"Great laptop for those who want mainstream."3.5 starson by hoganman
Pros: Not too heavy. Finger Swipe security. Draft N capabilities.
Cons: Media buttons work only while window is on top.
Summary: I think this laptop has good features for the price. Granted I purchased the A200 (customized), I assume it's close to the other A205's. The media buttons aren't as handy to me. Play/Pause, Stop, Back, and Foreward song only work while media player is the top window. I would recommend FoxyTunes for Firefox and IE users during Internet usage.
The installed software can be annoying. I turned off some startup programs and Vista's Window's Defender in the Tray would not leave the issue alone until I turned them on or deleted them from the startup registry. Related to that, startup is slow, but that can be expected.
On average, the laptop uses significant amounts of one's RAM. I average on 800 MB out of 2 GB. I would say go 2 GB when purchasing any Vista machine.
Finger pad is comfortable, though the scroll wheels on the bottom and right side are too close to the edge for total ease.
The security finger swipe is a great tool to instantly login to accounts on the web by assigning your finger print to the login area.
I purchased the Nvidia Go 7300 Graphics Card, and overall, I'm content with it. It's better than the standard Intel intergrated 945G series that's for sure. But the driver Toshiba provided has issues of properly displaying it's own rotating "3D image preview"; too Nvidia doesn't support the Go 7300. Don't expect much modern gaming if you go Intel, but Nvidia can do most what you throw at it. I can run Halo 2 on lowest setting and C&C3 at Low.
In all, a great machine. Does get hot. I'm not sure I would recommend the customer service, but I haven't contacted them yet. But if you read the other reviews, many people have problems with Toshiba and customer service. Not a bad choice to purchase if it's on CNET's Editor's Choice for mainstream