The Bottom Line
- Very Affordable
- Blu-ray Compatible
- Integrated Graphics
- Below Average Battery Life
- Display Does Not Support 1080p Video
- AMD Turion II P540 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR2 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- 17.3" WSXGA+ (1600x900) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- ATI Radeon HD 4250 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.2" x 10.6" x 1.5" @ 6.6 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite L675D-S7060 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Jan 14 2011 - Toshiba's Satellite L675D desktop replacement laptops have always been very affordable but the company has taken steps to produce a 17-inch laptop that offers some nice features for under $750. In order to keep those costs down though, they have decided to use an AMD Turion II platform. This dual core processor lags behind the Intel Core i3 or even the Phenom II with its extra cores. It is perfectly acceptable for those doing basic work or HD playback but will struggle with more advanced tasks at time. The 4GB of DDR3 memory allow it to run smoothly in most cases.
The exciting feature of the Satellite L675D-S7060 is the Blu-ray drive. This allows the laptop to be used as a mobile high definition video platform. The drive can also playback or record CDs and DVDs as well. The file storage is a bit less exciting with a fairly typical 500GB hard drive. It should provide plenty of storage for applications, data and media files. The drive spins at a more sedate 5400rpm rate which does impact performance compared to laptops using 7200rpm drives. High speed external storage can be used via a combination USB/eSATA port.
Since the Satellite L675D-S7060 comes with Blu-ray, it is fairly important to have an high quality display. Unfortunately, the 17.3-inch display falls short of full 1080p HD video support due to its native resolution of 1600x900. It features a glossy coating the helps bring out the colors and contrast for video but it does make it somewhat difficult to view in certain light due to glare and reflections. Driving the graphics are an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 solution that is fine for basic usage and HD video but it lacks pretty much any 3D performance for PC gaming at all.
To keep the costs and size of the Satellite L675D down, Toshiba has elected to use a modest sized six cell battery pack rated at 48Wh. This is fairly typical for a lower cost laptop but the AMD processor doesn't seem to handle power consumption well. In DVD playback tests, the unit last just under two hours before going into standby mode. Blu-ray playback will result in roughly fifteen to thirty minutes less running time due to it requiring more resources. More typical usage should wield roughly two and a half hours but still short of Toshiba's estimated 3.73 hours of running time.
Toshiba's keyboard layout has a slight quirk that some people may find annoying. The spacebar has a reduced size that is even smaller than the trackpad. This was done to accommodate a larger left control key. The problem is that the size may make it hard for some touch typers. The trackpad is of a nice size but the individual buttons are a nice touch and are much easier to use than the rocking button bars many companies have switched to.