Reliable, Workmanlike Notebooks and Netbooks
Toshiba have become a big maker of great, reliable mainstream notebooks and netbooks, as well as a popular line of business notebooks. Of all the major laptop manufacturers, Toshiba models were found to have the second-lowest rate of malfunction within three years at just 15.7%, only 0.1% lower than Asus, the top brand--that's a finding worth bragging about. Most Toshiba models come highly recommended from LaptopAdvisor, whether they're for personal computing or business use. They're not the sexiest computers out there, but they work well and rarely break. Double check the reviews on specific models before purchasing, of course, but in general, you can feel confident going with this brand. Here are some highlights among their current lineup.
Toshiba Satellite: A Great Notebook For A Casual User
A classic low-cost, mainstream notebook, the Toshiba Satellite is perfect for people who don't want to fuss with all sorts of crazy features and settings they'd never use. If you want to do the basics--word processing, web browsing, email, decent video, and even some light gaming--on a decent sized screen then this is all you need. Try the Satellite A505-S6980
--you'll get a respectable 2.2 GHz Dual Core processor, 4 GB RAM, 15-inch screen, 500 GB hard drive, and pretty decent speakers and battery life for $600. That's a good deal.
Toshiba Tecra: Durable Business Notebooks
Built to take a beating, Toshiba's Tecra laptops are designed for high-intensity business users, who'll be lugging their notebook around with them all day, on the train or on a plane, in the office and out. The latest iteration is the A11 series
. The $879 base model features a 15.6 inch LED-backlit screen that folds backward 180 degrees, a full numeric keypad, Intel Core i3 processor, a solid NVIDIA graphics card, 2 GB RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive. A solid option for business uses.
Toshiba mini: Not Just Another Netbook
Netbooks are a dime a dozen. Most run on the now-classic Intel Atom processor setup, which allows for decent performance and long battery life. The Toshiba mini NB305
is one of them (currently running on the newest Pine Trail iteration of Atom), but it has that certain je ne sais quoi,
a certain something in the solid design that makes it seem more appealing than the average 10-inch ultraportable. Extras include a built-in webcam, mic, and multi-touch pad. As with any netbook, it does not include a DVD drive. The battery is said to last up to 11 hours on the NB305, making this a great option for netbooks. Available in four colors.