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Toshiba Satellite L630-ST2N04 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Toshiba Satellite L630-ST2N04 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Toshiba Satellite L630

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The Bottom Line

Mar 8 2011 - Toshiba's Satellite L630-ST2N04 is a decent machine especially considering its price that falls under $700. Performance is good and the storage features are a step up from many 13-inch laptops. The downside is that this laptop is certainly larger and heavier than much of the competition, even if they also have an internal DVD drive. The running time is also well below what can be achieved from such low cost systems but this was likely one area where Toshiba decided to cut their costs.
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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good Range Of Connectivity
  • Internal DVD Burner

Cons

  • Thicker And Heavier Than Most 13-inch Laptops
  • Below Average Battery Life

Description

  • Intel Core i3-380M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 13.3" WXGA (1376x768) LED Backlit Display With Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 2.0, eSATA (Shared), HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 13" x 8.7" x 1.5" @ 4.8 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite L630-ST2N04 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Mar 8 2011 - The Toshiba Satellite L630-ST2N04 is a relatively affordable 13-inch laptop that can be found for under $700. It isn't as compact or as stylish as a Portege R700 but certainly will be looked at by many because of its price. This is actually one of the more powerful versions of the laptop as may use the Pentium processors while this uses a Core i3-380M dual core processor. This gives it a good amount of performance that can be used for most tasks without issue thanks to the 4GB of DDR3 memory.

Storage features on the Satellite L630-ST2N04 are its biggest draw. It comes with a large 500GB hard drive that provides plenty of space for applications, data or media files. The drive spins are the traditional 5400rpm spin rate that gives it modest performance. The system also includes a built-in DVD burner that allows it to read or write to CD or DVD media. This is a nice touch making it a more versatile for watching movies on the go or installing retail software. There is also an eSATA compatible port that can be used for high speed external storage.

The display on the Satellite L630 is pretty much what you would expect to find on most 13-inch laptops. It provides a 1376x768 resolution and has a glossy coating that helps bring out the colors and brightness but increases the amount of glare and reflections. Viewing angles are acceptable but the display certainly doesn't stand out in any way. The graphics themselves are handled by the Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated solution. This provides performance for most basic tasks including viewing high definition video. What it doesn't provide is any real 3D graphics ability for even the most basic 3D casual PC games.

With a fairly large profile, one would assume that Toshiba has included a larger battery pack in the Satellite L630. In fact, it uses a fairly typical six cell battery pack that features a 48WHr capacity. In DVD playback testing, this yields roughly three hours. This is decent compared to many standard budget laptops but it falls short of what can be achieved from companies such as Apple with their MacBook or even Toshiba with their own Portege R700. At least they did a better job of estimating the battery life at 3.4 hours compared to many other companies inflated claims.

The big problem with the Satellite L630 is its size and weight. The laptop has an extremely thick profile for a 13-inch system. This is likely done to make it easier to assemble and to fit in items such as the DVD burner. The problem is that many other companies are able to offer similar features in a smaller package. The weight is also a bit heavier weighing just under five pounds when most of the competition is a half pound lighter.

Unlike many companies that have moved to isolated keyboard layouts, Toshiba uses a traditional style for the Satellite L630. The layout itself is quite nice with items including a full sized right shift key. The keys themselves have a very short travel and it just doesn't feel as nice as it could be. The trackpad on the other hand is spacious and offers a nice and responsive service and large individual buttons.

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