Toshiba's Satellite L40: Smart but bulky

Aug 04, 2013, 04:53 IST | Jayesh Shinde

Toshiba's latest series of Satellite laptops are a good candidate for a basic, stylish home laptop with a good battery life

Toshiba’s updated its Satellite series of laptops with a brand new look. No, don’t worry, the laptops still sport a clamshell design, but its exterior is a lot more snazzier than before. The Satellite L40 has a brushed silky blue screen lid and palmrest that’s pleasing on the eye, its two toned blue-on-black finish gives it a smart fit, and it definitely looks more expensive than its price tag.

Despite its alluring design and curved edges, the Satellite L40 isn’t spectacularly built. However its roomy keyboard deck dips too easily at several spots and so does the palmrest. Its touchpad is too sensitive and difficult to use early on as well. Unlike thin and slim ultrabooks, the Toshiba Satellite L40 is slightly bulkier and heavier, its 14-inch frame weighing around 2 kg.

The 14-inch Satellite L40’s battery life lasts for two hours and 38 minutes in our benchmark test (at high performance mode), which is quite good. Under a conservative setting and basic usage (browsing the Web, working on productivity sheets, 50 percent screen brightness, etc), expect the laptop to easily go past the four hour mark. Apart from this, the laptop’s an adequate performer, multitasks with three or four programs easily, but nothing extraordinary.

It will let you watch an HD movie (with an acceptable audio-visual experience), but don’t even think of gaming on the Satellite L40. Its glossy screen is nice and bright and does a good job displaying text and visuals, and onboard speakers are decent for personal entertainment -- not too loud, not too noisy. This laptop’s an average performer, it doesn’t surpass expectations, and it doesn’t disappoint in any respect either.

The Satellite L40 comes with Windows 8 operating system. In terms of features, the Toshiba laptop doesn’t really miss out on any of the standard input-output connectivity fare. If you’re wondering whether this laptop comes with latest Intel fourth generation ‘Haswell’ processors, it doesn’t -- it still sports last year’s Intel third generation ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors. We really like the fact that the Toshiba Satellite L40 comes with a 750GB hard drive at this price -- other OEMs usually limit their bundled HDDs to 500GB at this price point.

All things considered, the Toshiba Satellite L40 makes for a good basic home laptop that covers all bases and looks stylish. If you have a soft corner for Toshiba, by all means go for it. 

Processor: Intel Core i5-3337U @ 1.8 GHz
Graphics: Intel HD 4000
Display: 14-inch (1366 x 768 pixels)
Storage: 750GB HDD
OS: Windows 8 Premium (64-bit)
Connectivity: 3 x USB 3.0; HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Price: Rs 38,706

>> Stylish looks
>> Above average built-in hard drive space (750GB)
>> Decent overall performance
>> Over-sensitive touchpad, learning curve involved
>> Ordinary build quality 

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