Thanks for your reply.
If I buy the laptop on Amazon and check its model number -- does its number need to match the number in the reviews right down to the "C5212" part?
While not a complete guarantee, matching the full model number is your best chance for it have the exact same display. It is still possible that Toshiba uses that same display on similar models, however. I really have no way of knowing.
BTW, I should have said it was the Laptopmag review that left out the "W." Since both of the Amazon listings include the "W" -- though neither includes "5212" -- I guess I just can't worry about Laptopmag leaving out the "W."
Does it make any difference which of those two Amazon listings I choose a seller from?
I would tend to suggest picking one fulfilled by Amazon (i.e. Amazon has it in their warehouse and will ship it even if sold by a third party...usually easy to pick out because it will be Amazon Prime eligible). Going this route means that it is Amazon that will handle the return. If not fulfilled by Amazon, then you purely dealing with the seller about whether or not they will accept a return.
So the model number will be right on the computer itself somewhere?
I would assume so. Any computer will have a model number. The questions is whether it will have that same full model number in an easy to find place or something more simplified. I just done know how Toshiba does there model numbers. As an example from another company, HP will typical have some more generic model number that is very obvious (kind of like a "series" model), but then might have something much more specific to really different it in terms of specific specifications (i.e. a like a specific model number in the series). The first is typically very easy to see, but the second usually still is somewhere in "fine print" on the computer.
The specific model number is also usually somewhere on the box of most computers, usually on a bar code label.
Do you consider it very likely that Toshiba would have started putting out Radius 4K's with a different 4K display from the one it had at first?
I appreciate your help.
I have no idea. Odds are pretty good that if it has the full model number listed in the review that it will have the display you want. But, if it was a very popular model and they made a lot of them, it is possible that they might have have needed two suppliers of LCD panels. If so, then it is always possible that you could technically get a different panel than what the machine tested in the review had. Even if that happens, however, typically they will perform pretty much similar as Toshiba would have some minimum standard for the panels. I do, however, believe that Toshiba was/is a manufacturer of LCD panels. If so, then they likely used their own panels.
The only person who might be able to close to really answering your question would be someone with Toshiba and even then I am not sure if you could get a question like that answered nor completely trust that answer.
At the end of the day, you are going to have to decide if you consider it worth the risk.
And factor is that you are reading reviews of what other people saw and experienced. Thus, you have no direct experience testing/reviewing the computer with that screen yourself. So, in reality, you would never have any real way to tell if the screen on the model that you bought was the same as the review unit even if you bought the computer days after the review was published...unless they had taken apart the review computer to see the part number of the screen and your took apart your computer to see the part number of the screen...and even then sometimes companies will sources parts from multiple manufacturers but give them the same parts.
The point is that I have to admit that you might just be making a mountain out of a mole hill as the saying goes. In reality, the best you are likely to be able to do is take the risk (especially if the full model number supposedly matches), order the computer, and see if the screen meets your expectations (although at this point, I cannot help but believe that your expectation might potentially be bit on the unrealistic side if you are that worried about getting the exact same screen). If it does not, then you can always return it if you are utterly disappointed.