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Review Toshiba Satellite P770-10P Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 08/26/2011

Hybrid Satellite. Two hard disks, a quad core without throttling and gaming graphics. Will the low contrast panel and ergonomic data let the hopes of multimedia fade?

Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: Bulging multimedia bundle or a plastic grab bag?
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: Bulging multimedia bundle or a plastic grab bag?

The high-end Toshiba Satellite is apparently having a hard time finding its way onto the virtual shelves. Only one single retailer currently lists it - but without immediate availability (status: 08/19/11). Yet, the technical specs don't sound that bad at all.

The Core i7-2630QM (4x 2.00GHz) is Intel's mainstream quad-core and used in many multimedia and gaming laptops. Just like the NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics card which is only a midrange gaming graphics for gaming fans, though. Friends of large movie collections will be pleased about the two hard disks in the case (2 x 500 GB). The Seagate Momentus XT is equipped with a 4GB SSD cache (SLC-NAND). Thus, it is a hybrid hard disk.

The bundle allegedly has a market price of 999 euros (version P770-108: 899 euros). The 17 inch model has to bid a few advantages because the identical CPU+GPU hardware is already available for 700 euros (e. g. Samsung RC730). Find out what feats the Satellite P770-10P has to offer in our comprehensive review.

Case

Finish: Polished plastic with texture
Finish: Polished plastic with texture
Chassis: Depressible in places
Chassis: Depressible in places
Bottom: Room for two HDDs (no RAID)
Bottom: Room for two HDDs (no RAID)

In terms of looks, the Satellite P770-10P emits the charm of a revamped plastic laptop that doesn't want to admit its plastic construction at any cost. Thus, the user's eye is bombarded with light effects (keys, pad, logo, media bar, power on) and deterred by excessive chrome looks (speakers, pad keys, hinges). The packaging artists' trick box was searched thoroughly for the surfaces. Where its sister model, Satellite Pro L770, cried for frills with its matt, dull surfaces, the P770's surfaces have been polished to high-gloss and been given a tactile texture. This can't hide the plastic looks, but at least the plastic feel. Nevertheless, the manufacturing has its advantages: Fingerprints disappear in the texture and the surfaces feel quite slip-proof.

Overall, the case has satisfactory but not good pressure stability. The wrist rest yields on the outer right and left under the weight of the hands. The optical drive is, as so often, a weak point. Although the number pad above it can't be depressed, the base plate below it can.

Two hinges hold the lid tight. There is no lock. The heavy screen teeters when handled. The maximum opening angle of about 140 degrees is well suited for use on the lap. The lid's surface can be depressed over a large area, but only by a few millimeters.

Connectivity

Diversity looks different. USB 3.0 on the left is the only port worth mentioning, but belongs to standard in this price range. The ExpressCard slot that would enable the user to plug in expansion cards is unfortunately not installed.
We find the port arrangement in the left and right front area annoying. If you connect HDMI, USB 3.0 (left) and two USB devices in addition to loudspeakers (right), you'll overload your desk with a cable tree on both sides. Now there is no place to put a mouse, and the cable clutter will at least look unsightly. Interfaces at the rear, like in the good old laptop days, aren't possible due to the sunken hinges.

Front: Card reader SD, mini SD/micro SD (adapter), SDHC, SDXC, MC, MSPro, MMC, xD
Front: Card reader SD, mini SD/micro SD (adapter), SDHC, SDXC, MC, MSPro, MMC, xD
Left: VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, HDMI, USB 2.0
Left: VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, HDMI, USB 2.0
Rear: No interfaces
Rear: No interfaces
Right: Line-out, microphone, 2 USB 2.0s, BluRay ROM, AC, Kensington
Right: Line-out, microphone, 2 USB 2.0s, BluRay ROM, AC, Kensington

Communication

The wireless and network connections are up to date. The Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (1000 Mbit/s), the Atheros wireless card AR9002WB-1NG and the Bluetooth module (3.0+HS) are all state of the art.

Supplies

Recovery DVDs for Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) has to be created via Recovery Media Creator by the user. Only a small manual and quick guide are included. Besides various Toshiba tools (e. g. Webcamera, face detection, HWSetup, Recovery Media Creator, Media Controller, etc.), Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Essential (backup, burning program, media hub, etc.) belong to the pre-installed software. The face recognition has long been standard with Toshiba and makes logging in via face possible.

Entertainment

Toshiba's Media Player can convert a 2D movie to 3D via HDMI and render it on a 3D TV set. The technology that enhances low definition video material to HD (e. g. a DVD movie is called Resolution+. Last but not least, there is Sleep-and-Music. The function (disable in BIOS or via HWSetup) enables the analog-in (microphone) when the PC is turned off. Then you can use the amplified laptop speakers with an MP3 player.

Warranty

The Satellite P770 is given a two year warranty. It includes a pick-up service subsequent to registration via the Toshiba hotline in Germany and Austria. The manufacturer has a warranty extension for up to 3 or 4 years in its range (64 or 109 euros).

Nero Essentials 10: Tools for media & data
Nero Essentials 10: Tools for media & data
Eco Utility: Save energy
Eco Utility: Save energy
PC Health Monitor: Various tests
PC Health Monitor: Various tests
PC Health Monitor: HDD vibration sensor on/off
PC Health Monitor: HDD vibration sensor on/off
Toshiba Places: Marketplace for contents
Toshiba Places: Marketplace for contents
In the box: Quick start guide, 3D explanation & ergonomics guide
In the box: Quick start guide, 3D explanation & ergonomics guide

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keys with a level surface are like square tablets lined up on a tray. Typing is a bit inaccurate without a concave depression and despite the clear pressure point and medium key drop. In return, the key bed doesn't coil. It fits tight (even above the optical drive). The keyboard has a soft and silent stop. Due to the slightly slippery, but not unpleasant keys' surface, the typing feedback is dampened and will appeal to sensitive touch typists. If you tend to hit the keys hard, you'll find the feedback unclear.

The number pad in a standard layout facilitates entering numbers. A good job has been done with the spatial separation of both areas - keyboard and number pad. Furthermore, Toshiba has thought of separated arrow keys. Incorrect inputs are minimized by the small gap to the shift key.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement (multi-touch pad, Synaptics V7.4) is a part of the wrist rest. The pad is quite big (diagonal of 10.6 cm). The field has a vertical and horizontal scroll bar - although they aren't visibly marked. The matt surface lets the finger rub audibly and feels pleasantly dry (the opposite would be greasy).

The rounded and upward curved keys have a high pressure point and click loud and muffled. The stroke is unfortunately too short and thus unsatisfactory. The noisy feedback will quickly get annoying and make you look for an external mouse. The LED indicator in the touchpad's top area shows searching fingers the way, because there is no crosspiece toward the wrist rest. It is disabled with the button above the pad and the LED is turned off.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Illumination
Illumination
Arrow keys
Arrow keys
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

The 17.3 inch glare panel can only satisfy high expectations with its feasible brightness. Everything else is bottom of the barrel of laptop screens. The screen (AUO B173RW01 V3) has a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels (WXGA++, 16:9). You can work well with this resolution if you don't need the best possible resolution on your screen.

The AUO panel has a low contrast of 212:1. The glare-type visibly pretties up the poor contrast. This creates a visually crisp color impression. The colors are thus fairly appealing for consuming pictures, movies or games. Nevertheless, black isn't deep black and colors aren't as bright as they could be. The AUO screen isn't suitable for pros because the color spectrum doesn't even cover sRGB (t). The FHD screen in Fujitsu's NH751 proves that even consumer screen's from the same price range can bid more (nearly sRGB, high contrast, good viewing angles).

ICC Sat. P770 vs AdobeRGB(t)
ICC Sat. P770 vs AdobeRGB(t)
ICC Sat. P770 vs sRGB(t)
ICC Sat. P770 vs sRGB(t)
ICC Sat. P770 vs Fujitsu NH751 FHD(t)
ICC Sat. P770 vs Fujitsu NH751 FHD(t)
215
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 220 cd/m²
Average: 216.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 188 cd/m²
Black: 1.03 cd/m²
Contrast: 212:1

The brightness measurement shows acceptable results. The luminance is averagely 216 cd/m2. Gossen Mavo Monitor measures up to 220 cd/m2 selectively. The illumination is at 95 percent unusually even. No light spots are visible on a completely black screen.

100 to 150 cd/m2 are sufficient for indoors. Will the brightness bonus be enough to work in daylight despite the glare-type? No, because reflections prevent an interference-free picture in most viewing angles. Our pictures were taken in sunlight and maximum TFT brightness. We have to note that the P770 reduces the brightness to 188 cd/m2 in battery mode (measured center).

Lateral view: sun from the back
Lateral view: sun from the back
Lateral view: direct sun
Lateral view: direct sun
Lateral view: sun from the left
Lateral view: sun from the left

We can deviate up to 50 degrees from the front view horizontally. The colors then start to falsify more or less severe. Script can be read up to 70 degrees without problems. The colors start to distort sooner at 10 degrees vertically. The image fades and the colors invert. That can already be a torture for looking at pictures or movies in twos or threes. The viewers have to put their heads close together. These viewing problems are unfortunately a common phenomenon for 80 percent of our test laptops. This is a very adverse quality for a high-priced multimedia device.

Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite P770-10P
Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite P770-10P

Performance

The Core i7-2630QM with 4x2.0 GHz (default clock) has been used frequently in many laptop models since the beginning of 2011. It is Intel's latest mainstream quad core which is already available in devices for starting at 700 euros. Overclocking up to 2.9 GHz is possible via Turbo Boost 2.0 when required (one core). Please see the CPU data sheet for details.

The incorporated HD Graphics 3000 ensures an economic use when battery life is or GPU performance isn't needed. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M (2048 MB) is automatically disabled via Nvidia Optimus. The BIOS has many options for enabling/disabling devices (LAN, webcam, touchpad, key light, illuminated Satellite logo) and for configuring Power Management. Technology fans can even disable the quad core CPU's multi core processing or Turbo Boost. However, this is not recommended because the idle power consumption is very low in its default version.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ SPD
System info GPUZ GT 540M
System info GPUZ Intel HD
DPC Latency Checker sporadic latencies in idle
DPC Latency Checker WLAN off/on short latencies
 
System information: Toshiba Satellite P770-10P

Where is the 2630QM compared to other identical CPUs in laptops? The Cinebench R11.5 test (multi, 64 bit) hits the bull's-eye, i.e. 4.7 points is the average of 2630QM test devices. The "same" i7-2630QM in the Aspire 7750G  could score better with 5.0 points, which could be due to a better utilization of the Dynamic Frequency (Turbo 2.0).

Extensive rendering and conversion tasks are the right work for the processor. Power users are well served, especially since high load doesn't cause thermal throttling and turbo is exploited. Turbo even remains active when the GPU is put under highest load (Furmark). Please see Temperature and the following screenshots.

Cinebench R11.5: Start multi CPU Test @2.6GHz turbo
Cinebench R11.5: Start multi CPU Test @2.6GHz turbo
Cinebench R11.5: Towards the end @2.4GHz turbo
Cinebench R11.5: Towards the end @2.4GHz turbo
Cinebench R11.5+Furmark: Towards the end @2.3GHz turbo
Cinebench R11.5+Furmark: Towards the end @2.3GHz turbo
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3505
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
13445
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5665
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4409 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
16803 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5674 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
24.99 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
4.72 Points
Help
PCMark 7 scores: First run
PCMark 7 scores: First run
PCMark 7 scores: second run
PCMark 7 scores: second run

PCMark Vantage determines 6963 points (first run: 6752) which is a slightly below-average score for this CPU+GPU combination. The Sony Vaio VPC-F22S1E/B recently achieved 7488 points (also 7200 rpm HDD). An Aspire 7750G with the same processor manages 7402 points (HP 6850M). Only Packard Bell's EasyNote TS11-HR-158GE and Samsung's RF511 are defeated with 6500 points, which is due to the 5400 rpm HDD and possibly a lower Turbo 2.0 exploitation. These two laptops are equal with our test device in Cinebench R11.5: 4.7 points.

Laptops equipped with an SSD, such as the Alienware M17x R3 (GTX 460M, i7-2630QM) or the XMG A701 (identical), reach considerably betters scores (12700 / 14000). The hybrid HDD, Momentus XT, can't supply this. Please see Hard Disk.

We executed PCMark 7, which finishes with an unusually high score of 2688 points (first run: 2496). The gaming machine, MSI GT780R with a GTX 560M, recently reached a similar score (2516 points, RAID0 with 2x5400 rpm). PCMark 7 acknowledges the hybrid HDD, which we can observe in repeated execution of the System Storage test: 2068, 2419, 2479, 2528, 2576, 2494, 2597, 2613. The score increases! The reason: The hybrid HDD learns.

4.8
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.4
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.8
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.6
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage6963 points
PCMark 72688 points
Help

The GeForce GT 540M's 3D performance (2048 MB DDR3) remains on the usual level despite a larger memory (usually 1024 MBs). The clock of 672/900 MHz (core/memory) corresponds to the standard specs.

3DMark 2006 (1280x1024) finishes with 8212 points. A current HD 6770M (10786) in the HP Pavilion dv6-6008eg can easily beat that. The 3DMark Vantage score: P4386 is also exactly on the level where most GT 540s were. The same for 3DMark 11 (P1009) that is on a par with an HD 6630M (Sony Vaio VPC-SA2Z9E/B).

3D Mark
3DMark 0515697 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
8212 points
3DMark Vantage4386 points
3DMark 111009 points
Help

Toshiba equips the P770-10P with two hard disks. They are not connected via a RAID controller (performance or redundancy). The hybrid HDD Seagate Momentus XT (ST95005620AS, 500GB) that rotates with 7200 rpm makes the dual solution interesting. It has an unusually big 4GB SSD cache (SLC-NAND), which is continuously fed with frequently used data and files autonomously via the "adaptive memory" technology. That means, opening programs or Window files is sped up because frequently read files are automatically transferred to the flash part. Because this happens on the hardware side, the user shouldn't and mustn't worry about what files are moved to the small flash memory. Consequently, the technology is platform independent and could also speed up a Linux. Important: We are only talking about files that are repeatedly read.

Besides that, a slow Toshiba MK5076GSXN (500GB, 5400rpm) is installed. We haven't entered their throughputs in our database yet. HDTune (61 instead of 85 MB/s) is a lot lower than with the Momentus XT system hard disk.

The application performance benefits from the learning hybrid hard disk with a PCMark Vantage HDD score of 6617 points, respectively 2613 points in PCMark 7's memory test. The fastest 7200 rpm HDD in our tests had 5030 points (PCMark Vantage, no RAID0, HP ProBook 6560b-LG658EA).

Comparison rates: Two Momentus XT (no RAID0) work inside the Asus G73SM, which lifts the score to 8096 points. One Momentus XT is enough for 8046 points in the Eurocom Racer. It's a RAID 0 array, made up of 2 x 7200 rpm, that only achieves 5193 points in the MSI GT663R.

On the other hand, it's fact that a pro SSD, like the Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW160G3 (160GB) in Schenker's XMG A501, achieves 39530 points. Even a simple consumer SSD, as in the Acer Aspire 4820TG (Intel X25-M, 160 GBs), manages 20196 points. In short: The hybrid HDD is an advantage but not a big hit in the SSD comparison.

Crystal Disk Mark 3.0: 97MB/s read
Crystal Disk Mark 3.0: 97MB/s read
HD Tune: 84MB/s read
HD Tune: 84MB/s read
AS SSD: 95MB/s read
AS SSD: 95MB/s read
HD Tune @Toshiba 5400 RPM: 61MB/s read
HD Tune @Toshiba 5400 RPM: 61MB/s read
Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS
Transfer Rate Minimum: 31.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 107 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 84.5 MB/s
Access Time: 19.6 ms
Burst Rate: 107.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

Gaming Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

We only tried out how games behave with the GT 540M in random tests because comprehensive tests have already been made with this GPU. Please see the GT 540M's data sheet.

Dirt 3

The race game has a built-in benchmark for an exactly repeatable measurement. Good frame rates are achieved in 1360x768 pixels and high details: 38 fps. Gamers shouldn't switch to the native WXGA++ because 13 fps aren't playable (Ultra details, 4AA). The quad CPU isn't mandatory for Dirt 3. Even an MSI GE620 (i5-2410M) delivers 38 fps in high details.

Dirt 3
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1360x768High Preset, 2xAA, -AF38 fps
 1024x768Medium Preset, 0xAA, -AF61 fps

RUSE

The real-time strategy game runs satisfactorily. However, gamers shouldn't even think about WXGA++. The frames drop to 10.5 fps in ultra details. It looks better in high details (1366x768, 4AA). The demo's mission plays with an average of 22 fps in the first few minutes. RUSE accomplishes better 34 fps in medium details, again with 1366x768 pixels and reduced antialiasing (2AA).

Dragon Age 2

The battle game requires strong hardware and thus only 18 fps are possible in 1366x768 and high details (2AA, DX11). The game is first smooth in medium details (0AA, DX11) in the same resolution: 36 fps.

Dragon Age 2: smooth in medium 1366x768 @ 36fps
Dragon Age 2: smooth in medium 1366x768 @ 36fps
Dragon Age 2: stutters in high 1366x768 @ 18fps
Dragon Age 2: stutters in high 1366x768 @ 18fps
Dragon Age 2: settings (DX10)
Dragon Age 2: settings (DX10)
RUSE: high @1366x768 34fps
RUSE: high @1366x768 34fps
RUSE: medium @1366x768 22fps
RUSE: medium @1366x768 22fps
RUSE: ultra @1600x900 10fps
RUSE: ultra @1600x900 10fps

Gaming Verdict

The random tests confirm the test device's satisfactory gaming performance. Smooth game play is granted as long as the gamer does not switch to the native 1600x900 pixels. The GT 540M is too weak for high details beyond WXGA. A HD 6770M (HP Pavilion dv7-6101eg, Dirt 3 high 46fps), a GT 555M (Medion Erazer X6815) or a GTX 560M (MSI GT780R, Dirt 3 high 85fps) would be the better choice for gamers nowadays.

low med.high ultra
Dirt 3 (2011) 6138fps

Emissions

Air outlet
Air outlet

System Noise

Everyone who accepted a loud fan 10 years ago knows that there are ultra silent laptops available today. Roaring fans don't have to be accepted any longer. The P770 doesn't show any irregularities in this respect. The fan even turns itself off in long idle periods / after a cold start. The 7200 rpm hard disk's quiet noise defines the low level with 31.8 dB (A).

The fan doesn't turn off, but always remains audible in activity, so surfing and emailing, with 35 to 37 dB (A). Since the speed does not change abruptly, but slowly, changes are hardly noticed.

The fan turns up to 44 dB (A) in games, respectively 3D benchmarks. The noise is low 41.1 dB (A) in the unrealistic stress test, where the CPU's eight threads are put under maximum load (Prime95) and the GeForce GT 540M calculates on all shaders (Furmark). That is surprising at first glance, but can be explained by the reduction of the turbo clock to its default clock (2.0 GHz).

Noise Level

Idle 31.8 / 34.8 / 35.4 dB(A)
HDD 33.6 dB(A)
DVD 37 / dB(A)
Load 41.1 / 44 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The P770 behaves positively in terms of waste heat in idle or simple office use and at best reaches over 30 degrees selectively. The bottom's average temperature is only 28 degrees in idle. The wrist rest also stays cool with 28 degrees.

The waste heat's peaks are a lot higher in the stress test: We measure 52 degrees Celsius in the vent's vicinity on the bottom. Nevertheless, the average is only 38 degrees because these high temperatures are only measured selectively in the fan's area. The wrist rest heats up to 40 degrees during the stress test. The adapter reaches up to 45.6 degrees when the maximum effective power of 92 watts is applied. That's not yet overheating.

No Throttling

The multimeter indicates that the computer has a constant power consumption of 91.5 watts during the stress test comprised of Prime95 and Furmark (CPU @2.0 GHz, default clock, no throttling). The additional GPU load causes a reduction up to deactivation of the turbo clock, but the default rage is always maintained (test period: 5 hours).

Furmark solo start: 2.8GHz in turbo, no CPU load
Furmark solo: 2.6, then 2.0GHz, no CPU load
Furmark solo later: 2.6, then 2.0GHz, no CPU load
Furmark solo: 2.8GHz in turbo, no CPU load
Prime95+ Furmark: 2.0GHz, no throttling
Prime95+ Furmark: 2.0GHz, no throttling
SuperPi solo: 2.8GHz constant in turbo
SuperPi solo: 2.8GHz constant in turbo
Max. Load
 45.7 °C38.6 °C28.1 °C 
 40.6 °C44.7 °C28 °C 
 37.8 °C40.1 °C29.7 °C 
Maximum: 45.7 °C
Average: 37 °C
27.7 °C27 °C52.4 °C
27.1 °C50.3 °C49.1 °C
29.1 °C35.8 °C47.3 °C
Maximum: 52.4 °C
Average: 38.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  45.6 °C | Room Temperature 20.5 °C | Voltcraft IR 360

Speakers

Both Harman/Kardon speakers really put a step on it - even without subwoofer support. The sound is loud, clear (highest volume) and balanced. The trebles in classical music are rendered just as well as the deep basses in rock music. Although we aren't facing a bass miracle, the vibration is perceptible. The surround sound is very pleasant for a laptop and invites to listening to loud music.

The volume can easily be controlled via the soft touch bar (+ mute button). Merely the beep is annoying when the button is tapped. The Dolby Audio Enhancer is very effective in the P770 (speaker properties). It enhances the trebles and extends the bass range by one octave. Loudspeakers or headphones can only be connected analog via the jack.

Battery Life

The Satellite P770's power consumption is low when the processor and/or graphics aren't put under load. The power requirement is 11.7 watts (idle, min) when all energy saving options are set in idle (minimum TFT brightness, wireless off). However, a bright display, enabled wireless modules and high performance mode consume 24 watts (idle, max).

The maximum power consumption (without battery charging) is 92 watts (Prime95 & Furmark). The 120 watt power adapter (616 grams) is adequately designed. Sole CPU load (Prime95) requires 80 watts in the first few minutes (@ 2.6 GHz turbo) to settle to 62 watts (@ 2.0 GHz). This shows us the Turbo Boost 2.0's activity.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.3 / 1.1 Watt
Idle 11.7 / 15.7 / 24.1 Watt
Load 73.2 / 91.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

The inserted lithium ion battery (48 Wh) is fully recharged after a charging time of about 1:45 hours and ready for our battery tests. We determined 3:33 hours in WLAN surfing. In view of the battery's comparatively low capacity, this runtime is acceptable for a 17.3 incher with a dedicated graphics card. The DVD test isn't quite as long. The movie Lord of the Rings comes to its end after 2:51 hours (brightness @100 cd/m2, wireless off). The battery life looks totally different during processor load. It's drained after only 49 minutes.

Charging: 108 min
Charging: 108 min
WLAN surfing: 213 min
WLAN surfing: 213 min
DVD movie: 171 min
DVD movie: 171 min
BluRay movie: 132 min
BluRay movie: 132 min
Idle: 320 min
Idle: 320 min
Load: 49 min
Load: 49 min
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 20min
WiFi Surfing
3h 33min
DVD
2h 51min
Blu-ray
2h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 49min

Verdict

The Toshiba Satellite P770-10P is a 17.3 inch laptop with strengths in performance (CPU, HDD), power consumption and sound. However, many weaknesses line up right behind and prevent a rating over 80%.

If you are anxiously looking for a quad core notebook without CPU throttling, you'll find one in the Satellite P770-10P. The Core i7-2630QM, together with the hybrid hard disk (4GB SLC-NAND), ensures a high application performance. The Seagate system disk provides unusually high read rates in files that are repeatedly read (system start, opening programs) for a rotating HDD. The conventional 500 GB Toshiba HDD is a pure memory capacity supplier that is installed as a second memory.

The power consumption in idle is very low (12-24 watts) and the 120 watt power adapter has enough capacity for the stress power requirement of 92 watts. The Harman/Kardon speakers emit a balanced sound even without a subwoofer that can even reproduce a fraction of bass. The configuration with BluRay reader and USB 3.0 fits to a multimedia device. However, we would have really appreciated an ExpressCard slot for expansion cards.

The WXGA++ glare-type screen (1600x900) is disappointing due to its low contrast and narrow viewing angles. The noise is acceptable during high load (stress, games), but unfortunately it's also always audible in idle and stress-free office mode. The waste heat can heat up the keyboard to 45 degrees during load.

The case is manufactured sufficiently stiff for a 1000 euro laptop, but many buyers expect an aluminum finish and not plastic with pimped surfaces for this price.

There are a lot of less expensive alternatives when looking for a 17 inch quad notebook with a fairly gaming suitable GT 540M graphics and an i7-2630QM. The Samsung RC730 (NP-RC730-S05DE) is the deal at currently 680 euros. If you put value on screen quality, you should take a look at Fujitsu's Lifebook NH751 (FHD, high contrast, starts at 925 euros).

Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: 2x500GB memory capacity, strong performance, but a screen with low contrasts.
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: 2x500GB memory capacity, strong performance, but a screen with low contrasts.
In Review: Toshiba Satellite P770-10P
In Review:  Toshiba Satellite P770-10P

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite P770-10P

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM65
:: Memory
4096 MB, 1x4096 PC3-10700 667MHz
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M - 2048 MB, Core: 672 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, Nvidia Optimus with Intel HD Graphics 3000, ForceWare 267.21
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, AUO B173RW01 V3, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS, 500 GB 7200 rpm + TOSHIBA MK5076GSXN 500GB, 5400rpm, SATA
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: line out, microphone/line in combo, Card Reader: SD, miniSD/microSD (Adapter), SDHC, SDXC, MS, MSPro, MMC, xD, Sleep-and-Music function in microphone out
:: Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9002WB-1NG Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 3.0+HS Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
MATSHITA BD-MLT UJ240ES
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 36 x 413.6 x 274
:: Weight
3.115 kg Power Supply: 0.616 kg
:: Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8V
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1.3MP, Nero 10, System & Connectivity Tools, 2D to 3D converting, Resolution+ etc., 24 Months Warranty

 

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Toshiba has a multimedia all-rounder with its Satellite P770-10P,
Toshiba has a multimedia all-rounder with its Satellite P770-10P,
and Satellite logo as well as the touchpad shows the way.
and Satellite logo as well as the touchpad shows the way.
The base plate has two maintenance covers.
The base plate has two maintenance covers.
Memory monster: Hybrid HDD Momentus XT plus 500 GB Toshiba HDD.
Memory monster: Hybrid HDD Momentus XT plus 500 GB Toshiba HDD.
A RAID controller isn't installed.
A RAID controller isn't installed.
The RAM is in the bay in form of a 4 GB module.
The RAM is in the bay in form of a 4 GB module.
Here is a place for another mini PCIe card.
Here is a place for another mini PCIe card.
The battery lasts for a sufficient period of 3:33 hours.
The battery lasts for a sufficient period of 3:33 hours.
That acceptable for a 48 watt hour battery and a 17 inch quad model.
That acceptable for a 48 watt hour battery and a 17 inch quad model.
The heavy 120 watt adapter (616 grams) is the appropriate supplier for the stress power consumption of 92 watts.
The heavy 120 watt adapter (616 grams) is the appropriate supplier for the stress power consumption of 92 watts.
Thus, CPU throttling due to the lack of power doesn't occur.
Thus, CPU throttling due to the lack of power doesn't occur.
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: The polished plastic finish hides fingerprints, but has the tactile quality of a 400 euro office book.
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: The polished plastic finish hides fingerprints, but has the tactile quality of a 400 euro office book.
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: The hybrid HDD speeds up the system performance. Nevertheless, the system doesn't stand a chance against SSD laptops.
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: The hybrid HDD speeds up the system performance. Nevertheless, the system doesn't stand a chance against SSD laptops.
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: The speakers emit midranges and basses quite balanced.
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: The speakers emit midranges and basses quite balanced.
Soft-touch bar, keyboard,
Soft-touch bar, keyboard,
The lighting effects match those of an airport runway.
The lighting effects match those of an airport runway.
The Harman/Kardon speakers not only set optical, but also acoustic accents (balanced).
The Harman/Kardon speakers not only set optical, but also acoustic accents (balanced).
including the strong quad core processor, Core i7-2630QM
including the strong quad core processor, Core i7-2630QM
and midrange GPU, GeForce GT 540M in its product range.
and midrange GPU, GeForce GT 540M in its product range.
In contrast to other manufacturers, Toshiba backs plastic finish.
In contrast to other manufacturers, Toshiba backs plastic finish.
The case is completely unpainted.
The case is completely unpainted.
But the material has been polished and given a rippled texture.
But the material has been polished and given a rippled texture.
Advantage: It's glossy, but hides fingerprints very well.
Advantage: It's glossy, but hides fingerprints very well.
That looks quite nice, but the plastic feel remains.
That looks quite nice, but the plastic feel remains.
The P770 doesn't stand a chance against the aluminum coating.
The P770 doesn't stand a chance against the aluminum coating.
The glare-type screen unfortunately has a poor contrast.
The glare-type screen unfortunately has a poor contrast.
Only the most necessary interfaces are found: USB 3.0
Only the most necessary interfaces are found: USB 3.0
and a card reader belong to these.
and a card reader belong to these.
The webcam has a weak resolution of 0.3 megapixels.
The webcam has a weak resolution of 0.3 megapixels.
That doesn't fit to a multimedia device in a 900-1000 euro range.
That doesn't fit to a multimedia device in a 900-1000 euro range.
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: The key light helps in dark surroundings.
Toshiba Satellite P770-10P: The key light helps in dark surroundings.

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Pro

+Graphics for entry gaming
+High application performance
+No CPU throttling
+Fast hybrid hard disk
+1000 GB memory capacity
+Acceptable battery life
+Clear speakers with bass
+Useful hardware tools
+Key light
 

Cons

-High temperature in load
-Low contrast / viewing angles
-High power consumption in load
-Always audible HDD
-No rear ports
-Partly bendable plastic case
-Loud touchpad buttons

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What we like

Hybrid HDD in successful practical use. Faster than a pure HDD, but nevertheless a memory capacity of 500 GB (+500 GB).

What we'd like to see 

Why not two hybrid HDDs right away? A contrast richer screen would have given the 17 incher the necessary USP.

What surprises us

Ground solid in plastic: Toshiba backs the cheapest material even in its premium range. Other manufacturers have been offering higher quality aluminum finishes at the same price for a long time.

The competition

Less expensive: Samsung RC730-S05DE: Bargain; Lenovo G770: 750GB (M533AGE); Dell Inspiron Q17R; Samsung RF711-S05DE; ASUS X7BSV-V1G; ASUS N73SV-V1G: High-end machine; Acer Aspire 7750G: HD 6850M; Fujitsu Lifebook NH751: FHD with high contrast

More expensive: Alienware M17x R3 GTX 460M i7-2630; Alienware M18x: Every game in FullHD; Apple MacBook Pro 17 inch 2011-02 MC725D/A: Serious worker; Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E/BI: Excellent display; Dell XPS 17 (GT 555M): Gaming power

Rating

Toshiba Satellite P770-10P
08/20/2011 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
76%
Weight
71%
Battery
76%
Display
70%
Games Performance
87%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
74%
Noise
77%
Add Points
80%
Average
79%
79%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2011-08-26 (Update: 2013-06- 6)