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AndrewT 15th August 2007 11:36 AM

Toshiba Laptop ?
I am about to order a Toshiba laptop model Satelite pro A120se.

Is there anything wrong with this purchase?
It's still on XP pro not vista so must be an older model.

Pano 15th August 2007 12:03 PM

Well Andrew, I'm not quite sure of the model, but I used to swear by the Toshiba laptops. All the other brands I swore at.

In a previous job I had to do a lot of graphics and heavy PowerPoint work on the road. The Toshibas were the only thing we'd use. Our computer rental dept. was mighty fond of the Toshiba as well.

The Toshiba laptops always worked well, never crashed and most importantly for me, never gave trouble with outboard gear such as projectors, mice, remote controls, networking. etc.. Other brands of laptop were no sot good.

But it does seem in the past few year the others have caught up.

AndrewT 15th August 2007 12:06 PM

Thanks Pano.
Any model specific feedback?

Like;- is the integrated sound card any good at grabbing test data?
the hard disc chunters?
the battery life is good/poor?
Things I should know but don't?
Screen is good / bad on movies?
Screen speed suits/or not fast action?

AndrewT 31st August 2007 04:32 PM

just an update to this older thread. :(
Post #194
the Toshiba A120 Laptop is going back. :mad:

Thanks to all who helped and sorry for wasting so much of your time.

Now, I want to know if I can use a Laptop to gather data, eg when testing a power amp for distortion, PC scope etc?

What port/s should I be looking for?

The Tosh A120 has:
USB * 3
RJ11 modem jack
ext monitor port
DC input jack
mic jack
headphone jack
SD card slot
PC card slot

It has not got a serial port nor a 1394 port nor a mouse/keyboard port. :bawling:

KP11520 31st August 2007 10:51 PM

Andrew, that Toshiba does have an IEEE 1394 port (AKA Firewire port).

Not that it matters now!

And it wasn't a waste of time, that's what this forum is supposed to provide for, even when the answer is not a one liner!

AndrewT 1st September 2007 08:44 AM

The firewire port is blanked off. the Svideo and serial ports are also blanked off.
I thought from the description that it had firewire.

This may be a stripped down model to get the price down. The retailer is advertising it as Toshiba 50% off.
The instructions show all the optional facilities, but none of them are fitted.

KP11520 1st September 2007 02:53 PM

That's just WRONG! When everything you read about this model says it HAS Firewire and they ship it without. No warning that there is a lesser model and this is it.

50% off? What on the parts and components? It's hard to build a laptop., so you have to make the right choice for what you want but on the Desktops, that's a whole different story!

PS get XP Professional and let Vista mature for a while. You won't regret it!

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