Laptops and tablets have been the obvious choices for Windows 8 with its emphasis on its touchscreen ability. On the other hand though all in one desktops can feel the benefit too, as Toshiba’s new machine proves.
Convenience and usability is the watchword of the LX830, which goes out of its way to slot right into the family life-style. It is potent enough for mum and dad, with plenty of alternatives for expanding and tons of touchy feely attributes for the kids. It’ll look pretty good in your living room too.
You can find it on sale right now for around £799.
The 23 inches of TruBrite Full HD TFT screen delivers a sensationally sharp resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It also features highly high contrast levels, brightness & broad viewing angles making the display look quite exquisite if I’m honest.
Media is key for the LX830 still oddly, the supplied remote control seems created for Windows Media Center, however is only preloaded with the regular version of Windows 8, so you’ll need to shell out one more £49 charge for the Media Center upgrade.
As an all in one computer it’s intended to be used either on its own, with keyboards appearing on its sizeable touch screen, or with wireless keyboard and mouse. The bundled versions are functional and simple although, though they are useful, they’re not crucial and could be tucked away to keep clear when they are not in use.
Using it a distinct matter though and the touch sensitivity on occaision left something to be desired. The Windows 8 interface all but begs you to reach out and touch it, and after a few minutes, the thought about fiddling around with a mouse really does seem a bit old. However that does not mean everything is as intuitive as it will need to be. You access supplementary functions by dragging from the edges — from the correct brings up the “charms”, incorporating search, settings and the Start page, from the left shows alternative views and programs, and dragging from top or bottom helps you to move around inside programs. But although the touchscreen is frequently sensitive in use, it could sometimes be a bit sticky when dragging from the sides, needing a number of attempts on occasions.
The 4GB multi-core Intel Core i5 processor backed by 4GB RAM proved adept at handling most points we threw at it, although it is not intended as a high-powered gaming machine. It barely makes any noise, which makes it ideal for the living room & did not get particularly hot either. The Intel HD Graphics 4000 card does a decent if not particularly excellent work although there’s at least a whole 1TB of memory to play with.
The onboard speakers come from home entertainment specialists Onkyo and deliver punch and energy to a movie, even if you’re sitting back from the display. Movies won’t be on Blu-ray though, since there’s only a DVD drive.
As an all-rounder family computer the Toshiba LX830 ticks a lot of the boxes – fantastic looks, sharp screen, handy size & capable processor. It isn’t a hugely powerful PC, but you can see it fitting well into the living room as the first choice for family email, internet, music and even TV Viewing.