M3 follow upSo I have had the Tecra M3 for several weeks now.. here are some follow up comments...
The mouse button. Still not very good. It's part design/part manufacturing quality here.
The plastic "ridge" on the button that is horzontially placed on the button causes "pain" in the middle of your thumb! Think about it. The only design reason I can think of is that Toshiba wanted to provide feedback that your thumb is on the button and that your thumb won't "fall off".....
Then you have to consider that the button has VERY POOR feedback. Both with sound and the tactcile feddback that a proper button will give to your finger. So if your thumb is not on the ridge, 1/2 the time the button does not press. And the right-click button is worse! How can Toshiba allow a laptop out the door with two totally different buttons?
A Microsoft rep was visiting recently with his Tecra M2. His button was marginally better.
So, in all maybe it's just bad luck that I got a poorly made set of buttons.
Bluetooth.....NIGHTMARE. I have had Bluetoon on my laptops and PCs since 2002. Logitech, D-Link, Belkin, Dell laptop, Sony laptop, Apple, Sony Ericcson phone, Nokia phone, Motorola phone, various headsets Jabara, Nextlink, and Targus..etc. Toshibas proprietary Blutooth software is HORRIBLE! Really bad. Like 1/2 of the products dont show the full BT profiles. 1/2 wont even pair properly. I was able to pair and occassioanlly use a MACALLY mouse.
Intel 2200 B/G. I just got rid of all my 2.4 Ghz cordless phones in favor of Panasonic 5.8 Ghz. AND I STILL have to "repair" my Internet connection 1/2 the time. What gives. The reason I got the M3 is that it was a full Sonoma/Cenrtino solution, with full "PCI Express & Express Card" laptop. But Centrino is TOTALLY unreliable. Maybe it's that silly "Connection" manager thing that Toshiba has.
Again, the silly key placment of the "Delete, End, Insert, Windows" buttons is silly.
I love my RainDesign "ilap". It allows me to remain plugged into AC and stay cool. Too bad that the profile for AC keeps processor at 100%... which keeps that fan on 3/4 of the time. My friend thought it started to rain when he heard the fan on from across the room - it's loud.
But I did spend $2,300 with a 3 year System Guard... so I try to put up with these things.... I really dont think that there is a better laptop out there at this very moment...