Toshiba Satellite S70A review

Ditch your desktop PC for this powerful replacement

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Our Verdict

If your old desktop PC is showing its age, and you'd like to replace it with something that's more compact and convienant, then you should definitely consider the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Powerful
  • Great price
  • Well built
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Windows 8.1 already installed


  • Heavy
  • No SSD
  • Short battery life
  • Lack of HD screen
  • No Blu-ray drive
Scores in depth
Design 3
Features 4
Performance 4
Usability 4
Value 5

It's a prediction so often repeated that it's become a cliché: traditional desktop PCs are dying, which is something Toshiba may be banking on with the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H.

Though you can still buy traditional tower setups like the Wired2Fire Velocity Ultima, these are more geared towards gamers who need the most powerful components in a big case full of cooling options.

For day-to-day computing tasks, we're increasingly moving away from the desk and onto the sofa, with a laptop – or even a tablet like the iPad Air or the Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Of course whilst these laptops and tablets are convenient and portable, they can't quite match a desktop PC's power, or they aren't comfortable to work on for long periods of time.

This is where the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H comes in. As part of the 'desktop replacement' sub category of laptops, along with machines like the HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 15 and the Lenovo G770, the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H aims to replicate much of the traditional desktop experience by including powerful components and comfortable full-size keyboards.

Of course this comes at the expense of portability – in both the size of the laptops and their limited battery life due to the demanding components included in them – and their looks are a world away from the sleek ultrabooks such as the Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch.

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Because of this, and changing consumer tastes for anything thin and light, there's some merit to the idea that desktop replacement laptops are just as endangered as the PCs they're supposed to replace. But can the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H buck this trend?

It's certainly got a lot going for it. For a start, Toshiba and its Satellite brand of laptops are a well known and trusted brand. Our recent reviews of the Toshiba Satellite P70 and the Toshiba Satellite U840 are evidence that Toshiba Satellites are decent, well-built laptops, though missing that special something that you get with a machine like a MacBook Air or Sony Vaio Duo 13.

Along with this dependability is a very reasonable price (£699/$1144/$AUS 1256), especially given the components on offer. These are another plus for the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H. The latest Intel Core processor and a dedicated graphics card gives this machine some serious power, and we'll look closely at how well the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H performs.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 740M, HD 4600
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Maximum Battery Run Time4 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite S70-A
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli5-4200M
ColourIce Blue Brushed Aluminum
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.50 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.70 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
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 Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height33.7 mm
Width413 mm
Depth268 mm
Screen ModeHD+
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesS70-A
Product ModelS70-A-11H
Product NameSatellite S70-A-11H
Pointing Device TypeClickPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSKNEE-06P02TEN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationDesigned 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 Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite S70-A-11H
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year