hardrive so you will probably want to buy yourself one for extra backup.
I have had mine for about 2 months, I take it to school almost everyday, I'm glad I bought it because it is soo thin, light and fast. I do have a sleeve for it just for the protection, I definitely wouldn't just plop this in my backpack because I'm pretty sure it would break.
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So far I'm loving it, this has been one of my bigger investments so I hope it holds up and lasts a while.