Toshiba Satellite Laptops: L40 and L50 with Skullcandy-tuned Speakers, P50 with 4K Ultra HD Display

Toshiba Satellite P50t 4K UltraHD

Toshiba Satellite P50t 4K UltraHD

Toshiba Singapore Pte Ltd. announced its latest L and P Series laptops – 14-inch Satellite L40, 15.6-inch Satellite L50 with Skullcandy-tuned speakers and Satellite P50 with 4K Ultra HD display. Read on to learn more about their features.

 

Toshiba Satellite L40-B and L50-B with Skullcandy-tuned speakers

Toshiba Satellite L40-B
Toshiba Satellite L40-B

Both Toshiba Satellite L40-B and L50-B featured a pair of speakers tuned to Skullcandy audio specs and enhanced with DTS Sound to provide richer sound experience, and integrate a custom sound profile with optimized settings for Skullcandy headphones and ear buds.

Toshiba Satellite L40-B is powered by Intel Core i5–4200U 1.6GHz processor, support memory up to 16GB. It offer option of integrated Intel HD Graphics or dedicated AMD Radeon R7 M260 graphics with 2GB dedicated VRAM for high graphic performance.

The 14-inch LED display’s resolution is 1366×768 pixels with Clear SuperView Technology. The hard disk space is available up to 1TB (5400rpm), plus Super-Multi DVD drive.

The laptop has 2x USB3.0 and 1x USB2.0 ports, HDMI port, card reader, RGB (VGA) port, headphone out and mic in. It uses 4-cell 45Wh battery offer up to 6 hours of battery life. Total laptop weight is starting from 1.9KG.

Toshiba Satellite L50-B is the bigger version of L40-B, sharing most hardware specs but the display size (15.6-inch, same 1366×768 pixels resolution) and option to upgrade to Intel Core i7–4500U 1.8GHz processor. Laptop weight starting from 2.2KG.

Toshiba Satellite L series price in Malaysia starting from RM 2099.

Toshiba Satellite P50 with 4K Ultra HD display

Toshiba Satellite P50
Toshiba Satellite P50

Toshiba Satellite P50t is one of the world’s first laptop with 4K Ultra HD display panel, it is the world’s first with Technicolor Color Certification. Satellite P50 with FullHD (1920 x 1080) screen is available, too.

Satellite P50t’s 15.6-inch Ultra HD Clear SuperView touchscreen display delivers 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution with 282 PPI (pixels per inch). Each Ultra HD display is individually calibrated by ChromaTune and Technicolor Color Certified during production for accurate colour gamut to ensure true to life imagery. ChromaTune for Toshiba software is pre-installed for color space management.

Toshiba Satellite P50 series is powered by 4th generation Intel Quad-core i7 processor with memory up to 16GB. It uses dedicated AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics with 2GB RAM.

Satellite P50 series is equipped with Harman Kardon high-quality stereo speakers, enhanced by DTS sound. It has a Sleep & Music feature allowing you to use the speakers even when the laptop is off.

Satellite P50t use Hybrid storage with 1TB HDD (5400rpm) + 8GB SSD, where P50 (FullHD display) uses 1TB HDD (5400rpm). Both models integrated Super-Multi DVD drive.

For connectivity, P50 series has 4x USB3.0 ports, a HDMI port support Ultra HD and 3D video output, SD/SDHC memory card slot, mic-in, headphone out, microphone in.

The Satellite P50 chassis is build with aluminium. The laptop uses 4-cell battery 43Wh providing up to 5 hours battery life. Weight starting from 2.20KG (P50) and 2.35KG (P50t).

Toshiba Satellite P series price in Malaysia starting from RM 3,999.

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Toshiba Satellite L40 Laptop Review and Benchmarks in Malaysia

Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop

Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop

After my Toshiba Satellite S40t review, I received another Toshiba laptop for review – Toshiba Satellite L40, which looks identical to S40t until you lift up the lid and see a NVDIA GeForce sticker at the left palm rest and no touch screen display.

Read my Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop review below to find out more about the mid-range laptop’s features, performance, good vs. bad.

You are invited to read my Toshiba Satellite S40t review before continue.

Specs and Price

Toshiba Satellite L40 has many different configurations you can buy according to your requirements.

The following is the hardware specs of the L40 review unit I received (one of the best configuration):

  • Intel Core i5–3337U @ 1.8GHz
  • 14.1-inch LED backlight screen, resolution 1366×768 pixels
  • 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM (expandable to 16GB)
  • 750GB Hard Disk
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M with 2GB video RAM
  • Onkyo® Stereo speakers enhanced with DTS Sound
  • DVD-RW drive
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
  • HDMI out, Bluetooth, LAN port
  • HD web camera
  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Weight 1.95KG

The recommended retail price for Toshiba Satellite L40 (Intel Core i5) is RM2199.

Design and Features

Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop

The review unit I received is glossy white colour, pure white, white from outside to inside, so white that you can’t find other colour on it! If you love white colour, you will fall in love to white L40 and hug it to sleep.

By the way, white colour can hide fingerprints and smudges quite well.

While I am examining L40’s body, I realised that L40 and S40t (read my review here) has the same input/output layout: DVD-RW drive, LAN port and a USB 2.0 port is at the left side; VGA out, HDMI out, 2x USB 3.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks at the right side; SD memory card reader is at the front.

Both models have the same tiled keyboard with glossy frame and matt key. The keys are not enough tactile feedback for my personal preference. I like the top row of playback control keys allow me to control music player with single key press.

Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop - keyboard layout
Toshiba Satellite L40 laptop – keyboard layout

I am glad to see L40 is too has Onkyo stereo speakers above keyboard. The DTS sound enhanced speakers gives you good and loud surround sound for music playback and gaming. I would like to have more bass though.

L40 has a large touchpad but it has some touchpad issues. It supports Windows 8 scrolling and swiping gesture but page scrolling is not smooth and mis-detects gestures a lot. Please help yourself and buy a mouse for L40.

Unlike S40t with touch screen display, you can not touch L40’s screen to navigate around in Windows 8. I was guilty for poking L40 display few times and wish it response to my fingers.

Without a touch screen panel, L40 can save the cost to give you better graphic performance – dedicated graphic card. Read on to find out the L40’s performance.

Performance

With Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and  a dedicated graphic card, how is the Toshiba Satellite L40’s performance?

In my personal experience, I noticed L40 sometimes briefly stop responding for 0.5 second then continue its work. I also see Windows spinning cursor (indicate that it is working) quite frequently, probably busy disk activities.

Here’s PCMark 8 scores for L40:

  • Home: 2520
  • Creative: 2595
  • Work: 4205

Compare with other devices:

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PCMark8 benchmark - L40

I wonder why L40’s PCMark 8 performance (Home) is so much behind S40t? The latter is Intel Core i3 @1.9GHz and the L40 review unit is Intel Core i5 @1.8GHz.

Thanks to dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M graphic card, L40 has no problem to play most 3D video games at medium video quality.

Here’s 3DMark 11 resutls for L40:

  • Fire Strike: 953
  • Cloud Gate: 5033
  • Ice Storm: 47403

Compare with other devices:

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3Dmark11 benchmark - L40

Toshiba Satellite L40 battery life is about 3 hours with my usage: web surfing on WiFi, streaming music at 80% screen brightness.

I noticed that L40 gets warm quiet fast. You can feel the right palm rest is warm just few minutes after boot up the laptop. I definitely not recommend you to use L40 on your bare laps.

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Conclusion

The Good

  • great sound output
  • full array of built-in ports
  • dedicated graphic card
  • affordable price

The Bad

  • touchpad issues, movements are not smooth
  • right palm rest gets warm fast

I can not help but compare Toshiba Satellite L40 to Toshiba Satellite S40t (read my review here).

They look alike, have same speaker, keyboard and not-so-smooth big track pad. L40 does not have a touch screen display but it has better processor and dedicated graphic card.

Both L40 and S40t are in same price range, I would recommend L40 to casual gamers who do not care about Windows 8 touch features.

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I would like to thank TOSHIBA for the opportunity to review Toshiba Satellite L40. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to submit your products for review? Get in touch with me.