The Bottom Line
Jan 13 2012 - Toshiba's reworking of their $1000 priced Satellite P775 does a better job of balancing out the 17-inch laptops features. While it does drop the Blu-ray drive and quad core processor in favor of a dual core, the addition of a dedicated NVIDIA graphics processor boosts the overall capabilities of what the laptop can be used for. It would have been nice to see them keep the Blu-ray at this price point and drop the number of applications installed that slow down the boot times but overall, Toshiba's changes are generally an improvement for consumers looking at a general purpose 17-inch laptop.
- Larger Hard Drive
- Above Average 3D Graphics For Price Segment
- Too Many Preloaded Programs Slow Down System
- Would Have Been Nice To Have Blu-ray Drive
- Intel Core i5-2430M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 750GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17.3" WSXGA+ (1600x900) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M Dedicated Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- One USB 3.0, Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 8-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.5" x 10.8" x 1.4" @ 6.6 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Stater, Norton Internet Security
Review - Toshiba Satellite P775-S7368
Jan 13 2012 - Toshiba has made a few modifications to it Satellite P775 that is priced around $1000. The past model offered a high performance quad core processor. This is great for those looking to do tasks like desktop video work. Most consumers tend not to use their computers for such demanding tasks. Because of this, Toshiba has reduced the processor down to an Intel Core i5-2430M dual core which still offers a fair amount of performance and more than enough for the average user. Memory stays the same at 6GB of DDR3 memory that allows for a generally smooth overall experience with the Windows 7 operating system.
In addition to reducing the processor, Toshiba has replaced the Blu-ray compatible optical drive with a standard dual-layer DVD burner. Since the high definition optical format hasn't taken off like DVD did and more people are using digital media files and streaming, this isn't a big loss for some but it is notable as Toshiba does market the P series laptops as entertainment focused. The remaining storage features have all been left the same. This includes a 750GB hard drive that is larger than the average 17-inch laptop currently so there is more space for storing applications, data and media files. The drive spins at the traditional 5400rpm rate that means it it lacks a bit in performance compared to systems using 7200rpm drives. Toshiba still includes a single USB 3.0 port for adding high speed external storage if this isn't enough space to store all your files.
The other significant change to the Satellite P775-S7368 is the graphics system. Rather than relying on the Intel HD Graphics that is built into the Intel processor, it now uses an NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics processor. This adds significant 3D performance such that the laptop is now a viable casual PC gaming platform. It still may struggle to have high detail levels especially at higher resolutions but this isn't designed for gaming like the Qosmio series is. In addition to helping 3D applications, the NVIDIA graphics offer a broader support for accelerating non-3D applications such as Photoshop compared to the Intel QuickSync feature. Since Toshiba has dropped the Blu-ray drive from the system, the fact that the 17.3-inch display only has a 1600x900 resolution isn't as much of a problem. Performance from the panel is fairly typical and the standard glossy coating can make it difficult to use outdoors or in certain conditions without a fair amount of glare and reflections.
Unfortunately, Toshiba has not dealt with the extreme number of preinstalled programs that come on the Satellite P775. Toshiba has installed a large number of branded utilities and software applications onto the system. Many of these are fairly frivolous or just too elaborate for what they need to do. Some duplicate functions already included in the OS or other software installed. The result is a desktop that gets more cluttered and too many things loading at startup that slows down the boot process. Users will want to pick and choose what they want to keep and remove.
Like most consumer laptops, the Satellite P775-S7236 comes equipped with a six-cell battery pack that is rated with a 48WHr capacity. DVD playback tests yielded just under three hours before going into standby mode. This is pretty typical of a laptop with these features and battery size. More typical usage will yield close to Toshiba's 4.18 hour claim.