Toshiba Satellite L40 Laptop User Review

*This device is a review unit from Toshiba Asia* Last month, in mid June 2013, Toshiba Singapore Digital Products & Services Group launched the new Toshiba Satellite L-series entertainment laptops. The L-series laptops comes with refined looks with choices of colours and built for high performance digital entertainment.

Toshiba Satellite L40
Toshiba Satellite L40
Toshiba Satellite L50
Toshiba Satellite L50

Toshiba introduced us to the new Satellite L40 (14″ screen) and Satellite L50 (15.6″ screen) models.  The Satellite L-series are built for entertainment and multimedia in an affordable price tag for the low to mid range customers, and features discreet graphics card, high performance processors and low power consumption for better battery power management. Here’s a high level specs for both the Toshiba Satellite L40 and L50 series:- Toshiba L-series laptop specs There are different variants of specs depending on the model and availability. So, for more information, check out the Toshiba Asia PC website at http://pc.toshiba-asia.com/ or Satellite L40 Product Page HERE or Satellite L50 Product Page HERE. Thanks to Toshiba, I got myself a Toshiba Satellite L40 to review for almost 3 weeks now. Without getting all technical, let’s go through a quick user review of my time with this laptop.

 

Hardware Overview

The Toshiba Satellite L40 is a 14″ laptop that’s 24 mm thin, weighing 2 kg.

Toshiba Satellite L40
Toshiba Satellite L40

Mind you, it’s NOT an Ultrabook, the type of ultra thin and light that I much prefer, but it’s not too bad. Personally, I find it a little too bulky. Mind you, anything above 1 kg I start complaining. So, don’t listen to me. For a 2 kg laptop, it really isn’t too bad.

Toshiba Satellite L40 thinness
It’s not exactly thin and light like an Ultrabook
Toshiba Satellite L40 finish
Toshiba logo on a lid with a nice glossy finish

The build quality is quite solid, really. The laptop has a nice glossy finish, with subtle lines to give it a bit more depth and dimension. I like this.

Toshiba L40 - Hardware
Looking around the ports on the Satellite L40

Looking around the L40 laptop’s ports on the sides, you’ll see that it’s quite well equipped:-

  • (Right) Speaker & Mic ports
  • (Right) 2X USB 3.0 (Sleep & Charge)
  • (Right) HDMI port – for new projectors and TV / monitors
  • (Right) RGB (VGA) port – for older projectors
  • (Front) SD/Memory Card reader
  • (Left) 1X USB 2.0
  • (Left) Ethernet / LAN cable port – for wired internet
  • (Left) Optical / DVD Drive – DVD SuperMulti Double Layer Drive

Obviously, the L40 also comes with WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 on board. In terms of available ports and connectivity, it’s well fitted for projectors, HDMI monitors, Ethernet LAN, card readers and DVD Drive. Me likey!

Toshiba Satellite L40
14.0″ WXGA HD Clear SuperView LED Backlight TFT display

The L40 comes with a 14.0″ WXGA HD Clear SuperView LED Backlight TFT display at 16:9 aspect ration, with a resolution of 1,366 x 768. Unfortunately though, it’s not touchscreen. My personal laptop is a flagship Acer Aspire S7 touchscreen at a super high 1920 X 1080 resolution, it took me awhile to adjust to this 1,366 X 768 resolution. Still, the images were crisp and clear, thanks to Toshiba Resolution+ that upscale your favorite videos or DVDs to near HD quality right out-of-the-box.

Toshiba L40 - Keyboard
Ergonomically designed tile keyboard

The tile keyboard is ergonomically friendly. It’s nicely spaced and has a nice depth when pressed. There’s dual use Function Keys with other shortcuts at the top, small arrow keys and more shortcut keys (eg, Home, Page Up, Page Down, etc) on the right. I really enjoy typing on this keyboard, with a nice deep keypress. Unfortunately though, there’s no backlit keyboard function here.

Toshiba Satellite L40 ClickPad
Nice and large ClickPad

What I noticed immediately though is the large ClickPad (aka trackpad). It’s so large and roomy, placed slightly off-centre to the left. There’s no dedicated left and right click separation, but clicks are easily registered in use. Even with a large trackpad, the sensitivity of the trackpad is not that great. Several times, the cursor arrow on-screen didn’t register my swiping and clicking and hung for a few seconds. It was occurring regularly in the beginning, especially when web browsing, but slowly corrected itself to a less frequent occurrence as I used it more over the weeks.

L40 - Hardware Specs
The guts powering the Satellite L40

The review unit of L40 I have comes with a 1.8 GHz Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Intel Core i5 Processor, with 4 GB of RAM. I have worked with i5 processors in my previous laptop, which is mid range in terms of power, good enough for solid video playback, basic photo editing, and simple online gaming. Heavier use like video editing, heavy online gaming, etc – you might want to look at bigger specs of i7 processor, at least!

 

Software Overview – Windows 8

Toshiba Satellite L40 Display
Powered by Windows 8 Operating System

All the Toshiba Satellite L-series laptop comes with Windows 8 Operating System built in. In case you didn’t know, Windows 8 OS has been optimized more for touch-friendly Metro Modern tile based navigation. Considering this is not a touchscreen display, you’d have to navigate with your mouse / trackpad for some of the gestures and swipes. The good thing though is that the large ClickPad on the L40 supports multi-touch which is handy for some of the swipe gestures in Windows 8. http://instagram.com/p/cArYO7k5_G/ In case you’re unfamiliar with Windows 8 OS, check out my recent post with a handy guide here.

See Also : 6 Things You Need To Know About Windows 8

L40 - Windows Settings
Signin with Microsoft ID sync everything

I really really like that signing in with my Microsoft ID on this Satellite L40 I’m reviewing, automatically syncs every app and personalisation settings from my Acer S7 – right down to the wallpaper!

L40 - Preinstalled apps
Pre-installed apps on L40

The Satellite L40 review unit I have comes with a few pre-installed apps like Norton Antivirus, Microsoft Office shortcut (for Trial/Purchase), Internet Explorer 10, SugarSync Cloud Storage and some Toshiba assisted features and functions (*cough* bloatware *cough*). Signing in to my account online, I can easily one-click install Microsoft Office on the Toshiba laptop from my purchase of Microsoft Office 365 that allows up to 5 installs. More info on Office 365 here.

 

Built-in Webcam

The front facing webcam at the top of the laptop screen is not great, either, but passable for video chats. Here’s a sample picture, unedited and not resized, so click to enlarge.

Toshiba Satellite L40 - Sample webcam picture
Toshiba Satellite L40 – Sample webcam picture

And here’s a sample video from the webcam.

 

Killer Features

Toshiba Satellite L40
All goodies in performance, technology, battery and usability

Both the Satellite L40 and L50 carries similar features and highlighted specs, which includes:-

  • Toshiba HDD Accelerator – 60% faster performance and response time
  • Performance NVIDIA® GeForce® 

    700 series graphics processor – discreet graphics with 5X better performance than onboard graphics (depending on the model’s configuration)

  • Onkyo speakers and DTS Sound™ Technology
  • Long lasting battery with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology managing your battery life without manual settings change
  • Greater Usability– ergonomic keyboard with large ClickPad
  • Toshiba Split Screen Utility – intuitive on-screen multitasking for better navigation

 

Battery Life

The Satellite L40 comes with a non-removable Lithium Ion Prismatic 43Wh battery. In my tests, the battery lasted a little over 4 hours of continuous use. Not exceptional for this mid range laptop, but would perform amazingly considering you’ll get through 2X 2-hour long movies.

 

Pricing and Availability

The Toshiba Satellite L40 and L50 series are both available on sale since June 2013 for a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 2,199 onwards. It’s available in 3 colour options – Gold. Blue and White. It also comes with one (1) year Local Limited Warranty (parts & labour). Toshiba Satellite L40 website

For more information, check out the Toshiba Asia PC website at http://pc.toshiba-asia.com/ or Satellite L40 Product Page HERE or Satellite L50 Product Page HERE.

Also, don’t forget to connect with Toshiba Asia on Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/ToshibaNotebookPc on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ToshibaNotebook and on YouTube at youtube.com/user/ToshibaNotebookPc

 

Conclusion

Firstly, thanks to Toshiba Asia for the opportunity to review this Satellite L40 Windows 8 laptop. http://instagram.com/p/bvi5UIE5-x/ Secondly, I believe at an RRP of RM 2,199 this is what I classify as a mid range laptop. It performs well with multimedia like watching videos and simple photo/video editing. As a workhorse, it does Microsoft Office well.

If you’re looking for a good laptop that handles work and play (videos and stuff), this Satellite L40 does it well without breaking the bank. Minus the portability factor, though, coz this is a 2kg machine.

I would recommend this as a good laptop to consider if you’re a student, or a parent looking to get an inexpensive but powerful enough laptop for your kids. For a working professional though, I can also see small businesses looking at this Satellite L40 as well, as long as thinness and portability is not your priority.

  • kirthi

    I bought new Toshiba satellite L40-A974 , but its getting heated in the right side near to the courser….i took back to the showroom but they are not leasing to me addvise to telling it normal heat….please giv advise to this..

  • A reader w. far more knowledge

    you clearly can’t write nor review – “Mind you.. Mind you.. Don’t listen to me..” – oh well, alrightey, I am not going to listen to you, I know.

    Coupling with the casual but really pretty pretentious mention of “..personal laptop is a flagship Acer Aspire S7 touchscreen at a super high 1920 X 1080 resolution..” (really..?! 1920×1080 is super high resolution..??! Well, ok, whatever you say.), and the poorly taken & color-timed photos with filthy yellow tint, I’d say the marketing team at Toshiba Asia that actually think you make for a good viral marketing reviewer, is clearly sleeping on the job.

    • Whoa. Angry!
      Well, to be honest, laptops are not really my area of expertise, I mostly review smartphones and tablets, but this Toshiba laptop is one that I enjoyed using. Perhaps you can let me know what specific info you’d like to see in this review that I didn’t cover?
      PS. I’m not a good photographer, I know. Sorry if the pictures offended you so much.

  • Herman

    Which is better, the Acer Aspire V3 471g Core i5 or Core i3 Toshiba Satellite L40, in Indonesia, both the laptop price is not too much different, if you could give an answer, thank you.

    • Personally, I’m a happy Acer user. But the Toshiba is a good laptop. If you’re comparing spec alone, an i5 is always better than an i3.