Toshiba Satellite P70-A-104
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Reviews for the Toshiba Satellite P70-A-104
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The Toshiba doesn't win any prizes for style or longevity: its design is a mix between classy aluminium and cheap-looking plastic, and battery life results were poor. Instead, this machine has a potent processor, a versatile specification and a high-quality screen and speakers. It's not cheap, but it's worth the investment if you prize power and practicality over the charms of lightweight, low-power Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/10/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 60%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/21/2013
Rating: performance: 85% display: 85% mobility: 65% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 83%
Toshiba have crafted the perfect machine for entertainment. The Toshiba Satellite P70-A-104 is a 17 inch behemoth, with a brilliant 1920 x 1080 glossy LCD display. The display can be a little bit darker than one might like, but overall it is gorgeous and this flaw is easy to overlook. It is perfect for a desktop replacement/home entertainment center. 3 kg weight and a short battery life make it less than ideal for portable use. It is a stretch to get over 3 hours of moderate use on one charge, but that is to be expected with a machine this powerful. With the 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ 4th generation Haswell processor and discrete nVidia GeForce GT 745M graphics, it is powerful enough to play the highest resolution video you can find, and run the most demanding games at above medium settings. Equipped with Harmon Kardon quad-speakers, bass a little weak, but the audio quality is extremely decent and the volume is surprising.
The Toshiba Satellite P70-A-104 runs Windows 8, which is one of the best options out there for an entertainment-centric machine. For Blu-ray enthusiasts, the Blu-ray drive will be a delight. Four USB 3.0 ports provide faster data transfer. The build quality is perhaps one of the biggest letdowns. The nondescript brushed aluminum body will flex and creak at points, and the seals along the side of the machine are less than attractive. To sum it all up, this is a great media machine with plenty of power at a decent price.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M: Mid-range graphics card of the GeForce GT 700M series. Based on the Kepler architecture and manufactured by TSMC in a 28nm process.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4700MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Japan. The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and Electronic devices and components. Toshiba-made Semiconductors are among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Toshiba is one of the biggest international notebook-manufacturer. There exist many reviews for Toshiba models.
80.5%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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