I recently bought a Toshiba M35-S359 Satellite. Its specs and price are quite comparable to the Gateway's, but I wasn't aware of the Gateway when I made my purchase. Now I'm having second thoughts. Does anyone have insights on the Toshiba M35 vs. Gateway? My local Gateway store does not have the M505 in stock, so I can't really compare.
Here are a few key differences from my perspective:
- The Gateway may have better sound, given the included subwoofer. But the Toshiba has 2-way harman/kardon speakers, which in my opinion sound quite good.
- The Toshiba has a 60gb hard drive, but only 32mb of NVidia video memory. The video memory doesn't bother me a lot because I don't plan to do much if any gaming.
- The Toshiba has a great, crisp screen, even compared to the Compaq/HP 15.4" widescreen models. Again, can't compare to the Gateway, so don't know what to think.
- The Toshiba comes with Microsoft OneNote software, which I haven't tried using yet, but looks interesting.
- Toshiba laptops consistently are rated very high in terms of reliability and user satisfaction (along with IBM), whereas Gateway is just middle-of-the-pack. If anyone wants sources, let me know. Gateway, however, has the benefit of local service, though I don't know how good it is.
- The Gateway is a little smaller (.2" less wide, .6" less deep from front-to-back).
- The Toshiba can be had for only $1450 at Circuit City, after rebates, which is $150 less than the Gateway.
- Toshiba claims battery life of 3 hr 40 min, which I think is a little less than the Gateway.
- The Toshiba weighs only 6.2 lbs including the battery, whereas the Gateway is 6.7 lbs.
- Then there are the little things: the Gateway has two Firewire ports, and a USB port on the back (which is nice for some peripherals so the cable is out of your way). The Gateway has a slot loading CD drive, which is much nicer, and has the quick function keys on the right side of the keyboard, and the media controls on the left (which seem useless for me though).
- Here is a link to some specs on the Toshiba if anyone is interested (go to page 4 for the M35): http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...M30_Series.pdf
I'd appreciate your thoughts & insights on how these compare.