Toshiba Satellite Pro L300-2CH review

Affordable, sturdy and reliable with great usability, but features are limited

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Our Verdict

A fairly decent machine with good battery life and build quality but the poor performance lets it down

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800

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  • Good build quality
  • Good battery life


  • Low power CPU
  • No media card support

Toshiba's Satellite Pro range targets home and business users. While the L300-2CH is a bulky device with a limited specification, its strong usability and vibrant screen compensate.

This laptop features a 15.4-inch Super-TFT screen, rather than a true widescreen panel. Quality is excellent, however, with impressive brightness, colour and contrast and sharp images. The screen is as suited to entertainment use as office work.

The plain black and silver chassis is designed to provide a degree of anonymity for corporate users. As a result, it lacks the eye-catching style of the Advent Roma 1000 or Hi-Grade Notino W5900.

Build quality is fantastic, however, and easily matches the resilience of the eMachines G725 chassis.

Toshiba l300 2ch

Bulky chassis

This resilience is, in part, due to the L300's bulky dimensions. Despite this, however, the 2.6kg chassis suits basic travel use. This is aided by the 194-minute battery life, which will let you keep working on short journeys or around the home.

Usability is a key strength of this machine with the keyboard proving extremely comfortable to use. All the large keys feature tapered edges and respond with a reassuring click and a smooth and responsive typing action, although there is a slight flex to the board.

Performance is average, but matches up to all but the eMachines G725. The low-powered Intel Celeron processor provides enough power for most basic home and office use but, as with the Advent, struggles with anything more taxing, particularly when multi-tasking.

Storage is also comparatively limited. The 160GB hard drive will suit most daily use, but is significantly bettered by the Hi-Grade and eMachines.

A dual-layer DVD rewriter is present, but this laptop has no support for media card formats.

Three USB ports are provided for connecting external peripherals, but unfortunately two of them are placed far too close together. As a result, one large peripheral could block the second port.

An integrated webcam is also fitted for recording live video and taking photos. First-time buyers will appreciate the included software package.

Internet security and DVD creation applications are installed, as are proprietary maintenance tools, making it always easy for beginners to run and optimise their machine.

At such a low price, the great usability and screen of the L300-2CH make it a good choice for first-time buyers. Its limited specification, features and awkward port placement make it a flawed machine, however, so tread carefully.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time2.50 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilySatellite Pro L300
Processor Model900
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCeleron
Screen Size39.1 cm (15.4")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Cache1 MB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height37.7 mm
Width362 mm
Depth267 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesL300
Product ModelL300-2CH
Product NameSatellite Pro L300-2CH Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite Pro
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberPSLB9E-03F035EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Designed for work and home, the Satellite Pro L300-2CH Notebook is great all-rounder that combines performance, portability and features at a price to suit every business. Modern work doesn't stop at the office door, and it enables you to stay connected wherever you're working as well as offering the very latest in multimedia for when you're winding down at home.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite Pro L300-2CH Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz