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holiday return policy:

Purchases made through Toshiba Direct from November 28, 2014 through December 24, 2014 are eligible for return or exchange through January 15, 2015. Products, including laptops, netbooks, tablets, desktops, TV lamps, and accessories (batteries, remotes, Power adapters, etc), except those products specifically named as 'final sale' on the www.toshiba.com/us website, are eligible for refund or replacement. TAIS will not issue an RMA for a visual product to be returned for credit. All products eligible for return require a Return Material Authorization (RMA) number, which may be requested by calling 1-800-618-4444. To be considered for the holiday return period, an RMA request must be made no later than January 15, 2015 and all products qualified for return must be returned to TAIS within ten (10) days of customer receipt of the RMA number. The maximum TAIS will refund for items purchased through TAIS is the original purchase price of the product, less restocking fee, plus any related taxes. Original shipping and handling charges or similar fees and return shipping charges are not refundable. Returns made without an RMA number will be refused or returned to the Customer. All products with valid RMA authorization must be returned in original packaging and be in the same condition as Customer received them. Customer is responsible for shipping charges and risk of loss on all return shipments. Customer must use a reputable shipping carrier capable of providing proof of delivery, as well as properly packing and fully insuring the return shipment. Upon receipt of the returned product(s), TAIS will inspect the product to determine if the product has been opened, used, and whether it contains all parts included with the original shipment, and to confirm there was no modification, abuse or misuse of the product, or user negligence. TAIS may reject the return or deduct costs associated with: open packaging, missing parts, non original packaging, modification, abuse, misuse of the product or user negligence. While TAIS may issue an RMA for individual software packages represented by Customer as unopened, upon receipt and inspection any open packages will not be accepted for return/credit and will be returned to Customer.

Laptop or Tablet? Which is best for what?

Innovations from pioneers like Toshiba continue making laptops thinner and lighter, yet more versatile and powerful than ever, while advancements in form factor have given the world devices like the tablet PC. Between laptops and tablets, which is right for you? It depends on your lifestyle, personal tastes, where you go and what you want to do.

Click below to compare the strengths of each.

Tablets Laptops
Form Factor and Design
Factoring size and weight, battery life, plus durability.
5 out of 5
  • Their extra small size and light weight let you take them places you might not take a laptop
  • Great for traveling
  • Slip easily in a purse, briefcase or backpack
  • Long battery life
  • Provide a range of virtual or “soft” keyboards
  • Must rest on your lap, or be held in hand
  • Power up very fast
4 out of 5
  • A range of portable sizes and weights offer a great alternative to desktop computing
  • A broader array of features lets you do things on the go you can’t always do with a tablet
  • Their hard keyboard is often preferred for productivity
  • More mobile protection thanks to our exclusive EasyGuard® Technology and PC Health Monitor
  • Can take longer to power up
Connecting and Communicating
Emailing, surfing the Internet, chatting, videoconferencing and more.
4 out of 5
  • Ideal if you’re looking to chat, email, browse and do social networking
  • Good for keeping your kids entertained in the car, on vacation, or at home
  • 4G and Wi-Fi® available on select models
5 out of 5
  • More communication choices, versatility and workspace make laptops better for extensive downloading, videoconferencing and Web research
  • You can expand your connectivity with Wireless-N and 3G broadband on some of our laptop models
Gaming
Including everything from extreme 3D action to casual or online play.
3 out of 5
  • Suitable for light, Web-based gaming
4 out of 5
  • If you’re a serious mobile gamer, a laptop is what you need
  • Many of our models have integrated graphics offering economical gaming power
  • Diehard 3D gamers will want models with brawnier dedicated (discrete) graphics
Getting Things Done
At home or the office, in school, or anywhere in between.
2 out of 5
Tablets are great for simply:
  • checking emails and newsfeeds
  • sharing and enjoying videos, photos and playlists
  • searching and browsing the Web
  • updating your online calendar or social networking accounts
  • blogging
5 out of 5
When it’s time to use serious software for work, school or home finances, look to a laptop for:
  • crunching numbers, or performing major accounting tasks
  • producing big presentations
  • working with large documents
  • editing movies and slideshows
  • developing graphic designs, websites and other media-rich creations
Expanding What You Can Do
Working with other devices to share, scale up and build out your mobile computing.
3 out of 5
You’ll be surprised at how versatile and expandable tablets can be. They enable you to:
  • download apps and widgets that broaden what you can do and enjoy
  • dock to take advantage of big displays and external speakers—for entertainment, presentations or productivity
  • use digital pens and wireless keyboards for added comfort and efficiency
5 out of 5
Laptops let you expand and share just as you would with a tablet, but with a far wider range of options, like:
  • enjoying HD entertainment on a home theater
  • docking to build out a constructive desk-based computing system with printers, scanners, monitors and more
  • doing high-speed back-ups
Enjoying Digital Entertainment
Including photos, TV music, HD movies, videos and more.
3 out of 5
A tablet is great for looking at or playing back multimedia on the go. That includes:
  • viewing or posting pictures and videos
  • listening to music
  • watching online clips
  • enjoying Web-based movies
5 out of 5
You’ll need a laptop if you want to:
  • consume 3D content
  • create photo albums
  • watch DVD movies
  • edit home video
  • enjoy RPG, 3D or FPS gaming
  • build playlists
  • schedule and record TV
Storing It All
Keeping your critical work and personal files, your school assignments, multimedia and more.
2 out of 5
Though small, some of our tablets do offer various types of storage capacity.
5 out of 5
If you’re looking for a place to hold everything in your growing digital life, think laptop
  • Our models offer up to 1.5TB of storage
  • Faster and even more reliable solid state drives are available, too
Price
4 out of 5
Tablets are very affordable, but can be more expensive than some entry-level laptops.
5 out of 5
Depending on features and performance, laptops are offered with variety of price points to fit even the strictest budget.

Our Advice

Both laptops and tablets greatly expand what you can do and enjoy, and how far you can venture, in today’s fast-growing digital world.
For the utmost in freedom—connecting, browsing, sharing, communicating or consuming media on the go, the tablet gets our vote.

But as a main PC, mobile entertainment center, or replacement for your desktop computer, the laptop is our front runner. Built-in optical drives, larger displays and stereo speakers make them best for movies, music, gaming and multitasking. Plus, you’ll have the power to accomplish virtually anything you want to do.

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