TOSHIBA SATEL­LITE CL10-B-100

£199 inc VAT • toshiba.co.uk

Tech Advisor - - GROUP TEST -

Small and ex­tremely light­weight, the Satel­lite CL10-B-100 is an 11.6in bud­get lap­top aimed at buy­ers who may be tempted by the lure of a Google Chrome­book. Com­pared to even other cheap sys­tems it is lim­ited in per­for­mance by the low-power In­tel Celeron pro­ces­sor and fru­gal 2GB mem­ory, the lat­ter un­able to be up­graded. But with the help of Mi­crosoft’s free Win­dows 8.1 with Bing, the £199 price is keen.

Its flash stor­age is a welcome choice, even if that’s a pal­try 32GB eMMC card, with less than half that size ac­tu­ally re­main­ing af­ter the OS, re­cov­ery par­ti­tion and spon­sored bloat­ware – in­clud­ing Mi­crosoft Of­fice, Cy­ber­Link Media Player, Ever­note, WinZip and McAfee – that to­gether take up pre­cious gi­ga­bytes of the tiny drive space.

You can sup­ple­ment stor­age ei­ther with the time-lim­ited of­fer of Mi­crosoft OneDrive online space, or by tak­ing ad­van­tage of the SDXC card slot to easily add, say, 64GB lo­cal stor­age for un­der £30.

Build and de­sign

At just un­der 1.1kg in weight and mea­sur­ing 20mm thick, the CL10 is a par­tic­u­larly totable slice of lap­top, and de­spite the price build qual­ity is very good. The top deck is smooth plas­tic with cham­pagne gold fin­ish, the un­der­side a match­ing but tex­tured mould­ing, while the lid back has a gloss fin­ish over the same colour.

As you open the lid, the Toshiba’s back is lifted a few mil­lime­tres – dis­con­cert­ing but af­ford­ing a lit­tle more rake that makes typ­ing eas­ier. The key­board has un­der­sized rec­tan­gu­lar keys that we found trick­ier to type on than full-size key­boards. The ac­tion is good though, with pos­i­tive clicks and a firm un­yield­ing deck for sup­port. The track­pad is a mixed bag – ac­cu­rate enough but small in size. Its

Build Fea­tures Per­for­mance

Value

Over­all

real but­tons are a mer­ci­ful re­lief from low-grade but­ton­less track­pads that are be­com­ing ubiq­ui­tous.

Con­nec­tiv­ity is some­what re­duced at two USB, one each 3.0 and 2.0, an HDMI port and SD card slot. Wi-Fi con­nec­tions will be slowed by the sin­gle-stream 11n adap­tor.

Per­for­mance

Like the Celeron-fulled Acer Ex­tensa, we found raw per­for­mance trails that of older smart­phones, with Geek­bench 3 re­port­ing 1043 and 1824 for sin­gle/multi-core modes. The PCMark 8 Home score was around the same too at 2732 points – there may be flash stor­age in­side, but eMMC cards as used in phones and tablets are lit­tle bet­ter than slow hard disks. Small files move faster though, im­prov­ing sys­tem re­spon­sive­ness.

Graph­ics mea­sured bet­ter than the Acer de­spite the same In­tel HD Graph­ics and less mem­ory, av­er­ag­ing 26fps in Bat­man at its na­tive screen res­o­lu­tion, and 30fps at 720p.

Screen qual­ity ap­peared bet­ter than oth­ers in this group, in part be­cause the low 1366x768-pixel count was squeezed into a smaller panel, giv­ing tighter 135ppi. And while colour and con­trast ra­tio were poor (61 per­cent sRGB and 80:1) we found this glossy screen less ir­ri­tat­ing than com­peti­tors. VER­DICT: The lit­tle Toshiba has the best build and weighs less than half that of most bud­get lap­tops. It may not mea­sure well in bench­marks but the flash drive means the ma­chine feels more re­spon­sive in nor­mal use. Add your own SD card and the CL10 be­comes vi­able.

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