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Toshiba Satellite P755-3DV20

  • Category: Notebook Computers
Last Updated
September 26, 2011

Editor's Rating
3.5 Out of 5

Pros
  • 3D image with included glasses
  • Harman Kardon speakers
  • USB 3.0 & Bluetooth
  • Solid performance

Cons
  • Limited viewing angles
  • Disappointing battery life

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The Toshiba Satellite P755-3DV20 is an affordable 3D-enabled laptop that is loaded with multimedia features that makes it stand out from the rest. You get a Blu-ray player, good Nvidia graphics, 3D-capabilities, USB 3.0 and Harman Kardon audio. While all this is great, it does lack in battery life and viewing angles.

The Toshiba Satellite P755-3DV20 measures 15 x 9.8 x 1.4-inches (wdh) and weighs about 6-pounds, so it's about a mid-range laptop in terms of size. It has a glossy, silver-colored plastic exterior that has horizontal lines across it. It looks decent, but some might say there's too much plastic, which we tend to agree with. The surface does resist fingerprints, so that's always a plus.

The keyboard is slightly recessed into the deck with a full number pad to the side. The keys are reasonably comfortable to type with, but some of them felt a little too mushy. Above the keyboard is a touch panel to control things like 3D, Wi-Fi, Play/Pause and volume. The sensitivity of this touch area was under sensitive to our disappointment and pressing the volume controls were followed by a loud beep, which is extremely annoying.

On both sides of this upper touch panel are Harman Kardon stereo speakers, which provides a loud and nice-sounding experience. There is no subwoofer, but it really isn't needed anyway. Toshiba includes their Sleep and Music feature, which lets you play music off of a device (such as an iPhone) through the speakers via the line-in port when the laptop is in sleep mode or turned off. This featured worked well, but the speakers sounded underpowered while the laptop was off.

Below the keyboard is a multitouch touch pad that is well-sized for scrolling across the screen and performing the multitouch gestures. The surface of the pad is matte and smooth, which provides good traction while not slowing down our fingers.

The 15.6-inch display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels and has fairly good image quality, but limited viewing angles. If more than one person is looking at the screen, you'll notice the poor off-center viewing angles immediately. The Nvidia 3D Vision feature lets you view 3D images with the included Nvidia 3D Vision active shutter glasses. These glasses charge via USB (cable included) and sync to the computer via an IR antenna built-into the bezel above the screen. The Blu-ray player can be used to play 3D Blu-ray movies and many 3D video games too. The quality of the 3D image was good, but again, the viewing angles were limited and even more limited with 3D enabled.

In terms of connectivity, the Toshiba Satellite P755-3DV20 has three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth wireless, an SD card reader and headphone/microphone jacks. There is also support for Intel's Wireless Display technology (Wi-Di) too. The optical drive is as we said above, a Blu-ray disc player. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) is Toshiba's choice as this laptop's operating system.

The specifications of the Toshiba Satellite P755-3DV20 include a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 750GB 5400RPM hard drive and Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics. The i5-2410M is an extremely common CPU used today across the board and it gives solid performance and this laptop is no exception. Paired with the 6GB of RAM, users will find no trouble multitasking, surfing the Web or mostly anything with this computer.

The Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics provide a good experience for most mainstream gaming, but don't expect top of the class graphics performance. In testing, it falls well-short of the high-end laptops, but it's right on target with other laptop's of similar specifications.

Battery life is a disappointment as we were only able to get about 2:30 hours with the included 6-cell battery. If you intend to use the 3D feature, the battery life will be even shorter.


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