The Bottom Line
Sep 6 2011 - The Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5266 does a fairly good job at balancing features and price. For roughly $700, it comes equipped with a quad core processor, Blu-ray drive, large 640GB hard drive and even comes with a USB 3.0 port. The downside is that the AMD Fusion processor falls behind slightly more expensive Core i5 based laptops but does provide better integrated graphics. In addition to this, the battery life is below what many other similarly priced laptops can achieve. Buyers should just determine if they need more performance or want the extra features to determine if this is the right 15-inch laptop for them.
- Blu-ray Compatible Drive
- Improved Integrated Graphics
- USB 3.0 Port
- Below Average Battery Life
- Glossy Keyboard Coating Can Be Problematic
- AMD Fusion A6-3400 Quad-Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 640GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- AMD Radeon HD 6250 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- One uSB 3.0, Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15" x 9.8" x 1.4" @ 5.8 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Win DVD, Norton Internet Security
Review - Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5266
Sep 6 2011 - Toshiba's Satellite P755D-S5266 straddles the line between budget and traditional 15-inch laptop pricing. It has a suggested price of $750 with street pricing of $700 which is just outside of my budget pricing scale. In terms of features, it does have a mix of features that fits in the with pricing quite well.
Rather than using the Intel Core i processors, Toshiba has elected to use the new AMD Fusion processors. In the case of the Satellite P755D-S5266, it is a quad core A6-3400 processor. In terms of performance, this falls below the Intel Core i5 processors but it a bit above the Core i3 thanks to the extra processor cores. It should have sufficient performance for most applications that users will have but it will suffer a bit more in more demanding applications such as desktop video editing. Toshiba does offer a bit of a boost over the competition by providing 6GB of DDR3 memory instead of 4GB found in many similarly priced systems.
Storage features on the Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5266 are actually quite good for the price. Most notable of these is the inclusion of a Blu-ray compatible drive that allows the laptop to also be used for watching the high definition movie format. The drive also supports playback or recording of DVD and CD media as well. Hard drive space is slightly above average for this price at 640GB while most of the competition is us 500GB. This provides a bit extra space for programs, data and media files. In case you need extra space, Toshiba has also included a new USB 3.0 port for use with the new high speed external drives that give near internal drive performance levels.
Toshiba uses a fairly typical 15.6-inch display panel for the Satellite P755D. Color and brightness are acceptable but nothing spectacular. It does use glossy coatings that can make it difficult to use outdoors and in certain lighting conditions. Horizontal viewing angles are good but the vertical angles are fairly narrow with dimming or saturation depending upon the angle.
One major difference between the AMD Fusion processors and Intel's Core i processors is the graphics. Both use integrated graphics that are built onto the CPU but AMD takes the same design used for their standalone graphics which offers more features including Direct X 11 support and improved 3D performance. In the case of the A6-3400 processor, it uses a Radeon HD 6250. Now, this is equivalent to a very low end dedicated graphics card so 3D performance is still going to be fairly meager. In fact, those hoping to use it for casual gaming will have to rely on older titles with lower resolutions and detail levels but it is possible, something which the Intel HD graphics have issues with.
The keyboard layout for the Satellite P755D uses an isolated design. For the most part, it works well and it accurate. The one complaint I have is the glossy coating on the keys. On more than one occasion, it caused my finger to slip generating typing errors. A matte finish would definitely improve the performance. The trackpad is nicely textured and provided accurate use with single and multitouch gestures. It uses dedicated right and left mouse buttons that are placed well and are sizable.
Toshiba uses a standardized six-cell battery pack that is used in many of their different Satellite models. It is slightly lower in capacity rated at 48WHr or 4200mA compared to many other laptops that use 4400mA or larger batteries. In my Blu-ray video playback test, the battery was able to run for just over two hours before going into standby mode. This is a bit on the low side compared to what can be with Intel Core i series processor based system. DVD playback should achieve roughly half to one full hour longer playback and more traditional usage at least an extra hour plus.