Review: Toshiba Satellite Radius L10W
2.5Overall Score
Price (RRP): $799 Manufacturer: Toshiba

Smaller computers are ideal for students and people on the go, and when they’re also technically tablets, they can be even better. Is Toshiba’s Radius L10W a hybrid worthy of your wallet?

Features

Part of the “Radius” range of Satellite computers, Toshiba’s L10W takes a familiar hinge design that we’re seeing on many computers and applies it to one of Tosh’s own products.

Here, the 360 degree hinge concept sits on an 11.6 inch high-definition display, showing a resolution of 1366×768, with a touch panel provided here.

In the main computer section, you’ll find an Intel Pentium N3540 quad-core chip, paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB solid-state storage.

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Connections for the computer are fairly normal for an 11 inch computer, offering one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, a single HDMI, and an SD card slot. Wireless is also provided, packing in 802.11a/g/n WiFi alongside 802.11ac support, with Bluetooth 4.0 also included, as well as Intel’s Wireless Display technology known as “WiDi”.

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is preloaded to the L10W, ready to go out of the box.

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A keyboard can also be found here, island-key style, with a gesture-supporting touchpad with two physical mouse buttons.

A couple of other buttons are included on the computer, with a power button on the left edge, and a volume rocker on the right edge.

The Windows key is also available found in the centre below the display.

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Performance

While computers aren’t overly expensive anymore, getting them in a slim and light package can still cost a pretty penny.

Toshiba hopes to have an answer for this, however, in the form of the Satellite L10W, a machine that doesn’t match the name with a 10 inch display, but instead opts for an 11.6 inch screen for the first model in the Radius series.

“Radius” is a new name, by the way, as Toshiba finds a way to get its 360 degree hinge out into more computers. If you think of the term “radius”, you’re probably thinking of a circle, and that’s the imagery Toshiba hopes to connect the dots, with these computers allowing their screen to move from perpendicular to flat against the back of keyboard like it is rotating in a circle.