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Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N Notebook Review

Sven Kloevekorn, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/27/2015

Advantage wanted. Toshiba launches a new office laptop powered by the latest AMD APU on the market. It presented an overall decent performance in the test. However, the question arises: Why should buyers not opt for an almost equally priced, stronger Intel alternative?

For the original German review, see here.

Toshiba's 17-inch Satellite C70D-C-10N proves to be an office laptop made for stationary use at a price of 659 Euros (~$736, RRP). It was, however, available for starting at 560 Euros (~$626) at test time. The installed DVD burner points to multimedia. It is powered by the new AMD A4-7210 APU (4x up to 2.2 GHz, TDP: 12 to 25 W) including an integrated AMD Radeon R3 graphics alongside 4 GB of RAM. At least the glossy screen based on the low-cost TN technology has a resolution of 1600x900 pixels. That, just like the conventional 500 GB hard drive and plastic casing, fits in the lower price range where most comparison laptops used in our benchmarks can also be found:

Ten other, some white, C70 alternatives can be found on the product page of the Satellite C70D-C-10N. They may vary from our review sample in terms of screen, CPU, graphics card (some dedicated), RAM configuration, and storage device.

Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N (Satellite C70D Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), Core: 686 MHz, Memory: 1600 MHz, DDR3, 14.502.1013.0
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, 1600 MHz, single-channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, LG Philips LGD0396 / LP173WD1-TLE1, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
AMD KernCZ
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB 
Soundcard
AMD Kabini - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio in/out, 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit/s), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0 + LE
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SU-208GB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.5 x 412.7 x 279.4 ( = 1.04 x 16.25 x 11 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4 cells, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 4 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink: PowerDVD for Toshiba, Power Media Player 12; Evernote; McAfee LiveSafe 30-day trial; Microsoft Office 365 1-month trial; Toshiba: Eco Utility, Function Key, PC Health Monitor, System Settings, Display Utility, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.6 kg ( = 91.71 oz / 5.73 pounds), Power Supply: 132 g ( = 4.66 oz / 0.29 pounds)
Price
649 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

Despite the relatively low price, we are not facing a carelessly built, mainstream casing. The overall design of the completely black, 2.6 kg (~5.7 pounds) 17-incher is rather (sharp) edged. The brushed metal finish on the base's upper side and display's back and the grid above the keyboard that conceals both speakers set optical highlights. The finish is susceptible to fingerprints. Neither the base nor the lid could withstand our warping attempts. However, the audible noises hardly affect the build's good impression.

At first glance, it seems that the battery is easy to remove, but two screws on the underside have to be released first. The base plate has to be removed to access the other components.

The minimum standard of interfaces is found. Ergonomically favorable: The Ethernet port (10/100 MBit), power and the three installed USB ports are situated at the very left back. The other ports and the card slot are center right. Gigabit Wi-Fi or dual-band are not present; the C70D transmits in the 2.4 GHz band in the b/g/n standards and supports Bluetooth 4.0.

Input Devices

Typing on the relatively stable and impeccably fitted keyboard was pleasing owing to the large surfaces and mostly ideally lettered keys. Unfortunately, the number pad has been scaled down a bit, but the spacing between the keys is generous overall. The well-palpable pressure point of the keys with a short drop ensures good feedback, and the soft stroke prevents fatigue. The frequently used space bar produces an audible stroke noise. Toshiba largely relies on the standard layout.

The review sample's price range is immediately obvious when looking at the small and roughened touchpad. However, its responsiveness and accuracy do not give reason for complaint. Drag & drop via double-tap almost always functioned perfectly. The mouse keys also feature a short drop and crisp pressure point. All in all, the buyer will find input devices that absolutely fulfill the demand placed on an affordable office laptop. It, however, naturally cannot compete with the ingenious ThinkPad keyboards by Lenovo.

Display

Less than the present 1600x900 pixels no longer look good when distributed over 17.3 inches. It results in a still acceptable pixel density of 106 ppi with subjectively good image sharpness. The maximum brightness of 264 cd/m² (center, battery mode also) is satisfactory for the price range. That is also true for the contrast of 471:1, although it is only middling in the total comparison. The prior model Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X with the same screen, as well as the other laptops in the test, cannot compete in terms of contrast here due to a higher black value. Toshiba does not offer higher resolutions or IPS screens in this series, but one features a matte surface.

238
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LGD0396 / LP173WD1-TLE1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 298 cd/m² Average: 265.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 264 cd/m²
Contrast: 471:1 (Black: 0.56 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 13.23 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
73% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 48% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.28
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N vs. AdobeRGB
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N vs. AdobeRGB
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N vs. sRGB
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N vs. sRGB

Like the comparison laptops, the review sample cannot score with an accurate color reproduction. The DeltaE rates of 11 and 13 are too high but typical for TN screens and cause a visible bluish tint here. The color profile linked in the box could remedy this. The subjectively vivid color reproduction as well as the limited viewing angles common for TNs is more than satisfactory for the price. The screen in the recently tested 800 Euro (~$894) HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 convertible does a much worse job. Outdoor use on a very cloudy day did not cause problems despite the moderately reflective surface.

Performance

As mentioned in the intro, the equipment in Toshiba's Satellite C70D-C-10 is only suitable for undemanding (office) software, browsing and simple multimedia tasks. Programs, such as Adobe Lightroom, overload the laptop and run sluggishly. Users who like this series will also find pricier C70 configurations based on faster AMD APUs or Intel's Core i5-5200U for just under $800 USD. In our opinion, the C70-C-182 configuration with Intel's Core i3-5015U (~$699) is a bit more attractive. Our current configuration is the budget-end at approximately $600 USD.

Processor

The performance of AMD's newest A4-7210 APU, which can clock at up to 2.2 GHz, is only in the lower range despite its four physical cores. A special feature is the configurable TDP of 12 to 25 watts (review sample: 25 W). The RAM only operates in single-channel mode. The direct predecessor is the lower clocked but otherwise very identical AMD A4-6210, found in the Satellite C70D-B-10X. As the chart below illustrates, the single-core performance does not even come close to that of an Intel Core i3-5005U (2x 2.0 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP: 15 W). The predecessor based on an A4 APU is outperformed. Devices added only for CPU comparison, such as Asus' X751MA (Pentium N3530) and IdeaPad 100 (Pentium N3540), are roughly on par with our review sample or slightly below it. In return, the Stream 13 based on a Celeron N2840 is clearly defeated.

The clock fluctuates at 2 GHz in the Cinebench 15 loop. It is usually 1.8 GHz with occasional peaks in the Prime95 stress test. That does not change in battery mode.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
0.56 Points ∼23%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.29 Points ∼53% +130%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
0.96 Points ∼39% +71%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
0.46 Points ∼19% -18%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
Intel Pentium N3530
0.48 Points ∼20% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBY
Intel Pentium N3540
0.5 Points ∼20% -11%
HP Stream 13-c002ng
Intel Celeron N2840
0.45 Points ∼18% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
1.95 Points ∼6%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.86 Points ∼9% +47%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
2.27 Points ∼7% +16%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
1.75 Points ∼5% -10%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
Intel Pentium N3530
1.84 Points ∼6% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBY
Intel Pentium N3540
1.9 Points ∼6% -3%
HP Stream 13-c002ng
Intel Celeron N2840
0.89 Points ∼3% -54%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
46 Points ∼21%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
109 Points ∼50% +137%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
82 Points ∼38% +78%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
38 Points ∼17% -17%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
Intel Pentium N3530
41 Points ∼19% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBY
Intel Pentium N3540
43 Points ∼20% -7%
HP Stream 13-c002ng
Intel Celeron N2840
41 Points ∼19% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
157 Points ∼4%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
260 Points ∼6% +66%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
208 Points ∼5% +32%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
142 Points ∼3% -10%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
Intel Pentium N3530
153 Points ∼3% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBY
Intel Pentium N3540
158 Points ∼4% +1%
HP Stream 13-c002ng
Intel Celeron N2840
76 Points ∼2% -52%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
1732 Points ∼16%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
4189 Points ∼39% +142%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
3116 Points ∼29% +80%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
1366 Points ∼13% -21%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
Intel Pentium N3530
1311 Points ∼12% -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBY
Intel Pentium N3540
1383 Points ∼13% -20%
HP Stream 13-c002ng
Intel Celeron N2840
1328 Points ∼12% -23%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
5593 Points ∼11%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
8671 Points ∼17% +55%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
6837 Points ∼14% +22%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
4971 Points ∼10% -11%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
Intel Pentium N3530
4583 Points ∼9% -18%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBY
Intel Pentium N3540
4759 Points ∼10% -15%
HP Stream 13-c002ng
Intel Celeron N2840
2533 Points ∼5% -55%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3021
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1732
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5593
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
13.47 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.56 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.95 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
46 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
14.88 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
157 Points
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System Performance

Thanks to the four physical cores and reasonable hard drive, the system performance measured with PCMark 7 ranges on a low, but not the lowest level. Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge E550  achieves an edge of 50% over the review sample. That is not as much due to the marginally faster CPU as the considerably swifter HDD. Handling was mostly smooth and better than expected in practice. The time needed to open programs was acceptable.

PCMark 7
Lightweight (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1483 Points ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2205 Points ∼30% +49%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1243 Points ∼17% -16%
Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1851 Points ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2784 Points ∼30% +50%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1602 Points ∼18% -13%
PCMark 7 Score
1851 points
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Storage Device

According to HD Tune, the 500 GB Toshiba MQ01ABF050 achieves a very solid performance in sequential read but has weaknesses in reading small, physical random blocks (4K read, CrystalDiskMark 3.0) for a conventional hard drive. It thus only places itself in the lower third of the field of HDDs tested in the past twelve months with 0.36 MB/s. The 7200-rpm drive in the ThinkPad Edge 550 does much better here, which is not less than 84% faster with 0.66 MB/s. The SSD in the ProBook 450 G2 absolutely outperforms the HDDs in the other devices.

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Transfer Rate Minimum: 47.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 115 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 88.6 MB/s
Access Time: 18.6 ms
Burst Rate: 127.2 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.6 %

Graphics Card

All laptops in the comparison only sport the CPU-integrated graphics cores without a dedicated memory. Thus, they are at the bottom end in performance, but are still faster than the sluggish Bay Trail graphics cores in Pentium CPUs. However, the Radeon R3 graphics in the A4-7210 lags behind compared with the Intel HD 5500 in Core i processors.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
668 Points ∼1%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel HD Graphics 5500
873 Points ∼2% +31%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel HD Graphics 5500
825 Points ∼2% +24%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
615 Points ∼1% -8%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
237 Points ∼0% -65%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBY
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
202 Points ∼0% -70%
HP Stream 13-c002ng
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
203 Points ∼0% -70%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
3191 Points ∼2%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel HD Graphics 5500
5169 Points ∼3% +62%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel HD Graphics 5500
4854 Points ∼3% +52%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
3057 Points ∼2% -4%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
1670 Points ∼1% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBY
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
1328 Points ∼1% -58%
HP Stream 13-c002ng
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
1385 Points ∼1% -57%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
36567 Points ∼5%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel HD Graphics 5500
45017 Points ∼6% +23%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel HD Graphics 5500
43147 Points ∼6% +18%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
34206 Points ∼5% -6%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
21351 Points ∼3% -42%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBY
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
16705 Points ∼2% -54%
HP Stream 13-c002ng
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
17560 Points ∼2% -52%
3DMark 06 Standard
4229 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
2298 points
3DMark 11 Performance
740 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
31695 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
2763 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
384 points
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Gaming Performance

We were forced to use older and/or graphically undemanding games for our gaming benchmarks. Despite that, not more than the often unsightly minimum setting of 1024x768 pixels was usually possible. "Counterstrike: Go" from 2012 was an exception though, it does not look at all bad in the medium presetting. We were disappointed that not even "StarCraft 2" or "Diablo III" ran smoothly in an acceptable presentation quality.

low med. high ultra
Anno 2070 (2011) 4319.1fps
Diablo III (2012) 37.826.120.8fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 52.840.828.5fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 31.816.7fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 76.622.1fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 30.6fps
Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) 28.49.8fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 49.714.8fps

Emissions

System Noise

Like the contenders in the test, Toshiba's Satellite C70D-C-10N is quiet in all load states. Potential fan noises are not audible at a normal distance from the device. Thus, an in-depth analysis is not needed. If the large keys in the keyboard were quieter, the review sample could be unconditionally recommended for noise sensitive environments.

Noise Level

Idle
32 / 32 / 33.6 dB(A)
HDD
32 dB(A)
DVD
36.9 / dB(A)
Load
33.6 / 33.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Low performance, little waste heat - the maximum temperature of 38 °C (100.4 °F) on the underside in the stress test is not worth mentioning, and easily allows using the device on the lap. The wrist rest even only reaches 31 °C (87.8 °F).

 26.1 °C
79 F
30 °C
86 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
 26.4 °C
80 F
28.2 °C
83 F
31.6 °C
89 F
 
 26 °C
79 F
27.4 °C
81 F
30.7 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 31.6 °C = 89 F
Average: 28.6 °C = 83 F
33.8 °C
93 F
31.1 °C
88 F
27 °C
81 F
33 °C
91 F
30.5 °C
87 F
26.8 °C
80 F
31.6 °C
89 F
30.8 °C
87 F
26.6 °C
80 F
Maximum: 33.8 °C = 93 F
Average: 30.1 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  46 °C = 115 F | Room Temperature 24.5 °C = 76 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.6 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.8 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.6 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.6 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 31.1 °C / 88 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (-3 °C / -5.4 F).

Speakers

Ambient effects and equalizer settings can be selected in the Realtek HD Audio Manager. Music is mid and treble heavy and lacks bass in default settings. However, it cannot be denied that the clear, differentiated and fairly natural sound conveys a certain dynamic and surround feel. The distinctness of instruments only suffers marginally even in bass-heavy Metal music with multiple E guitars plus bass and drums. However, we would have wished for more body, which is of course not possible for the lack of speaker capacity. We cannot complain about volume fluctuations, distortions or other annoyances. Overall, the C70D-C-10N does a surprisingly good job for this price range.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Our comparison here is based on the relatively few tested 17-inch office laptops from the past twelve months. There is no need for a standby power consumption of 0.3 watts. Apart from the idle maximum load state, the review sample belongs to the most frugal laptops. That is, however, also true for some other devices with A4 APUs from AMD, such as the predecessor, the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.2 / 9.9 / 14.5 Watt
Load midlight 20.9 / 23.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Our database for the real world Wi-Fi test using enabled energy-saving mode and a screen brightness dimmed to approximately 150 cd/m² is still a bit limited due to the changes made in our test procedure a few months ago. The review sample achieved very decent 282 minutes with its 45 Wh battery, while the faster ThinkPad Edge E550 (15.6 inches!) with a 48 Wh battery lasted 10% longer, which equals 310 minutes. The rates of the old, somewhat less demanding Wi-Fi test are not directly comparable.

Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
282 min ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
310 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
456 min ∼149%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
395 min ∼129%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
307 min ∼100%

Pros

+ good-looking, well-built casing
+ decent input devices
+ decent screen for TN
+ quiet, cool
+ useful speakers
+ low power consumption
+ good battery life

Cons

- casing susceptible for fingerprints
- easy to warp
- large keys are somewhat loud
- not much more than office possible
- minimum of interfaces
- wi-Fi: no dual-band, no ac

Verdict

In review: Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

Our Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N made a good impression in the test for its price of approximately 560 Euros (~$625). The casing is appealing, and the screen has an acceptable resolution of 1600x900 pixels and does a good job otherwise for TN conditions. Even the input devices were compelling. We did not have many problems with the system performance subjectively, either.

However, Toshiba has to accept the question from a customer's point of view: Why should I actually buy the C70D with this AMD technology when models with obviously stronger Intel hardware are available at a similar price?

Users who only need 15.6 inches should take a closer look at Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge E550, which presently only costs about 540 Euros (~$603).

Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N - 02/25/2016 v5(old)
Sven Kloevekorn

Chassis
71 / 98 → 72%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
41 / 80 → 51%
Weight
59 / 20-67 → 83%
Battery
80%
Display
75%
Games Performance
48 / 68 → 70%
Application Performance
46 / 92 → 50%
Temperature
92%
Noise
91%
Audio
70%
Average
70%
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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N Notebook Review
Sven Kloevekorn, 2015-09-27 (Update: 2018-05-15)