One of the great things about being a Best Buy Brand Ambassador is some of the fun
toys product we have the opportunity to review. Take for example a brand new Toshiba Satellite 14″ Touchscreen Laptop equipped with Windows 8, just released a few months ago. This was definitely a change for me and something I had to really play with and get use too. My current laptop is 17″ and I work with a competing operating system at home and at work we are still on Windows XP. I haven’t even worked with Windows 7 let alone Windows 8.
I did not realize that Windows 8 was all about the touchscreen until the Geek Squad associate showed me a thing or two on my new “review” laptop. He was nice and showed me how to power it on, how to set it up, and a few things about Windows 8. He was still new to the system himself so we kinda learned a few things together. If the truth be told I will tell you that my children got a good chance to test out the Toshiba Satellite Laptop. We currently have one good computer and one good laptop in the house but five people. To say they are always in demand is an understatement.
Windows 8 is a HUGE difference to the Windows previous, or at least from the one I’ve been working with (Windows XP). The touchscreen area is very similar to what I’ve seen on Windows phones.
So not being very familiar with Windows 7 or 8 I’m just going to tell you some of the cool features. I actually LOVE the touchscreen. At first I thought it was going to be annoying switching from mouse to keyboard to touch. However I just love the ability to swipe your screen from page to page. I also like the tiled homepage. Each tile represents something whether it be your mail, calendar, favorite apps etc. Many of these tiles will show you important information. It is almost like logging on and having all the important information right there for you to view without going into any software. I can see my appointments, the weather, etc.
Unlike previous Windows PC products I enjoy being able to browse apps and download some fun ones. I’m all about the “coolness” of a gadget, what it can do for me, what fun I can have with it. I briefly checked out some of the games and was able to download and try some fun popular games like “Angry Birds”
Call me silly but having a smartphone I’ve gotten use to “pinching” the screen to make things bigger and smaller. The touchscreen on the Toshiba Satellite Laptop with Windows 8 is operated the same way. I read, but did not try in the time that I had to review the laptop, that you are able to sync your settings so you can get them on any PC or laptop you use. I use something similar to this but it currently only syncs my bookmarks. I love the thought of being able to sync all your settings, your passwords, browser settings, apps and more.
There are so many more features of Windows 8, those that I haven’t even discovered. At first I was a little intimidated by the new software but like with anything else once I start using it and discovering some fun features I lose track of time. For example it is currently almost 1 am in the morning and I had to stop myself from playing with it all night long.
I mentioned that Windows 8 came on a Toshiba Satellite P845t-S4310 laptop. This laptop can be purchased at Best Buy. It is hard for me not to compare this with the one I’m currently using. My laptop may be a 2006 but it is still going strong. The Toshiba is a little slower for my taste I would probably pay to upgrade the RAM if it were mine to keep. The touchscreen response works perfect. I had no trouble swiping, pushing, and pinching the screen it responded perfectly. The track pad was a little demanding for me. You really had to press on it to get the actions to work. I’m use to a more soft touch track pad. The keyboard is light and the keys soft very much like the keyboard I currently use.
Over all despite the differences the Toshiba Satellite is not a bad computer, definitely a less expensive option then what I’m currently using. For the price it packs a good punch. The colors seem to pop on the screen. I’ve gotten use to the 14″ and many times wish that my own laptop was a little smaller. Sometimes bigger isn’t always better.
I must say after having the opportunity to do this review my opinion of the Windows product has improved. I can’t wait to work with it a little more and do some research to find the fun features that I’ve overlooked. I have barely touched the surface, that I’m sure of!
Disclaimer: The reviewer has received compensation for this post in the form of the reviewed product or a gift card. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure.