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Toshiba Satellite L755D review

Verdict

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

Review Date: 9 Sep 2011

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £375 (£450 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
6 stars out of 6

Performance
4 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

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.

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User comments

Hmm

Look on any shop shelf and the headline cheapo laptop is some lame AMD bookend.

They come in for repair all the time due to weak plastics failure, and the underrated processor being overwhelmed by malware grinding them to a complete standtill.

By Gindylow on 15 Sep 2011

Value for money

Just got one of these. I'm very, very pleased with it. The performance for the price is amazing. AMDs new line of APUs are completely changing the game. Quality graphics built into the CPU? Yes please. The only downside is the amount of crapware that comes pre-installed on it. Nothing a fresh Windows install couldn't fix though

By CoderDave on 2 Nov 2011

pusserdon

I brought 2 of these toshiba laptops,one for my wife the other for my self.My wifes shut its self down completly,had to take it back to Currys,they got it going by removing the battery,saying AVG shut it down due to build up of static,they advised use it with out the battery, mains only.The main prob with both machines is,the key boards are useless,miss every other letter typed,you have to check every letter or number as you type,six different people have tried on both laptops,with the same results.Currys say you must push the keys dead center,not to bad for a two finger typist like me,but my wife is a experienced sec and types to fast to review every symbol as she types.I think these laptops are not fit for purpose,and Curry comments on how to cope with the problems are bull....,any one else unfortunate enough to have had similar experience? Pusserdon

By pusserdon on 23 Sep 2012

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