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Toshiba Satellite P775-S7236 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

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Toshiba Satellite P775-S7236 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Toshiba Satellite P775

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The Bottom Line

Jul 18 2011 - Media users who are looking for some solid performance will be most interested in the Toshiba Satellite P775-S7236. The 17-inch laptop comes equipped with a large 750GB hard drive, Blu-ray compatible optical drive and fast Core i7 quad core processor. This allows it to handle high definition media and video encoding work extremely well. The problem is that is lacks a dedicated graphics system, an LCD display that won't do full 1080p and too many applications installed which does impact boot times. Finally, the $1000 price tag puts it slightly higher than similar alternatives.
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Pros

  • Solid Performance
  • Blu-ray Compatible

Cons

  • Integrated Graphics
  • Too Many Preloaded Applications Slow System Down

Description

  • Intel Core i7-2630QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 750GB 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
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • One USB 3.0, Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 8-in-1 Card Reader
  • 16.4" x 10.8" x 1.4" @ 6.6 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite P775-S7236 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Jul 18 2011 - Toshiba's Satellite P775-S7236 is clearly designed as a performance oriented desktop replacement. It comes equipped with the Intel Core i7-2630QM quad core mobile processor. This is combined with 6GB of DDR3 memory that allows the system to power through just about any type of application that one might throw at it including demanding tasks such as video encoding.

Storage features are plentiful with the Satellite P775-S7236. For those that need to store a lot of data and media files, it comes equipped with a very large 750GB hard drive that provides plenty of space. It does spin at a more sedate 5400rpm which does affect performance a bit but the high data density does make up for it some. Mobile high definition media viewers will be pleased to see that the system has the ability to playback Blu-ray compatible movies. The drive also handles recording and playback of CD or DVD media. If all of that isn't enough, the laptop also features a USB 3.0 port for extremely high speed external storage devices.

The big disappointment for the Satellite P775-S7236 is the graphics. With a price tag of $1000, it would have been nice to see Toshiba use a dedicated graphics system but instead they rely solely on the new Intel HD Graphics 3000 that is built into the new processor. While this is a step up from Intel's old graphics solution, it still lacks real 3D performance for even casual gaming beyond at low resolution and detail levels. At least it has the ability to help improve media encoding with compatible applications. The display is fairly typical of most 17-inch systems. It features a a 1600x900 resolution that falls short of full 1080p high definition video support which is a bit disappointing with the Blu-ray drive but not surprising in this price range. It uses a standard glossy coating that is good for watching media in low light but is very difficult to use outdoors due to glare and reflections.

One issue does impact the overall performance of the Satellite P775-S7236. 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 roughly two and three quarter hours of running time 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 four hours but slightly below Toshiba's 4.18 hour claim. Blu-ray playback will be lower due to its higher resource requirement.

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