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.
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.
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.
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.