Toshiba’s *Extreme* Product Testing (fun videos)

toshiba testing adsToshiba has created a series of ads to display just how tough the company’s hardware is… in a rather unconventional manner. Toshiba hired the services of two whacky dudes who put the company’s products through a series of outlandish tests which go way beyond what the “dorks back at the office” say the devices are able to withstand.

Personally, I don’t find the ads overly amusing, not my type of humor. However, the results are quite remarkable, and the fact that Toshiba isn’t afraid to show the fail as well as the passes in these obviously extreme conditions only adds to the effect.

The first video sees our two “dudes” testing the hinge on a Toshiba Portege Ultrabook by, of all things… firing tennis balls at it. Will the hinge survive, and what harm will come to the display from the repeated impacts?


Next, the zany duo freeze a Toshiba tablet inside a solid block of ice for two days. Can it survive the extreme cold AND being freed from its icy enclave by way of a baseball bat?


Lastly, the Toshiba Portege’s keyboard is rated to withstand up to 50ml of water but the lads want to see how it handles 150,000ml!

Just as an aside; several years ago PC warranty providers Square Trade conducted a study to ascertain which brands of laptops have the least to highest breakdown rate. The two names which came out on top for reliability were Toshiba and Asus.

laptop reliability chart

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.


  1. I love zany videos like that. Thanks Jim.
    I can vouch for Toshiba toughness having owned a Portege M200, one of the original tablets.
    Tough as old boots it was.

  2. Funny that they are “testing” their laptops. I just recently had a hinge break loose on my 14 month old Satellite laptop. After doing some researching, I discovered that this is an extremely common issue with many of their models. And of course, Toshiba’s answer to everyone is that “You must have dropped it and it’s considered physical damage which isn’t covered under the warranty.” They even settled a lawsuit a few yrs ago regarding the inferior hinges, yet they continue to deny that any problem exists. I doubt I will ever purchase one of their laptops again. Perhaps their quality was high back in the day, but not so much anymore.