At less than 2Kg, the Satellite L40 is one of the lightest mainstream laptops in the market. It’s also one of the slimmest in its class—measuring just 24mm-thick when closed. We received the Satellite L40-A 10110, which features an Intel Core i3-3227U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 750GB hard drive. Except for the bottom, the entire exterior, screen bezel and palm rest have a glossy finish. Toshiba should have included a microfibre cloth to clean the stains and fingerprints, as the L40 is one big fingerprint magnet. But when spotless, it looks very classy.
Thanks to a 14-inch display, the Satellite L40 is slightly compact and much lighter than 15.6-inch laptops. The display is LED backlit and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which translates to a 16:9 aspect ratio. As for connectivity, you get Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi N and an Ethernet port. The Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port and the slot-loading DVD-RW drive are on the left, while the right houses two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a D-sub port and the audio jacks.
On opening the lid, you’re greeted with the island-type keyboard and large touchpad. The entire touchpad is clickable and is slightly recessed from the palm rest. The keyboard isn’t one of the best—the keys have very shallow travel, and you may take some time getting used to the feel of the keyboard.
The overall build quality of the L40 is good, except you have to be careful about the glossy surfaces getting mottled with scratches and fingerprints. Most importantly, make sure your hands are clean before using this laptop. What’s more, the matte-finished keyboard isn’t easy to clean unlike the glossy surfaces—you definitely don’t want the keys turning yellow or brown.
The Toshiba L40-A 10110 can easily pass as a replacement for a basic home or office PC. The configuration is enough to run Windows 8 smoothly and handle most everyday tasks as well as multitasking with light applications. The sound quality is very good, courtesy the Onkyo speakers that reside under the elongated metal grille above the keyboard.
While most mainstream laptops last for a little more than two hours in Battery Eater Pro’s Classic test, this one survived the heavy test for 2 hours and 40 minutes on a full charge. With light to medium usage, this laptop will easily survive without the charger for 3.5 to 4 hours.
The L40-A 10110 is a bit expensive for an Intel Core i3-powered laptop with no discrete graphics. Although it scores high on the aesthetics front, and comes with a 750GB hard drive and good speakers, the asking price just doesn’t justify the low specifications. If priced at around Rs 35,000, this laptop would make a good buy.