Toshiba Satellite P70 review

High-end 'larger laptop' lines up against the ultrabooks

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The Toshiba Satellite P70 makes up for its lack of eye candy with powerful core components.

The Core i7-4700MQ is one of Intel's new Haswell chips, and it deploys a 22nm manufacturing process and several architectural improvements to boost both performance and battery life when compared to last year's Ivy Bridge silicon.

The chip used here is a quad-core, 2.4GHz part that uses Hyper-Threading and, via Turbo Boost, reaches a top speed of 3.4GHz.

It compares well with the chips used in rival laptops: the Samsung Series 7 Chronos has a similarly specified Ivy Bridge part, while the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart has to make do with a weaker low-power Core i5 processor.

Graphics power is delivered by an Nvidia GeForce GT 745M. It's a step ahead of most integrated graphics cores, but it's not exactly a high-end GPU: it's only got 384 stream processors, which is half as many as Nvidia crams inside its mid-range GTX 760M core, and they're clocked to a modest 837MHz.

The Toshiba's graphics core falls in the middle of its rivals. The Chronos has a more powerful AMD Radeon HD 8800M GPU, and the Zenbook U500 has an Nvidia GT 650M chip, but the Spectre relies on Ivy Bridge integrated graphics.

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The pair of hard disks - one from Hitachi and another from Toshiba - ensure that there's a huge amount of capacity for games and media, but there's no room in the budget for an SSD - so systems with solid-state storage will feel more responsive when booting and in Windows 8.

The Satellite P70 has 16GB of RAM, which is more than the amount included in most other machines, and there's a Blu-ray writer - a step ahead of the Blu-ray readers included with most high-end laptops.

Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 4 get connectivity off to a good start, but there's no excuse for single-band 802.11n Wi-Fi in a machine at this price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 745M, HD 4600
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Hybrid Hard Drive Capacity2 TB
Product FamilySatellite P70-A
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-4700MQ
ColourPrecious Silver Brushed Aluminum
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.99 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-R/RE XL
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + LE
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height33.7 mm
Width418.4 mm
Depth272.5 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesP70-A
Product ModelP70-A-11R
Product NameSatellite P70-A-11R
Pointing Device TypeClickPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSPLPE-04403REN
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 Memory32 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite P70-A-11R
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year