PENNSYLVANIA -- I have been reading a lot of horror stories about various companies and thought I would let you know about my experience with my Toshiba laptop. I previously owned a HP laptop that I was having problems with. I had bought it from Best Buy and knew from previous experience that they would have it for 3-5 weeks (very aggravating) but at least Best Buy always honored their warranty with me. I left the laptop with Best Buys to be repaired and went home.
I need a computer for my job and discussed the problem with my wife. We had been thinking about buying a new computer and decided this would be a good time. We did some research on her work computer and found some good deals at Best Buy on Toshiba computers. I was not crazy about the Best Buy warranty and decided to research 3rd party warranties.
During the course of my research I discovered that Toshiba has a warranty for their computer products at Toshibadirect.com (probably common knowledge, but new to me). The warranty was for 3 years and 1/2 the price of the Best Buy warranty. The warranty covered everything Best Buy claimed to cover. They also claimed that if I had a problem, they would send a box for it free of charge, repair it the next day, and send it back immediately. This cinched the Toshiba for me.
I went to Best Buy and purchased the computer. They tried to pressure me into buying their extended warranty, but once I explained the Toshiba warranty to them they said they could not match the service of the Toshiba warranty and left me alone.
I have had the computer for about a year now. During that time the speakers went bad, the DVD-ROM went bad, and the LCD screen had a bunch of bad pixels. Each time I called the tech support and they sent a box for it. The first time the speakers came back fixed within four day of being sent out. The second time they had the computer for a week and a half because they were waiting for a part. They did give me a $100 gift certificate towards something from their website after I complained about the wait. I sent the computer in for the LCD screen problem last Tuesday. It came back Friday. They replaced the old one and it looks great.
Obviously I am not happy that I have had these problems with the computer. I am happy with how the situation has been handled all three times. Because of the support I will buy Toshiba products in the future. (Standing by their warranty cannot be understated.) At the time they had an accidental breakage policy for an extra $99. This policy is now included in their regular extended warranty policy and is still half the price of Best Buy warranty. After all the horror stories I have read on this site I thought I would share a positive story.
My Toshiba satellite was purchased less than two years ago, and for the past few months it has been overheating and shutting down on its own. Now all I get is a blue screen. Best Buy says it's probably a hard drive problem. For the amount of money that I paid, I expected to get a computer that would last longer and operate without problems. But this Toshiba Satellite is total junk. I would recommend any other laptop before I would ever consider another Toshiba.
LOMBARD, ILLINOIS -- Bought Toshiba Satellite Laptop at Best Buy on June 10, 2009 - Day ONE, Memory Card reader failure. Day three- spontaneously worked-FOR ONE DAY. Continues to fail without notice and work erratically. THEN Month TWO, ALL EXTERNAL device readers fail, memory card slot, USB ports, CD/DVD reader, ALL DOWN. Had to REFORMAT (strip everything and start over with SYSTEM RECOVERY. Now, LESS than 90 DAYS out, Memory Card Reader DOWN AGAIN! -- Oh, did you want to pay for a WORKING SYSTEM? Do some research and avoid this one! Keep shopping!
ST. CHARLES/ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI -- One of the keys actually came off of my computer. I had to try to superglue it back on myself, but it has never been the same. I still have a hard time typing the letter "p"! My Toshiba laptop has also been the SLOWEST computer I have EVER owned!! It has been that way since I bought it. Sometimes the computer will say that the audio component is not installed, when it really is.
My computer is less than four years old, & its hard drive has failed. Toshiba refuses to acknowledge any responsibility, or stand by its product, saying "you're lucky it's lasted this long". I believe a computer this expensive has no business failing after three and a half years, & they should either repair it, or exchange it.
I'm a IT consultant, and until recently used my Satellite A-45 on the job. Then, when the CD-ROM failed a few months ago, Toshiba refused to sell me a replacement CD drive. Their Tech Support reported, "It's against our policy to sell replacement parts to consumers - you are required to bring it to an authorized repair center." The A-45's CD drive is proprietary, so even after exhaustive research, I couldn't find a generic replacement.
I went back to Toshiba and pointed out that a) the drive is a simple swap, b) I was willing to pay for it and release them from any warranty obligation, and c) my pc was full of secure data and applications; I could not do without it, and certainly could not hand it over to anyone else.
I also pointed out that, as a former coordinator of tech support for a chain of 13 pc/electronic stores, I was certainly capable of removing the failed drive and plugging in the new one. All to no avail. I had to remove all the secure data and applications from the pc, install them all on another pc, drive the Satellite to a repair center, and wait several days for its return. Had I known in advance of Toshiba's policy, I would NEVER have purchased a pc from them. I wouldn't buy so much as a toaster from someone who won't provide parts.
After hearing about this experience, several heads of desktop support at medium-sized companies have dropped any consideration of Toshiba laptops, and another medium-sized company that used Toshibas for their entire national sales force will now start moving to Dell. And I have advised my current employer (with more than 25,000 consultants, worldwide) to continue to rely on Dell laptops.
I have managed desktop support for both Dell and IBM laptops in the past, with users scattered all over North and South America, and both companies have jumped through hoops repeatedly to keep my users up and running when I was in a bind.
I really had no particular complaint with the A-45. CD drives can and do fail on every brand - but Toshiba's parts policy turned this into a disaster. Their policy suggests that they intend their products only for household, entertainment, or light academic use. That given, it would appear that using Toshibas in a business environment, where security or deadline issues exist, poses a significant (and avoidable) risk.
PATAGONIA, ARIZONA -- I purchased a Toshiba laptop computer directly from Toshiba's web site. Within two weeks the display failed and I had to have it repaired. It was more than three weeks before I got it back and it worked for another two weeks and then failed again. This time they replaced the motherboard and the hard drive. Toshiba failed to set up the return paperwork properly and I had to spend an extra week attempting to get everything straightened out. I asked for either a replacement laptop or a refund and was informed that it was not Toshiba's policy to do either. I asked to be an exception since I had basically no use of the laptop and the months were clicking away.
If anybody is interested in purchasing a Toshiba laptop then I recommend purchasing it from a local store so that if it doesn't work you can take it back and get another one. Something that Toshiba is not willing to do. I have been a Toshiba customer more a long time. I have one of their large screen TV's, a digital camera, my wife's laptop is a Toshiba. I have a policy also: not to buy anything that is built by Toshiba.
Update on 12/22/2006: I forgot to mention that I also made a Better Business Bureau complaint in March 2005. Toshiba responded back to the BBB on October 2006 (just short of two years) and said that they didn't have any address or telephone information to get in touch with me. That's interesting because I bought the laptop directly from Toshiba, registered the warranty with them, had two repairs done by them and entered all the information on the BBB complaint form.
Anyway, Toshiba finally broke down and did the third repair (another defective display) at no cost to me. The repair shop installed two new fans in an attempt to repair the re-occurring heat problem that causes the computer to lock up. I recommend purchasing HP laptops, both for the quality and the service.
Update on 1/14/2007: Well, here we are a few weeks later and my new display that was just installed has failed again. This is the third bad display not to say the other repairs that have been done on this laptop. When I made the formal complaint to Better Business Bureau my laptop was less than five months old, well within the warranty but Toshiba waited almost two years to respond to BBB and attempted to fix it with no warranty on the part or labor.
Can you see what's happening here? Delay the repair until after the warranty expires and hope that the customer goes away. If customer makes a formal complaint then offer (after a year and half) to fix it under an extended warranty. What a scam.
SPRING HILL, FLORIDA -- Laptop was purchased in late November 2005 from Best Buy here online. Was given as Christmas present in Jan. 2006. Computer worked fine till battery needed recharging. Battery would not recharge. I traveled over 60 miles to Toshiba Rep. who saw that laptop was new and barely used. They took 1st battery and sent it to Toshiba. I received new battery but again it would not charge. So now I am told it could be the motherboard. The warranty of 90 days is over and I am stuck now with nothing. When this was purchased, no one was told about a 90 day warranty.
Everyone I tell this story to cannot believe any computer has only 90 days on its warranty. I feel TOSHIBA knows it had a LEMON as a laptop and it has covered itself. I personally would never buy another TOSHIBA product. I would do without rather than buy their brand. Toshiba you should be ASHAMED.