The Bottom Line
Apr 11 2012 - The Toshiba Satellite L755-S5166 is a decent enough 15-inch laptop that can be found for under $600 but it just doesn't have enough that differentiates itself from offerings from other companies. It is slightly faster and comes with a larger hard drive but they aren't huge differences. The biggest difference is its more traditional keyboard design which is going to be a personal preference for some buyers.
- Large Hard Drive
- USB Port Can Charge Portable Device While Powered Off
- Lacks USB 3.0 or eSATA
- Intel Core i3-2350M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 640GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15" x 9.8" x 1.5" @ 5.3 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, WinDVD, Norton Internet Security
Review - Toshiba Satellite L755-S5166
Apr 11 2012 - Toshiba has given its Satellite L755-S5166 budget laptop a bit of a boost prior to Intel's launch of the next generation Ivy Bridge based processors. It uses a slightly faster Intel Core i3-2350M dual core mobile processor. This gives it a slight speed advantage over previous Core i3 laptops but it isn't really going to be noticed except in demanding tasks such as video and graphics editing. The processor is matched up with 4GB of DDR3 memory which is typical of most budget laptops and runs smoothly unless a large number of applications are running simultaneously.
One of the nice additions to the Satellite L755-S5166 laptop is a larger 640GB hard drive. This provides roughly a third more storage space than the typical budget laptop in this price range that comes equipped with a 500GB drive. The drive does spin at the traditional 5400rpm spin rate which means it isn't as fast as more expensive systems that use the desktop 7200rpm spin rate. A dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media. It would have been nice to see Toshiba include a new USB 3.0 port for use with high speed external storage. Even older models of the L series once had an eSATA port capability but this has been dropped. As consolation, one of the USB ports can be used for charging devices even when the laptop is powered off.
The display of the Toshiba Satellite L755-S5166 uses a typical 15.6-inch TN panel that features a 1366x768 native resolution. It offers an acceptable level of brightness and contrast but has the standard issues with viewing angles with most TN panels. It also has glossy coating that most consumer laptops use which can cause reflections and glare in various lighting conditions. The graphics themselves are powered by the Intel HD Graphics 3000 that is built into the Core i3 processor that is common among budget laptops. It lacks any real 3D performance for things like casual PC gaming. It does offer some acceleration of media encoding when used with QuickSync compatible applications.
Unlike most laptops that are moving to the island keyboard designs, Toshiba has decided to stick with a more traditional laptop keyboard design. While I had issues with the layout on the 13-inch model, the L755D offers a better design with larger backspace, enter and right shift keys in addition to a numeric keypad. It may not be as comfortable and some of the newer designs but it works well enough. The trackpad is a flush design with a textured surface and dedicated right and left mouse buttons.
Toshiba equips its L series Satellite laptops with a standard six cell battery pack with a 48WHr capacity rating. This is fairly common size and capacity for laptops in this price range. In DVD playback tests, the laptop is able to run just under two hour and forty-five minutes before going into standby mode. This is pretty much in line with much of the competition. More typical usage should yield another hour or so of running time.