Toshiba Satellite P70 review

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

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The Toshiba Satellite P70 eschews the style and lightweight dimensions of its rivals for power and versatility: it's got a Core i7 Haswell processor, a discrete graphics core, plenty of storage and a Blu-ray writer - but the half-aluminium and half-plastic chassis won't win any awards for style, and it's not exactly portable, either.

We liked

The quad-core Haswell processor is one of the fastest around - it's got the power to best most of its rivals, and its four cores and decent speed make light work of even high-end software.

The graphics core has just enough power to handle games and image-intensive applications, and the rest of the specification includes 8GB of RAM and 2TB of storage - more than enough for anyone. There's also the option to replace many of these components thanks to a panel on the base that can be removed.

The screen, too, is a stunner. The combination of an extremely bright backlight and high colour accuracy makes work and play a joy on this panel and, while it's not a touchscreen, it's very crisp.

We disliked

The Nvidia graphics core is a mid-range part that's unable to match the pace of GPUs included in similarly priced rivals. And that's not the only thing we didn't like about the Toshiba's specification - its single-band wireless puts it at a disadvantage that simply shouldn't happen at this price.

The battery life isn't great, either, and the Toshiba's design is a mixed bag: the aluminium lid and base look good, but they're undermined by glossy plastic and ugly seams around the Satellite's exterior.

Final verdict

The Toshiba doesn't win any prizes for style or longevity: its design is a mix between classy aluminium and cheap-looking plastic, and battery life results were poor.

Instead, this machine has a potent processor, a versatile specification and a high-quality screen and speakers. It's not cheap, but it's worth the investment if you prize power and practicality over the charms of lightweight, low-power Ultrabooks.

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