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Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 Notebook Review

Christoph Herberholz, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/12/2014

Hot Gamer? Toshiba self-confidently advertises its new multimedia laptop, Satellite L70-B-130 with AMD's R9 M265X as "Enthusiast Graphics". Our review reveals whether the 17-inch laptop justifies this high claim, why "hot" should be taken literally, and for whom the laptop might be worth looking at.

For the original German review, see here.

Is it a multimedia device or already a gamer? Some readers will ask this when studying the spec sheet of Toshiba's new Satellite L70-B-130. While the Satellite series of the Japanese technology company has been dedicated to covering the multimedia sector for years, and left premium competences up to its Qosmio line-up, there now might just be a transition into the entry-level gaming range here.

The reason for the speculations and confusion about where to classify the slim 3.3 cm (~1.3 inches), 17-inch machine is AMD's new Radeon R9 M265X with a name that throughout suggests membership to the entry-level premium range. Toshiba even advertises it with the bristling, self-confident words "Enthusiast Graphics". On the other hand, the user might fear that it is again an "old" GPU, like in the case of the Radeon R9 M290X, which simply turned out to be a renamed Radeon HD 8970M. The solution follows under "Graphics Card".

However, we do not want to leave the other components of the Satellite L70-B-130 unmentioned: Intel's Core i7 4710HQ, 8 GB of working memory (1 of 2 slots filled), a 5400 rpm Toshiba HDD, and 750 GB of storage capacity promise decent power for most diverse multimedia purposes. Our review sample has to compete against other 17-inch devices from Acer, in form of the Aspire V3-772G (GTX 850M GDDR5), Asus and its N750JK (GTX 850M DDR3) and MSI's GP70 (840M DDR3). We will start the test with the casing, as usual.

Case

A lot of wrappings protect the shiny plastic casing against dust and dirt.
A lot of wrappings protect the shiny plastic casing against dust and dirt.
Spy's dream: a computer that automatically collects biometric data
Spy's dream: a computer that automatically collects biometric data

"Mirror, mirror on the wall..." - that famous phrase may just jump to mind when looking at the portable computer clad in glossy plastic. But seriously: Toshiba opposes the trend of more restrained, matte casing surfaces and relies on a plastic casing with a piano paint finish. As observed, there is no accounting for taste, but this design option does not really convince us, particularly since the excitement about the shiny new gadget is short-lived after removing the masses of plastic wrappings sticking on the casing. It does not take long before dust and fingerprints magically appear on the almost 2.9 kilogram (~6.4 lb) multimedia machine. The plastic feel of the Satellite L70-B-130 does not receive any top scores either - especially in view of the competition's increasing use of aluminum-based casings.

Regardless of this drawback, the L70-B-130 proves to be a decent and appropriately built laptop in view of the price. We did not discover any manufacturing flaws or major slip-ups on the 17-inch device. The rigidity is satisfactory, although it is only average. Although the display's lid can be twisted quite strongly, the base unit is rigid. The same is true for the relatively smooth-running hinges that allow opening with one hand, but could be pulled a bit tighter in the opinion of the writer. All in all, we deem the casing's quality suitable for the price range, though it does not excel in this respect.

Connectivity

Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130 has a total of four USB ports for data exchange (2x USB 2.0 + 2x USB 3.0), and a multi-card reader that supports SD, microSD, SDHC, SDXC, and MultiMedia card formats. The 17-inch laptop features the common HDMI port for multi-monitor operation. Users who still have older monitors or projectors will be satisfied by the analog VGA port. Toshiba has also managed to install a DVD burner despite the slim build of its multimedia machine. The interfaces are rounded off by the compulsory RJ45 socket, audio jacks (microphone-in, headphone-out), Kensington lock.

We can hardly complain about anything regarding the connectivity. The multimedia device is equipped with all the common and frequently used interfaces. However, we do have to reproach the questionable interface and fan positioning. Why Toshiba places most ports on the right (mouse hand) and then installs the fan so that it discharges waste heat in that direction as well is beyond us. Thus, we would describe it as less than ideal for right-handed users, particularly when using the ports on that side.

Left: Kensington Lock, power socket, 2x USB 2.0, DVD RW drive
Left: Kensington Lock, power socket, 2x USB 2.0, DVD RW drive
Right: Audio jacks, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, RJ45, VGA, vent
Right: Audio jacks, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, RJ45, VGA, vent

Communication

Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130 naturally features a Wi-Fi module and the latest Bluetooth 4.0 standard for wireless communication. Intel's Dual-Band Wireless-AC 3160 HMC adapter is installed, and it provided us with an inconspicuous and thus issue-free connectivity in the test using a Telecom Speedport W921V. A stable connection was even ensured at longer distances or through 1 - 2 walls.

Accessories

Not many accessories are enclosed for the Satellite L70-B-130, and our first impression was, with a wink: "This is Sparta (n)!" The manufacturer only provides 2 thin leaflets for the portable computer. However, we cannot say with certainty as this might be because the device was provided to us from the manufacturer for the test. Overall, Toshiba restrains itself subtly following the motto "less is more" in terms of packaging and accessories.

Maintenance

sore spot of the Satellite is the virtually non-existing maintenance cover. The tester struggled through the tedious procedure (at least the first time). A piece of well-meant advice from us: we only recommend this to bold and savvy users. 17 screws sound like a lot, but they are the least of the problem. We would be curious to find out why the additional, countless plastic hooks are necessary. The base plate could only be released from its uncooperative fixings with a lot of patience, subtlety, and careful levering after some time. The fact that the plastic hooks and base plate are made of very thin material in some places made this to a risky and anything but a fast and easy maintenance task. We would definitely discourage inexperienced users from doing this! Also annoying: This torture not only awaits techies who want to access the fan, heat pipes, and motherboard, but also is encountered in more typical scenarios such as replacing the RAM or hard drive. However, when this feat has been accomplished, Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130 reveals all its inner values.

Warranty

Toshiba includes a 24-month, bring-in manufacturer warranty on its Satellite L70 in Europe. Customers from Germany or Austria can also take advantage of an on-site pick-up service when repair is registered via Toshiba's laptop hotline.

Input Devices

Keyboard

As is the case in nearly all laptops, Toshiba installs a keyboard with isolated keys (chiclet style) in its multimedia laptop. Of course it also features a number pad, obligatory for this casing size. The keys' dimensions are sufficient, and the manufacturer has only reduced the size of the arrow keys considerably. They only have half the height and thus need a bit of getting used to before they can be hit accurately. The keys' drop is very short, and in the tester's opinion the stroke is a bit undefined and spongy. In view of the keyboard's relatively thin and not particularly good quality impression, we think it is not very suitable for prolific writers.

Touchpad

The touchpad gives a much better impression. The pleasantly sized, 11 x 7 cm (~4.33 x 2.75 inches) touch-sensitive area of the touchpad mostly detects touch gestures flawlessly. We would describe the feel and gliding properties of the touchpad's surface as agreeable and good. However, we would prefer dedicated keys over the integrated mouse buttons, which would facilitate use when not looking. An annoying but common issue among all Windows 8 (.1) laptops is that when a finger swipes too close to the touchpad's edge to push the cursor toward the inside, the Windows 8 (.1) side bar opens regularly, which often leads to aggravating incorrect operations.

The input devices of Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130
The input devices of Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130
The touchpad of Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130
The touchpad of Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130

Display

The Satellite L70-B-130 relies on a glossy screen in HD+ resolution.
The Satellite L70-B-130 relies on a glossy screen in HD+ resolution.

Toshiba also bucks the trend with the screen of its Satellite L70-B-130. Not only does the TN screen's glossy finish (glossy-type) match the 17-inch device's shiny casing, the resolution of 1600x900 pixels (HD+) are becoming rare in the consumer sector these days. This idiosyncratic decision against the long-established Full HD resolution in favor of HD+, leads to a somewhat coarse reproduction with a screen diagonal of 17.3 inches (43.9 cm).

We confirmed an average brightness of 201 cd/m² in Samsung's screen (model: 173KT02-T01), which is a below average rate. It should however be enough for indoor use in most cases. The screen's brightness and reflective finish might only prove a drawback in brightly lit rooms or at a window seat. The illumination of 80% is also average, and the picture largely makes a homogeneous impression.

190
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
195
cd/m²
178
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Samsung 173KT02-T01
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 222 cd/m² Average: 201.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 213 cd/m²
Contrast: 176:1 (Black: 1.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.54 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 11.41 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
50% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.48
Satellite L70-B-130 vs. sRGB
Satellite L70-B-130 vs. sRGB
Satellite L70-B-130 vs. AdobeRGB
Satellite L70-B-130 vs. AdobeRGB

The contrast of poor 176:1 results in an only moderate black level of 1.21 cd/m². These rates lead to comparatively faint colors and an unsaturated black reproduction that shifts a bit into gray. Subjectively, the screen fares better than the measured rates suggest. The screen's fairly vivid impression might also be due to the glossy finish, but the user should not really expect a high contrast and rich color representation.

The Samsung screen achieves a 50% coverage of the large AdobeRGB color space, and a 68%coverage of the sRGB color space. These rates are acceptable for normal consumer utilization. However, demanding image editors will have to avoid the L70-B-130. The screen's color reproduction in the state of delivery is only moderate. Seeing that a DeltaE rate of more than 3 is already visible as a distinct color deviation, the DeltaE 2000 shift of 9.54 that we ascertained using CalMAN is no credential for the screen of the L70. The obvious color shift also results in a laptop-typical, but in this case, quite a significant bluish cast of the screen.

CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps

screen brightness of approximately 200 cd/m² plus the screen's glare surface equals ... not exactly the best requirements for outdoor use. This again proves true: Even in the shade, the user will struggle with evident reflections on the screen. Only brighter content can be read fairly well. It gets worse when the darker content comes into play or the sun comes out, and the reflections will reach a very distracting magnitude.

The viewing angles are not innately one of the biggest advantages of TN technology, which is also used in this laptop. On the horizontal plane, the color reproduction remains stable even in more acute angles for a long time. Typical for TN, it looks worse vertically. The slightest shifts upward or downward result in distorted colors. Although this is not a major problem in darker surroundings (e.g. DVD night), the screen's glossy surface also limits the viewing angles in bright rooms.

Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Outdoor use is not one of the Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130's strengths.
Outdoor use is not one of the Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130's strengths.

Performance

Now we will look at the computing power of Toshiba's Satellite L70-B.130. The popular and most commonly installed Intel Core i7-4710HQ is responsible for central processing tasks. As known, the quad-core CPU integrates the HD Graphics 4600 unit for simpler graphic tasks, which is automatically activated via the Enduro technology in low load scenarios (automatic graphics switching; AMD's counterpart to Nvidia's Optimus). When more power is needed, the system switches to the new AMD Radeon R9 M265X. 8 GB of RAM and a 5400 rpm HDD with a capacity of 750 GB support the system.

System information: Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130

Processor

As mentioned, Toshiba also relies on Intel's Core i7-4710HQ in its multimedia machine. The CPU model of the American computer giant is available as a socketed (MQ) and soldered (HQ), and has established itself as perennial in the mobile quad-core processor sector. That is also justified, because the processor can be seen as a "golden cut" with a base clock of 2.5 GHz up to 3.5 GHz via Intel's Turbo Boost in terms of performance/price.

The 4710HQ also proves its qualities in the Satellite L70_B-130. The processing unit achieved a score of 532 in multi-core and 132 in single-core rendering of the Cinebench R15 benchmark. The clock frequencies, however, did not reach the ideal rates. While the CPU achieved the specified maximum of 3.5 GHz with slight fluctuations in single-core operation, it did not go beyond 2.9 GHz in multi-core operation (3.5 GHz should be possible according to the specs). This also has an effect on the benchmark results as can be seen in the following comparison chart. The performance is fixed to the base speed of 2.5 GHz in battery mode.

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
535 Points ∼12%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
579 Points ∼13% +8%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
464 Points ∼11% -13%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
324 Points ∼7% -39%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
660 Points ∼15% +23%

Legend

 
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M265X, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
 
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk Intel Core i7-4702MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
 
Asus N750JK-T4042H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
 
MSI GP70-2PEi545 Intel Core i5-4200H, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q) Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.33 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.54 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
63.77 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
132 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
535 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
58.25 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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System Performance

We examined the system performance of Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130 with the PCMark benchmark tests. They simulate multiple, different tasks on the device, and provide an outlook on the laptop's total performance. Our review sample achieved the expected good results for the system configuration in both PCMark 7 and the newer PCMark 8. There are barely any differences compared with the competition. Only MSI's GP70 with only 4 GB of RAM and Intel's Core i5-4200H lags behind marginally in the direct comparison.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
4378 Points ∼67%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
4216 Points ∼65% -4%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
3972 Points ∼61% -9%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
3625 Points ∼56% -17%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
4155 Points ∼39%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
4826 Points ∼46% +16%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
4762 Points ∼45% +15%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
3554 Points ∼34% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
3791 Points ∼62%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
3474 Points ∼57% -8%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
3827 Points ∼63% +1%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
2819 Points ∼46% -26%

Legend

 
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M265X, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
 
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk Intel Core i7-4702MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
 
Asus N750JK-T4042H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
 
MSI GP70-2PEi545 Intel Core i5-4200H, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
PCMark 7 Score
3278 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3791 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4155 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4378 points
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Storage Devices

Toshiba installs a HDD from its own product line for storing all data. The hard drive with the model number MQ01ABD075 has a capacity of 750 GB, and works with the common 5400 rpm. The L70-B-130 achieved a read speed of 107.7 MB/s in CrystalDiskMark, and HD Tune recorded an average transfer rate of 82.3 MB/s for our review sample. The transfer rates are thus up-to-date and on the expected level for a 5400 rpm hard drive.

TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Transfer Rate Minimum: 37.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 115.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 82.3 MB/s
Access Time: 20 ms
Burst Rate: 124.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.1 %

Graphics Card

Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Unigine Heaven Benchmark

Toshiba very self-confidently dubs the dedicated graphics unit as "Enthusiast Graphics". The laptop manufacturer relies on AMD's new Radeon R9 M265X. However, the graphics chip does not really seem new to us when we look at the technical specifications, and most benchmark tools also display it as the Radeon HD 8850M graphics solution. That is not surprising since both GPUs feature 640 Shaders, a 2 GB GDDR5 video memory, and the same 128-bit data bus. We also find the maximum core clock of 625 MHz in the data sheet of the HD 8850M. The synthetic benchmarks confirm the R9 M265X's good multimedia performance. AMD's GPU is able to leave the GeForce 840M in MSI's GP70 behind, but it clearly does not stand a chance against the GTX 850M in either the DDR3 version (Asus N750JK) or the GDDR5 version (Acer Aspire V3-772G).

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
3057 Points ∼14%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
1953 Points ∼9% -36%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
3700 Points ∼16% +21%
1280x720 Performance Physics (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
6485 Points ∼33%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
3928 Points ∼20% -39%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
6378 Points ∼33% -2%
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
2678 Points ∼5%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
2493 Points ∼5% -7%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
4497 Points ∼9% +68%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
2977 Points ∼8%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
2562 Points ∼7% -14%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
4616 Points ∼13% +55%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
4558 Points ∼13% +53%

Legend

 
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M265X, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
 
MSI GP70-2PEi545 Intel Core i5-4200H, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Asus N750JK-T4042H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
 
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk Intel Core i7-4702MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
3DMark 06 Standard
15426 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
10557 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2977 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9950 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1963 points
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Gaming Performance

Even cutting-edge tracks, such as Risen 3, can be played on the Satellite L70-B-130.
Even cutting-edge tracks, such as Risen 3, can be played on the Satellite L70-B-130.

Our "enthusiasm" was kept within bounds. However, when the graphics performance of AMD's processing unit is evaluated more realistically and the marketing claims of the manufacturer are disregarded, the R9 M265X is quite impressive on a multimedia level. As our gaming benchmarks show, the GPU places itself between the 840M and 850M DDR3, and is thus primarily suitable for rendering medium to high details using the native 1600x900 pixels. However, the graphics processor is not fast enough for Full HD and maximum settings in very high-requirement games like Thief. Users who focus on gaming will have to dig a bit deeper in their pockets, and increase their budget to approximately 1200 Euros (~$1520). This price range offers models with the 850M with GDDR5 video memory (Aspire V3-772G) or even with the GTX 860M (Clevo W370SS) with considerably higher graphics power.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
18.5 fps ∼7%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
14.8 fps ∼6% -20%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
38.6 fps ∼15% +109%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
28 fps ∼11% +51%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
54.9 fps ∼13%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
43.7 fps ∼11% -20%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
100.4 fps ∼25% +83%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
84 fps ∼21% +53%
Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
23.4 fps ∼8%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
16.9 fps ∼6% -28%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
40 fps ∼14% +71%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
31 fps ∼11% +32%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
52.6 fps ∼10%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
32.9 fps ∼6% -37%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
87.1 fps ∼17% +66%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
85 fps ∼17% +62%
Far Cry 3
1920x1080 DX11 Ultra Preset (HDAO, Enhanced Alpha To Coverage) AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
10.4 fps ∼14%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
8.4 fps ∼11% -19%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
17.2 fps ∼23% +65%
1366x768 DX11 High Preset (SSAO, Standard Alpha To Coverage) AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
32.5 fps ∼28%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
25.4 fps ∼22% -22%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
49.2 fps ∼42% +51%
1366x768 DX9 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
56.9 fps ∼41%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
47 fps ∼34% -17%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
70.1 fps ∼51% +23%

Legend

 
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M265X, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
 
MSI GP70-2PEi545 Intel Core i5-4200H, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk Intel Core i7-4702MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
 
Asus N750JK-T4042H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
low med. high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 94.8 69.9 47.4 26.4 fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 157.4 81.7 48 21.9 fps
Diablo III (2012) 95.1 82.2 51.6 fps
Dishonored (2012) 104.9 85.9 78 44 fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 110.9 90.1 53.5 34.7 fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 50.5 46 31.1 14.7 fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 56.9 32.5 10.4 fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 149.9 75.8 52.6 23.4 fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 123.8 64.1 54.9 18.5 fps
Thief (2014) 37.8 27.2 23.5 12.7 fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 71.2 40 25.2 fps
Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014) 60 47.2 28.3 15.6 fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 84.5 46.6 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The fan's characteristic is acceptable for a device from the multimedia sector. The low noise development during little computing load is a positive. Its noise level of 33 dB(A) remains consistent and quiet, though not silent, and thus it is suitable for use in a library. As with every laptop, the tide turns in load scenarios. The L70-B-130 is very audible here. We would wish for a slightly lower noise emission in view of the available performance, particularly since some considerably stronger gaming laptops achieve a similar level. The competitors do a much better job here. While MSI's GP70 reaches a similar noise level during the stress test, the significantly higher-performance Aspire V3-772G is satisfied with a maximum of 44.6 dB(A). The quietest device in our quartet is Asus' N750JK with a maximum of just 40.9 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
33 / 33 / 33 dB(A)
HDD
33.2 dB(A)
DVD
35.6 / dB(A)
Load
47.2 / 47.3 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

The stress test caused very high CPU & GPU temperatures.
The stress test caused very high CPU & GPU temperatures.
The GPU's temperature climbed to 95 °C in Far Cry 3.
The GPU's temperature climbed to 95 °C in Far Cry 3.

We are faced with a divided impression when looking at the temperatures of Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130. The casing's temperatures still look very good. While the device's surfaces only heated up marginally in the low load range, we found the device's hotspot in the right area on the underside. This is where the CPU and GPU are located, and pass the accumulated waste heat on to the large fan. The other parts of the casing also remained agreeably cool in this scenario.

It looks all the more dramatic for the internal temperatures. Peak temperatures of 100 °C (~212 °F) on the CPU (throttling to 1.8 to 2 GHz) and, above all, tremendously high 96 °C (~204.8 °F) on the GPU are extreme temperatures. It is obvious that the cooling design with a relatively large, but just only one fan and only one heat pipe for both CPU & GPU is clearly overburdened.

Unfortunately, this did not only occur during our absolutely unrealistic stress test. The GPU-Z recorded a GPU temperature of up to 95 °C (~203 °F) even in our short benchmark sequence of Far Cry 3! The graphics chip's core rates fluctuated between 575 MHz and the maximum 625 MHz. We would therefore not really recommend the laptop for excessive gaming sessions.

Max. Load
 26.4 °C
80 F
34.7 °C
94 F
54 °C
129 F
 
 35.5 °C
96 F
41.9 °C
107 F
45.6 °C
114 F
 
 25.7 °C
78 F
25.9 °C
79 F
33.4 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 54 °C = 129 F
Average: 35.9 °C = 97 F
51.3 °C
124 F
28.2 °C
83 F
25.3 °C
78 F
42 °C
108 F
29.5 °C
85 F
25 °C
77 F
31 °C
88 F
27.9 °C
82 F
25.2 °C
77 F
Maximum: 51.3 °C = 124 F
Average: 31.7 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  53 °C = 127 F | Room Temperature 24.2 °C = 76 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.9 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 54 °C / 129 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 51.3 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.5 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (33.4 °C / 92.1 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-4.3 °C / -7.7 F).

Speakers

The speakers in Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130 give an exceptionally good presentation in our opinion. Our review sample features speakers from Onkyo and amplification via the multi-channel sound system from DTS. Though we are accustomed to only average from Clevo laptops that also use Onkyo speakers, the sound system in the L70-B-130 convinces with a surprisingly rich and full sound. The tester believes it is clearly above the average laptop speakers.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130 proves very modest with an average idle consumption rate of 11 Watts. It is on par with Asus' N750JK that does not consume significantly more with 12.4 Watts. MSI's GP70 and the Aspire V3-772G are a bit more wasteful with 13.8 and 18.2 Watts respectively. On the other hand, the power consumption naturally increases when the laptop is put to work. We recorded an average rate of almost 80 Watts, and a maximum of 86 Watts in the stress test from the Satellite L70-B-130. The GP70 has the lowest rates with an average of 56.3 Watts. Acer's device also undercuts the L70 with an average consumption of just below 70 Watts. The review sample is only outdone by Asus' N750JK that holds the last place with 85 Watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.9 / 10.9 / 11.5 Watt
Load midlight 79.5 / 86 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130 is equipped with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 48 Wh. It is very long-lasting owing to the described low power hunger while idling, and keeps the laptop running for a maximum of 7 hours and 46 minutes. This looks different when the laptop is used during a medium or high load without an external power supply. Both our Wi-Fi test and our video test show that the user will only have approximately 3 hours of entertainment before the L70 has to be recharged. The multimedia laptop can only be used for approximately three quarters of an hour before the battery is drained from high load (Battery Eater Classic, max. brightness, wireless modules on).

Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
197 min ∼90%
Asus N750JK-T4042H
321 min ∼146%
MSI GP70-2PEi545
182 min ∼83%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
169 min ∼77%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
220 min ∼100%

Legend

 
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M265X, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
 
Asus N750JK-T4042H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
 
MSI GP70-2PEi545 Intel Core i5-4200H, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
 
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk Intel Core i7-4702MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
 
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q) Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 48min
WiFi Surfing
3h 17min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
2h 51min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 46min

Verdict

In review: Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
In review: Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130

The market for multimedia laptops in the price range of below 1000 Euros (~$1267) is highly competitive, and Toshiba takes its place with the objective of playing along in the concert of gaming suitable multimedia laptops. However, the manufacturer takes an approach in some categories that we do not always understand: A shiny piano painted, plastic casing alongside a glossy screen with 1600x900 pixels in a 17.3 inch screen diagonal is just as incomprehensible to us as dubbing the AMD Radeon R9 M265X "Enthusiast Graphics". Potential buyers who still want to find out a bit more about their planned acquisition, and thus take up the laptop hunt with realistic expectations, will find a powerful multimedia computer with good performance for various application fields in Toshiba's Satellite L70-B-130. We also liked the very decent sound system and the good idle battery runtime. However, we have to criticize the device's tremendously high temperature development on the CPU & GPU during load, which could be observed not just during the stress test.

Buyers who put more value on a noticeably higher gaming performance and can increase their budget to 1200 Euros (~$1520), should look for a device with a GTX 850M or higher. Some examples would be Asus' N750JK, Acer's V3-772G or the Clevo W370SS.

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In Review: Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130. Test model courtesy of Toshiba Germany.
In Review: Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130. Test model courtesy of Toshiba Germany.

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 (Satellite L70 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R9 M265X - 2048 MB, Core: 625 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, GDDR5, 13.351.1001.0, Enduro
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1600 MHz; 1 slot filled (single-channel); 2 slots available
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, Samsung 173KT02-T01, TN, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Storage
TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075, 750 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone-out (stereo), microphone-in, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8E2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 33 x 413 x 268 ( = 1.3 x 16.26 x 10.55 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1280 x 720
Additional features
Speakers: Onkyo stereo speakers, DTS Sound, Skullcandy certified, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, CyberLink MediaStory, CyberLink PowerDVD, DTS Sound, Evernote®, McAfee LiveSafe™ (30 cay trial), MS Office 365 (30 day trial), Eco Utility, function key, Media Player by sMedio TrueLink+ PC Health Monitor, system settings, display utility, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.87 kg ( = 101.24 oz / 6.33 pounds), Power Supply: 540 g ( = 19.05 oz / 1.19 pounds)
Price
949.00 Euro

 

In review today: the new Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130.
In review today: the new Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130.
The multimedia laptop comes to life via the power button in the upper right.
The multimedia laptop comes to life via the power button in the upper right.
Also on-board: the new AMD Radeon R9 M265X.
Also on-board: the new AMD Radeon R9 M265X.
Intel's i7 4710HQ joins the team.
Intel's i7 4710HQ joins the team.
Lots of plastic wrappings protect the shiny device against plaguing dust.
Lots of plastic wrappings protect the shiny device against plaguing dust.
When removed, the laptop is soon a target for dust and fingerprints.
When removed, the laptop is soon a target for dust and fingerprints.
It will very likely find potential buyers anyway.
It will very likely find potential buyers anyway.
The silver wrist rest sets a nice color contrast to the black keyboard.
The silver wrist rest sets a nice color contrast to the black keyboard.
The base unit's plain and not too frilly design is appealing.
The base unit's plain and not too frilly design is appealing.
The laptop looks good even in a closed state.
The laptop looks good even in a closed state.
The keyboard unfortunately does not make a very good impression, and is only suitable to an extent for prolific writers.
The keyboard unfortunately does not make a very good impression, and is only suitable to an extent for prolific writers.
The touchpad delights with its pleasant gliding traits. Multi-touch gestures are implemented satisfactorily.
The touchpad delights with its pleasant gliding traits. Multi-touch gestures are implemented satisfactorily.
Stress-free outdoor use is thwarted by the glossy screen's middling brightness.
Stress-free outdoor use is thwarted by the glossy screen's middling brightness.
The sound system makes a good impression and stands out from the broad mainstream.
The sound system makes a good impression and stands out from the broad mainstream.
At least the base plate features matte plastic.
At least the base plate features matte plastic.
The lithium ion battery is removable...
The lithium ion battery is removable...
...and has a capacity of 48 Wh.
...and has a capacity of 48 Wh.
A heat pipe can be seen under the vents in the base plate,...
A heat pipe can be seen under the vents in the base plate,...
...just like the fan. But, how can they be accessed?
...just like the fan. But, how can they be accessed?
The laptop has definitely not been made for maintenance. A lot of patience, carefulness, and sweat...
The laptop has definitely not been made for maintenance. A lot of patience, carefulness, and sweat...
...are necessary before accessing the innards like RAM and...
...are necessary before accessing the innards like RAM and...
...fan. The CPU and GPU share one heat pipe.
...fan. The CPU and GPU share one heat pipe.

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Pros

+Stylish design
+Decent sound system
+Compelling multimedia and gaming performance
+Pleasant casing temperatures
+Long idle runtime
 

Cons

-Piano lacquer surfaces very dust sensitive
-Glare screen with middling brightness
-No Full HD resolution
-Very high load hardware temperatures
-Slightly high load noise development
-No maintenance cover
-Weak battery life during medium and high load

Shortcut

What we like

The sound system's rich and forceful sound was a nice surprise.

What we'd like to see

A maintenance cover that would at least enable accessing the common components.

What surprises us

That Toshiba takes two steps back and uses a glare screen in HD+ resolution.

The competition

Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk

Asus N750JK-T4042H

MSI GP70 Leopard

Rating

Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 - 10/06/2014 v4(old)
Christoph Herberholz

Chassis
53 / 98 → 54%
Keyboard
65%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
64 / 81 → 79%
Weight
58 / 20-67 → 81%
Battery
73%
Display
66%
Games Performance
89 / 85 → 100%
Application Performance
87 / 92 → 95%
Temperature
82%
Noise
74 / 95 → 78%
Audio
70%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
69%
74%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Christoph Herberholz, 2014-10-12 (Update: 2018-05-15)