Toshiba Satellite L755D review

9 Sep 2011

With good gaming performance and fine ergonomics, the Satellite L755D is a dependable budget laptop

Price when reviewed: 
450(£450 inc VAT)
5

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £375
Price inc VAT £450
Overall rating 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 6
Performance 4

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