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Toshiba Satellite L555-10R review

A decent desktop replacement with excellent 3D performance for the price

Our Verdict

A solid laptop but not without it's niggles. We would recommend this as a desktop replacement but as a mobile workstation the weight and battery life will limit it somewhat

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Nice screen
  • Decent keyboard
  • Good performance
  • Connectivity
  • 3D performance

Against

  • Battery life
  • Quite heavy
  • Can get quite hot

The Toshiba Satellite L555-10R is a powerful and affordable desktop replacement system.

Performance stands out for the money and, although there are some minor issues with build quality, we can happily recommend it as a competitive laptop.

The large 17.3-inch screen dominates this laptop, being very bright and, thanks to the 1,600x900-pixel resolution, it's very detailed.

The widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio is suitable for watching films on and the glossy Super-TFT screen coating doesn't cause too many distracting reflections. The chassis looks great thanks to a glossy, patterned design, but it quickly attracts fingerprints.

Despite detecting a little flex, the chassis panels are relatively well put together, but the laptop palmrest does get hot quite quickly. It's not uncomfortable, but it is worth noting.

Decent keyboard

The keyboard is large, spacious and generally provides a fluid typing action. The keys travel a comfortable distance, but are very flat, meaning that unless you're a very accurate touch-typist you may find it occasionally hard to differentiate between the various letters.

The dedicated numeric keypad will suit those who regularly input data. Sadly, if you have large hands it's all too easy to brush the touchpad during typing, causing the cursor to behave erratically, which is irritating.

The Intel Core 2 Duo processor is accompanied by 4096MB of memory to provide excellent performance, and you'll have no problem concurrently running multiple office applications such as word processors, and more resource-intensive programs such as video editing suites.

ATi Graphics

A powerful ATi graphics card is included, and we were impressed by the 3D power the laptop produced. You'll be able to edit your photos and even play the latest games without too many issues.

Portability isn't this machine's strong point, and the 3.1kg weight makes it uncomfortable to carry round on a regular basis. Short trips around the home shouldn't prove too problematic, however.

The 133-minute battery life is also limited, but this is to be expected somewhat, considering the Toshiba's power and size. 802.11n Wi-Fi is included and is the latest in wireless networking technology, while the 10/100 wired Ethernet module is slightly older.

Three USB ports grace the chassis, alongside an eSATA interface for transferring data at very high speeds to an external hard drive. There are also VGA and HDMI output ports in place.

We like the Satellite L555-10R. There are a few niggles, but performance - especially 3D - is good for the money and as long as the warm palmrest doesn't put you off, this is definitely worth a look.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4650
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared
Maximum Battery Run Time2 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilySatellite L555
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelP7450
ColourPrecious Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.13 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.10 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height40.3 mm
Width416.2 mm
Depth272.3 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesL555
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelL555-10R
Product NameSatellite L555-10R Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSLW8E-00Q00LEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed for great everyday performance, Satellite range products are affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require. You can buy Satellite products through an extensive network of high street and online retailers.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite L555-10R Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Toshiba Recovery DVD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed1066 MHz