My Toshiba Satellite T115D-S1120 Netbook review
I know there are more professional reviews out there, but I wanted to give my first hand insight on the product. I recently received a new Toshiba T115D-S112 netbook computer. A quick look and I found the computer lists for around $425-$450 at Amazon and I have seen as high as $499 at Office Depot. Seems a little on the high side for a netbook.
One of the first things that I did when it arrived was upgrade it (because that is what I do, I am a dinker, me make go faster…). I added an additional 2GB of RAM for a total of 4GB, replaced the 250GB (5400rpm) hard drive with a 320GB (7200rpm) hard drive, and I replaced the Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) with a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate (x64). I love starting out with a fresh clean install of Windows, mainly so I can get rid of all the CRAPWARE.
After upgrading the hardware, the Windows Experience Index still isn’t the greatest and as you can see the Processor and Graphics brought down the score, the other components score pretty well.
What I like about it:
I love the sleek look to the netbook. The keyboard is a good size and easy to use with my adult sized fingers or as my son says my big hands. The screen size is a nice size at 11.6″ with 1366×768 resolution and I haven’t run into any issues with viewing different websites or other applications or documents. The display is a HD TruBrite® LED Backlit display, which is absolutely gorgeous, the brightness blows me away. The netbook is under 3.5lbs and is very portable. I haven’t had a chance to run the netbook battery down to see how long it actually lasts, but on several occasions I ran it for several hours on the back deck and it still had 60+ percent available. The specs say 5+ hours of battery life which is AWESOME.
What I don’t like about it (really just minor annoyances)
The sleek look of the netbook is a double edge sword. The “Fusion® Finish in Nova Black” surface looks awesome, but it leaves finger prints and smudges like you wouldn’t believe. I am constantly wiping it down like I have OCD. The other thing that bothers me is the two USB jacks on the right side are too close together which prevents you from using both of them at the same time. I really only run into this while I am at home and I want to plug in my USB mouse and maybe a USB stick. There is another USB jack on the left side so I can use that, just shocked that they are so close together. The other thing is the speaker are right under the front of the computer, so the sound is weak and muffled. I understand that it is a netbook and I can’t except Bose sound quality, but yikes they are bad. Another thing is that it is a single core processor (AMD Athlon™ Neo Processor MV-40), it is really just a minor annoyance to me (I understand that it is a netbook). It really has only become an issue when I am trying to do too many things, like having multiple web pages open, TweetDeck, and an Office application open other than that minor annoyance.
This is a great compact netbook with above average power. I have been very impressed and happy with the overall performance of the computer. I wouldn’t recommend this as a power user machine because of the single core processor, but for a moderate user this machine compact design and above average hardware is very capable of handling the users needs.