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Toshiba Satellite C670-14P review

Tom Morgan
26 Sep 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
500
inc VAT

A decent mid-range laptop with a great screen, but the superior competition costs less

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If you’re looking for a laptop to replace an ageing desktop computer, but don’t want to spend a significant amount, Toshiba’s C670 could be ideal. It has a huge 17in screen and full size keyboard, but only costs £500.

Toshiba Satellite C670-14P

The matt black plastic chassis would look equally at home in the board room as it does in the living room, but the Satellite C670 is more than capable of handling your multimedia. Its 17.3in screen is bright and looks surprisingly sharp, thanks to the 1,600x900 resolution, which is a noticeable step above the standard 1,366x768 we’re used to seeing in budget laptops.

It can’t display native 1080p content, but HD video looked crisp and fast motion looked surprisingly smooth. The glossy screen finish did create reflections when sat under our harsh office lighting, but they weren’t as noticeable in a screen this size. There’s more than enough screen tilt to stop this from being a major problem, although viewing angles were only average for a TN panel.

A set of stereo speakers designed by audio specialists Onyko were fine for watching catch-up TV or YouTube videos, but high quality music and films lacked any significant punch due to the lack of a subwoofer. Mid-range notes were clear, but the high-end sounded sharp and there was no audible bass. Even at maximum volume, details were lost when we walked just a few feet away. There's a spacious 640GB hard disk that’s ideal for a large multimedia collection.

Toshiba Satellite C670-14P right

The laptop can also handle slightly more intensive tasks as well, thanks to an Intel Core i3-2310m processor running at 2.1GHz and 6GB of RAM. This combination helped it achieve a respectable 43 in our multimedia benchmarks, so you should be able to run most applications smoothly. Battery life was about what we would expect for a 17in laptop using these components. A little under five-hours' usage before a recharge is a decent result, but hardly overwhelming.

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