Toshiba Satellite L730 review: Toshiba Satellite L730

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Decent performance at an acceptable price. It's not black.

The Bad Hard drive shock sensor is very sensitive. Plastic build leads to clicky keys and optical drive. Battery life is only average.

The Bottom Line Toshiba's Satellite L730 isn't an exceptional Sandy Bridge laptop, but it's a perfectly acceptable all-rounder.

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Design

Inexpensive laptops have, historically speaking, come in black. Sure, the vast majority of notebooks have been dark-hued critters, but if you want fancy things, you normally pay extra, and design notes have usually not been a high point for lower-priced notebook options.

To ever so slightly buck this trend, Toshiba's Satellite L730 is decked out in white plastic. Toshiba technically calls it "Luxe White", if you're the sort of person who obsesses over paint chips. It's a fairly bright white with a subtly inlaid dot pattern that's not too tough on the eyes. The only real issue from a design standpoint with the Satellite L730 is that the plastic feels quite hollow when in actual use, which rather accentuates its lower build quality. In other words, it looks nice and shiny from a distance, but, once you're up close, the savings made in construction become apparent. Which isn't to say that it's badly built; it's just not a premium machine.

At 2.1kg and 329x221x36.9mm, the Satellite L730 has a fair amount of heft to it. If you're after a totally portable 13-inch notebook option, this probably isn't it.

Features

Underneath all of that white plastic sits an Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3Ghz processor, 4GB of RAM and a 640GB 5400RPM hard drive. Toshiba supplies a DVD SuperMulti Dual Layer optical drive, as well as three USB 2.0 ports and an SD card slot for media expansion. VGA and HDMI outputs supply video options. The marketing copy refers to a high-definition screen, but the unit itself only ships with a 1366x768-pixel display; perhaps this is a version of "high definition" that we've not previously been aware of. Then again, this isn't a premium-priced notebook, so a slightly lower definition isn't too much of a shock. On the networking side, gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi is supported.

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Where to Buy

Toshiba Satellite L730

Part Number: CNETToshiba Satellite L730

Typical Price: $999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.