Toshiba Satellite L450-136 review

A great laptop for the home office, with high-speed Wi-Fi and ample performance

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Our Verdict

A decent laptop for general use around the home or while out and about but the dated components means it will struggle with more demanding applications

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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  • Good battery life
  • Connectivity
  • Software


  • Weak graphics

Toshiba's Satellite range targets consumers with strong build quality and usability at affordable prices. The L450-136 offers impressive performance, mobility and software at a price that won't break the bank.

Although the 2.7kg chassis is quite heavy, it weighs marginally less than the Advent Roma 2000. This isn't a machine that you'll want to carry around on a daily basis, but its 193-minute battery life means you can work around the home or on the move when necessary.

The resilient build quality means this is a laptop that will ably take the knocks of family use. With a matt finish on all the plastics used throughout the chassis, scratches are kept to a minimum. The thick lid also provides ample protection for the 15.6-inch Super-TFT screen.

Impressive images

The screen itself provides strong images that match the Lenovo for quality. The 1366 x 768-pixel resolution ensures text appears sharp. Colour and contrast are strong, but black levels appear quite bright in tone, which leads to darker images sometimes appearing washed out.

Graphics performance is quite poor, despite using the same Intel GPU as the Advent Roma 2000 and Lenovo G550. Basic photo and video editing is possible and you can watch DVDs, but performance lags slightly if you try to run HD video or play the latest 3D games.

Home and office performance is equally strong, but inevitably fails to match the dual-core Lenovo. The Intel Celeron processor is a single-core chip, so basic home office software runs smoothly, with only resource-intensive multi-tasking slowing the processor to a crawl.

A real strength of this laptop is its comfortable usability. While the keyboard doesn't fill the width of the chassis, all the keys are large and responsive with a smooth typing action, although they respond quite loudly when typing at speed.

Where this machine stands out is its high-speed connectivity. 802.11n Wi-Fi provides the fastest possible wireless connections, so bear this in mind if you plan to regularly connect to the internet wirelessly. An HDMI port is in place for digital connections to an HDTV.


A VGA port, for use with older monitors and projectors, provides analogue connectivity. Market leading software for basic home office use and internet security is also included.

Although its large size restricts the L450 to the most basic mobility, excellent battery life, strong performance and great connectivity make it an excellent laptop for the home or office.

Just bear in mind the stronger graphics and dual-core power of the Lenovo G550 before buying.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
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 Time2.25 Hour
Product FamilySatellite L450
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Model900
ColourAluminum Silver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCeleron
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.61 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
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 802.11b/g/n
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
Product ModelL450-136
Product NameSatellite L450-136 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSLY0E-014019EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Designed 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 Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite L450-136 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Toshiba Recovery DVD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz