TOSHIBA Satellite Radius P20W-C-103 12.5" 2 in 1 - 6th gen Core i7, 8gb RAM, 1080p, 256gb SSD  £599.99  @ Currys
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TOSHIBA Satellite Radius P20W-C-103 12.5" 2 in 1 - 6th gen Core i7, 8gb RAM, 1080p, 256gb SSD £599.99 @ Currys

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Found 14th Feb 2016
Here is a link to the full specs on Toshiba's site:

toshiba.co.uk/lap…03/

Looks quite good for the price.

(Core i5 6200u which is only marginally slower available for £549.99)

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I have this laptop. Its good. Fast, light, the touchscreen works well, and the battery life is pretty decent (6 hours roughly). Only complaint I have is the amount of crap Toshiba fills it with. I had to wipe it immediately to remove all the crap. Thankfully, it recognised the existing Windows 10 licence from the PC even after wiping the SSD so it automatically activated again.

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Spence1115

I have this laptop. Its good. Fast, light, the touchscreen works well, … I have this laptop. Its good. Fast, light, the touchscreen works well, and the battery life is pretty decent (6 hours roughly). Only complaint I have is the amount of crap Toshiba fills it with. I had to wipe it immediately to remove all the crap. Thankfully, it recognised the existing Windows 10 licence from the PC even after wiping the SSD so it automatically activated again.


I'm considering dualbooting this with Chromium/CloudReady. Any chance you've tried that (running it off of USB)?

Is there really little advantage in buying the i7 over the i5 ?

gty1970

Is there really little advantage in buying the i7 over the i5 ?


Very very little. Especially if you need to ask (it means you are not doing things where you would use full power of the cpu as if you did, you would know).

Honestly even the benchmarks are couple of hundred apart (less than 5%) and cpu is mostly not the main factor in the speed of a machine these days. (unless you buy under i3 and even then it is mostly other stuff that bottlenecks)

Save yourself 50£ and get an i5

Is there really little advantage in buying the i7 over the i5 ?

A refurbished one is £100 less at laptopsdirect.

An i7 for video editing is a big advantage. It's shaved hours off my video renders and smoothed out editing certain codecs.

imdurc

An i7 for video editing is a big advantage. It's shaved hours off my … An i7 for video editing is a big advantage. It's shaved hours off my video renders and smoothed out editing certain codecs.


Also can run kodi no problem

thecoolguy

Also can run kodi no problem



kodi pah! xbmc is better!

thecoolguy

Also can run kodi no problem



You don't need an i7 to run Kodi.

I'm running Kodi on a 1.6ghz single core Intel Atom from 2009, it's offloading the video playback to the Nvidia Ion gpu and has no problem with 1080p video playback.

InsaneNutter

You don't need an i7 to run Kodi.I'm running Kodi on a 1.6ghz single core … You don't need an i7 to run Kodi.I'm running Kodi on a 1.6ghz single core Intel Atom from 2009, it's offloading the video playback to the Nvidia Ion gpu and has no problem with 1080p video playback.



​Whoosh!

I picked up one of these also, extra 100quid for the 4k battery killer screen but it is a great screen. nice quick laptop.

battery life can be managed with Toshiba ECO utility in windows power options if you don't mind limiting CPU power and brightness, also whilst it is an i7 it is more like a strong i5 as it is 2core/4thread whereas highend i7 are 4core/8thread.

Sunni

I'm considering dualbooting this with Chromium/CloudReady. Any chance … I'm considering dualbooting this with Chromium/CloudReady. Any chance you've tried that (running it off of USB)?



Ahhhhhhhhhh!!, do u have a link as to where I can download Chromium (ISO/EXE, etc) too please?. :-)

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amour3k

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!, do u have a link as to where I can download Chromium … Ahhhhhhhhhh!!, do u have a link as to where I can download Chromium (ISO/EXE, etc) too please?. :-)


For CloudReady check neverware.com
For Chromium check arnoldthebat.co.uk

I've been looking at buying a laptop for creating simple programs, such as calculator, Coffee shop menus, etc woould it be preferable to buy an i7 over an i5?

this would only be used once / twice weekly at most whilst I'm out and about otherwise I'll be using the desktop at home.

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babybanana

I've been looking at buying a laptop for creating simple programs, such … I've been looking at buying a laptop for creating simple programs, such as calculator, Coffee shop menus, etc woould it be preferable to buy an i7 over an i5?this would only be used once / twice weekly at most whilst I'm out and about otherwise I'll be using the desktop at home.


For those requirements an i5 would be fine.

Sunni

For those requirements an i5 would be fine.



Wow, thank you for the swift reply I'll get that then.

Sunni

I'm considering dualbooting this with Chromium/CloudReady. Any chance … I'm considering dualbooting this with Chromium/CloudReady. Any chance you've tried that (running it off of USB)?



No, sorry, not tried.

thecoolguy

Also can run kodi no problem



Am running Kodi on a Linx 7 tablet which costed £40.
Even the lowest spec devices will handle Kodi, integrated graphics can handle 1080p nowadays.

babybanana

Wow, thank you for the swift reply I'll get that then.



Hold that thought! You didn't say whether you'd have a simple or scientific calculator. If scientific go for the i7 but add extra RAM.

I'm looking for something that will edit photos in photoshop and videos, would this be suitable and should I go for the i5 or i7?

Hot for what it is (Ultrabook) but I really hate Intel's processor naming scheme - quite a lot of i5 processors are faster than this "u" version of i7...

sdcraig

Hold that thought! You didn't say whether you'd have a simple or … Hold that thought! You didn't say whether you'd have a simple or scientific calculator. If scientific go for the i7 but add extra RAM.



Nothing too intensive to begin with. Just to get to grips with programming whilst I'm away from home.
I have a desktop at home if I need to do so intensive programming.

Unless you think it'll be beneficial to get a i7 now? I'm not one of those people who does trades in for a newer model so I'll probably run it to the ground getting at least (hopefully) 3+ years usage on it.

Any recommendations for a laptop, my budget is between £800 - £1000.
I am looking for either a 12.5 or 13.3 screen, touchscreen is a nice to have for me.

Thank you

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ben612

Any recommendations for a laptop, my budget is between £800 - £1000.I am l … Any recommendations for a laptop, my budget is between £800 - £1000.I am looking for either a 12.5 or 13.3 screen, touchscreen is a nice to have for me.Thank you


Dell XPS 13.

Sunni

Dell XPS 13.



Thanks for your recommendation, the spec seems similar to this laptop. Are you just paying more for the finish and small frame?

Sunni

Dell XPS 13.



​choose 6700hq as processor not one of crappy u series

srdrSEA

​choose 6700hq as processor not one of crappy u series



I cannot find a Dell XPS 13 with a 6700hq processor, please may you provide a link.

Also, what benefits do the Dell XPS 13 offer apart from build quality? Which I appreciate is far superior.

imdurc

An i7 for video editing is a big advantage. It's shaved hours off my … An i7 for video editing is a big advantage. It's shaved hours off my video renders and smoothed out editing certain codecs.



and for the other 99% of the UK an i5 will be fine :D.. no offence but who are all these Video Editors needing i7's?

srdrSEA

​choose 6700hq as processor not one of crappy u series



You don't get it. It allows one to get to this level of portability and also battery life. The HQ versions may be more powerful and have more cores but they are horrendous on both fronts, that's why they don't make them in these form factors.

ben612

I cannot find a Dell XPS 13 with a 6700hq processor, please may you … I cannot find a Dell XPS 13 with a 6700hq processor, please may you provide a link.Also, what benefits do the Dell XPS 13 offer apart from build quality? Which I appreciate is far superior.



There is no such thing, you do not need to try to find.

There is no XPS 13 with 6700HQ. That will just drain down the battery, and too much heat for the small frame.

Only the newest XPS 15 has the option of 6700HQ. The screen size do not fit your requirement.

Edited by: "huangxq2" 15th Feb 2016

ben612

I cannot find a Dell XPS 13 with a 6700hq processor, please may you … I cannot find a Dell XPS 13 with a 6700hq processor, please may you provide a link.Also, what benefits do the Dell XPS 13 offer apart from build quality? Which I appreciate is far superior.



I use XPS 13.

I think compare to this Ultrabook, everything is improved including look, smaller size and larger screen, slimness, weight, battery, overall quality.

This is not to dismiss the Toshiba though. It is good and with good screen only cost half of XPS 13.

There is not many choice of Ultrabook at half cost of XPS 13 and still have good screen. Zenbook UX305 is similar money and good screen too, but processor is weaker and no backlit keyboard.

So this Toshiba is a good buy too. Which one to go depends on your budget and how much do you value those little improvements.

Edited by: "huangxq2" 15th Feb 2016

ben612

I cannot find a Dell XPS 13 with a 6700hq processor, please may you … I cannot find a Dell XPS 13 with a 6700hq processor, please may you provide a link.Also, what benefits do the Dell XPS 13 offer apart from build quality? Which I appreciate is far superior.



​prefer xps 15. not so much difference in dimensions between them. indeed, ddr4 and 4 cores on the 15 make the real difference.

Is this a good deal? outlet.euro.dell.com/Onl…322

I assume it is an old version of the XPS 13, are the quality of the refurbs good at Dell? May I have a battery issue?

babybanana

I've been looking at buying a laptop for creating simple programs, such … I've been looking at buying a laptop for creating simple programs, such as calculator, Coffee shop menus, etc woould it be preferable to buy an i7 over an i5?this would only be used once / twice weekly at most whilst I'm out and about otherwise I'll be using the desktop at home.



For those requirements a decent celeron would be just fine, let alone an i5/i7.

Also this is not a "low-end" i7 because it is dual-core, it is simply an ultrabook version which has different priorities. (Such as longer battery life and silent operation.) Also as most tasks are still very much single core and this has comparable or even better single core performance than the quad cores it is often faster.

The quad cores do have their purpose though, more and more games are capable of utilising multiple cores (relatively) meaningfully and the main uses are video editing, running virtual machines etc, but for such uses you would usually go for a proper gaming workstation machine in the firstplace.

My point is these are not "low-end" i7's or bad processors by any means...

Cannot find any reviews online for this particular model

Nexusfifth

For those requirements a decent celeron would be just fine, let alone an … For those requirements a decent celeron would be just fine, let alone an i5/i7.Also this is not a "low-end" i7 because it is dual-core, it is simply an ultrabook version which has different priorities. (Such as longer battery life and silent operation.) Also as most tasks are still very much single core and this has comparable or even better single core performance than the quad cores it is often faster.The quad cores do have their purpose though, more and more games are capable of utilising multiple cores (relatively) meaningfully and the main uses are video editing, running virtual machines etc, but for such uses you would usually go for a proper gaming workstation machine in the firstplace.My point is these are not "low-end" i7's or bad processors by any means...



Wow thanks for that. I shouldn't do anything too intense as in playing games or running VMs as I can use my desktop for that.

Probably the only game I'll play is team fortress 2 and possibly sims 3 or 4. But nothing more than that as I'm not really a pc gamer.

But the sole purpose of this purchase would be improving my programming skills whilst I'm away from the house really.

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yorica

Cannot find any reviews online for this particular model


Check:
laptopmag.com/rev…-12

It's not exactly this model, but they do a sort of side-by-side review of the 4k version and this 1080p version.

Can anything compete at this price?
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