Pros, Cons & Final Verdict
The Windows Experience Index gives a base score of 4.8 for the Satellite L40, a pretty decent rating overall. The L40 scores especially high in the gaming graphics department, thanks to the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M GPU.
In general performance stakes, you’ll be happy to know that the L40 copes well with everyday tasks well. You will have absolutely no issues multitasking between emailing, web browsing, social networking, doing spreadsheets, presentations and more. Sure, it runs a year old hardware with the Intel 3rd Generation Core “Ivy Bridge” architecture, but when it boils down to responsiveness and raw performance, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a big difference. In fact, it’s what you would call a good all-rounder.
The HD display is above average, and good for watching movies and playing games. Toshiba Resolution+ technology automatically upscales your videos to near HD quality.
The ONKYO speakers perform rather well for notebook speakers, offering balanced sound with decent base. Good for those sessions with Spotify and YouTube.
The chiclet keyboard offers decent feedback and feel, without feeling cheap in any way. Pretty comfortable to type on. I found the trackpad a little over-sensitive though, and this may need getting used to.
Toshiba rates 4-5 hours of battery life with the Li-Ion battery and I’ve managed to get an average of 3-3.5 hours (without the usual dimming down brightness and jazz). With Intel 4th Generation Core “Haswell”, you’re likely to be able to squeeze an additional hour or two of battery performance. Let’s hope Toshiba updates the L40 in 2014.
- Good all-rounder budget notebook
- Above average build quality
- Good audio performance
- Full featured
- Discrete graphics
- Average battery life
- Good value
- Not “Haswell”
- Over-sensitive trackpad
- On the heavy side of the scale
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Specs at a glance
- 3rd Generation Intel® Ultra Low Voltage Core i5-3337U @ 1.8Ghz
- 4G DDR3 RAM
- 14.1” flat Clear SuperView HD (1366×768 resolution) widescreen LED backlight screen
- Shared Intel® HD 4000 graphics or dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 740 M with Optimus™ technology and 2 GB VRAM
- Glossy Gold (Limited Edition), White, Blue
- Up to 750GB HDD storage
- RGB, 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 (1 with Toshiba USB Sleep-and-Charge), HDMI out, Bluetooth v4.0, RJ45
- ONKYO Speakers with DTS Sound
- Integrated DVD-RW
- Windows 8 (64 bit)
- 340 x 234 x 24.1/24.4mm
- Starting from 1.95kg
Full specifications from Toshiba.
The Satellite L40 is a full-featured all-rounder offering good value. Targeted at students and entry-level users, the L40 excels at multimedia and delivers above average performance. The discrete graphics are indeed a plus, as its plethora of expansion plots and optical drive.
If you’re not bothered that it doesn’t run the latest Intel Core processors, then the Satellite L40 could be a viable choice for a budget notebook.
Pricing and availability
The Satellite L40 retails for RM2,199 (SRP) and comes with 1-year limited local warranty.