Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Average of 4 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
The successor. The new version of the Satellite S70 doesn't rely on a GeForce GT 740M chip anymore, but on a Radeon R9 M265X graphics core which enhances gaming performance significantly. The notebook still has a Core-i7 processor, a Full HD display and a Blu-ray burner. Does Toshiba offer a successful all-rounder?
Source: Digital Versus Archive.org version
The Satellite S70 is one of Toshiba's top-of-the-range 17" multimedia laptops. It's a range that boasts an aluminium shell and a powerful configuration. The Toshiba Satellite S70 provides a satisfactory experience and nothing more. It performs well enough for anything except games, but its pitiful screen closes a lot of other doors (photo editing, video editing, use in bright light...).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
The Toshiba Satellite S70 provides strong all-round performance and will make a good desktop-replacement system for both home and office use. However, the screen is below par for a laptop in this price range, and that's an obvious weakness in a laptop that is clearly designed for entertainment. That leaves it looking over-priced at £1199, so if it still interests you it's worth shopping around to see if you can find it at a better price online rather than buying from Toshiba directly.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
Source: PC Pro Archive.org version
Despite this, the Satellite S70-B is a disappointment. It doesn't look or feel like a £1,199 laptop, and the display is well below par. That's by no means the end of the Toshiba's troubles, however, as it also faces stiff competition: the Gigabyte P34G v2 squeezes a superior all-round performance into a portable 14in chassis, while the 17.3in MSI Apache Pro GE70 2PE easily beats the Toshiba at its own game. Unless the Toshiba Satellite S70-B's price takes a dramatic tumble in the coming months, this is one desktop replacement we'd take care to avoid.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 33% performance: 83% features: 50% workmanship: 50%
AMD Radeon R9 M265X:
Mid-range mobile GPU based on the GCN architecture with GDDR5 memory.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4700HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate or technology group. The company was established in 1939 and in 1978 Toshiba became the official company name. The company's products and services include power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard drives, printers, batteries, lighting, logistics and information technology. Toshiba was one of the largest manufacturers of personal computers, consumer electronics, home appliances and medical equipment.
61.5%: Such a poor rating is rare. There are only a few notebooks that were rated even worse. The rating websites do not give a purchase recommendation here.
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