Toshiba Satellite C670D review

A powerful desktop replacement laptop with a fantastic screen

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Toshiba satellite c670d

As a desktop replacement laptop with power its main selling point compared to other portable PCs, the specifications of the Toshiba Satellite C670D are incredibly important. Unlike its sister laptop – the Satellite C670 – or its closest competitor – the HP Pavilion DV6-3112sa – the Satellite C670D doesn't run the fantastic Intel Core i3 processor.

Instead it features the newest AMD E-series processor, running dual core at 1.6GHz. Knowing just how well Intel's Core i3 processors perform – especially the second generation Sandy Bridge versions – it's a shame that the Satellite C670D doesn't benefit from the power of these new processors.

That's not to say that the AMD E-series processor is bad, just that it's underpowered compared to Intel. The laptop is bolstered, however, with 4GB DDR3 RAM – a comparatively large amount for a laptop, with the HP Pavilion DV6-3112sa only fitting in 3GB. The large amount of RAM boosts the speed and potential of this laptop, with multitasking in Windows 7 particularly benefiting from the extra power.

One of the most impressive specifications of the Toshiba Satellite C670D is its 17.3-inch screen. Screens of this size are becoming a bit of a rarity these days, with added emphasis being placed on mobility and convenience. The Toshiba Satellite C670D certainly isn't a laptop you can carry around in your bag like the Toshiba NB520-108, but that's not what it has been designed for.

Toshiba satellite c670d

The Toshiba Satellite C670D's large screen offers great media playback, plenty of desktop space for working on multiple documents at once and even gaming. The integrated graphics card lets things down slightly, and will mean that only light games, or ones with their graphics settings turned to low, will be able to run. The same goes for video editing.

The specifications of the Toshiba Satellite C670D state the hard drive capacity as 320GB, although in reality this is actually 300GB divided into two 150GB partitions, with one partition containing Windows 7 Home Premium. This is a nice touch, as you can keep the other partition for storing your personal files, so if you need to reinstall Windows your personal files will remain untouched.

Giving over 150GB to Windows 7 seems a bit excessive, however, and if you have a lot of digital photographs you may find the other 150GB partition will fill up quickly.

The large screen means that the laptop's size is pretty big, and impacts on how portable the machine is. This is a laptop that's more comfortable to use around the house, rather than out and about.

The increased size does have its benefits, however. The amount of space available allows a full sized keyboard to be included. This makes using the keyboard and working on the laptop for long periods of time much more comfortable than when using smaller laptops.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6310
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4.50 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite C670D
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelE-350
ColourMatte Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.83 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelA50M
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.92 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height37.9 mm
Width413.6 mm
Depth270 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC670D
Product ModelC670D-108
Product NameSatellite C670D-108 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSC4AE-00N009EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Designed for great everyday performance, Satellite range products are affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require. You can buy Satellite products through an extensive network of high street and online retailers.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite C670D-108 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year