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Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X Notebook Review Update

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 02/03/2015

Quiet and cool. The Satellite C70D-B-10X provides its owner with a basic 17.3-inch office laptop. The device attracts attention with both its low temperatures and noise level. Installing an energy-efficient AMD APU is worthwhile in this case.

For the original German review, see here.

The Satellite C70D-B is the successor of the Satellite C70D-A. The most striking difference is that the "B" models are considerably leaner now. We have tested a member of this slimmer lineup with the Satellite Pro C70-B-111. The "Pro" in the name indicates that this model is primarily aimed at professional users. The laptop is thus shipped with security software and the professional version of Windows 8.1 operating system is preloaded.

Contenders of the Satellite are, for example, the Asus X751MA-TY48H and Acer Aspire E17 E5-721.

We will not go in-depth about the casing, input devices, connectivity and speakers since the Satellite C70D-B and Satellite C70D-A feature identical builds. Corresponding information can be found in the review of the Satellite Pro C70-B-111.

Display

Toshiba furnishes the Satellite with a reflective, 17.3-inch screen that has a native resolution of 1600x900 pixels. The brightness rate of 258.7 cd/m² is acceptable, but the contrast of 324:1 and black level of 0.82 cd/m² should be better.

244
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
288
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 288 cd/m² Average: 258.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 266 cd/m²
Contrast: 324:1 (Black: 0.82 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.65 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 12.44 | - Ø
46% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 1.83
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
TN 1600x900
Asus X751MA-TY148H
TN 1600x900
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
TN 1600x900
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
TN 1600x900
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
TN 1600x900
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
TN 1600x900
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
TN 1920x1080
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
TN 1600x900
Screen
10%
29%
1%
20%
34%
36%
12%
Brightness
259
240
-7%
217
-16%
227
-12%
243
-6%
228
-12%
322
24%
240
-7%
Brightness Distribution
81
86
6%
81
0%
88
9%
84
4%
83
2%
86
6%
79
-2%
Black Level *
0.82
0.58
29%
0.31
62%
0.68
17%
0.464
43%
0.34
59%
0.44
46%
0.54
34%
Contrast
324
450
39%
726
124%
350
8%
534
65%
709
119%
757
134%
483
49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.65
12.26
-5%
10.86
7%
12.18
-5%
10.43
10%
8.34
28%
10.61
9%
10.72
8%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.44
11.97
4%
10.5
16%
13.57
-9%
11.64
6%
8.28
33%
10.74
14%
11.81
5%
Gamma
1.83 131%
1.75 137%
1.85 130%
2.1 114%
2.23 108%
2.07 116%
3.79 63%
2.1 114%
CCT
11961 54%
10896 60%
10896 60%
14690 44%
6486 100%
9533 68%
12587 52%
13927 47%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
46
48
4%
49
7%
45.6
-1%
50
9%
53.3
16%
44.7
-3%

* ... smaller is better

The screen had a DeltaE 2000 shift of 11.65 in state of delivery - a common rate in the Satellite's price range. A rate less than 3 would be ideal. Beyond that, the screen exhibited a visible bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
The Satellite outdoors
The Satellite outdoors

A TN screen is used in the Satellite. This kind of screen can only offer limited viewing angles. The Satellite can be used outdoors when overly bright surroundings are avoided. Otherwise, the reflective desktop thwarts this intention.

Performance

The Satellite C70D-B-10X is a basic, 17.3-inch office laptop. It has enough computing power for applications from the office and Internet fields. Our review sample is sold for around 390 Euros (~$448). Toshiba has many other configurations in its lineup.

Processor

Toshiba equips the Satellite with AMD's A4-6210 (Beema). The CPU part of the APU is a quad-core processor that clocks with a speed of 1.8 GHz. It does not have a Turbo. The full speed is available in both AC and battery modes. The CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks were always performed with 1.8 GHz. The processor's benchmark scores range just below those of a Bay-Trail quad-core processor, such as the Pentium N3530 in, for example, the Asus X751MA-TY148H.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4971
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2934
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1366
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.75 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.46 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
14.27 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
14.52 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
142 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
38 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
38 Points ∼19%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
41 Points ∼21% +8%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
49 Points ∼25% +29%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
49 Points ∼25% +29%
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
78 Points ∼40% +105%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
28 Points ∼14% -26%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
120 Points ∼62% +216%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
33 Points ∼17% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
142 Points ∼7%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
153 Points ∼7% +8%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
175 Points ∼8% +23%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
166 Points ∼8% +17%
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
204 Points ∼9% +44%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
103 Points ∼5% -27%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
298 Points ∼14% +110%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
120 Points ∼6% -15%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.46 Points ∼21%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
0.48 Points ∼22% +4%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
0.6 Points ∼27% +30%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.6 Points ∼27% +30%
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.98 Points ∼44% +113%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.32 Points ∼14% -30%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.36 Points ∼62% +196%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.39 Points ∼18% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.75 Points ∼7%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.84 Points ∼8% +5%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2.15 Points ∼9% +23%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.06 Points ∼9% +18%
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.25 Points ∼9% +29%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.28 Points ∼5% -27%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3.25 Points ∼14% +86%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.39 Points ∼6% -21%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1366 Points ∼15%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1311 Points ∼15% -4%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1804 Points ∼20% +32%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1890 Points ∼21% +38%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2295 Points ∼26% +68%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
4456 Points ∼50% +226%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1213 Points ∼14% -11%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4971 Points ∼10%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4583 Points ∼9% -8%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
6200 Points ∼12% +25%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5958 Points ∼12% +20%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3575 Points ∼7% -28%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
9897 Points ∼20% +99%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4191 Points ∼8% -16%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3174 Points ∼10%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3291 Points ∼11% +4%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
4012 Points ∼13% +26%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3722 Points ∼12% +17%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2441 Points ∼8% -23%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5702 Points ∼18% +80%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1010 Points ∼22%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
993 Points ∼21% -2%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1289 Points ∼28% +28%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1333 Points ∼29% +32%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
777 Points ∼17% -23%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2716 Points ∼58% +169%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
358.6 ms * ∼9%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
305.3 ms * ∼8% +15%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
415.5 ms * ∼10% -16%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
254.9 ms * ∼6% +29%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4640 Points ∼9%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4902 Points ∼10% +6%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
8351.7 ms * ∼14%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6407.6 ms * ∼11% +23%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
879 Points ∼14%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
855 Points ∼14% -3%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly. The PCMark 7 benchmark scores correspond to the APU's potential. PCMark 8 crashed right in the middle, which resulted in rebooting the laptop. Consequently, we cannot provide any scores. This behavior was also observed in Toshiba's Satellite C50D-B-125 based on the same APU.

PCMark 7 Score
1602 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1602 Points ∼20%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1130 Points ∼14% -29%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1810 Points ∼22% +13%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1962 Points ∼24% +22%
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2344 Points ∼29% +46%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2630 Points ∼33% +64%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1431 Points ∼18% -11%

Storage Device

The hard drive in the Satellite comes from Hitachi. It has a capacity of 500 GB and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. The drive's transfer rates are within a normal range for a 5400 rpm model.

Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Transfer Rate Minimum: 9.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 102.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 78.6 MB/s
Access Time: 19.1 ms
Burst Rate: 138.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.2 %

Graphics Card

In addition to the processor, the installed AMD APU also integrates the laptop's graphics core. It is the Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema) GPU. The chip supports DirectX 11.2 and operates with speeds of up to 600 MHz. AMD's graphics core is clearly stronger than Intel's counterpart in the Bay Trail generation. The 3DMark scores of the Radeon core are located between Intel's HD Graphics 4200 and HD Graphics 4400 GPUs. Many on-chip graphics cores allow a simple tuning action: Installing a second working memory module enables dual-channel mode, which allows better usage of the graphics core and better scores. This does not function in the Satellite because the APU's memory controller only supports single-channel mode.

3DMark 11 Performance
684 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
26600 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
2491 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
409 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
684 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
819 Points ∼3% +20%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
859 Points ∼3% +26%
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
540 Points ∼2% -21%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
554 Points ∼2% -19%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1389 Points ∼5% +103%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
576 Points ∼2% -16%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
280 Points ∼1% -59%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
409 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
500 Points ∼2% +22%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
485 Points ∼2% +19%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
303 Points ∼1% -26%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
819 Points ∼4% +100%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
307 Points ∼1% -25%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
177 Points ∼1% -57%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1577 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1934 Points ∼4% +23%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1767 Points ∼3% +12%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
619 Points ∼1% -61%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2491 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3037 Points ∼6% +22%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2489 Points ∼5% 0%
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3063 Points ∼6% +23%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2054 Points ∼4% -18%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
4955 Points ∼10% +99%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2079 Points ∼4% -17%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1703 Points ∼3% -32%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
26600 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
36194 Points ∼3% +36%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
33555 Points ∼3% +26%
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
33303 Points ∼3% +25%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
24017 Points ∼2% -10%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
43697 Points ∼4% +64%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
24550 Points ∼2% -8%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
21399 Points ∼2% -20%

Gaming Performance

The Satellite can smoothly render some computer games in a low resolution and with low quality settings. The Windows Store provides a considerably larger selection of playable titles. These games are designed for relatively low-performance hardware. A different laptop will be needed for playing demanding games regularly. For example, Acer's Aspire E5-771G would not rip a very big hole in the budget. The E5-771-50HX sports a Core i5-4210U processor and GeForce 840M graphics core and is sold for approximately 530 Euros (~$608, without a Windows operating system).

low med. high ultra
Total War: Shogun 2 (2011) 55.112.1fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 59.231.621fps
Battlefield 3 (2011) 16.212.29.1fps
Alan Wake (2012) 13.68.3fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 22.916.8fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 31.221.317fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 18.312.29.9fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 30.521.510.3fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 13.38.5fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 31.315.810.8fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 13.510.45.8fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 9.77.3fps
Dota 2 (2013) 24.921.2fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 21.213.15.1fps
Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) 14.110.85.1fps
The Evil Within (2014) 8.35.1fps

Emissions

System Noise

The Satellite operates very quietly over the entire load range. The fan is occasionally inactive in idle mode, and only the hard drive's noise is audible. The hard drive even drowns out the fan when it spins in idle mode. Replacing the hard drive with a solid state drive would eliminate its noise. The fan does not speed up particularly even during load. We measured a noise level of 33.3 dB in the stress test - many laptops achieve this rate only in idle mode.

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 31.3 / 31.3 dB(A)
HDD
33.6 dB(A)
DVD
37.4 / dB(A)
Load
32.5 / 33.3 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
The Satellite in the stress test
The Satellite in the stress test

Temperature

It really cannot be said that the Satellite gets warm. Just above 30 °C was reached only on a few measuring points even during the stress test. The Satellite processed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) in AC and battery modes in the same manner. While the graphics core ran at full speed (600 MHz), the processor throttled to 1.35 GHz.

Max. Load
 25 °C26.4 °C27.9 °C 
 24.6 °C30.2 °C33.4 °C 
 24.8 °C26.6 °C28.2 °C 
Maximum: 33.4 °C
Average: 27.5 °C
30.2 °C25.8 °C24.6 °C
26.6 °C26.1 °C24.3 °C
26.1 °C28.1 °C25.4 °C
Maximum: 30.2 °C
Average: 26.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.7 °C | Room Temperature 23.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Satellite does not need very much power. The laptop was satisfied with an idle power consumption of up to 11.5 watts - a normal rate for a 17.3-inch laptop. The Satellite's requirement climbed up to 26.1 watts during the stress test, which is on par with a comparable Bay Trail device like the Asus X751MA-TY148H.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.9 / 11.2 / 11.5 Watt
Load midlight 20.8 / 26.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Websites are automatically opened every 40 seconds in the real-world Wi-Fi test. The energy-saving mode is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Satellite achieved a runtime of 5:07 hours here. That is a good time for a 17.3-inch laptop.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
5h 07min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
307 min ∼11%
Acer Aspire E1-771-33114G50Mnii
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
180 min ∼7%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
228 min ∼8%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
237 min ∼9%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
238 min ∼9%
HP Pavilion 17-f050ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
274 min ∼10%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
301 min ∼11%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
342 min ∼13%

Verdict

Toshiba's Satellite C70D-B-10X is currently listed with a price of approximately 390 Euros (~$448) on various price comparison websites. The buyer gets a basic 17.3-inch office laptop with enough computing power for applications from the office and Internet fields for this money. The laptop barely heats up and produces little noise. The installed screen's brightness is decent, but the contrast is too low. Unfortunately, Toshiba uses a model with a reflective surface. The maintenance cover that was still existent in the former Satellite C70D-A model has been axed in the Satellite C70-B. Consequently, the casing has to be opened for replacing the hard drive.

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In review: Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X (Satellite C70D Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), Core: 600 MHz, single-channel, Catalyst Omega 14.12 (15.501.1003.0)
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank filled)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, LG Philips LP173WD1-TLE1, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 420 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Hudson-2 High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 4.0 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit), Broadcom BCM43142 (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SU-208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29 x 413 x 268 ( = 1.14 x 16.26 x 10.55 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V, 4200 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: 102 keys, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.7 kg ( = 95.24 oz / 5.95 pounds), Power Supply: 216.6 g ( = 7.64 oz / 0.48 pounds)
Price
449 Euro

 

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Pros

+Device barely heats up
+Mostly quiet operation
+Decent battery life
 

Cons

-No maintenance cover
-12-month warranty only

Shortcut

What we like

The casing's low temperatures and its low noise development.

What we'd like to see

A higher-contrast screen with a matte surface and a maintenance cover.

What surprises us

Nothing.

The competition

Asus X751MA-TY148HAcer Aspire E17 E5-721HP Pavilion 17-f050ngAcer Aspire E1-771Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50MnskAcer Aspire E1-772GToshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L.

Rating

Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X - 01/28/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
72%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 81%
Weight
58 / 67 → 81%
Battery
88%
Display
69%
Games Performance
57 / 68 → 84%
Application Performance
49 / 92 → 53%
Temperature
93%
Noise
92%
Audio
44%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
68%
75%
Office - Weighted Average
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