November 18, 2013
- Room for expansion
- Comfortable keyboard/touchpad
- Beautiful 1080p display
- Solid overall performance
- No Blu-ray drive
- No discrete graphics option
- Slightly below average battery life
The Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 is a desktop replacement laptop that allows you to expand and grow into with its free hard drive bay and two memory slots. It has a good-looking 17.3-inch display and good overall performance.
While most laptop buyers are looking for the thinnest and lightest laptops, some want a powerhouse desktop replacement. The Toshiba P75-A7200 is a laptop that you don't want to be lugging around anywhere with you too far outside of around the house or office. It measures 16.0 x 10.8 x 1.5-inches (wdh) and weighs 6.5-pounds.
One of this laptop's benefits is the second drive bay, which allows you to install a solid-state drive (SSD) or a second hard drive. Adding an SSD drive lets you speed up boot times and access to your most-used files. There are two open memory slots too for adding more RAM memory. Best of all, both of these upgrades are easily accessible by removing one screw holding a cover on the bottom of the laptop.
The 17.3-inch display has a 1920 x 1080-pixel HD resolution. It is a non-touch screen display but it does what it's meant to do very well. Color quality was very good as well as both brightness and viewing angles.
The keyboard is very large and offers plenty of room. Keys are adequately spaced and nicely sized. There is also a numeric keypad too for you number crunchers. We found the keys to have no noticeable flex. The touchpad offers a smooth surface and a solid click when pressed. Because the display is not a touch screen, it is important that the multitouch touch pad works well...and it does.
For connectivity, the Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 gives you four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, the usual audio ports, Ethernet and an SD memory card slot. There is also 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The optical drive is a standard DVD+/-RW drive, but it would have been nice to get a Blu-ray drive, especially to take advantage of the 17.3-inch 1080p HD display.
Internal specifications include a fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ (2.4GHz) quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 750GB 5400RPM hard drive and integrated Intel HD 4600 graphics. Performance with this laptop is very good when compared to other non-SSD desktop replacement laptops. The only performance issue is with gaming, which is limited due to the integrated Intel graphics. There is no option to add a discrete graphics card.
Battery life could be better, especially since it only has that integrated graphics system. We were able to get just over 3-hours of life, which is about 30-45 minutes less than other similar systems.