The Bottom Line
Jan 17 2013 - Toshiba's second generation of all-in-one system goes for affordability which is nice for those looking to get a touchscreen based Windows 8 system but it fails to really distinguish itself from the competition. Its reliance on a mobile processor means that hte system is not quite as fast at more demanding tasks that its competitors have. On the flip side though, it does offer slightly better integrated graphics which is a bit of a surprise but something relatively few people will probably take advantage of.
- Response Touchscreen Beneficial For Windows 8 OS
- Faster Integrated Graphics Processor That Similarly Prised Systems
- Uses Slower Mobile Processor
- Kick Stand Not As Nice As Past DX Model
- Intel Core i3-3110M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HD Audio With Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI (in), 8-in-1 Card Reader, 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- 22.2" x 16.3" x 3.2"
- Windows 8, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security
Review - Toshiba LX835-D3300
Jan 17 2013 - Toshiba's second generation of all-in-one system departs from their previous design to a more traditional kick stand design. In addition to this, they have also adjusted their pricing to focus on being more affordable. The LX835-D3300 is one of their most affordable of the touchscreen versions that use Windows 8. It was initially set with a price of nearly $1100 but can be found for around $900 in stores.
Rather than using desktop processor for their all-in-one systems, Toshiba has elected to use mobile parts to keep costs down as they specialized in laptop computers. For the LX835-D3300 this is the low end Core i3-3110M dual core processor. The result is one of the slowest of the all-in-one's on the market but it still is sufficient for many people's needs. Those using a computer primarily for browsing the web, watching movies or doing productivity applications will be fine. If you are going to be using the system for more demanding tasks like desktop video editing with any frequency, you will probably want a desktop processor based system instead. The processor is matched up with 6GB of DDR3 memory that provides a smooth overall experience with Windows 8.
Storage features on the Toshiba LX835-D3300 is typical of your all-in-one systems these days. It features a one terabyte hard drive that provides a good amount of storage for applications, data and media files. The drive is a traditional 7200rpm desktop hard drive which is a nice step up for a bit faster booting and application loads from many systems in this price range that opt to use slower 5400rpm drives. If you need additional storage, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external drives. Sadly these ports are on the left hand side of the screen like most systems which means that cables are exposed from hard drives that are typically connected at all times rather than on the back to keep cable clutter to a minimum. A dual layer DVD burner is also on the system for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
Toshiba offers the Toshiba LX830 all-in-ones with and without touchscreens. The LX835-D3300 does include the touchscreen which is very beneficial for navigating around the Windows 8 operating system. The screen is responsive and works with all the new multitouch gestures. It does use the kickstand style for supporting the screen which limits the amount of tilt angle that the screen can have. The screen itself seems pretty typical but has a bit limited viewing angles such as if there was more tilt users would have had to deal with a large amount of color dropoff. It has a native resolution of 1920x1080 to fully support 1080p high definition video as well as an HDMI input connector for use with external cable or satellite TV receivers, game consoles or Blu-ray players. The graphics themselves use the Intel HD Graphics 4000 that are built into the Core i3 processor. Even though the CPU is a mobile part, it actually has a more effective graphics processor than many similarly priced desktop based processor with the HD Graphics 2500. It still lacks performance for 3D gaming but it does provide a bit better boost for media encoding when using Quick Sync compatible applications.
There are a fair number of low cost touchscreen based all in ones that Toshiba has to compete with. The Acer Aspire AZS600 has a fast desktop Core i3 processor but has less RAM, slower hard drive and lower graphics. The ASUS ET2200IUTI has a faster quad core processor and more memory but is more expensive and features a smaller screen. HP's Envy 20 TouchSmart has a faster desktop Core i3 processor but has a smaller, lower resolution display. Lenovo's IdeaCenter B540 uses an older but faster desktop Core i3 processor but sacrifices memory and graphics performance.