Excerpt: Small, white and glossy. Toshiba's product line features an interesting subnotebook dubbed Satellite L830-15L. The buyer not only gets a 13-inch HD screen but also an energy-efficient ULV processor for just under 640 Euros (~$834). We were especially curious about the graphics card's performance. Can the Radeon HD 7550M also cope with computing-intensive 3D applications. Toshiba currently lists two versions of its Satellite L830 on the German homepage.
Conclusion: We did not quite manage to make up our mind on this one: while Toshiba scores with the sleek design , the Satellite L830-10F does not fully accomplish its mission . Granted, the notebook is not just mobile in terms of battery life, but also relatively light - but the strongly reflecting display severely restrict the choice of locations, and thereby hampers mobility.
Pros: modern & appealing design, decent build quality, low thermal emissions, great touchpad, quiet hard disk, good battery life, A pretty design with attention to detail and good workmanship, with only minor flaws - that's how it's meant to be!
Conclusion: The Toshiba Satellite L830-10X doesn't have the aesthetic pleasures of the latest ultrabooks. It's also not particularly powerful. But at under £500 it's also reasonably good value, and the excellent battery life means you will be able to get plenty of work done when out and about. Or you will be able to enjoy a fair amount of self-provided audio-visual entertainment during a journey. Either way, this is a flexible, if not particularly exciting notebook for the money.
Pros: Impressive battery life, Reasonably light and portable, Good value, Comprehensive connectivity