Wow, it's interesting to hear all the negatives about Toshiba. Personally, I like Toshiba the best out of the brands I've owned. I currently have a Dell that I was forced to get through my school which was a piece of junk from the beginning- the monitor would randomly become rainbow-y if I plugged the power cord with a slight bit of force. It has to be the gentlest touch! -_-
My parents have also bought a lenovo that became slower than my 4 year old Toshiba laptop after a year (the Lenovo was a dual core while the Toshiba was a Centrino).
My sister bought an HP which had the DVD drive crap out on her within 2 years even though she hardly used it. And now it's 4 years old & really slow, overheats and has a non-functional DVD drive.
My old Toshiba was about 6 years old and functioned better than my sister's 4 year old HP & my parents 4 year old Lenovo.
The only other brand that has not disappointed us yet is the 3 year old Acer laptop I bought to replace my parents' lenovo.
Don't even get me started on Dell...my least favorite brand. It's only 2 years old right now, but really slow with a junky monitor that will crap out on you if you plug the power cord in just a bit too roughly (as in, how normal people would do it) or put it down on your desk normally. Only the gentlest touch for my Dell or it'll make you pay -_-
I have a very similar scenario...my 4 year old toshiba runs faster and better than a newer lenovo, and hp. Dell I always had problems with in the past and haven't touched them in YEARS. I almost pulled the trigger on a 17r-5720, it's in my cart right now for 389, -$50 gift card deal to $339 but the reviews scare me about the monitor. I think I might go with this toshiba and ignore laptopmag's worst ranking for toshiba...
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