Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Toshiba Satellite P770-10P Notebook Review

Satellite Hybrid. Two hard drives, a quad-core and graphics without choking game. Will low-contrast panel and ergonomic data not fade hope multimedia?

The satellite's high-end Toshiba is apparently difficult to find its way into the virtual shelves. Only a current distributor list it - but without the immediate availability. However, technical specifications does not seem so bad.

Core i7 2630QM (4x 2.00GHz), Intel's mainstream quad-core, and is used in many multimedia and gaming laptops. Just like NVIDIA GeForce 540M, which is only a mid-range graphics game for fans of the game, though.

Friends of large collections of films will be satisfied in the case of two hard drives (2 x 500 GB). Seagate Momentus XT has a cache of 4 GB SSD (SLC NAND). Therefore, it is a hybrid hard drives.

The package is supposed to be a market price of € 999 (P770-108 version: 899 euros). The 17-inch model has some advantages to offer due to the same CPU + GPU hardware is available now for 700 euros (for example Samsung RC730). Find out the value Satellite P770-10P has to offer in our full review.

Specifications Toshiba Satellite P770-10P :
  • Processor : Intel Core i7 2630QM 2 GHz
  • Mainboard : Intel HM65
  • Memory : 4096 MB, 1x4096 PC3-10700 667MHz
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M - 2048 MB, Core: 672 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, Nvidia Optimus with Intel HD Graphics 3000, ForceWare 267.21
  • Display : 17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, AUO B173RW01 V3, glossy: yes
  • Harddisk : Seagate ST95005620AS, 500GB 7200rpm + TOSHIBA MK5076GSXN 500GB, 5400rpm, SATA
  • Soundcard : Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
  • Connections : 3 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: line out, microphone/line in combo, Card Reader: SD, miniSD/microSD (Adapter), SDHC, SDXC, MS, MSPro, MMC, xD, Sleep-and-Music function in microphone out
  • Networking : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9002WB-1NG Wireless Network Adapter (bgn), 3.0+HS Bluetooth
  • Optical drive : MATSHITA BD-MLT UJ240ES
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 36 x 413.6 x 274
  • Weight : 3.115 kg Power Supply: 0.616 kg
  • Battery : 48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8V
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
  • Additional features : Webcam: 1.3MP, Nero 10, System & Connectivity Tools, 2D to 3D converting, Resolution+ etc., 24 Months Warranty
In terms of looks, Satellite P770-10P Laptop radiates the charm of the new plastic that does not want to recognize the plastic at all costs. So the user's eye is bombarded with light effects (the keys of the pad, logos, Media Bar, Power), and Chrome too scared displays (speakers, key pads, hinges).

Packing a box you are looking for artists, the trick has been carefully surfaces. When his sister model, the Satellite Pro L770, it is called frills Matt, opaque surfaces, the surfaces of P770 has been sanded and polished texture of the blind.

This does not seem to hide the plastic, but at least the plastic feel. However, the production has its advantages: Fingerprints will disappear and the texture feels very non-slip surface.

Overall, the case is good but not good pressure stability. Wrist support provides the extreme right and left, under the weight of your hands. The optical drive is, as often a weak point. Although the keypad above can not be depressed, the base plate below can.

Two hinges hold the lid tight. There is no blockade. Screen wobbles heavy manipulation. Maximum angle of 140 degrees is ideal for use on knees. Cover the surface can be printed over a large area, but only a few millimeters.

Panel reflections of 17.3 inches can meet the high expectations with its brightness possible. Everything else is rock bottom screen phones. Screen (B173RW01 V3 AUO) has a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels (WXGA + +, 4:09 p.m.). You can work well with this decision, if you do not need the best possible resolution of the screen.

AUO panel has a 212:1 contrast ratio low. Loans Glare-type low visible contrast. This creates a visually crisp color printing. The colors are so attractive right too much time images, movies or games. However, Black is deep black and colors are not as bright as they could be.

AUO screen is not suited to professionals because the color spectrum does not even cover the sRGB (t). The FHD Monitor Fujitsu NH751 screen shows that even consumers at the same price range can offer more (close to sRGB, high contrast, good viewing angle).

Brightness measurements show acceptable results. Luminance is 216 cd/m2, on average. Gossen Mayo Monitor to measure up to 220 cd/m2, selectively. Lighting is a 95 per cent of the exceptionally smooth. No lights appear on the screen completely black.

100 to 150 cd/m2 enough inside. Does the brightness of bonus will be enough to work in broad daylight, despite the brilliance of type? No, because the thought of preventing a noise-free image in most viewing angles. Our photos were taken in bright sunlight and the maximum brightness TFT. We must note that P770 decreases to 188 cd/m2 brightness in battery mode (measured at the center).

We can vary from a maximum of 50 degrees horizontally from the front. The colors, then begins to forge a more or less serious. The script can be read from up to 70 degrees without any problems. The colors begin to distort, but 10 degrees vertically. Blurs the image and the colors reversed.

This may already be looking at the images of torture, or two or three films. Spectators must put their heads together. These visual problems are, unfortunately, a common phenomenon in 80 percent of our test laptops. This is a very negative qualities of costly media devices.

4x2.0 GHz Core i7 2630QM (default) has often been used in many laptop models from 2011. And 'latest quad-core mainstream that is already available for devices from 700 euros. Overclock up to 2.9 GHz is possible via the Turbo Boost 2.0 if (single core). See data sheet for details of the CPU.

Included in the HD 3000 graphics ensures economical use of battery power or the performance of the GPU is not needed. NVIDIA GeForce GT 540 (2048 MB) automatically disables the Nvidia Optimus. BIOS has many options that allow / devices (LAN, webcam, touchpad, key lights, illuminated Satellite logo) and Power Management.

Technology lovers will be able to remove up to quad-core multi-core CPU or a turbo boost. It is not advisable, because the power consumption to a minimum is very low in the default.

Where is 2630QM compared to other similar processors in laptops? The Cinebench R11.5 (multi, 64-bit) is on site, which is 4.7 points, the average test equipment 2630QM. 2630QM the "same" Aspire 7750G i7 could score improvement of 5.0 points, which may be due to better utilization of dynamic frequency (2.0 Turbo).

Representation functions and conversion are a good job for the processor. Advanced users are well catered for, especially since a heavy load operation does not cause thermal limiting and turbo. Turbo is still active when the GPU was put under the highest load (Furmark). Please see the temperature and the screenshots below.

PCMark Vantage point 6963 determines the (first round, 6752) is a score slightly below average for this CPU + GPU combination. The Sony Vaio PCV-F22S1E / B has recently come to 7488 points (also 7200 rpm HDD). Aspire 7750G with a single processor handles 7402 points (HP 6850M).

Packard Bell EasyNote Only Samsung TS11-HR and RF511-158GE are defeated with 6,500 points, which is due to the hard drive 5400 rpm and perhaps less than a 2.0 Turbo exploitation. Both phones are on par with our Cinebench R11.5 tester: 4.7 points.

The laptops are equipped with solid state, such as Alienware M17x R3 (GTX 460M, i7 2630QM) or XMG A701 (same), to obtain significantly better results (12700/14000). The hybrid hard drives, Momentus XT, can not provide this. See Hard Disk.

We made the PCMark 7, which ends with a score of 2688 points unusually high (first: 2496). Slot Machine, MSI GT780R with GTX 560M, recently reached the same score (2516 points, with RAID0 2x5400 rpm). PCMark 7 recognizes the hybrid hard drive, you see the repeated execution of Test System Storage: 2068, 2419, 2479, 2528, 2576, 2494, 2597, 2613. Score will go up! Reason: a hybrid hard disk to learn.

3D performance is GeForce 540M (2048 MB DDR3) remains normal in spite of a higher level of memory (usually in MBS 1024). At 672/900 MHz (core / memory) corresponds to the standard information.

3DMark 2006 (1280x1024) ended with 8212 points. A current HD 6770M (10786) for HP Pavilion dv6-6008eg easily beat him. The 3DMark Vantage score: P4386 is exactly at the level where the majority of BT 540S was. The same goes for 3DMark 11 (P1009), which is associated with a 6630M HD (Sony Vaio PCV-SA2Z9E / B).

Toshiba P770-10P team with two hard drives. They are connected through a controller RAID (performance or redundancy). The Hybrid Hard Drive Seagate Momentus XT (ST95005620AS, 500 GB) at 7200 rpm makes two interesting solution. It has a 4 GB cache unusually large SSD (SLC NAND), which is fed continuously with the frequently used data and files on your own through the "adaptive memory" technology.

This means that opening programs or files of the window is accelerated because the files are automatically transferred frequently read flash part. Because what happens in the hardware side, you should not and need not worry about what files are moved to the small flash memory. Therefore, technology is platform independent and could also accelerate Linux. Important: We are only talking about files that are repeated reading.

In addition, a slow MK5076GSXN Toshiba (500 GB, 5400) is installed. We have not yet completed their rates in our database. HDTune (61 instead of 85 MB / s) is much smaller than the Momentus hard drive XT system.

The advantages of application performance from the hybrid hard drive learning with a score of 6617 PCMark Vantage HDD points, respectively in 2613 points in the PCMark tests memory 7. The faster 7200 rpm hard drive in our test 5030 points (PCMark Vantage, without RAID0-LG658EA ProBook 6560b).

Compare rates: Two Momentus XT (not RAID 0) to work within the G73SM Asus, which increases the score of 8096 points. A Momentus XT is enough for 8046 points in the Eurocom Racer. This is a RAID 0 consisting of 2 x 7,200 rpm, which takes only 5193 points in the MSI GT663R.

On the other hand, is the fact that the SSD Pro, with Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW160G3 (160 GB) in Schenker XMG A501, get 39 530 points. Even a simple consumer SSD in the Acer Aspire 4820TG (Intel X25-M, 160 GBS), controls the 20,196 points. In short: hybrid hard drive is an advantage but not a great success in the comparison SSD.

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