Toshiba Satellite M840 – Colorful And Powerful

10/1/2012 9:14:45 PM

Toshiba's latest notebook is one for every occasion

Price: $966


Description: Toshiba Satellite M840 – Colorful And Powerful

Toshiba Satellite M840 – Colorful And Powerful

While most people love their notebooks or Ultrabooks to be compact and portable, there still remains a segment of the market who still like their ‘mobile computers’ to have a bit of heft in them, accommodating powerful specs whilst sacrificing portability to have desktop-level performance. This is the Toshiba Satellite M840.

First things first, the M840 comes in three different shade of colors, which include Gold Blaze, Pink Blush and Blue Horizon. Our Gold unit looks strikingly fabulous. The M840 features a 14-inch display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, which isn't exactly high definition, but coupled with the HD Clear SuperView LED display, videos and games look absolutely superb on this monitor.

With two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one VGA, HDMI, a card reader and a DVD-RW drive slotted in, the M840 is a complete package where notebooks and laptops are concerned.

Powered by Intel's 3rd Generation Core processor, the M840 performs extremely well regardless of the kind of workload that you throw at it. Coupled with AMD's Radeon HD7670 graphics processor, we threw everything including the kitchen sink at it, and the M840 just pretty much breezes through everything that is thrown at it.

Battery life on the M840 is quite impressive as well. Despite packing so much power, the notebook lasts an impressive 5 hours with Wi-Fi turned on and display brightness set to Auto. A gaming session with a fully charged battery lasted about 3 hours, which is still pretty long-lasting, all things considered.

The M840 performs extremely well when it comes to computing performance and features, but it has a rather troublesome issue, in that it was not very solidly built. The display hinge is one point of contention, as when we opened and closed the notebook the hinge just felt loose and not very sturdy. With everything so well made, this comes off as a little unfortunate.

Description: The keyboard types very well, but unfortunately the screen hinges feel rather loose.

The keyboard types very well, but unfortunately the screen hinges feel rather loose.

Benchmark results

PCMark 7: 3,326 points

PCMark 7 (Productivity): 3,394 points

PCMark 7 (Entertainment): 2,630 points

PCMark7 (Computation): 6,850 points


The Toshiba Satellite M840 might not be the lightest notebooks around, but with the components that are put in to build the machine; we'd say that the tradeoff is more than worth it, if you're looking for something that is both powerful and beautiful.



CPU: Intel Core i7-3520M 2.1GHz


OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Display: 14.0 inch WXGA HD Clear SuperView Backlit TFT (1366 X 768)

Storage: 500GB

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB3.0, HDMI, VGA, LAN

Others: SD Card slot. Webcam

Dimensions: 340 x 232 x 25.6/30.05mm

Weight: 1.99kg


Pros and cons



Powerful specs

Nice aesthetics



The display hinge isn't very sturdy



Performance: 5/5

Features: 4/5

Design: 4/5

Value: 3/5


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