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Toshiba Satellite C670D review

A powerful desktop replacement laptop with a fantastic screen

Toshiba satellite c670d

The Toshiba Satellite C670D has some good specifications on paper, but how does it perform in the real world? First impressions of this laptop are pretty good. The laptop boots and loads Windows 7 Home Premium in only a few minutes, enabling you to begin opening documents and running your favourite programs while less powerful laptops would still be starting up.

Start-up speed and general Windows performance is unfortunately compromised by the amount of additional free software that Toshiba has seen fit to include with the Satellite C670D. While some of this software might be found useful, on the whole these extra programs add nothing new, and serve only to take up precious hard drive space and system resources.

Luckily this is only a minor quibble that can be rectified easily by uninstalling the programs you don't want. You can even speed up the process by using PCDecrapifier.com to remove unwanted pre-installed programs. After removing these programs, the increase in performance is noticeable.

The integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics card does well at making the most of the Toshiba Satellite C670D's generous screen size, with movies looking great, helped by the very good contrast ratio of the screen. When it comes to 3D gaming the strain begins to show, with frame rates suffering when more detail and action is displayed.

Toshiba satellite c670d

Processor performance can also be a bit choppy, and the AMD E-350 processor falters where a Core i3 would have flown. For day to day computing, the Toshiba Satellite C670D's performance is absolutely fine, and the RAM keeps multitasking basic programs ticking over nicely. However, when using more complicated programs – especially at the same time – the performance does dip, which can be a frustrating experience.

The size of the laptop of course impacts on how portable the Toshiba Satellite C670D is. At 2.83kg this isn't a lightweight laptop, and certainly is more suited to use around the home. The battery life suffers somewhat from the additional bulk, giving you around four and a half hours of computing time away from a power source.

As you'd expect, the more complex the programs you run, the sharper the battery life falls. If you're on the lookout for a laptop you can take on the road and work on, an Acer Timeline such as the Acer Aspire Timeline X 3820TZ, offers a far longer battery life.

Benchmarks

3D Mark: 5620
Battery life: 272 minutes

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6310
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4.50 Hour
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite C670D
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelE-350
ColourMatte Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.83 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelA50M
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.92 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height37.9 mm
Width413.6 mm
Depth270 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC670D
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelC670D-108
Product NameSatellite C670D-108 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSC4AE-00N009EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
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 Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite C670D-108 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year