January 17, 2013
- Good-looking display
- Stylish design
- Cheaply designed peripherals
- Below average performance
- Glitchy & slow touch screen
The Toshiba Satellite LX835 is an all-in-one desktop PC with a 23-inch touch screen display that is really the only good thing about this PC, which is unfortunate. Toshiba chose to use a mobile CPU, which really limits performance and the included peripherals feel really cheap.
The LX835's 23-inch display is surrounded by a black bezel and is nearly edge-to-edge class, which really looks good in itself. However, Toshiba sticks multiple stickers on the bezel which makes it look rather strange when you remove it from the box. Luckily, the stickers are removable (with some work and cleaning!). The display sits atop two small legs that prop the display about an inch off the desk. Altogether, it does feel sturdy and fairly well built.
Toshiba gives you a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. While we really like that they're wireless, they feel very cheap. The keyboard is a black, island-style keyboard that is very loud and the keys lack feedback. The mouse is lightweight and feels like it's made of brittle plastic. This is a case of good intentions going wrong.
The 23-inch display has a 1080p full HD resolution that is also a touch screen display. The screen looks quite good to our eyes, especially in terms of brightness and viewing angles. The screen is rather glossy and it lacks an anti-reflective coating, so reflections from ambient light can be a problem.
While we like the screen's image, the touch aspect is another issue. We found the touch input to be laggy and shaky. Touch input did register accurately, but it definitely seemed slow at an alarming frequency.
The port selection the Toshiba LX835 offers includes two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI-input, Gigabit Ethernet, headphone and microphone jacks and an SD card reader. There is also a tray-loading DVD-RW drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Our review model of the LX835 included an Intel Core i7-3630QM (2.4GHz) CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 2TB hard drive and discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 830M graphics with 2GB of video memory. While these may sound 'beefy', they're actually not. The CPU is made for mobile computers, not desktop PCs. In our testing, we found it to lack behind other similar all-in-one desktops by about 800 points according to a PCMark 7 benchmark. Our real-world use also seemed to be a little slower than we expected, but nothing too noticeable.