Screen and Speakers
The L735 has a 13.3-inch glossy 720p backlit display. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366×768 resolution. Overall, the quality is below average for a notebook in its class due to its low contrast ratio of 162:1 and “sweet spot” viewing angles. The resolution is standard and expected; such a low contrast is not. When the lid is tilted forward or backward, images begin to distort about 10 degrees off center, and vertically, images begin to distort at about 30 degrees of center. The backlighting is uneven, too–the luminance jumps from 160 nits to 199 nits depending on the area. Although, the glossy screen does help a bit with clarity and overall screen quality.
The notebook comes equipped with two smaller-sized Conexant SmartAudio HD speakers. There are two of them located above the keyboard and there’s also a subwoofer located on the bottom. The positioning of the speakers helps to carry the sound up and outward to the ears. Audio quality is about average; when you enable the Windows and Dolby audio enhancements there is a definite improvement, nothing too major, but it makes the listening experience much more enjoyable. All in all, the audio sounds crisp and there is a good amount of high and low tones.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The L735 comes with a full-sized keyboard that has a mix between a “Chiclet” and traditional style layout. The keys are flat, somewhat raised, and extend out on the bottom. They are also spaced apart from each other a bit to help with key throw. Toshiba has included separate keys for the page up/down, home, delete and end keys. The keys provide excellent responsiveness and travel is great. Not only that, but the surface of the keys is smooth and glossed over, making for an extremely comfortable typing experience. The only complaint we have here is that after about 10 minutes of typing, the keys get extremely smudged up due to the aforementioned glossy surface.
The multi-gesture Synaptics touchpad has a slightly bumpy textured surface; Toshiba decided this would help the fingers get from one place to another easier. Instead, it would have been better if the surface was smooth and matte. While the touchpad works the way it should and provides excellent non-jumpy cursor movement, the surface is slightly uncomfortable to use. The touchpad isn’t bad, it just could have been better. The touchpad also has dedicated buttons that make a loud clicking noise when used.