The Satellite L40 by Toshiba is a midrange offering catering to the general populace, packing parts that should keep most users content. That doesn’t mean that looks were sacrificed, however; the notebook comes in shades of white, blue or gold, with glossy backing for the lid and a brushed metal surface for the palmrest. Considering their tendency to catch fingerprints, you might want to give it a quick wipe every so often.
An Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM are tucked within the chassis, getting you a decent performer capable of handling most tasks with ease. A 750GB hard drive should be sufficient for all but the most demanding of media aficionados, and NVIDIA’s GT740M should please the gaming crowd by letting you play recent titles at moderate to low settings. Of course, no multimedia machine is complete without a proper audio solution, and the Toshiba comes with Onkyo stereo speakers. A DVD+-RW drive can be found on its left, for the folks who still use optical media.
In PCMark05, the Satellite performs within expectations, only lagging in the Graphics aspect of the benchmark.
In PCMark7, the notebook did surprisingly well in the Computation part, managing to produce a five-digit score. This was followed by Creativity, a mere third of the previously aforementioned score.
Battery life is disappointing however, only managing to survive for 2 hours and 38 minutes under Powermark’s “Balanced” scenario. Sure power-saving measures like dimming the screen brightness and only focusing on work can net you extra time, but you might want to keep it tethered to a power source just to be on the safe side.
The machine comes well connected, with a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, Ethernet, HDMI and VGA connectors. If you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades, this might do just the trick.