Toshiba Satellite S70A review

Ditch your desktop PC for this powerful replacement

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The Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H is a versatile laptop that lives up to the title of 'desktop replacement'. Unlike a lot of other laptops, it doesn't focus on one set of features, such as attempting to be as thin and light as possible, or going for brute strength above all else. Instead, it treads a fine line, offering features that should appeal to a wide range of people, no matter what they'll be using their laptop for.

While other laptops that attempt this can sometimes end up being jack of all trades, master of none, the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H manages to avoid this. It does a good job of every task you set it, occasionally excelling in certain areas.

The inclusion of a separate graphics card – whilst keeping the price at a realistic level – is a great move by Toshiba. It means that there is plenty of power for photo and video editing, along with the odd game. There are a few downsides though, as portability and media playback both take hits.

We like

The processor, RAM and graphics card are very generous considering the price, which makes the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H an excellent choice for working on a number of intensive tasks at once. It's got a solid build quality, and it runs Windows 8.1 well.

We dislike

The Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H is far from the most portable laptop we've looked at. It's huge size and heavy weight makes it cumbersome to carry around, while the low battery life means you won't be using this unplugged for long. If you're using the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H as a desktop replacement, and will usually be using it plugged in and on a desk, then this won't be too much of a problem. The amount of useless software preinstalled is also a pain, but can easily be removed.

Final 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. It's powerful enough for most tasks, and if you'd like to check out the latest games – but you don't need all the graphics turned up to max – then you'll be very pleased with the Toshiba Satellite S70A-11H's performance. However, if you're after a more specific machine, then you should look elsewhere – especially if you want a laptop that you can take outside the house.

//Star rating 8/10



Great price

Well built

Comfortable keyboard

Windows 8.1 already installed




Short battery life

Lack of HD screen

No Blu-ray drive

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