Any Comments on a Toshiba C655-S5129

I 'seem' to be getting a great deal on this model. But I'm really unable to get a good review of it except at the Toshiba site. Anyone know of it and like to comment on it I would be very appreciative of any comments you may have. Just want it for basic computing and gaming. (i.e. mostly low-end graphical gaming).

Thanks!

It's hard to comment on individual models as there are so many of them out there but my general experience with Toshiba in recent years has been positive. Their systems aren't anything spectacular but they get the job done and are reliable. My old laptop was a Toshiba and I never had the slightest issue with it. Acer, HP and Gateway are all to be avoided like the plague but Toshiba is generally a good bet.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

It's hard to comment on individual models as there are so many of them out there but my general experience with Toshiba in recent years has been positive. Their systems aren't anything spectacular but they get the job done and are reliable. My old laptop was a Toshiba and I never had the slightest issue with it. Acer, HP and Gateway are all to be avoided like the plague but Toshiba is generally a good bet.

Thanks for the input. Appreciate it and makes me less anxious about it. Have. Good a good one.

Do you mean this model ?

Graphics Engine*
Mobile Intel® HD Graphics

Avoid it like the plague !

There is "basic gaming" and there is "no gaming". Most Intel graphics chip wouldn't allow you to run many games. I'm not exactly sure what kind graphic card is recommended today but you should look up the video cards in notebookcheck.net . Their search feature is pretty good. You should also check the end of M11x thread it has some discussion on other laptops.

Ooh, I didn't see this thread. Yeah, Niseg is right, the Intel graphics are pretty crap. I can't tell what revision of graphics is on that chip, but I think it's the first generation integrated stuff, which was dismal. The newest stuff is barely acceptable if you don't push it hard, but the prior gen was awful.

Typically, for gaming, you want some kind of discrete GPU. This increases heat and reduces battery life, but it's the only way to get reasonably fast 3D.

Amd's new Llano processor has integrated graphics that still suck pretty bad, but they suck less than Intel's. It's roughly like a low-end discrete GPU. If you keep the resolution low, because the video bandwidth is terrible, you can actually get pretty good rendering out of it.

Niseg wrote:

Do you mean this model ?

Graphics Engine*
Mobile Intel® HD Graphics

Avoid it like the plague !

There is "basic gaming" and there is "no gaming". Most Intel graphics chip wouldn't allow you to run many games. I'm not exactly sure what kind graphic card is recommended today but you should look up the video cards in notebookcheck.net . Their search feature is pretty good. You should also check the end of M11x thread it has some discussion on other laptops.

Yep, that's it. Bummer. I'm trying to get something for around $350, there offering 400, including tax, wireless mouse, and headset with 3 yr. warranty. I wasn't going for a real gaming platform, more like games that are more statistical spreadsheets (like baseball's OOTP). I really can't afford a 'real' pc gaming platform. I've got consoles for that(debatable:]. And i was hoping for a cpu with a bit more umph then a 2.26. This is a duo core 2.23, so that makes me less pleased. But again, '...you get what you pay for...', and maybe this is the best I can do for the price. I was trying to run PC stuff on Parallel 6 on my MacBook (2.26, but with just 2GB of RAM) and it was really a labor on the Mac, and causing wonky and laggy performance. But maybe I'll just have to accept that. (and the Mac is a shared machine which I get little time with in the end
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Intel HD Graphics are terrible but they can do some light gaming if you're not looking for complicated stuff. My old Toshiba had Intel HD and could run Civ V at the lowest settings. It wasn't pretty or super snappy but it was playable. My current laptop has the AMD equivalent of Intel HD and I play a bunch of lighter fare from Steam (lots of indie stuff mostly, plus Civ V, Beat Hazard, Chime, TrackMania United and some adventure titles like Gemini Rue). The Telltale stuff also runs on it tolerably but it's pretty painful at times. If the level of gaming you want to do doesn't go beyond stuff like this, you'll probably be OK.

Well, for strategy games with utilitarian graphics like that, that'd probably be fine. 2D graphics run at good speed. It's the 3D stuff that really kills the Intel chips.

So, like, Plants v. Zombies? That should run like a champ. Crysis? Not so much.

Thanks folks for additional comments. This makes me feel a bit better about it. I of course would love to get a full whoopdeedoo rig to play stuff, but those day's are over, pc-wise. I just started to get into the 'pc gaming, yea!' mode for a moment. It's passed, lol. This rig wouldn't be good for any MMORPG stuff, right (WoW or LOTRO)? Anyway thanks again I'll just go for it and be happy with having my own on laptop to diddle with:]

Sorry. Double post.

You might be able to run WoW on low settings, but it'll probably suck pretty bad.

Actually i have this model and im beyond able to run high settings on wow,lol, and minecraft its actually a good computer. Sorry guys i only made this to post about it because i read this review and i figured id get the truth out there about how good it really is.

WoW is an unusual case, in that it's much more dependent on CPU to run than GPU; Blizzard has optimized their code to run well on the limited GPUs on the Mac. And Minecraft is totally about CPU, it uses very few card resources for display. Dunno nothin' about LoL, but I assume it must be similar.

But it's good to know that you can actually run WoW reasonably well. I figured the video would be too weak even for Blizzard games, but apparently the Sandy Bridge video does have at least a little muscle to it. It's not utter junk like the older Intel graphic solutions were.

had this computer for a year and a half and the touchpad, and dvd drive both broke. it also has a tendency to overheat. it's also a bit heavy to carry around. the warranty is also not very good. toshiba only has 1 yr warranty for the stuff that broke on my computer. i also have a toshiba usb hard drive, and it is starting to click.