If your budget for a new laptop is around £400, then the Toshiba Satellite C870-11H is a good bet. A massive 17.3 inch screen Laptop, complete with Intel Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, 640GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. Below is our review.
Below is our review of the Toshiba Satellite C870-11H, a 17.3" laptop, featuring 4GB RAM, 640GB hard drive and Windows 7 Home Premium.
17.3 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium, USB 3.0
Toshiba Satellite C870-11H series
Next up in our articles is our Toshiba Satellite C870-11H review. The C870-11H is a mid priced multimedia laptop, with a large 17.3" screen, 2.3GHz processor from Intel (Core i3-2350M) - a generous 4GB RAM, a pretty spacious 640GB hard drive all running on Windows 7 Home premium platform. Featuring a faly non descript black exterior and interior, this laptop on face value seems to offer a good specification for a relatively small price - however how does it compare to similarly priced notebooks from rival manufacturers? Read on for our comprehensive C870-11H review.
The most notable feature of this midpriced notebook from the reliable Toshiba Satellite series is the 17.3" screen, which is considerably larger than the usual 15.6" standard. This in theory will make viewing multimedia more comfortable on this laptop, due to the increase in display - however a large screen will also use more battery power, and so result in lower battery life. Another factor to bear in mind is that larger screens will result in a large overall notebook, and so in terms of dimensions and weight, this laptop will be less suitable for travelling with than it's 15.6" equivalent. Finally, a larger screen will be slightly more expensive to produce, and so you may well find that laptops featuring 17.3" screens will either cost more, or have a slightly lower specification than small screen versions.
The exterior of this laptop is finished in a textured black colour - this provides a level of grip when carrying, and also has the bonus of not showing fingerprints as much as a smooth gloss finish would - so will look less messy and be easier to maintain. Either way, it looks slightly understated, but sleek, and shouldn't look too dated when compared to more extravagant and modern looking designs that are on the market.
The Satellite C870-11H series offer amazing value for everyday computing and a clear 17.3" display. They are available in either red or silver gloss finishes with a "crossline" pattern, slightly textured palm/hand-rest and a beautiful spacious full-size tiled keyboard. Connectivity is catered for, including a speedy USB 3.0 port, HDMI port and an integrated numeric keypad for added convenience and ease of use.
The 17.3 TruBrite HD laptop screen (complete with LED backlighting), will displays high definition movies, photos and games in a clear and vivid display. The graphics are driven by a reliable and fast Intel processor, along with decent RAM and a hard drive large enough for your photos, documents, music and programs - perfect for securely storing all your personal files.
The Satellite C870-11H series feature a brand new streamlined design in a choice of coloured shiny gloss finishes with a stylish crossline pattern to the top. Inside, there is one of latest Intel processors, spacious storage and super fast memory to give you good performance and great value.
Another feature of this Toshiba Satellite C870-11H series is the full-size tiled keyboard, complete with numeric keypad. This is ideal for applications such as word processing and spreadsheets - making this laptop very practical for work, as well as leisure activities. This will ensure that typing on the C855 series is comfortable and easy, whatever your task, and wherever you may be.
Sound-wise, the Satellite C870-11H series feature high quality audio with SRS Premium Sound HD - this helps deliver an amazing audio experience possible for all PC media applications such as music, movies and games. This technology includes advanced patented techniques to utilise audio cues contained in the original media files, as well as delivering and immersive surround, with deep, rich bass and crystal clear dialogue. It is able to adapt whether you wish to use the inbuilt speakers or your own headphones for privacy. Users can specify their own settings, as well as use multiple presets to personalise their listening experience for films, games, music and any other audio media
These features include:
Premium audio experience for all media such as music, video, and games
Immersive surround sound from two inbuilt speakers or headphones
Custom-tuned solutions to provide superior natural sound from notebook / desktop speakers and headphones
Consistent volume level between content sources and files
Maximum volume for notebook speakers
Crystal clear dialogue and deep, rich bass
Intuitive user interface with presets for ease of use
As standard, the Satellite C870-11H series include a full range of connectivity options, including USB 2.0/3.0 ports, an SD card reader, and a HDMI slot. USB 3.0 offers up to 10 times faster transfer rates than standard USB 2.0.
Wireless Sharing is Easy with Bluetooth 4.0
This Satellite C870-11H series of laptops includes Bluetooth 4.0, which allows you to connect and share files wirelessly over short distances. This makes it easy to connect to compatible mobile devices such as smartphones, MP3 players, other Toshiba Laptops and much more. You can also use Bluetooth to connect to wireless peripherals, such as headsets, speakers, mice and keyboard, making it easier to use your laptop on the move.
The Satellite C870-11H series all feature an integrated 1 Megapixel web camera with Toshiba Face Recognition. The camera and microphone enable you to see and hear your contacts online, as well as take pictures, videos and audio clips.
The Satellite C855 laptop series touchpad features multi-touch support, providing a practical alternative to conventional scrolling and buttons. The touchpad features an advanced, touch-sensitive interface solution that senses the position of a finger or fingers on its surface and recognises pinching, swiping, and rotating motions performed by simply moving your fingers.
You can also view all your movies, listen to your music, and use your laptop as an entertainment system, as well as create your own CDs and DVDs with the built-in DVD SuperMulti drive.
Software-wise - you’ll get everything you need to get started straight away. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is pre-installed whilst the McAfee Internet Security free trial instantly detects and blocks viruses. Skype is also included for face to face video calls.
Intel Core i5-3210M processor providing enhanced efficiency with Intel's Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost, and improved battery life
Stylish thin design with a silver gloss lid and textured palmrest
Excellent connectivity with 3 x USB including USB 3.0, and HDMI
SRS Premium Sound HD provides enhanced sound
1mp webcam enabling you to keep in contact with friends and family
Satellite C870-11H Pros and Cons
Pros: Large screen, decent specification
Cons: None to speak of
Our Verdict for the Toshiba Satellite C870-11H
The Toshiba Satellite C870-11H is a good mid priced all round multimedia laptop - if you're looking for a do-it-all laptop then the C870-11H could well be good option.
The Samsung NP350V5C 15.6″ laptop is a great mid-priced laptop, with an impressive specification that belies it’s relatively low price tag. Currently available at around the £420.00 mark, it offers a speedy processing power, in the form of the reliable Intel Core i5 3210M 2.5GHz processor, in addition to the 6GB of fast DDR3 RAM, a 500gb hard drive, which should be ample room for all of your music, files and photos, all running on the excellent Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit operating system from Microsoft.