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Toshiba Satellite Pro C650-EZ1540

1 rating: -5.0
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1 review about Toshiba Satellite Pro C650-EZ1540

A 5 lb. paperweight that makes sound

  • Nov 21, 2011
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Pros:good sound and color, makes a nice paperweight
Cons:everything from turning it on to turning it off
The Bottom Line:
The worst purchase I've ever made

I swear by all that is holy that the Windows 7 is possessed.   I reluctantly purchased a Toshiba Satellite Pro C650 laptop even though it had Windows 7 installed on it, mainly because we were going to be doing a lot of traveling this year.    I have never used any operating system that was more unstable, or a computer that was more unstable, than this purchase. 

Specs [from their webiste]:
~Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
~64 bit Windows 7 operating system
~Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
~128MB-1341MD shared graphics memory
~4GB DDR3 1066MHz memory
~320GB HDD
~DVD SuperMulti drive
~15.6" display screen
~HD TruBrite® LCD Display
~16:9 aspect ratio, 1366x768 (HD), Supports 720p content
~Built-in microphone, Standard stereo speakers, Headphone jack
~Webcam and microphone built into LCD bezel
~Wireless LAN*
~Atheros® Wireless-LAN (802.11b/g/n) 
~10/100 Ethernet LAN
~65W (19V 3.42A) Auto-sensing, 100-240V / 50-60Hz input
~Li-Ion (48Wh, 6-Cell)
~Battery Life up to 5.93 hours 
~Memory Card Reader
~2-USB (2.0) ports
~Security Cable Lock Slot
~HDD Recovery software
~WildTangent® Game Console
~Microsoft® Silverlight
~TOSHIBA Bulletin Board
~TOSHIBA Service Station
~TOSHIBA Recovery Disk Creator
`TOSHIBA Web Camera Application
~TOSHIBA BookPlace
~TOSHIBA Disc Creator
~Microsoft® Windows Live Essentials including Photo Gallery
~Writer and Movie Maker
~Microsoft® Windows Media Player 12
~Energy Star Qualified, RoHS Compliant*, EPEAT™ Gold
~1-Yr Parts and Labor, 1-Year Battery warranty
~Touch pad with multi touch control
~US keyboard with 10-key pad 
~5.51 lbs.

Nothing to do anymore with a computer unless you have personal software you want to install.   Of course any personal software has to be compatible with the dreaded Windows 7.   Otherwise you just plug it in to a power source to juice up the battery, turn it on and start surfing.   The first thing I always do is uninstall the Norton trial software than comes on the computer to eliminate all those dang popup reminders.   I purchase my own safety software and find Norton useless.

I think the touch pad is a bane to normal operation.   I know a lot of people use it with ease and love it to death, but for some reason my fingers don't operate it properly.    It either does not get a good read, I've always had trouble with any touch screen type of system, or I don't have dexterious enough fingers to use the blasted thing.   I do use a separate mouse, plugged into my computer, and have no trouble with it.   What I do have trouble with is the unstable system.

I get a few sentences into something and the screen starts going haywire - scrolling madly or just shutting down.    Writing even a simple email is out of the question, the typed words and sentences just disappear without rhyme or reason and I am left with a blank page.    Writing a review - impossible.    I have to write one or two lines then save it, then go back and start it over again through the update button.    One or two more lines, same thing all over again.    I can't tell you how many times I've lost complete reviews otherwise.

I am also prone to holding the laptop on my lap while using it and I really can't explain how many times I've got a less than delicious little charge of electricity from the puppy.    Same thing applies when I pick it up to move it and get that little zap.   Not enough to hurt, just enough for a slight buzz and you know you've got a small jolt of electricity.   The good thing is it runs for about 5 hours without being plugged in, which covers most things I use it for anymore.

Another thing I use it for are online games.    I like to go to Pogo and play games while I'm watching TV.   It only allows about one half of the games to load and of those few that do load, only half of the page shows.   That started about two weeks ago, after using it for 3 months with no problem.   Kind of useless trying to play a game when only half of the playing field is displayed.

The sound does work well and so do the media features.   The color is good with a clean and crisp look to anything I am viewing.   I have no idea if any of the other features work because I can't keep the thing operating long enough to try anything else out.

Maybe it is me, maybe it is simply this computer and it is a lemon.    Either way, I find it totally impossible to use except to read email.    It makes a great paperweight though, if you are looking for one.


Recommended: No

Amount Paid (US$): 399.00
Operating System: Windows
Screen Size: Greater than 15 inches
A 5 lb. paperweight that makes sound

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November 21, 2011
wow....must be pretty bad. I guess with laptops, you need to spend at least $ 800 to get a good one (especially for online games). Hi, Susi!
November 25, 2011
Hi Woo ... yep lemons galone :)
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