Toshiba Satellite P755-S5269 Review

Posted by The Best Review Sunday, October 16, 2011 0 komentar
The Toshiba Satellite P755-S5269 ($979.99 list at Office Depot) is a 15-inch desktop replacement laptop that offers quad-core processing and gaming level graphics processing. It may not be as slim and light as some competing desktop replacements, but if you want a laptop for gaming, video and photo editing, and unbeatable quad-core processing power, the Satellite P755-S5269 is a strong choice.

The P755-S5269 has a dark gray finish (Toshiba calls this color "platinum") with an added texture to it that feels far more luxurious to the touch than plastic designs usually do. It measures 1.4-by-15-by-9.8 inches (HWD), but for its added thickness, it keeps things light with a plastic chassis. It weighs in at 5.8 pounds, which is lighter than the 6-pound Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 ($849.99 direct, 3.5 stars), but heavier than the 5.5-pound Dell XPS 15z (Microsoft) ($999 direct, 4 stars). Because of this plastic construction, the Toshiba Satellite does flex a good deal more than its more sturdy competitors.

The P755-S5269's 15.6-inch display has a 1366-by-768 resolution and is large enough to watch DVDs or multitask with two windows side by side. Just below the widescreen display you will find two Harman/Kardon speakers. Paired with Dolby Advanced Audio and Wave MaxxAudio 3 software sound enhancements, these speakers provide a rich sound quality that stays consistent at high and low volumes. The only issue I found while shuffling through my Pandora stations was the lack of bass.
There is a full-sized chiclet-style keyboard, and an adjacent numeric keypad. The glossy-finish on the keys may be a bit slick for some users, but the inclusion of an LED backlight means that you can use the laptop comfortably even in low-light situations. The multitouch trackpad offers gesture control and separate mouse buttons, and the touchpad itself has a smoother matte finish, but I caught myself wishing that it offered the same luxurious feel of the laptop's lid. 


Type Gaming, Desktop Replacement
Processor Name Intel Core i7-2630QM
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor Speed 2 GHz
Weight 5.8 lb
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Size Type Widescreen
Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics Card nVidia GeForce GT 540M
Graphics Memory 1024
2nd Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 3000
Storage Capacity (as Tested) 750 GB
Rotation Speed 5400 rpm
Networking Options 802.11n
Primary Optical Drive Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
Wireless Display Capability (WiDi) Yes
WiMax No
Battery Type 48 Whr (Watt hours)
Tech Support 1 year parts and labor; 1 year battery.
MobileMark 2007 – Standard Battery Productivity Load (hrs:min) 5:07
MobileMark 2007- Performance score 314
PCMark7 2147
3-D BENCHMARK TESTS - 3DMark06 - 1,024 x 768 - Default 10092
3-D BENCHMARK TESTS - 3DMark06 - Native – 0X/4X 7223
Crysis - Medium quality - 1,024 x 768 - AA/AF=Off/Off 59.2
Lost Planet 2 (DX9) - Middle quality - 1,024 x 768- AA/AF=Off/Off 39.9
Lost Planet 2 (DX9) - High quality - Native - AA/AF= 0X/4X 20.3
MULTIMEDIA TESTS - Handbrake 1:36 min:sec
MULTIMEDIA TESTS - PhotoShop CS5 3:54 min:sec
MULTIMEDIA TESTS - CineBench 11.5 4.79

The P755-S5269 offers a fairly rich feature set, with one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports, as well as a case-lock slot to physically secure the laptop. Toshiba's Sleep-and-Charge utility lets you power up cell-phones and MP3 players through one of the USB 2.0 ports, even when the laptop is in sleep mode. Sleep-and-Music lets you play audio from your MP3 player through the laptop's speakers, even when the laptop is powered down.

The laptop's VGA and HDMI outputs let you connect to an external monitor, HDTV, or projector with a single cable. If you want to ditch the cables altogether, you can pick up a Netgear Push2TV adapter (a $99 purchase) and use the integrated WiDi 2.0 technology to stream your HD content wirelessly to any HDTV. You can also get online via an Ethernet wired connection or 802.11n Wi-Fi. A DVD optical drive provides read and burn capability for CDs and DVDs. The 750GB 5,400rpm drive is the same capacity and speed as the hard drive found in the HP Pavilion dv6-6170us ($1,049.99 list, 4 stars), and it's larger than the 640GB drive found in the Acer Aspire AS5750-9851 ($829.99 list, 3 stars).

On the hard drive, you'll find a few pre-installed programs like Microsoft Office Starter 2010, and a 30-day trial of Norton Internet Security, and dedicated website links on the desktop to services like Amazon and Skype. While not a particularly egregious load of software, you will also find a large selection of programs and utilities bearing the Toshiba brand name. These include Toshiba's proprietary App and eBook stores, and utilities like hard drive protection.

Toshiba covers the P755-S5269 with a one-year warranty on parts and labor, but also covers the battery with a one-year warranty. Buyers wanting more peace of mind may want to take advantage of Office Depot's several extended protection and service plans. Their basic two-year protection plan ($169.99) extends this warranty for another year, and includes 24/7 tech support. Adding premium coverage for drops and spills, and extending battery coverage for a second year costs $259.99, and a four-year plan, offering all of the same warranty and accident coverage, including 24/7 tech support, can be had for $349.99.

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