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Toshiba Satellite L70-B-11C (part III):

Written by Sean Holmes

Display shortcomings:

Its colors aren’t accurate enough, as a poor average Delta E of 9.4 demonstrates, and its colors are affected by colder tones – the color temperature of 7,263K is a long way beyond the 6,500K ideal result. The cold inaccurate colors are paired with poor contrast. The measured contrast ratio of 411:1 is better than the other Toshiba machine, but it’s still an unimpressive score that means this panel lacks punch and vibrancy. The poor color handling is further highlighted by the 73.2% RGB gamut coverage level: again, it’s better than the smaller Toshiba, but it’s still nowhere near the best notebooks. On the L70, it means that reds, purples, pinks and darker blues are rendered particularly poorly. Positives are tricky to find. The 267cd/m2 brightness level is good, and means that this machine can be used outdoors and under bright office lights, and its glossy layer isn’t obnoxiously reflective. Viewing angles are similarly accommodating.

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Toshiba has switched from Beats to Skull candy for its audio gear, but old issues remain. The L70 is one of the loudest laptops we’ve tested, but the audio produced is hampered by muddy, thick bass tones. They dominate the mid-range and high-end, both of which sound underwhelming. The lack of quality audio means you must avoid using the L70’s speakers for music or games, despite the booming volume.
The Toshiba Satellite L70-B-11C costs a little more than its rivals, but there’s more bang for your buck available from this £599, or $935 (about AU$1,011) system. Its 17-inch screen is physically larger and has a higher resolution than the 15.6-inch panels included on rivals, and it’s a better looking laptop than some of the other Toshiba efforts already had been shown. In other areas, the Toshiba doesn’t better the competition.

Things to be liked:

The screen does not return the best benchmark results, but it’s got good brightness and reasonable viewing angles, which means its ideal for basic work and web browsing. That pairs well with the Core i5 processor, which has enough grunts for less intensive applications and multi-tasking. It’s a decent looking system, to the champagne-colored plastic stands out more than the metallic material used across many other Toshiba Satellite systems.

Things to be disliked:

The screen is good enough for basic computing, but it doesn’t have the contrast or color accuracy required for more demanding tasks. It’s the same story with the internal components, which don’t have enough grunts for intensive applications or high-end games. The speakers, too, aren’t much cop – loud but bass-heavy. The keyboard can be used for long-form writing and work, but it’s not got enough travel or feedback to prove truly satisfying. Also, the track-pad’s inconsistent buttons are an irritation.

Final conclusion:

The L70 has a better screen than the S50D, but the Core i5 processor can’t match the APU inside the smaller Toshiba when it comes to getting the balance right between applications and games. Ergonomically, the larger laptop is thicker and heavier while offering no real improvement. The Lenovo has similar performance inside a slimmer and more versatile chassis. Toshiba’s larger L70 is only worth buying if the added screen resolution and quality is your prime con

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