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Review Toshiba Satellite L20

The notebook for beginers Toshiba Satellite L20 is particularly designated for office and interNet applications and rather settled in the lower price segment.
The mirror-free display and the write-friendly keyboard make the L20 especially interesting as a desk device.
Read on, what you really may expect from the L20.


The Toshiba Satellite L20 seems to be very simple, without any accents. Nearly the entire case is anthracite coal. Only the top side, keyboard verge and working surface are manufactured in silver colored plastic. Above at the left side are the on/off button and some media auxiliary keys.

The workmanship is consequently good, we could not determine any crunching or a possible deformation under pressure. The entire case as like the display too are very stiff according torsions.

Unfortunately a hardware audio volume control was missing, as otherwise it is usual with almost all Toshiba laptops.

According interfaces the Satellite L20 offers only the most necessary: USB, VGA and S-video as well as a modem and network connection. However they are all positioned intelligently at the left side and at the left back of the chassis.

The moreover we noticed, that the battery carries a foot. In order to ensure a working without battery, beside this foot a supplementary foot has been attached, whose purpose is to hold the notebook without battery in the equilibrium.

interfaces at the front
interfaces at the right side
interfaces at the left side
interfaces at the back

Input Devices

The keyboard of the L20 is particularly positive. The keys are to be pressed very pleasantly and respond rapidly. Also the sound of the keys is very harmonious when fast tapping .

The keyboard sits absolutely firmly in the case and does not bend with strong pressure. The L20 possesses a good, although somewhat small touchpad. The surface feels and seems good.

We had something problems with the WLAN on/off key at the front of the mobile computer. This responded quick, but frequently it had to be pressed several times, in order to switch the WLAN function on or off .



Color slide diagram of the Toshiba Satellite L20

The display does not seem well. It is fortunately not reflecting, but  the luminosity weakness can be recognized with free eye.
Also the resolution of 1024x768 pixel are not outstanding. We could measure the maximum brightness in the center of the display with 124,4 cd/m². Since the brightness drops in the left upper corner of the display downto 86,8 cd/m², also the illumination amounts to only 69.7 %.

86,8 cd/m² 96,2 cd/m² 90,8 cd/m²
97,7 cd/m² 124,4 cd/m² 101,9 cd/m²
103,2 cd/m² 100,8 cd/m² 100,1 cd/m²
illumination of the screen

The Pixperan readability resulted in an average value of level 5 concerning the susceptibility of smearing.

The diagram of the color representation shows the deviating blue curve, which means a warm colour representation of the picture.

The stability of the point of view is rather below average particularly in the vertical range. Often the small stable viewing angle is a problem, particularly with the operation at the lap. Nothing the despite: due to the faint display surface this is nearly mirror-free.



Benchmark Comparison 3DMark05
Benchmark Comparison PCMark04

The Intel Celeron M / ATI XPress 200M is not really a power combination, but nevertheless fulfills its purpose in this notebook without problems, which means office and internet applications.
The implemented 60GB hard disk exhibits in principle average values. However remarkably is the low access time and, in addition, the comparatively high CPU load.
In the 3D Mark benchmark comparison diagram nearby the ATI XPress 200M graphics solution clearly is settled behind adequate video cards, but clearly before the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (GMA). In the PCMark04 comparison the Satellite L20 is at the first rank of comparable devices.

3DMark 06
138 points

3DMark 05
447 points

3DMark 03
941 points

3DMark 01
3191 points

PCMark 05
1600 points

PCMark 04
3399 points

Quake 3 Arena
The Timedemo benchmark (Four.DM_68) resulted in 61.7 fps.

benchmark test HDTune

HD Tune 2.10
TOSHIBA MK6026GAX benchmark

transfer rate minimum: 15,9 MB/sec
transfer rate maximum: 30,9 MB/sec
transfer rate average: 26,6 MB/sec
access time: 16,6 ms
burst rate: 67,0 MB/sec
CPU usage: 8,6%



The top side of the L20 remains without warming up worth mentioning even after long time under load. Even the lower surface always remains in a tolerable range with maximally measured 38,2°C .

temperature development at the top side
temperature development at the lower surface


In the normal operation the laptop is relatively quiet. However the fan starts again and again for a short periode and produces noise. Under load we could determine a relatively low value with 33,8 dB.

Pleasing: the DVD drive assembly is absolutely not disturbing with 37,3 dB during rendition.

Measured Volumes

environment: 30,0 dB
idle, fan off: 31,1 dB
fan on: 33,8 dB
DVD max.: 47,2 dB
DVD rendition: 37,3 dB

Could not convince: speakers of the L20


Contrary to the other Toshiba notebooks equipped with Harman/Kardon, the L20 could not really convince regarding sound rendition. A missing of any basses and a far to low maximum volume could be determined.
Thus the use of headphones is recommended.

Battery Runtime

Since our Toshiba Satellite L20 was equipped only with one 2000 mAh seizing battery, we did not have large expectations concerning the runtime. This fear was then confirmed by the tests. Remedy could bring an upgrade with a battery with higher capacity.

Battery Eater Readers Test – corresponds for instance to the maximum runtime
(min. brightness, WLan off)
performed battery runtime: 1h 35min

Battery Eater Classic Test – corresponds for instance to the minimum runtime
(all max., WLan on)
performed battery runtime: 60min

WLan Operation
(max. brightness, WLan on)
performed battery runtime: 1h 16min

DVD Rendition
(max. brightness, WLan off)
performed battery runtime: 1h 14min

Power Consumption

minimum (everything of or at minimum): 22,6 Watts
idle (max. brightness): 26,7 Watts
maximum (full load inkl. WLAN): 40,2 Watts


Toshiba Satellite L20-155

The Toshiba Satellite L20 is a high-quality laptop for beginners, which is especially useful for office applications and the Internet.

The mirror-free display and the very good keyboard make the L20 a perfect indoor typewriter.

Indoor because of two reasons: First of all the display misses the luminosity and therefore is hardly readable with brighter conditions, and secondly the 2000 mAh battery with maximum runtimes of up to 1,5 h can not be called persistent during wireless current supply. 

Briefly said, the Toshiba Satellite L20 is the correct laptop for those, who look for a favorable mobile computer for inside usage and do not want to miss a good quality of workmanship.

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Tested: the Toshiba Satellite L20-155



Toshiba Satellite L20-155
Graphics adapter
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M - 128 MB VRAM
512 MB 
, DDR2 PC4300
15.00 inch 4:3, 1024 x 768 pixel, XGA TFT Display, glossy: no
60 GB - 5400 rpm, 60 GB 
, 5400 rpm, Toshiba MK6026GAX: 60GB, 5400rpm
3x USB 2.0 Port, 1 x RJ-45 Buchse für LAN, 1 x RJ-11 Buchse für Modem, 1x S-Video für TV out, VGA out, 1x PCMCIA Adapter, Kensington Lock, MicIn, HeadOut
height x width x depth (in mm): 332 x 270 x 36 ( = 13.07 x 10.63 x 1.42 in)
, 2000mAh Lithium-Ionen Akku
Additional features
ATI ID5A31 (SB400), HDD: 60GB, 5400rpm, Toshiba MK6026GAX, Conexant AMC Audio, Supermulti (Double Layer) Matshita DVD RAM UJ-841S,
2.7 kg ( = 95.24 oz / 5.95 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
599 Euro


Das Toshiba Satellite L20...
The equipment of that laptop is adapted especially for office and internet applications
The WLAN key at the front side causes some troubles
The additional keys allow to manage the media functions directly
optimal for people, who write much: the 1A keyboard of the Satellite L20
The L20 is equipped with a DVD Supermulti drive (DL capable)
Since the battery got an own foot, an additional foot is attached beneath
...and thereby is very cheap
...presented itself with a good quality of workmanship...
weak: the battery with a low capacity of 2000 mAh does not offer exciting runtimes

Pro / Contra


  • fine workmanship
  • compact and solid design
  • good keyboard
  • reflecting display
  • low temperature and noise emissions
  • light weight


  • instable with the angle of view especially vertically
  • mediocre runtimes because of a too weak battery (2000 mAh)
  • sound of the loudspeakers is not sufficient

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Toshiba Satellite L20-155 - 08/31/2007
Josef Simon Leitner

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