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Toshiba Satellite P755-113 review

Formidable graphics and 3D, but it's not without problems

Our Verdict

Lots of RAM, a solid GPU and 3D capabilities are attractive features let down by poor battery life and slow processing speeds on this £999 laptop

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Powerful GPU
  • Hassle-free 3D
  • Tasteful aesthetic
  • Roomy keyboard
  • Plenty of RAM

Against

  • Poor battery life
  • Underwhelming CPU chops
  • Pricey
  • No SSD
  • Just 750 GB of storage

Toshiba satellite p755-113

There's some great mobile technology being released by Intel, AMD and Nvidia right now. Intel's Sandy Bridge CPU architecture suits the energy efficiency needs of mobile devices and brings serious processing chops to the table.

AMD and Nvidia have locked horns, as always, to produce the best mobile graphics solution, whether that's integrated or off-die. It makes the £1,000 price point more competitive as ever. That's exactly where Toshiba's Satellite P755-113 falls. There's stiff competition from Medion's Erazer X6811, Alienware's M11x and HP's Envy 14. None of these laptops prove a no-brainer, however.

With some seriously powerful components under the bonnet, and Nvidia's 3D vision thrown in and integrated to minimise fuss, the Toshiba Satellite P755-113 looks an attractive proposition.

We liked

Toshiba satellite p755-113

The big selling point under the bonnet of the Toshiba Satellite P755-113 is the GPU – Nvidia's GT 540M. It's a DirectX 11-capable card with 1GB of memory, able to render any current game at high detail settings over the Satellite P755-113's 15.6-inch screen.

Picking up some of the slack that the CPU leaves is the 6GB of RAM. Running music software or Photoshop will see the benefit of this wealth of memory.

Like 3D? Want to enjoy 3D on the go? Really? Well, you'll probably be interested in the Nvidia 3D Vision kit included with the Toshiba Satellite P755-113. Unlike the desktop version of Nvidia's headache-inducing, dimension-multiplying goggles, the IR receiver is integrated into the laptop itself, above the screen. That's great for saving on sable clutter and minimises driver issues. For £999, it's a nice inclusion.

We disliked

There are drawbacks to the Toshiba Satellite P755-113. The biggie is battery life – at just two and a half hours, it's restrictive to your mobility. Running games, it's below two hours. An SSD drive can really boost system performance so we're a bit disappointed to find only old-fashioned hard drive storage here, 750GB of it to be exact.

Beneath the keyboard, an Intel Core i5 2410M occupies the CPU slot. Part of the Sandy Bridge family, it's architecturally impressive but a bit of a letdown performance-wise, operating at 2.3GHz with just two cores and two threads and no Turbo Boost available.

The Toshiba Satellite P755-113 may boast relatively quick frame rates, but the 1366 x 768 resolution's prohibitive for HD content. That's the compromise for its portability.

Verdict

At £999, this Toshiba laptop has a lot going for it, but there still isn't an obvious champion of this price point.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 540M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite P755
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2410M
ColourMetallic Urban Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.62 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
3D Type3D
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height37.6 mm
Width380.5 mm
Depth254 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesP755
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelP755-113
Product NameSatellite P755-113 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSAY3E-02F002EN
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 P755-113 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit
Limited Warranty1 Year