The Satellite L30W Windows 8 notebook from Toshiba is a great example of a full Windows 8 experience at an affordable price. Let’s take a closer look. The L30W is a thin and light designed notebook, making it a device that you can definitely take with you anywhere in a small bag or satchel. The design is a sleek, silver casing that has an elegant look from any angle.
Now the feature that separates the this notebook from many others is that all the main componentry is built behind the screen, with the keyboard element acting as a dock. In fact, the keyboard section only has one port, a USB 3 connection plus the power socket. This means that most of the ports are actually on the screen itself.
So on one side we have the SD card slot, headphone jack, USB 3, micro HDMI, volume toggle and power button. On the back of the screen you can see these grills here which hold the skullcandy speakers for great audio for music and movies. The keyboard itself is set out in an island design, with good separation between keys, keeping you productive.
Below the keyboard is a single panel touchpad, which can be used to control the Windows 8 environment. For example, swipe in from right for charms, in from the left for apps and from the top for additional features. Just above the keyboard is this physical switch, which you move with a one handed click, and the monitor lifts off the keyboard dock.
Now you have a large screen tablet that you can use in Windows 8 touch screen mode, taking advantage of the thousands of apps available in the Windows store for gaming, reading, and entertainment. The multi-touch screen panel is a thirteen sixty six by seven sixty eight pixel resolution, on a generous thirteen point three inch display.
Having a touch screen on such an affordable notebook is a great feature, as you’re able to use Windows 8 to its fullest, with pinching, zooming, swiping to change apps, and selecting hyperlinks. Above the screen is a webcam for use in video chat applications.
The Satellite L30W is powered by Intel’s new quad core pentium chip, with enough grunt to get through all your basic daily activities like email, web browsing and using Windows 8 apps. The integrated Intel HD graphics provides additional power to make your movie and video viewing a pleasure as well. The four gigs of onboard ram makes sure you can have multiple apps open and running smoothly as well.
The L30W comes with 500GB of storage on board, so you’ll have plenty of space to fit your documents, photos, music and movies so you can be entertained on the go. And when you want to share the items on your Satellite, you’ll be able to simply connect to a flat panel TV with a HDMI cable using the micro HMDI output.
Transferring files to and from is ultra fast as well, with the USB 3 super speed port providing up to ten times the speed of a USB 2 connection. Whether you’re at home or out and about, the wireless connection on the Satellite L30W lets you stay up to date and in contact using high speed wireless connectivity.
That’s the Toshiba Satellite L30W – big screen, great look, and a Windows notebook and tablet in one.