The Toshiba Satellite L15-B1330 is a small and affordable laptop with an 11.6-inch display. This 250-dollar ultraportable machine provides basic computing performance and features.
First of all, the included Intel Celeron N2840 is an entry-level dual-core processor, suitable only for the usual day-to-day computing tasks like web browsing, media playback, light productivity and other applications, and some casual gaming. You can find out more about the N2840 in the review here. The chip is accompanied by only 2GB of system memory, while comfortable multitasking in usual scenarios requires at least 4GB. Therefore, you’ll have to limit the number of your opened web browser tabs and simultaneously running applications. On the positive side, the Toshiba Satellite L15-B1330 features a solid state drive instead of slower hard disk storage, which is a real positive refreshment in the small & cheap laptop category to which this model belongs to. True, 128GB of SSD capacity is a lot smaller than usual 500GB provided by standard HDDs, but performance gains and system responsiveness improvement of SSDs are massive. Also, similarly priced ultraportables oftentimes come with only 32GB of storage, so the L15 has a significant advantage in this department.
Other parts of the notebook are quite modest, but that’s expected considering the low price. The 11.6-incher has a standard display resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels, no touchscreen support, and a non-backlit keyboard. There are stereo speakers, webcamera with 720p resolution, only two USB ports, HDMI and VGA video outputs, a media card reader, and a combo audio jack. For networking, the laptop uses 802.11n wireless and Ethernet LAN wired connections. Bluetooth connectivity is supported, too.
Outwardly, Toshiba’s L15-B1330 is characterized by “satin gold” plastic finish and a slim 0.8″ profile.
The notebook has a light weight of 2.9 pounds.
With its 29 WHr battery, the laptop is claimed to provide up to 5.75 hours of run time on a single charge.
Overall, the Toshiba L15-B1330 offers a great bang for the buck and is one of the cheapest Windows-based notebooks on the market. But, if you’re willing to spend a couple of bucks more, you can check out the Asus X200MA-SCL0505F, which offers larger RAM memory and touchscreen. Or you can get the convertible L15 version.