The Bottom Line
Nov 1 2011 - Toshiba's Satellite L755D-S5359 does have some distinct advantages for those looking to use their laptop for specific tasks. In particular, the quad core AMD processor benefits those who do heavy multitasking or desktop video work. The built-in graphics also allow the system to be used for casual gaming which the Intel offerings cannot. These benefits are tempered by the fact the the battery life is slightly below average and Toshiba has removed the eSATA port that used to be found in past L series laptops. The biggest problem though is the fact that there are better equipped AMD based laptops available for roughly the same price.
- Quad Core Processor
- Improved Integrated Graphics
- Below Average Battery Life
- Lacks eSATA Port Found in Past L Series Models
- AMD A6-3400 Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
- AMD Radeon HD 6520G Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15" x 9.8" x 1.5" @ 5.5 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, WinDVD, Norton Internet Security
Review - Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5359
Nov 1 2011 - Toshiba's Satellite L755D-S5359 takes advantage of the new AMD Fusion or APU platform to bring a low cost laptop offering to the market. In this case, it uses the A6-3400M quad core processor. This is the lowest of the AMD quad core processors available but it does offer some advantaged for those that heavily multitask or are looking to do demanding tasks such as desktop video. For those not multitasking or doing video, the Core i3 still offers a better overall experience. With the 4GB of DDR3 memory, the Windows 7 operating system runs smoothly. The main problem is that the Acer Aspire AS5560G offers a faster A8-3500M for roughly the same price.
Storage features for the Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5359 is pretty typical of a $600 laptop. It comes with a 500GB hard drive that provides a good amount of storage for applications, data and media files. The drive spins at the traditional 5400rpm rate that provides it with average performance. The one downside is that expanding the storage with external drives is restricted to the USB 2.0 ports. It would have been nice to see Toshiba include either the USB 3.0 or eSATA ports for near internal performance for external devices. A dual layer DVD burner handles both playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
The big advantage that the AMD APU processors have over the Intel options are the graphics. The Fusion architecture puts the same Radeon HD cores onto the CPU processor as would be found in some low end dedicated graphics processors. For the A6-3400 processor, this is the Radeon HD 6520G graphics core. This is a middle offering with the lowest GPU clock speed but a decent number of cores. It is still not going to give quite the same level of performance as a dedicated Radeon HD graphics processor but it does offer a greater level of performance than the Intel HD Graphics offerings. In particular, it allows the laptop to be used for casual PC gaming at lower resolution and details levels. In addition, it provides better acceleration for applications such as Photoshop.
Unlike most laptops that are moving to the chiclet or isolated 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's Satellite series laptops all use a fairly standard sized six cell battery pack that come with a 48WHr capacity rating. In DVD playback testing, the laptop was able to run just under two and a half hours. This appears to be fairly typical of the AMD APU equipped laptops which while much closer to the Intel Core i series based laptops but still a bit lower than average. On the whole, most typical usage should yield roughly an extra hour or approximately three and a half hours.