So it’s a tiny convertible laptop you’re looking for, eh? It might be the Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15WB1320 that is a great choice for you. After all, that 11 inches netbook is quite an inexpensive model and it’s powered by Pentium processor and 4GB RAM – components good for daily computing for sure. But let’s not make the final judgment yet, the laptop must be examined a bit further…
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15WB1320 features Intel Pentium N3540, a quad core processor with 2.2GHz clock speed and 2.7GHz turbo. Despite these seemingly high numbers, the CPU can only be considered as a low-end one. It receives ~1700 points with CPU Passmark, a trusted benchmark test, whereas mobile Core i3 processors get much more, around 2500 points. This is not to say the Pentium sucks, it’s good for web browsing and stuff, but very heavy applications (video encoding, virtual machines, all those power user programs) would be best left for faster processors.
There’s 4GB DDR3L memory installed in the laptop. Officially, the memory should be non-user upgradeable, so there’s no guarantee you can put in more. However, if you’re tech savvy, you can probably find a way to remove the bottom panel and swap the 4GB chip for a 8GB one. But I wouldn’t recommend that for a casual user because it’s hard to do and the default four gigabytes will take you far with such an entry-level laptop.
Tablets often have quick solid-state drives, but this computer relies on a mechanical hard drive. It’s 500GB big with 5400RPM speed, so don’t expect too great a performance. Again, if you have the technical knowledge, you’re probably able to take the hard drive out and put an SSD in for better transfer rates.
Screen and graphics
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15WB1320 has a 11.6″ touchscreen with 1366×768 resolution. It rotates full 360 degrees, turning the laptop into a tablet. The screen is not detachable, staying attached at all times. When the screen is folded back (tablet mode), the keyboard is deactivated so you don’t hit the keys accidentally.
Graphics are not the strongest side of this laptop. The system integrates Intel HD (Bay Trail) chip which is, quite honestly, very slow graphics unit. It can run lightweight games like Sims 4, Minecraft and even League of Legends on low settings, but heavier titles such as Battlefield 4 will be unplayable (~10 FPS on low details and resolution).
As one might expect, there are not many connections in Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15WB1320 due to its small size. Just two USB ports are offered, the other one being USB 3.0 on the left side. HDMI output is likewise there, so if you don’t fancy the small display you can hook this unit to a larger monitor or HDTV.
Out of the box, the built-in WiFi card featuring 802.11b/g/n standard is your only option to access Internet. If you want cable, you must get a USB adapter since there’s no dedicated RJ-45 port. Bluetooth 4.0 is however supported.
Of course, there is no optical drive in this small laptop. You can get an external DVD drive for around 20-30 dollars. Downloading your files from Internet is also one option. And if you happen to have data on media cards, you can utilize the laptop’s built-in SD/MMC card reader.
The notebook has a front-facing HD webcam that works well with Skype video.
Other noteworthy things
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15WB1320 is a portable item. It weighs mere 2.9 pounds so taking it with you on your travels is a piece of cake. The battery specifications are 2 cells and 29 Wh, and it should last for ~4 hours if you’re browsing the web with a conservative screen brightness.
The keyboard is not backlit and there’s no numpad on the right hand side either.
Summing it up
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15WB1320 is a good choice for people wanting a portable notebook with appropriate performance for common applications, such as web browser and video streaming services. It’s also possible to play some lightweight games – mainly Minecraft – on this system, but try to keep settings and resolution low. Connections are nothing special, yet there is one USB 3.0 port for fast transfer speeds. Because the unit weighs only little (and is rather affordable), it’s ideal for travelers and people on the go.