Toshiba Satellite L755D review

£450
Price when reviewed

Apart from the glitz of the ruby red finish, the Satellite L755D looks like your archetypal budget laptop. Look more closely, however, and a sticker on the Toshiba’s wristrest reveals a genuine novelty: it’s the first retail laptop we’ve seen using AMD’s Llano architecture.

It’s heartening to see one of AMD’s newest quad-core parts appearing on such a keenly priced portable, and there’s certainly nothing obvious lacking, either. Once you’ve finished pawing at the pretty patterns of the crimson finish, you’ll find a generous 6GB of RAM and a 320GB hard disk thrown in for good measure.

On paper, AMD’s A6-3400M CPU is bursting with promise. While its four cores of its CPU operate at rather pedestrian 1.4GHz, AMD’s Turbo Core technology is capable of bumping an individual core up to 2.3GHz, providing a big boost for single-threaded applications. The processor’s equally ready for gaming action, packing in an integrated Radeon HD 6520G GPU alongside the four CPU cores.

Toshiba Satellite L755D - front

Disappointingly, in our application benchmarks the A6-3400M struggled against even Intel’s entry-level CPUs. Despite its copious system memory, the Satellite L755D racked up a mere 0.46 in our benchmarks. That’s fine for lightweight desktop applications, but a typical Intel Core i3 laptop scores around 0.53 in our Real World Benchmark suite.

Switch to gaming, however, and AMD’s graphical might trounces Intel’s integrated GPUs. Our Low quality Crysis benchmark proved no challenge at all, the lush jungle environments sliding past at a smooth average frame rate of 50fps. Task one of Intel’s Core i3 processors with the same test and you’d be lucky to see an average of 30fps. More demanding tests saw the performance delta yawn wider: with Crysis running at Medium quality and 1,600 x 900 resolution, the Toshiba managed an average of 25fps, against the Intel chip’s 12fps.

Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions380 x 250 x 38mm (WDH)

Processor and memory

ProcessorAMD A6-3400M
Motherboard chipsetAMD
RAM capacity6.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 6520G
Graphics card RAMN/A
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity320GB
Hard disk usable capacity298GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Hard diskToshiba MK3275GSX
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical driveTSSTcorp TS-L633F
Battery capacity4,200mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed100Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
FireWire ports0
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating1.3mp
TPMno
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use5hr 33min
3D performance (crysis) low settings50fps
3D performance settingLow
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.45
Responsiveness score0.58
Media score0.42
Multitasking score0.36

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partition
Software suppliedN/A

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