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Toshiba Satellite P70 LapTop
A beautiful and huge display, ultra-premium sound and cutting-edge advancements for any portable research or investigation team that relies on performance, reliability & functionality.

PERFORMANCE
Toshiba’s Satellite P70 is a DTR notebook of the higher class of consumer laptops. The installed hardware is sufficient for all the usual applications, such as video playback and internet communications. Even demanding 3D games and video editing are not a problem for the notebook.

Processor – Our test model is powered by a representative of Intel’s new Haswell processor generation: the Core i7-4700MQ quad-core processor. The CPU operates at a base clock frequency of 2.4 GHz. Thanks to the Turbo function, the core speed can be increased to 3.2 GHz (all four cores), 3.3 GHz (2 cores) or 3.4 GHz (one core only). Thanks to the improvements of the Haswell architecture, the processor should be about 10% faster than the Ivy Bridge predecessor, the Core i7-3630QM. The TDP of the Core i7-4700MQ is 47 W. Therefore it is 2 W higher than that of its predecessor. The processor completed the single-thread Cinebench Benchmarks with a clock frequency of 3.2 to 3.3 GHz. The multi-thread tests were completed at 3.2 GHz.

System Performance – Although Toshiba explicitly says that the hard drive image and the BIOS of the P70 are different from the production model, the system performance of the pre-production model is still good. The system works well, Windows 8 starts rapidly. The quick system start-up might cause the confusion that the notebook has an SSD, but this is not the case.

Storage Device – The P70 is equipped with a hard drive from the HGST Travelstar 5K1000 series. It has a capacity of 750 GB and operates at 5400 rpm. CrystalDiskMark measured a read rate of 108.5 MB/s. HD Tune showed an average transfer rate of 87.1 MB/s. These are very good results for a 5400 rpm hard drive. The access time of 17.7 ms is also acceptable.

Graphics Card – The Satellite P70 has two brand new GPUs. These are the Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU and Nvidia’s GeForce GT 745M. The graphics chip by Intel is designed for everyday tasks. The GeForce is used for applications such as 3D games. Both cards support DirectX 11.1. Our review contains extensive information and benchmark results for Intel’s new graphics chip. The GT 745M graphics card belongs to the upper middle class. It operates at a base core frequency of 837 MHz. Thanks to the Turbo functionality it can be increased further. The P70 also takes advantage of this Turbo function.

Power Consumption – The pre-production model we received came with a large and heavy power supply, which can provide a maximum of 120 W. It is already clear that the Satellite is not among the low-consumption notebooks. In idle state, the power consumption is between 11.8 and 17.2 W. These values are perfectly in order for a 17.3-inch notebook with a bright Full HD display. Under medium load (3DMark06) the energy consumption increases significantly to 83.5 W. Under full load (Prime95 and Furmark) consumption was between 69 and 114 W. The CPU throttling, which we saw in the stress test, is noticeable here.

VERDICT
What Toshiba has offered here is a visually successful DTR notebook. At least on paper, the installed hardware promises a lot of performance in applications and games. We liked the bright, high-contrast display and the keyboard that offers a comfortable typing experience. In addition, the fast hard drive provides plenty of storage space, and let us not forget the great audio system. The powerful hardware of the P70 must be sufficiently cooled and therefore the fan works constantly. The battery life is not very good, but we did not expect anything different given the hardware configuration. Battery life tends to have a secondary role in a DTR notebook anyway.

As soon as a production device becomes available, we will do our best and follow up with a detailed review containing scores. Then we can determine how good the performance in benchmarks is and whether the CPU throttling interferes with everyday use or not.

Making it ideal for performance moguls, tech trendsetters and power users looking for a desktop replacement

KEY FEATURES INCLUDE:

Premium Brushed Aluminum Finish in a thinner Skyline design
Harman Kardon® stereo speakers w/ Slipstream Technology
4th generation Intel® Core™ processors with optional Nvidia® graphics

  • Sleek Sophisticated Design – The Satellite® P70 laptop’s modern, sophisticated style features a new Skyline design, plus edge-to-edge LCD glass, rounded corners and cool Aluminum finish. As a true desktop replacement, you can have all the laptop features you love, wherever you go.
  • Loaded with Toshiba Extras – Like other Satellite® laptops, this PC offers plenty of features you’ll only get with Toshiba. That includes a full-sized, frameless, LED-backlit keyboard that helps you work or play in dimly lit environments, and a hard drive impact sensor that protects your important files during accidental bumps or drops. Plus, you can use your PC as an audio dock and charger for your phone and tablet—even when the PC is off—with Sleep & Music and new and improved USB 3.0 Sleep & Charge feature.
  • Mobilize Multimedia – Packed with power. Premium performance. And big-screen entertainment. You’ll find it all in the Satellite® P70 laptop series. Featuring a beautiful and huge 17.3” Full HD, TruBrite® display, ultra-premium sound and cutting-edge advancements, this laptop series is built for big-time entertainment and performance.
  • Power Plus Performance – Equipped with performance-class technology components, the Satellite® P70 laptop helps you work, play and multitask faster powered by Intel® Core™ processors. You’ve also got all the storage space you need with a huge capacity hard drive and can finish demanding tasks quickly with a large DDR3L-1600 memory.
  • Capable Entertainment – With the Satellite® P70 laptop’s huge 17.3” diagonal, Full HD, TruBrite® display, every movie, game and photo will come to life with amazing color, clarity and contrast. It also offers DTS Studio Sound™ with premium Harman Kardon® stereo speakers and Slipstream port technology that reduces distortion and creates a more precise, rich sound for all your movies and music. Plus, you’ve got a built-in DVD drive, availability of NVIDIA® GeForce® discrete graphics (on select models) and 4K Ultra HD (3860×2160) HDMI® output so you can splash your movies and games on the latest 4K TVs to enjoy about four times the image resolution of Full HD content.
  • Operating System – Windows 8 has been reimagined to be all about you. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your people, apps, sites and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing.
USB 3.0 DTS Studio Sound™ USB Sleep-and-Charge Disk Drive Safeguard
Get maximum performance when connecting the latest external devices, with blazing fast transfer speeds.  Enjoy the most immersive surround sound experience ever offered from music, videos and games. Power your smartphone and other USB-based portables—even when your PC is off. Great for charging a cell phone, tablets or any USB device while you are on the run. Safeguard your data by ’parking’ the hard drive heads in the event of a drop or sudden movement.

Prebuilt models starting at: $1149.99

Customizable P70 base unit: $899.99

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ASUS G1o Desktop PC

ASUS computers reflect a tradition of the fine quality, innovation and longevity. We reviewed the PCWorld USA 2012 reader survey of tech satisfaction, reliability, and service, where users ranked ASUS as a leading choice for desktop PCs, citing high satisfaction with their value, connectivity, ease of use and reliability. The survey also found ASUS desktop PCs were one of the most likely to be recommended to others, and now we’re recommending it to you. PC Magazine also recognized ASUS as the leading brand of choice that earned ASUS their  Reader’s Choice award.

Award-winning Design

The ASUS reviews prompted us with their award-winning track record for having the  best-selling motherboards, giving us the confidence that we had a reliable, energy-efficient PC that did not lack in performance.

ASUS Innovation

Their slogan, “Inspiring Innovation, Persistent Perfection,” is not far from the truth! Their designers are quite dedicated to generating new ideas through annual brainstorming sessions and implementing ideas that provide the best customer experience-products users seem to love, and we really like our ASUS G10!

Horsepower at Your Command

The  new 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors, powerful 3D graphics and enhanced audio, ASUS G10 desktop PCs deliver the performance you need for any application.

Next-generation Processor
The latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors deliver new levels of multi-tasking performance to make light tasks of even the most demanding tasks, from playing 4k UltraHD video, editing high-resolution photos to playing the latest video qualities at their maximum quality settings — and everything in between.
Surrounded By Sound
ASUS desktops SonicMaster technology for true-to-life sound. Together with Maxxaudio, from Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®, it provides refined sound quality for listening to MP3 recordings for EVPs, music, or videos, and it’s rich sound quality is clearer for voice in speech recording. No matter what size of speaker or headset you use, you can find the setting that fulfills your needs.
Taking Graphics to New Heights
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX graphics mean you can experience the latest graphical requirements the way they were meant to be, with ultra-high resolutions, maximum image quality settings and silky smooth frame rates. ASUS G10 desktop PCs put you right in the middle of the action for video, gaming and high-resolution graphic, too! It also utilizes the NVIDIA® 3D Vision Surround technology with support for up to four monitors.

The ASUS Force Shield Experience for Reliability

ASUS computers reflect a tradition for us of the fine quality, innovation and longevity from other systems we’ve owned and used. Thus, based on our satisfaction of their technical expertise, reliability, and technical service, it was a natural choice for us to choose the ASUS G10, and the reason we highly recommended it. But as with any PC, you need to decide what your requirements are, and if the machine you buy (ASUS or any other brand) will fulfill your specific needs and budget.

ASUS Power Pack
ASUS Power Pack is a mobile charge station that can charge devices on the go. When plugged into the desktop, it acts as an emergency power supply keeping the desktop powered for 25 seconds if there is a sudden power loss. If a power cut last longer than 25 seconds, it will enter hibernate mode automatically so that no important data is lost.
Engineered to Be Cool and Quiet
 The exclusive ASUS Smart Cooling System reduces dust accumulation, lowers operating temperatures by up to 11.4?2, and adjusts CPU fan speeds according to its current load for stable, reliable operation. The last thing we need is a fan failure when we’re operating at extreme temperatures during our investigations and research.
The Best Motherboards in the World
ASUS desktop PCs are built on the best motherboards available — and we should know, because we make them. ASUS has sold over 465 million motherboards since the first began making them over 24 years ago and their various models over those years has won them thousands of awards, with well over 1,000 awards in 2012 alone.
ALL Machines are Factory-Tested for Perfection
ASUS desktop PCs are subjected to a series of rigorous tests to ensure they meet our exacting standards — and exceed those used by other manufacturers. So you can rest assured that your new computer can cope with everything from extreme temperatures and humidity levels, to the demands of being shipped around the world.

Speed & Beyond 

The G10 Includes 32gb ASUS Cloud WebStorage
With 32gb of ASUS WebStorage provided free for three years, where you can keep important data safe in the cloud and access it on any device with an internet connection (we ourselves DO NOT USE any cloud storage, and ensure we backup our system regularly to avoid data loss). Theoretically one can say goodbye to insecure USB flash drives, stream music when you’re on the move, and share photos with family and friends just by sending a link, however, if there is NO Internet or wireless connection where you plan to use it, you’re screwed…which is why we don’t use it ourselves.
Nest-generation Connectivity 
USB 3.0 with Ai Charger Technology – SuperSpeed USB 3.0 delivers up to 10 times faster transfer rates compared to previous generation USB4, and charges devices up to 50% faster.SATA 6Gbit/s Ports – ASUS desktop PCs support blisteringly fast data transfer speeds with internal storage devices, so everything from saving large files to loading new game levels is quicker.
ASUS Universal Storage module (USM)
The ASUS USM makes expanding hard drive storage easy and offers data rates twice that of USB 3.0.DESKTOP PC

Other Necessary Stuff ASUS Includes:

  • Convenient Ports – Conveniently connect to the devices you want like cameras and smartphones with a 16-in-1 card reader, front side USB ports, and audio/microphone jacks – all conveniently placed on the front of the PC.
  • Fast Data Transfer Rates – Get the speed you need with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for data transfers up to ten times faster than USB 2.03, and SATA 6G delivers twice the bandwidth at 500MB/s, saving you time.
  • Wireless Ready – Enjoy high-speed 802.11n1 wireless performance right out of the box. That means faster connection for faster speeds on your favorite Web sites, games, and more.
  • AI Charger – Not only fast, front-side USB 3.0 ports are enhanced with ASUS AI Charger so you can charge devices even while the PC is turned off.
  • Smart Power Usage – Save up to 40 percent on power and reduce your energy costs with the ASUS Energy Processing Unit (EPU), the world’s first power-saving engine. It automatically provides the most appropriate power usage for a variety of components.
  • Eco-Packaging – ASUS desktop PCs are packaged in 100% recyclable ECO boxes to reduce their impact on the environment.
  • Safe Computing – Desktop PCs from ASUS comply with guidelines for the restriction of hazardous substances, which is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environmentally friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard your health while minimizing impact on the environment.

Features:

  • Windows 8 or other editions available
  • 32GB Memory expandable to 128 GB, (we ourselves sport 64 GB in our unit)
  • Powered by the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX graphics
  • 1st desktop PC to feature ASUS SonicMaster audio technology for enhanced sound quality
  • ASUS Power Pack — a removable UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) that can also be used as a portable battery1
  • ASUS Smart Cooling technology lowers operating temperatures by up to 11.4?2
  • Clean, chiseled lines with a brushed hairline finish
  • Indicator LEDs that reflects the operational state of any attached external USB storage device
  • ASUS USM makes expanding hard drive storage easy and offers data rates twice that of USB 3.05
  • Front USB 3.0 ports with Ai Charger technology for rapid recharging of mobile devices

Prebuilt ASUS G10 models start at: $899.99

Customizable ASUS G10 base units fully upgraded: $2699.99