Toshiba Satellite L755D review

£450
Price when reviewed

Though AMD offers a different balance of performance to Intel, in terms of power efficiency the two are neck and neck. With a 4,200mAh battery charged to capacity, and the display calibrated to a brightness of 75cd/m2, the Satellite L755D lasted for 5hrs 33mins in our light use test. In our experience that’s about average for an Intel Core i3 laptop in this price bracket.

The Toshiba feels impressively sturdy. Despite its all-plastic construction, there’s precious little flex in the base and the lid feels up to fending off the occasional knock. And it’s remarkably pretty. The combination of red and black does a great job of hiding the Satellite’s budget origins.

Toshiba Satellite L755D - above

Ergonomics are solid, if unremarkable. Though a numeric keypad has been shoehorned in beside the main keyboard, large square keys keep mispresses to a minimum, and they give a solid, responsive break at the end of each stroke. There is a little flex if you eagerly push down at the keyboard’s centre, but we didn’t notice it while typing. The touchpad, meanwhile, just goes about its business: it lacks niceties such as multitouch scrolling, but cursor control is smooth and we loved the large, clicky buttons.

The Satellite L775D’s most mediocre aspect is its glossy 15.6in display. The 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution is usual budget laptop fare, and image quality is merely average. With a maximum brightness of 216cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 196:1, images look washed out and colours lack vivacity.

In a market that’s been utterly dominated by Intel for many years, it’s good to see AMD fighting back. The A6-3400M might not take the fight to Intel in desktop applications, but it combines fair all-round performance with casual gaming prowess. That suggests a bright future for AMD-powered newcomers, and makes Toshiba’s Satellite L755D a decent laptop for the price.

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions 380 x 250 x 38mm (WDH)

Processor and memory

Processor AMD A6-3400M
Motherboard chipset AMD
RAM capacity 6.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 2

Screen and video

Screen size 15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD 6520G
Graphics card RAM N/A
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 1
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 320GB
Hard disk usable capacity 298GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk Toshiba MK3275GSX
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical drive TSSTcorp TS-L633F
Battery capacity 4,200mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 100Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support no

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 3
FireWire ports 0
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Above keyboard
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 1.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 5hr 33min
3D performance (crysis) low settings 50fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.45
Responsiveness score 0.58
Media score 0.42
Multitasking score 0.36

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partition
Software supplied N/A

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