Toshiba LX835-D3380 review

The Toshiba LX835-D3380 all-in-one desktop is a solid, albeit middle-of-the-road, choice for a Windows 8 touch-screen AIO desktop PC.
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The Toshiba LX835-D3380 ($1,399.99 list) is the touch-enabled version of the Toshiba LX835-D3230 all-in-one desktop line. It features a 10-point touch screen, high performing Core i7 processor, discrete 3D graphics, and a midrange all-in-one price tag. The 23-inch diagonal screen is nicely sized for one person, and can be shared in a pinch. It is ultimately a solid entry for someone looking to buy a new PC in the Windows 8 era

Design and Features
The LX835-D3380 has a utilitarian look to it. It features the two-peg-and-easel-style stand that’s been fairly common on all in one desktops for the past few years. The LX835-D3380 is a close mirror image of the previous Toshiba LX835-D3230 we looked at in mid 2012, down to the black plastic exterior. The one improvement in the LX835-D3380′s looks are due to the new seamless glass cover for the screen, an effect of the 10-point touch screen (capacitive touch uses more expensive seamless glass) and the inclusion of the Windows 8 operating system.

The 23-inch display has 1,920-by-1,080 resolution, so it will play 1080p HD videos at full resolution. We saw a bit of jaggy text, which means that you can see individual pixels from close up. This may or may not bother you, but it would be a good thing to check how the system looks in a big box store prior to purchase. The system has Onkyo branded speakers, and while they are clear enough for vocals they lack a little oomph when playing low frequencies and hence aren’t all that great for electronic and dance music. The touch screen was responsive and works fine from multiple angles. The rear leg of the LX835-D3380 allows you to lean the system back for better ergonomics while using the touch screen while standing, however the design doesn’t allow for negative tilt (where the top of the screen comes toward you) for people who like to compute while reclined. If you’re looking for that kind of versatility, the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012) and the Vizio 24-Inch All-in-One (CA24T-A4) both use hanging arm-type stands that allow for a little negative tilt.

The system comes with a tray-loading DVD burner, which is nice for installing older programs from CD or DVD discs. The system lacks Blu-ray playback capability, which will bother those that actually collect movies in that format. The DVD burner is on the right side of the system, while the system’s two USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, on screen display controls, and audio ports are on the left. The back of the system has four USB 2.0 ports (slower than USB 3.0), Ethernet, and HDMI-in. The HDMI-in port can be used to host a laptop, console game, or settop box, extending the versatility of the system even when the internal components become obsolete.

The LX835-D3380 comes with a few pre-loaded programs. Toshiba has improved the placement of these programs, thanks to Windows 8, but you will still find a row of them preinstalled in the system’s desktop mode task bar. At least they aren’t strewn all over the desktop surface as they used to be in the Windows 7 days. You’ll find tiles for the programs (eBay, Amazon, iCookbook, Vimeo, Britannica, Merriam-Webster, iheartradio, etc.) in Windows 8′s Start screen, but there they fit in. The system comes with a one-year warranty.

The LX835-D3380 comes with a 2TB hard drive, Intel Core i7-3630QM processor, 8GB of memory, and Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics. The system has plenty of space on the drive, even if your family has an avid downloader, plus 8GB of memory is plenty for family use as well. The quad core processor and midrange graphics means that the LX835-D3380 has the chops to excel at our performance tests.

Performance

The LX835-D3380′s Core i7 processor and GeForce GT 630M graphics means that the system is quite capable of taking care of real work. Thanks to that quad-core processor, the LX835-D3380 is quicker at our Handbrake video encoding test and Photoshop CS6 test than other systems like the Core i5-powered Apple iMac 21.5-inch and Asus ET2300INTI-B022K. The LX835-D3380 and Asus ET2300INTI-B022K share the same Nvidia GPU (though the LX835-D3380 has more graphics memory), so it’s no surprise that both have similar 3D performance numbers. The takeaway is that the LX835-D3380 is fast enough for a multimedia enthusiast and moderate gamer as well.

The Toshiba LX835-D3380 certainly comes across as a competent Windows 8 touch desktop, though the system really doesn’t have any features that help it stand out from the crowd. It has a utilitarian design, very good performance, an OK price, and a decent feature set. This means that the Apple iMac 21.5-inch holds on to the Editors’ Choice for midrange all-in-one desktops, but it also means that you’ll do okay if you decide to purchase the LX835-D3380.

BENCHMARK TEST RESULTS
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COMPARISON TABLE
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Specifications
Primary Optical Drive Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
Processor Family Intel Core i7
Graphics Card nVidia GeForce GT 630M
Screen Size 23 inches
Monitor Type LCD Widescreen
RAM 8 GB
Type All-in-one, Touchscreen All-In-One
Storage Capacity (as Tested) 2000 GB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8

Verdict
The Toshiba LX835-D3380 all-in-one desktop is a solid, if utilitarian entry for people looking to buy their first touch-screen Windows 8 PC. Its middle of the road looks, very good performance, and decent feature set means that it's a good buy, even if it won't necessarily start your heart racing.
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