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Toshiba Satellite L670-12J review

Alan Lu
26 Jul 2010
Toshiba Satellite L670-12J
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
555
inc VAT

A good-value, large-screen laptop. Its only weakness is gaming performance.

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Specifications

17.3 in 1,600x900 display, 2.8kg, 2.27GHz Intel Core i5 430M, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

From a distance the Satellite L670-12J looks like yet another plain, black laptop. Closer inspection reveals a subtle cross-hatch pattern on the lid and wrist rest, which we think is attractive.

The Satellite has a 17.3in widescreen display. The glossy finish means it's very reflective, but it's bright with accurate looking colours. Viewing angles are a bit tight and the backlight is a little uneven though, so colour accuracy suffers if you adjust your sitting position. The resolution of 1,600x900 pixels is large enough for working on a pair of documents side by side or for watching high definition 720p video. Although the screen doesn't tilt back completely, it's far enough to make it comfortable to use on your lap.

Thanks to its large screen, the Satellite is also wide enough to have both a keyboard and numeric keypad that isn't blighted by any small, undersized keys or odd layouts. Although it feels a bit spongier than other laptop keyboards we've seen, the keys are responsive and fine for typing long documents. The small touchpad doesn't take advantage of all the available space, but it's accurate and the large buttons give just the right amount of feedback when pressed.

Toshiba Satellite L670-12J

The Satellite weighs just under 3kg, which is around average for a laptop of this size. We weren't expecting its battery to last very long, but it lasted a respectable four hours and 10 minutes in our light-use test. Although you're unlikely to take the heavy Satellite travelling very often, it's good to know its battery can last most short-haul flights when you do. In terms of build quality, the Satellite is up to Toshiba's usual robust standards.

Performance is good too. The Satellite is equipped with a 2.27GHz Core i5 430M processor which is unexpected at this price. Paired with 4GB of RAM, it came near the top of the charts in our benchmarks with an overall score of 83. Its performance running the latest 3D games was less impressive. The integrated Intel graphics chip managed less than 12fps in Call of Duty 4, but this is in line with a laptop at this price and the chip can still cope with HD video and older, less demanding games.

Surprisingly for such a large laptop, there are only three USB ports. Oddly, there's a blanking plate occupying the space for a dial-up modem – the room would've been better used for another USB port. You won't need to add more storage for a while as the internal hard disk has a generous 500GB of storage.

The Satellite isn't brimming with bundled software, but a useful program is Toshiba's own ReelTime application. This allows you to see your most recently accessed files on a scrolling timeline. Combined with Windows 7 Home Premium's search capabilities, there's no excuse for losing your files.

There's little to criticise with the Satellite L670-12J. It's quick in Windows, comfortable to use and has good battery life. However, if you can stretch £50 more, Dell's Inspiron 17R has a faster graphics card, making it the better choice for gamers.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core i5 430M
Processor clock speed2.27GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
Size41x415x269mm
Weight2.8kg
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad

Display

Viewable size17.3 in
Native resolution1,600x900
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics
Graphics/video portsHDMI, VGA
Graphics Memory64MB

Storage

Total storage capacity500GB
Optical drive modelTSST TS-L633C
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothno
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11b/g/n
PC Card slotsnone
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portsnone

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Works 9, Nero Essentials 9, Toshiba ReelTime 1.6, Toshiba Bulletin Board 1.6, Toshiba Disc Creator 2.1, Toshiba Media Controller 1.8
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year customer carry-in
Price£555
Detailshttp://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com
Supplierhttp://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com

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