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Toshiba Satellite Pro L450-13R review

A usable laptop, but only if your performance requirements are basic

Our Verdict

Although this machine is well built with similar components to the competition, the overall feeling is one of an underpowered laptop that could do better

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768

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For

  • Great screen
  • Good build quality
  • Good keyboard

Against

  • Limited performance
  • Weak graphics
  • Battery life

While the Portégé range makes up Toshiba's high-end business laptops, the Satellite Pro range is a business series that caters for those who don't want to spend thousands on their mobile computing solution.

The Satellite Pro L450- 13R (£380 inc. VAT) is a comfortably usable laptop, but one that falls short of the competition in a few key areas.

The main one is performance – despite costing only a little less than the likes of the Acer Aspire 5732Z-443G32Mn and Samsung R530, the power on offer via the Intel Celeron processor is limiting.

Performance-wise, this machine even falls quite a bit short of the HP here, despite featuring the same processor and same amount of memory. Office applications will run well, but if you plan to multi-task them or run more powerful programs, the machine will start to show lag.

Poor graphics

The same can be said for graphical performance, as this machine also produces less power on this front than the competition, limiting the multimedia usability of the laptop even more.

There's enough power to watch DVDs, however, and the 15.6-inch screen – although not nearly as bright as the excellent Samsung – is crisp and clear, courtesy of the 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. A shiny Super-TFT screen coating is in place, but suppresses irritating reflections well.

The laptop is well built and the tough plastics provide good protection for the components within. The silver paint scheme employed is attractive in its neutrality, but lacks the impact of the Samsung – some buyers may consider this low-key look a plus, however.

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The keyboard impressed us, and the spacious offering here is easy to use. The travel is a little springy, but we found it quick to get used to.

One thing that may put people off, however, is the lack of a dedicated numeric keypad - a very useful feature present on a lot of other laptops at this price.

The laptop provides mixed portability and, while the 2.6kg weight shouldn't be too much of an issue to carry around, the 173-minute battery life falls slightly short of the three-hour minimum that we expect from machines these days.

The 10/100 Ethernet is joined by 802.11n Wi-Fi and there's also three USB ports, as well as an HDMI-out port.

The Toshiba Satellite Pro L450-13R is a usable machine, but unless your performance requirements are anything but basic, then you're going to find the machine slow to use due to its low powered components. In this sense, it's quite similar to the HP Compaq Presario CQ61-402SA, but the latter boasts more 3D power – amongst other things – to push it just ahead.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time2.25 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilySatellite Pro L450
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Model900
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCeleron
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache1 MB
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
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 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height38.5 mm
Width383 mm
Depth267 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesL450
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelL450-13R
Product NameSatellite Pro L450-13R Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite Pro
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSLY1E-008006EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed for work and home, the Satellite Pro L450-13R 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 L450-13R Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Windows 7 Home Premium Recovery DVD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz