The deal: Toshiba Satellite L730/018 - affordable ultraportable with 2nd Gen Intel Core i5 - $695.00
For $695 the 13.3in Toshiba Satellite L730/018 is a good value solution for those needing the power of a basic notebook in a reasonably portable package. At 2.1kg it's on the heavy side for an ultraportable, but considering that spec equivalent basic notebooks weigh 2.5kg and upwards it's clear that there's a big difference in portability. The L730 has a 2nd Gen Intel Core i5 and 4GB of RAM, which is plenty for most modern software. Notably the L730 has a DVD burner, a not often used but still handy feature that most ultraportables omit.
The L730 features a 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2410M (2.3GHz), a mid-range processor that will have no problems with productivity applications and most intensive software. It can burst up to 2.9GHz using Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology if a particularly demanding program is running.
The L730 has an integrated graphics solution called Intel HD Graphics 3000. It’s on par with a low-end dedicated graphics card, and is sufficient for modern games at the lowest settings.
4GB of RAM is the minimum for reasonable system performance under its Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and is enough to run several programs at once quite smoothly.
It has a large 640GB hard disk drive, which is large enough for important files along with plenty of programs and documents.
The L730 sports a 14in (1,366x768 resolution) gloss screen. The gloss screen does make outdoor usage a bit of a struggle, but stay out of direct sunlight and it’s still fine.
The L730 has good portability, because it weighs 2.1kg and is 36.9mm thick. It'll be easy to carry around.
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Where to buy it
Available until 22nd Jan 2012
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