I have a concern about a laptop for which I cannot find any reviews.
My son brought his Toshiba S6953 laptop to a computer center for minor software repair. He paid for the work, but due to some confusion, the store sent it to their recycle center, and may be able to get it back if it hasn't been salvaged yet. I found overall favorable reviews for this S6953 laptop. (We called for a couple of weeks but they said they had no record of the transaction; then we tried again, and forced the issue, and they said that since the transaction was closed, and since the laptop was lying around, they decided to recycle it.)
The computer store offered him a replacement laptop, a Toshiba Satellite L505-ES5033 which they said is better; e.g., it has Intel® Core™ i3-330M Processor instead of T6500 processor - Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor; and it has Windows 7 instead of Windows Vista. But there is more to a laptop than the processor (e.g., battery life, heat conduction, MTBF). They said that a customer brought it in for repairs and said they did not want it. (Why, I wonder.. is it a junkie laptop?)
Not sure if this makes much of a difference.. The S6953 spec says it has a 16" screen; the offered replacement has a 15.6" screen.
I am unable to find any reviews for this replacement laptop. The original laptop cost $650 in July 2009. This laptop appears to have had a lower starting price.
My concern is that the replacement may not be a fair trade. If you could shed some light on the fairness of this trade, that would be great. If you could give some reasons as to what might be considered a fairer trade, I would appreciate hearing from you.