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Toshiba Equium L40-17M review: Toshiba Equium L40-17M

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The Good Decent performance for the price; great screen; reasonable specs.

The Bad Not up to gaming; poor battery life; limited connectivity.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba Equium L40-17M strikes a good balance between price and performance. It's capable of most tasks apart from gaming and while it may not have the most recent or powerful components, it makes the most of what it's got

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If you're shopping for a laptop with limited funds, then the Toshiba Equium L40-17M cuts a good compromise between features, price and performance. It has a price tag of just £429.99 from PC World and still manages to pack in decent performance and an impressive amount of options.

Strengths
With a sub-£500 price tag, you can't expect the latest high spec components, but the L40-17M makes the most of what it's got. You won't find one of Intel's newer Core 2 Duo chips inside but you do still get a dual-core Pentium chip. It also comes with 2GB of RAM, which is especially generous and helped it achieve a PCMark05 score of 3,273.

Its 15.4-inch screen offers plenty of space to work on and it has an almost standard widescreen resolution of 1,280x800 pixels, making for a decent desktop area. It also brandishes a glossy display, which means it offers great colour reproduction and contrast, although at the expense of reflectivity. It can be difficult to work on if there are bright lights or a window behind you.

The hard drive stretches to 120GB, and while it's not the biggest court on the playground, it will take you a while to fill up the space. There's also an internal DVD writer, so making backups won't be a problem.

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