What can I say? I love my Toshiba Satellite Pro L300.
This is the laptop that I have been using for the past year and a half (I got it as an advanced birthday gift), and it's about time that I write a review about it. Don't worry I won't bore you with vague technical details and specifications. I'll be writing a review about my experience with this wonderful laptop.
••• Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 •••
A prime exampe of the high quality of Toshiba's line of laptops
When I first received my Toshiba Satellite Pro L300, I was really ecstatic. Finally, I didn't have to go to class and mope around because I was the only student there without a laptop. Best of all, it's the Toshiba brand! It's one of the more higher-end laptop brands, in my honest opinion. My older sister bought it on discount from a friend of hers who works at a nearby computer shop. Suffice to say, I brought it to school the day after the package arrived.
§ Is it portable? §
You bet it is!
Most people I know complain about a laptop's portability. I am a strong enough fellow, but yeah, I'd rather have a lighter laptop because I carry a heavy load everyday! All of my Engineering stuff (thick books, drafting plates, etc.) are stored in my backpack and I don't want to strain my body anymore because it would kill me.
OK, the Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 may not be as slim and light as the MacBook Air (* laughs *) but it's not that heavy to lug around either. I like that it fits right inside my backpack without any difficulty. The key here is to save some small space to give the laptop enough wiggle room, and then stuff all the other things around it. Well, that's how it is with me.
In a nutshell, it won't be winning the "light as a feather" award, but it can settle for a runner-up position.
PORTABILITY - 8 out of 10
§ Are there programs pre-installed? §
Yes it does. And I'm a bit disappointed because I *hate* Windows Vista.
This Toshiba laptop came pre-installed with a lot of software, including the Windows Vista Operating System. Back when I was still using a desktop, the system ran on a Windows XP OS, this time around I needed to learn how to navigate Vista. What can I say? To this day, I still hate this new OS. It's too slow for me and I miss my old Windows XP system.
Actually, there's an option to downgrade the OS to XP, but my sister wanted the Vista experience so I half-heartedly agreed (she bought this with her own money after all).
Well, I wouldn't want to turn this into a rant about the obviously broken Vista system, so enough of that! (he he) Some of the other softwares that came bundled with the Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 are MS Office Professional 2007 (yay!), Toshiba Speech System (a speech-recognition program which I still haven't tinkered on), Adobe Acrobat Reader, and some other software that I don't need to mention anymore. I don't like spoiling surprises anyway, so it's up to you to discover what other software are pre-installed in the laptop when you buy it.
EXTRA SOFTWARE - 7.5 out of 10 (because of Vista), 9 out of 10 (had it been XP!)
§ You got a fast laptop, is it fast enough so we can fly away? §
Good enough to run resource-hog applications and play some graphics-heavy games
Yeah! I love that I can play more games now... with the highest detail option ticked on!
This is a very stable system for resource hogging heavy-laden applications because of the excellent RAM size plus it's powered by an ATI Radeon 3100 graphics card. The ATI brand of graphics cards are one of the most sought-after brands in this side of the laptop world.
How about that? It's pretty cool, right?
GAMERS FACTOR I would have to give it a 9.5 out of 10.
§ Is it user-friendly? §
If you like the simplistic approach, then I guess so.
The Toshiba Satellite Pro 300 is a no-nonsense laptop. I'd like to think that the laptop's keyboard is ergonomically designed for your fingers to never feel tired as you type along. I have yet to fully-utilize the touchpad, so I bought a separate mouse for my desktop navigation needs. There are certain hotkeys included in the keyboard as well, so it's easy to adjust the screen's brightness and contrast, mute the sound, or even lock the desktop screen when you're out for lunch.
Speaking of screens, I have to tilt the screen slightly downwards to have a better view (one without glare). I thought that maybe it was just my poor eyesight or something, but when I let other people use it, I noticed that they tilt the screen downwards too... so it must be the laptop screen's Achilles heel. It's not as sophisticated in this department as other brands.
I also hate that it has a clunky system for the numeric keypad though. There's no separate number keypad like you would have on a regular desktop, so you have to make do of the ones provided on top of the QWERTY row. It would have been better if they bundled an external keypad of sorts that can be connected to the USB port. That would have been its only saving grace.
EASE OF USE - 7 out of 10
§ How durable and reliable is the Toshiba L300? §
It was strong enough to survive a minor fall...
It's tough as nails, that factor I have to be proud of!
I like that the Toshiba brand lives up to its name and reputation as a top brand when it comes to reliability. After a rough year and a half, some major scratches, and tumbles, it is still functioning really well. This baby's practically the Leviathan in the Mythology of Computers. Ha ha.
I give it a perfect 10 for RELIABILITY
§ Is the laptop Aesthetically appealing? §
Not the "laptop-next-door" type, but it will do
Again, I have to repeat that it's a no-nonsense kind of device. There are no shiny thingamajigs to wow you, and I'm fine with that.
Thou shall not judge a laptop on aesthetic value alone. This is a long-term investment anyway, so all Wise consumers should know better. Anyway, it looks good enough to stand out among other laptops, but then again, it's not an extra-special Mac. (and I hate those Mac commercials, by the way.)
For it's LOOKS I will have to give it an 8.
§ OVER-ALL §
I'd give it a perfect 10 for the sentimental value, although really it's just an 8.5
With all the things I've covered, I can safely conclude that the Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 is a good buy for your hard-earned cash. It may not be the Laptop of the Future or the elitist's choice--- but with all its other features, it sure works for a tech geek like me! I have put all my faith in the well-established Toshiba reputation, so if this laptop lasts me for another decade, then it just cemented my belief in their company.
There's nothing better than that right?