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Toshiba 15.6" Quad-Core Laptop

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Last Purchase:
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ac6styles


quality posts: 0 Private Messages ac6styles

I'm glad I waited for gaming on steam for this laptop 50 bucks more you getting a better cpu

conanthelibrarian


quality posts: 3913 Private Messages conanthelibrarian

Some additional info and solid reviews (4.0 out of 5.0) over at toshiba.com

conanthelibrarian


quality posts: 3913 Private Messages conanthelibrarian

Pretty good reviews (4.5 out of 5.0) over at shop.amd.com

zfactor


quality posts: 12 Private Messages zfactor

very interested in this one for a kid in the family. does anyone know how these will look as a refurbished unit? will they look new out of the box or have marks and scratches, worn keyboards etc?? many companies fully replace all hat and make them look brand new but i have never bought a toshiba refurb.. anyone know? or bought a toshiba refurb before?

cjsutherland


quality posts: 4 Private Messages cjsutherland
zfactor wrote:very interested in this one for a kid in the family. does anyone know how these will look as a refurbished unit? will they look new out of the box or have marks and scratches, worn keyboards etc?? many companies fully replace all hat and make them look brand new but i have never bought a toshiba refurb.. anyone know? or bought a toshiba refurb before?



This isn't a "factory refurbish" so that means a "3rd party" did the repairs. Hard to tell their quality of work without knowing who is doing the repair.

It has a 90 Woot return policy. I would look up their policy on returns for "superficial" things like scratches and go from there.

Not sure if any of that helped...

marginal


quality posts: 1 Private Messages marginal

I got this a few weeks ago when they offered it for $20 more, and I love it. I've used it to run the following games without any problems: Just Cause 2; Orcs Must Die 2; Torchlight II; Defense Grid; Magic the Gathering 2013; and Unstoppable Gorg. Not a huge sample, but should give an idea of the performance level. It's not a high-end gaming machine, but at this price, it's VERY respectable.

chiasticslide


quality posts: 1 Private Messages chiasticslide

It may not be a direct comparison, but I have a Lenovo Ideapad Z585 with the A10-4600M, and I've been able to run all of the following with little to no problem:
-Diablo III
-Borderlands 2
-Minecraft
-Torchlight 2
-Fallout 3
-Skyrim

Obviously the newer games had to be run at medium-to-low settings, but for a portable gaming rig it packs a decent punch--and the Z585 has 2GB less RAM than this machine.

gorehog


quality posts: 0 Private Messages gorehog

I have two questions. Is this a 64 bit processor? Can I use it to compile Chrome OS? Can I dual boot Linux? Was that three questions? Four? Can someone stop me? Please?

Bo


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marginal wrote:I got this a few weeks ago when they offered it for $20 more, and I love it. I've used it to run the following games without any problems: Just Cause 2; Orcs Must Die 2; Torchlight II; Defense Grid; Magic the Gathering 2013; and Unstoppable Gorg. Not a huge sample, but should give an idea of the performance level. It's not a high-end gaming machine, but at this price, it's VERY respectable.



does Woot customer service process the refund or do you have to request it?

seamore2001


quality posts: 4 Private Messages seamore2001

Might be worth buying, just for the write-up.

Would like to hear more from people that bought at the previous offering - did this look like a refurb or was the appearance, quality of packaging good (I'd be giving as a gift, so things like that matter).

tc1uscg


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gorehog wrote:I have two questions. Is this a 64 bit processor? Can I use it to compile Chrome OS? Can I dual boot Linux? Was that three questions? Four? Can someone stop me? Please?



I'll try:
1. Yes
2. Why would you want to?
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. No (7)
6. No comment

TC1 USCG Ret

cjsutherland


quality posts: 4 Private Messages cjsutherland
tc1uscg wrote:I'll try:
1. Yes
2. Why would you want to?
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. No (7)
6. No comment



Regarding #2. If you were looking to run Chrome OS, which is a "minimalist" OS from my understanding, why would you want this machine?

This laptop is way more power than you would need to run Chrome OS fluidly.

Just my opinion of course.

dapfel


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gorehog wrote:I have two questions. Is this a 64 bit processor? Can I use it to compile Chrome OS? Can I dual boot Linux? Was that three questions? Four? Can someone stop me? Please?



This is a 64-bit processor. I have had success dual-booting Win7/64 and Ubuntu on a different laptop with a similar AMD processor (the A8-4500m), though I have been told that this could be easy or hard depending on the style of BIOS on any particular model of computer. And I'm really not sure what you're asking w/ regard to compiling Chrome OS...sorry.

perpetuallyfrozen


quality posts: 1 Private Messages perpetuallyfrozen

I bought this back in May when it was a bit more. It's a nice laptop, but the keyboard is crap. You really have to smash the keys to make sure they are all accepted when you type.

anachostic


quality posts: 4 Private Messages anachostic

In the previous sale of this laptop, which is when I purchased mine, there was a comment that Toshiba disables the hardware virtualization feature in the BIOS of their laptops. While that may be true for some models, this model does not have that limitation. I am able to install and run Hyper-V and the Windows Phone 8 emulator.

So far, mine has been a fine purchase for software development. Runs Visual Studio 2012 and SQL Server with no problems.

fcajr


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How easy would it be to upgrade to Windows 7?

fachagooch


quality posts: 1 Private Messages fachagooch
fcajr wrote:How easy would it be to upgrade to Windows 7?



Go purchase a copy and install it, I am sure It would handle win7 fine. but I have seen that win 8 seems to handle the processors much better.

skykingatc


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Toshiba has the WORST customer service I have ever seen. I had a Toshiba laptop and never had it work right, after 3 trips to the shop. They did nothing to try to fix the problem. Buy any other brand if you can!!!

zfactor


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to the people who said they bought this can you tell me how the condition was when you got it out of the box?

thanks

jblood


quality posts: 7 Private Messages jblood

"I got this one when I pledged my sorority."

And that, dear readers, was the perfect finishing touch...

ILGal


quality posts: 30 Private Messages ILGal

Folks who have purchased previously - any real-life reports of battery life? Are batteries replaced during the refurb process?

anachostic


quality posts: 4 Private Messages anachostic
seamore2001 wrote:Might be worth buying, just for the write-up.

Would like to hear more from people that bought at the previous offering - did this look like a refurb or was the appearance, quality of packaging good (I'd be giving as a gift, so things like that matter).



I've purchased two recent refurbs, an HP and this Toshiba. Both came in a plain brown box with only the computer and a power supply in the box. They seemed to be from the same source. Both laptops were spotless, but you're not going to convince anyone that they are retail packaged.

RE: Battery life, I haven't run mine enough off-charger to let it die, but my experience would be at least 4 hours, so the battery isn't toasted in mine. That doesn't mean much since every refurb would be different.

jandrese


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> Resolution: 1366 x 768

Dammit, why are laptop manufacturers married to these terrible screens? This resolution is embarrassingly bad on a 15.6" screen.

anachostic


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A comment about a topic that usually comes up - reinstalling:

In the past, Windows machines had a product key on a sticker on the device. Aside from the issue that eventually it would wear out and be unreadable, the bigger issue was that the key was a specific OEM key. That meant you couldn't use the key with anything other than the OEM install disc, if they even provided one for you.

With Windows 8 devices, you don't have a sticker anymore. The key is in the hardware. That means you can use any Windows 8 disc to install or reinstall onto the device. Even if you want to torrent a disc, your device is licensed to use Windows 8.

On this laptop, you are just getting the Windows 8 standard edition. If you want to upgrade to Professional, you can buy a product key or buy a full media kit with key and DVD and Add Features to your install.

And here's the product support page for drivers:
http://support.toshiba.com/support/driversResults?freeText=3575614

zfactor


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i would not be "gifting" it as new but simply wanting it not to look used when he gets it. it would be for my nephew and he needs something cheap for school and i just dont want to give him something that looks used out if the box but its not technically a gift..so knowing its a refurb is not big deal.

dapfel


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chiasticslide wrote:It may not be a direct comparison, but I have a Lenovo Ideapad Z585 with the A10-4600M, and I've been able to run all of the following with little to no problem:
-Diablo III
-Borderlands 2
-Minecraft
-Torchlight 2
-Fallout 3
-Skyrim

Obviously the newer games had to be run at medium-to-low settings, but for a portable gaming rig it packs a decent punch--and the Z585 has 2GB less RAM than this machine.



My experience with the A10-4600 and A8-4500 laptops has been similar--much better than a 2nd or 3rd-gen Intel-based laptop without dedicated graphics, but you will be using the games' low-to-middle graphics settings for playability (read: frame rates >15 or 20 fps).

billthegunowner


quality posts: 20 Private Messages billthegunowner

Not a bad deal, the refurb products I've purchased in the past from Woot have arrived like new and they are all still working fine

Bill

billthegunowner


quality posts: 20 Private Messages billthegunowner

I work for a technology networking company and we quit dealing with Toshiba for the exact same reason. And spare parts were always on backorder for months.

Bill

superfly68


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I'm In. Wife needs a new laptop and the specs were too good to ignore. A bit concerned about the "refurb" deal but woot has always been good to me. She just got a new gig so this is a congratulations gift. Hope she digs it...

EvilGnome


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fachagooch wrote:Go purchase a copy and install it, I am sure It would handle win7 fine. but I have seen that win 8 seems to handle the processors much better.



I was just looking at this for my dad. The drivers for Windows 7 don't really seem to exist. A Google search shows that the NIC drivers are the hardest to get working. I know that I can make Windows 8 look a bit like Windows 7, but I don't really feel like remotely supporting Windows 8 when I don't even use it yet.

spoklan


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As for "sidegrading" to Win7 -- experience has shown that newer hardware may not have appropriate drivers available, especially for manufacturer specific hardware. Ran into this with HP, Sony, IBM, and Toshiba laptops.

Under the hood, Win8 is fantastic (from a Geek persective). Dumping the Metro UI is easy enough.

Generally more random than you ever though possible.

bluemaple


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We really like Toshiba laptops - have had both HP and Toshiba over the past 15 years and oldest Toshiba's still run fine. Not so for the HPs.

Saw the $365 price and thought it looked like a decent new price - but then saw Refurb and Woot warranty.

That means the laptop was *not* 'remanufactured' by Toshiba and is *not* warrantied by Toshiba.

You have no way of knowing whether the refurb company did anything other than box up the laptop and send it to you.

Could be a great laptop - but have you a lower confidence level due to the above. I'd expect a lower price given these conditions.

TotallyFarked


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EvilGnome wrote:I was just looking at this for my dad. The drivers for Windows 7 don't really seem to exist. A Google search shows that the NIC drivers are the hardest to get working. I know that I can make Windows 8 look a bit like Windows 7, but I don't really feel like remotely supporting Windows 8 when I don't even use it yet.



We (my company) purchased this laptop a few weeks ago from Woot and I have spent the last 2 days getting it upgraded to Windows 7. The Ethernet driver was indeed the biggest pain to get a hold of but I managed to find a working driver. The card reader and video drivers were also a bit tricky to find. Just use the following links and you should be up and running in no time.
Ethernet Driver:
http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/support/downloads/tc50131900d.exe

Card reader driver: http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tedd-files2/0/carc-20110323160318.zip

Video driver: http://www.filehippo.com/download_ati_catalyst_vista_64/tech/ (terrible website the download link is in the upper right hand corner)

Chipset driver: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx#2

I downloaded the wireless network card driver from Toshiba's website through trial and error and came up with a working driver after a few tries. The wireless network card is a Realtek RTL8188CE so a google search might be quicker.

That is all the advice I have. Once I finally got all of the drivers installed it turned out to be a pretty quick computer. I have been happy with it overall.

EvilGnome


quality posts: 0 Private Messages EvilGnome
TotallyFarked wrote:We (my company) purchased this laptop a few weeks ago from Woot and I have spent the last 2 days getting it upgraded to Windows 7. The Ethernet driver was indeed the biggest pain to get a hold of but I managed to find a working driver. The card reader and video drivers were also a bit tricky to find. Just use the following links and you should be up and running in no time.
Ethernet Driver:
http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/support/downloads/tc50131900d.exe

Card reader driver: http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tedd-files2/0/carc-20110323160318.zip

Video driver: http://www.filehippo.com/download_ati_catalyst_vista_64/tech/ (terrible website the download link is in the upper right hand corner)

Chipset driver: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx#2

I downloaded the wireless network card driver from Toshiba's website through trial and error and came up with a working driver after a few tries. The wireless network card is a Realtek RTL8188CE so a google search might be quicker.

That is all the advice I have. Once I finally got all of the drivers installed it turned out to be a pretty quick computer. I have been happy with it overall.



Cool. Thanks for the info. Knowing that it's possible to get Win 7 running, puts me a bit at ease. I can pass it on to him to decide if he wants it. It seems like a decent deal to me, vs the crap on Craig's list.

Fardinando


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skykingatc wrote:Toshiba has the WORST customer service I have ever seen. I had a Toshiba laptop and never had it work right, after 3 trips to the shop. They did nothing to try to fix the problem. Buy any other brand if you can!!!



Well, good news for you, then, because this laptop is not warranted by Toshiba! ;-)

anachostic


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I'll also comment that I found the sleep-and-charge feature more useful than I originally gave it credit for. Being able to charge my phone through the USB port while the computer is closed up means one less power outlet taken up.

rproffitt1955


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gorehog wrote:I have two questions. Is this a 64 bit processor? Can I use it to compile Chrome OS? Can I dual boot Linux? Was that three questions? Four? Can someone stop me? Please?



I have the Tosh S855D-S5120 (just to be sure) and to boot Chrome OS from USB I had to:
1. Hold down the F2 key at power up to get to the BIOS.
2. Head to Advanced, System Configuration, Boot Mode, and change to CSM Boot (look, why is on the web?)
3. Back to the top menu, Boot and tap the down arrow to ODD than F6 to move it to the top.
4. My Chrome Android-x86 OS is in the ODD.
5. Save and Exit.

It seems to boot but both Live and Vesa mode land me at the root@x86:/ $ prompt.

But you as a developer would have fun figuring out why it didn't continue to the full GUI.

Same setup with a Live Puppy Linux booted fine.
Bob

Thistle


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seamore2001 wrote:Might be worth buying, just for the write-up.

Would like to hear more from people that bought at the previous offering - did this look like a refurb or was the appearance, quality of packaging good (I'd be giving as a gift, so things like that matter).



I bought one a few months back and was very impressed. It arrived in pristine condition, no scratches or marks of any kind, you'd never know it's a refurb. The only thing I don't like about it.... it came with Windows 8. I hate Windows 8! Unfortunately everything new comes with Windows 8.

computerclinicfl


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I got one of these from here a couple of months ago - it looked brand new. They are manufacturer refurbs. Awesome laptop - I loaded Battlefield 3 and played on good settings with no video lag.