Toshiba Satellite P70-AST3GX1 Laptop

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Fast, great graphics and sound

POSTED BY: Tom D , Burbank, CA
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

I bought this 17" monster for my slide shows and movies. Large screen great for viewing and speakers are excellent. My slide show software uses lots of memory and this machine stands up to the test. Very happy with this laptop.

Highly Recommended. (1)

POSTED BY: chineseviolinprogrammer1 , Pittsburgh, PA
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

Only had this laptop for two months now, but it still runs like new. While many companies eliminate their high-performance 17" laptop lines, Toshiba remains committed to providing this high-quality mobile workhorse. This product profile certainly has a specific user base: people who desire a single, all-in-one machine rather than switching between a slim ultrabook and bulky desktop. At the same time, a 17" laptop is for people who want to do professional work that can't be done on a 15" screen, so every physical inch of screen space is important (along with pixel density). This laptop is for those people. I decided on it after comparing every other 17" laptop from every other major vendor and haven't been disappointed. Screen: 10/10. The 1080p screen is gorgeous, scoring highly in third-party brightness and contrast tests. Although I have a preference for warmer colors like on my phone's display, this screen is plenty warm. When watching my favorite anime (more on multimedia later), Clannad After Story (watch Clannad first for most impact), the colors are all brilliant and I notice details I otherwise wouldn't. The screen is the most important component of this laptop. CPU: 9/10. The strategy for picking this laptop is to choose Toshiba's base model and max out its specs all the way, rather than choosing a specifically-designed high performance model with a price premium. Thankfully, the processor fully delivers and there hasn't been a single task it couldn't handle. Mathematica, MATLAB, AutoCAD, Crysis, Forged Alliance, etc. all run fine. That said, this isn't a laptop specifically designed for intensive gaming. The fan vent is large and efficient, so overheating is not usually a worry, but for system longevity and long-term performance (heat is the largest source of long-term component failure) I recommend gaming occasionally. This is a professional machine for non-gaming professional work. (Of course, the games I played were all CPU-intensive, benchmark-leading ones, so lighter games should be fine.) GPU: 9/10. On a related note to gaming, the GPU performance is class-leading. I have never faced any graphics performance issues. No lag. The only thing lacking is features for hardcore gamers: you don't get options to stream from the native NVIDIA driver software like on the most expensive processors. Of course, these are only needed if you are a hardcore gamer. For professional, high-quality work, especially in research simulations for computer science, this graphics card (and CPU) is more than enough. This is especially key when allocating more video memory for virtual machine graphics. With 2 GB of video memory, I don't ever need to worry about my virtual machines suffering from poor rendering. Input: 10/10. The keyboard follows the trend of chiclet island keys and is superb. I strongly prefer typing on the gentle, responsive keys to the bulky, clunky desktop keyboard keys on the cluster machines. Typing speed increases because of minimal effort needed to register a press. Wear and tear on fingers and hands is reduced for long programming assignments because of this gentler style of typing. You can get by with hunt-and-peck but for best speed results, the keyboard favors touch typists like me. No problem transitioning from previous keyboards to this one: I have medium-sized hands and am able to reach all the keys fine. I never use the number pad on the right except for the conveniently-placed page up, page down, home, and end (I know where they are without looking, useful for quickly scrolling articles and webpages). The touchpad is large but I usually never accidentally touch it. Different for every person but from my experience, the layout is optimal. Software: 9/10. There is minimal bloatware (still some, but easy to remove). Keep most of Toshiba's native software. Whenever the laptop is violently bumped a small, quickly-fading notification appears at the top-right of the screen warning that vibration has been detected. This helps me prevent wear and tear on the hard drive from excess vibrations, and I greatly appreciate it. This notification isn't annoying since it only appears on violent bumps. It is adjustable and removable, whatever floats your boat. As for the Windows 8 software, you automatically get the Windows 8.1 during setup if you have internet access, and have the option to boot straight to the classic desktop if desired. I personally appreciate this because the advantages of Windows 8 are only there when I need them. Some examples are how you can just start typing on the Windows 8 Start Screen (with the tiles) and search results automatically appear on the right. This means you can quickly go to any needed program, or even subsets of Windows programs (Control Panel or just Uninstall Program). It's fun to browse the internet with fullscreen minimalist IE, especially long reads and insightful articles. Again, the large screen really takes advantage of this. There is a native Facebook app which lets me quickly see social developments rather than always going to the site, logging in, and logging out. In this sense the various apps that run in fullscreen become like multiple desktops, and you can switch between them with a single-finger left-to-right touchpad swipe. 95% of the time I'm still on the classic Windows desktop experience, however. Some people argue that it's hard to navigate with the mouse in a large-screen Windows 8 environment designed for tablets, but with high pointer sensitivity I find no difficulties. The CPU and GPU then work with the 16 GB of memory to allow me to run even resource-intensive software like virtual machines in VirtualBox. (Computer science majors/developers, if you're wondering about a Mac vs Windows machine for developing, you're only missing out on the Apple-specific tools. Most people at my university use a Linux distribution, especially Ubuntu.) I can allocate 8 GB of memory to my Ubuntu VM while running my main Windows OS with 8 GB, and also split the CPU cores evenly (4 cores VM, 4 cores host).

Good Laptop

POSTED BY: Ed , IL
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

It is so quiet, that sometimes I may think it is not working. I use it for video editing and it is what I wanted. its wireless is fast, DVD works well. The processing speed is good. The RGB port, HDMI and USB ports are working well. The picture quality is very good. It is a replacement for the older Toshiba that I had, and it works well. But, it would have been better if a recovery disk was included in the package.

Superior Laptop

POSTED BY: Easyrider , Oklahoma City, OK
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

I’m impressed with Toshiba and especially with this computer. You cannot go wrong when you buy Toshiba…this is my second Toshiba laptop in eight years and the first one is still running strong. Toshiba is truly the ultimate and most detailed manufacture of computers on the market. Buy this computer, the quality is amazing. Don’t look back, do yourself a favor and enjoy a superior computer. I know I’ve shopped them all!

High Quality Laptop

POSTED BY: WW
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

Fast, nice design, bright screen, great key board - Get the upgraded quality, worth it.

Great laptop

POSTED BY: Old techie , Independence, mo
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

Fantastic price performance especially with an added second 1tb hybrid drive, 16g memory with op system & programs on C and all data, pictures & media on second. Has very fast boot times & program/data loads. Shut down seems a little slow. Lighter and easier to carry than the Toshiba Qosmio it replaces which will be repurposed. 3rd straight Toshiba. All very solid & reliable. Still learning Windows 8.1 but easier than I expected.
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  • Laptop summary This product is prebuilt.
  • Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor
  • Windows 8.1
  • 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory
  • 2GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 740M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology
  • 1.0TB (5400rpm); Hybrid 8G Serial ATA hard disk drive
  • DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 2x2 AC Plus Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth® V4.0
  • Buttonless touchpad pointing device with multi-touch control
  • One Touch Function Keys
  • Premium Frameless LED Backlit Raised Tile Keyboard with 10-Keypad (black)
  • Li-Ion (48Wh, 6-Cell)
  • 2-USB (3.0) ports
  • 2-USB (3.0) ports with Sleep and Charge
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