The Bottom Line: “I’ve never been quite so happy The world outside is_so_big But its safe in my domain Because to you I’m just a number And a clever screen name” ~Bad Religion
Finally took the step and purchased a laptop for when we are away from home and have to keep up-to-date with fantasy baseball, games on Notebook, and, of course, Epinions. Since we are using this simply for pleasure we knew it didn’t need to have all the whistles and bells that someone would need if they were actually using this as a productive tool in their life. However, the Toshiba Satellite Pro L-300 comes with a fairly decent package for an affordable price.
The required tech info: Operating system: Windows Vista, 32-bit Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T3200, 2 GHz, 1MB L2, 667MHZ FSB, mobile Intel GM45 express chipset Memory: 1024MB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM, 2 memory slots Hard disk drive: 120GB serial ATA Fixed optical disk drive: DVD SuperMulti drive supporting 11 formats Display: 15.4 widescreen TruBrite 1280x800 Graphics: Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with 128MB-286MB shared graphics memory Sound: built in stereo speakers, volume control dial Input: 86 key keyboard, TouchPad Communications: modems, 10/100 Ethernet, integrated Wi-Fi compliant wireless, Atheros 802.11 b/g wireless-LAN Expandability: ExpressCard slot, bridge media adapter, secure digital, secure digital slot supports Ports: RGP output, microphone input, headphone output, Modem-RJ11, Ethernet-RJ45, USB v2.0 
Physical information: 14.3” x 10.5” x 1.48” Weight: 6 pounds LCD cover: titanium silver Power: 75W 100-240V AC adapter, 5” x 1.20” x 2” weighing .77 pounds Battery: 6 cell Lithium Ion, 9” x 21” x .83”, weighing .71 pounds BIOS: ACPI v3.0, PNP, DPMS, DDC, SM BIOS v2.4, PCI BIOS v20 support, Computrace
Software: Electronic user’s guide Toshiba ConfigFree Toshiba Disc Creator Toshiba DVD player Toshiba recovery disc creator Toshiba speech system Sun Java Adobe Google related accessories
Teaser software: Microsoft Office, 60 day trial Norton security Computrace LoJack
What does all that mean? it certainly doesn’t make me smarter than the average bear because it might as well be written in Sanskrit as far as I’m concerned although I know there are those out there that totally understand all those BIOS and Hz’s, etc. I will say I took that information from their informative website, although not verbatim, because I know it is expected. What I expect from my computer is for it to operate and how it manages that, well, it is for greater minds than I.
Entering the new world: Set-up, computerwise, is practically childsplay compared to the old days where you had to load all kinds of discs into the thing to get it to operate. As far as this Toshiba, all that was required was to plug it in to charge the battery and - poof - I had a computer. I, as well as they, strongly suggest you immediately create a backup/restore disc before using your computer to eliminate problems in the long run. It was a little more difficult to get the wireless feature going since we are hard wired on our home computers. I know that once we leave the shelter of our home there are wireless hubs all over the world, but before we made that step into the unknown, we wanted the opportunity to try out and adapt ourselves to this system before we went somewhere else. Therefore, we had to call on our provider to come and make our home computers wireless as well. Turns out it saves us on our monthly bill so that was a bonus.
Using the keyboard was something I was not looking forward to because of past experience on a friends notebook. Turns out his was a compact model so the keyboard was very small with the keys entirely too close together for my fat fingers. The keyboard on the Toshiba L300 is just as manageable as my regular keyboard with one HUGE exception - no numeric pad. It has been a long time since I’ve used the upper number system and it took me a while to adjust once again. The keystroke has a very light touch which is appreciated but not so light that you duplicate what you are typing.
That little mouse pad thing though, I have simply no use for it. I just can’t control it, jumpy little thing, so we purchased a mouse for the system. Although, I have had to use the mousepad on occasion and it is VERY touch sensitive and will duplicate or even go where you don’t want it to. I might have advanced my computer systems but give me a good old mouse in my hand any day.
Speed and processing is incredibly fast on this system. Of course, I am using it for gaming and mail only, not inputting data or storing anything. I have no idea how it would operate if used in a business sense and whether or not it would clog or slow down once data storage and transfer are utilized. However, as far as gaming, as you know it often requires quick load and reaction and this machine stepped up to the plate.
As far as sound goes, it is remarkably clear. True, I haven’t utilized it for movie watching but, then again, that also depends on the quality of the product being viewed. However, music came through very well with no distortion. For the most part we keep the sound off because nothing is more irritating than that droning ‘You’ve Got Mail’ when you sign on.
I am a little disappointed that the Microsoft Office is trial only because I use that feature extensively when writing reviews. However, I’ve learned to adjust by writing reviews before leaving home and just parking them on Epinions to be published later. Were I to use this computer exclusively, I would certainly have to look into adapting my personal Office set-up to this new system.
The system seems to have a decent charge range, a little over 3 hours. In most cases that is quite sufficient because after 3 hours you need a break anyway. However, we utilized the AC current and didn’t drain the battery. I did notice once we got back home I needed to recharge before I could use it again, which I found strange, but it was probably because I didn’t turn something off and simply closed the lid for transport. I’ll learn. However, recharging doesn’t take that long and I wasn’t pressed to use it anyway.
The screen is very clear with good coloration. I do notice, though, going back to a smaller screen than we use at home, the writing seems small on pages. Of course, that could be my own eyes and not necessarily a downfall of the computer.
I have heard people talk about the heat from the system and I did feel the bottom several times to see if it was uncomfortable to the touch. For one thing, I can probably stand more heat than most, and, for the other, we use it on a hard surface and not on our laps, so that could make a difference. I did not feel it created an uncomfortable condition, but that could just be me.
Overall I am completely pleased with this new purchase. It will certainly make my trips back to Ohio a little more pleasant since I can still stay in touch with my computer world. We did catch this computer on sale which helps but, even so, it satisfies our needs at an affordable price.
Amount Paid (US$): 379 Operating System: Windows
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With a choice of Intel or AMD dual–core processors, your L300 Satellite Pro Series can deliver the performance and enhanced wireless connectivity you need while on the move, plus added “bandwidth” for multitasking, downloads or virus scans.