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The Toshiba Equium A100-147 serves as a good basic laptop. All the basic needs are covered including good memory storage, easy usage, portable and light, and is rather stylish. I have used this laptop for 2 years now and I write alot of documents and do alot of research, I have found it to be very reliable, very fast and easy to use. I particularly like the keypads as they are really smooth and not clunky. The mouse pad never sticks and provides easy navigation. The laptop is quite stylish in black and white. However the laptop is rather old and does not include modern features such as a built in webcam and upgraded software. I would personally recommend this laptop if you are looking for something for work or school however I don't think its suitable for the more leisure reasons such as playing games etc.. Overall it meets the standard needs of every day life.
I have used this laptop for about 3 years now and it is working just as well now as it was back then, although i am only a casual user. It has a standard 4:3 screen, which i prefer to the 16:9 screen favoured in most of the newer models of laptop. the keys on this laptop are well defined and easy to use and are easy on the fingers, the touch sensitive control pad is very sensitive by default, but this can bed adjusted, but for me the default setting is spot on. the computer processes programs and applications fairly fast, but could be a lot faster, internet browsing is also very quick on this laptop. It comes with plenty of internal memory, enough for 3 years worth of music downloads, pictures, university work, pc games and more than a few seasons of TV programs. the only downsides for me are first of all the size, it is fairly chunky and very heavy. it also heats up to a ridiculously high temperature, too hot to touch at times. the battery life of the laptop is poor, from fully charged you only get an hour and a half, two hours at max, which is no good in reality, this takes away the whole point of a laptop being able to be portable. Despite its good features the age, size and battery life of this laptop does not make it a realistic option for purchase these days. there are many laptops on the market which now outclass this machine and are not overly expensive. i wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless maybe for a first laptop or one your not going to use a lot.
I have had my laptop since 2007 and it is still functioning fine. I use it for almost everything, from online shopping, e-mail, facebook, creating word documents, powerpoint presentations and playing films and music. Since I have had the laptop for almost 4 years, it has began to get a bit outdated, although the memory has still not ran out! I have 4 years worth of photographs saved to my laptop, as well as 3 years worth of university work and 2 years worth of A- level assignments. I also have a lot of music saved onto my media player which I use quite regularly rather than another music player. The screen is relatively large which is useful for reading documents and for watching films. The keyboard is perfectly sized and the keys are shaped so that you can distinguish between the keys without looking. This was extremely useful when I was completing assignments and wanted to watch tv! The only negative aspect is that the base of the laptop and battery pack become overheated to a high temperature, which means that you cannot have it on your lap for very long. Also the battery does not last very long without the battery pack. Overall this laptop has been useful and worked effectively, and hopefully will keep me going for a long time yet.
I have had my laptop since 2006, and it is still functioning just fine, though maybe a bit noisier than 4 years ago! I use my laptop daily, for at least 10 hours, so I think that the fact that it is still functioning indicates that it is a durable laptop of a fantastic quality! It is perfect for work-related activities, such as typing documents and creating power-point presentations. In terms of entertainment, the screen size is good, though sometimes I think that the volume is somewhat restricted compared to other laptops. Whilst at university, I used to watch tv on my laptop, it kept up to speed, and the quality was great- it did not affect any of the other projects I was working on at the same time, so I could have the tv running, be browsing the internet and be writing a presentation all at the same time, without any problems. The only problem that I have encountered with my laptop is that after a while, the charger became loose at the back, so I had to replace the whole pack, though it was just the head (the small bit that goes into the back of the laptop) that was slightly loose. This could be my own fault, as I often had the wires quite taut, and the laptop at angles which would put pressure on the head of the charger, but it may be through general wear and tear, I am not too sure.
I have had this laptop for a while and it has served me well but I have noticed a few minor problems with it over the years. I was forced to double the RAM memory in it as at times when I had multiple programs running at the same time it would slow down to nearly a crawl and I would be either forced to wait for it to catch up with me or close some of the programs down. Since the RAM upgrade however it has performed a lot better and rarely uses all the memory available to it. The screen is relatively good as I do not use it for too many demanding tasks but sometimes the frame of the screen can allow a gap before the actual screen which allows dust to gather, this is not a major problem and it stills performs well with simple photo editing and watching DVD movies. I would suggest this laptop when I first got it however much better laptops are now available in the same price band and I am considering upgrading soon as a result