Toshiba’s Satellite L850D is designed to provide good multimedia features at a low price. It works well as an entertainment system, providing an attractive screen and respectablespeakersystem. See also: Group test: what’s the best budget laptop?
The L850D is also well built. This 15.6 laptop is available in either white or cherry-red and feels sturdy. There’s a large, smooth, responsive trackpad and a firm keyboard panel that feels comfortable when typing at speed.See alllaptop reviews.
It’s relatively heavy though, at just over 2.3Kg, and measures a chunky 33.5mm thick. If you need something to carry around every day, you might want to look elsewhere.
Toshiba always chooses good screens for its laptops, and the 1366×768 display of the L850D is bright and clear, with a wide viewing angle that means you can watch videos with at least one other person, or run a photo slide show. The glossy coating causes annoying reflections, though.
The built-in speakers aren’t as tinny as many laptop speakers, so you can listen to some music without scrambling to find your headphones.
There’s an Intel-based version of this laptop (the L850), which costs about £430.00 with a 2.5GHz Core i3 processor. The L850D takes the AMD route, and costs significantly less. The dual-core AMD E2-1800 processor runs at 1.7GHz and it’s backed up by a healthy 6GB of memory and a roomy 750GB hard disk.
The E2-1800 is no speed demon, though. The L850D only takes about 25 seconds to boot into the Windows 8 Start screen, but then drags its feet for another 20-25 seconds before really hitting its stride and allowing you to get down to some work. Its score of 1265 in PCMark 7 is one of the lowest we’ve seen.
Even so, the L850D will still be adequate for basic web browsing and running Word, and you’ll get a little under four hours out of the battery for streaming video so it should be fine for a few hours’ work when you’re out and about.
Video playback is ably handled by the integrated Radeon HD7340, but its 3D gaming performance is predictably modest – only managing 17fps when running Stalker at 1280×720 resolution and low graphics settings.
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