April 5, 2012
- USB 3.0, Blu-ray & Bluetooth
- Good-looking widescreen display
- Solid overall performance
- Decent 3D gaming performance
- Touchpad issues
- Lots of pre-installed "bloatware"
The Toshiba Satellite P755D is a solid performing multimedia laptop that features a great-looking 15.6-inch widescreen HD display. It has an AMD Fusion A8 CPU, 6GB of RAM and a 640GB hard drive that gives plenty of room for media storage. It also has a Blu-ray disc player, which further lends itself to multimedia use.
Many shoppers today are looking for notebooks that they can use for both work and entertainment. This computer does provide decent 3D gaming capabilities but its main selling points are the Blu-ray player and a quality display for watching movies or streaming media.
While it's not the most appealing design, the all-plastic chassis is durable and gets the job done. The lid has a brushed metal finish to add a little design to it, but like we said, it all looks rather plain. At 5.4-pounds it certainly isn't the lightest laptop on the market, but it's not the heaviest either. Its dimensions measure 13.4 x 9.0 x 1.4-inches (wdh), so it's not overly large either.
The Toshiba Satellite P755D's keyboard is nice to use and follows the laptop's same plain design. The keys are large, smooth and jet black. We found the keyboard to provide a comfortable, accurate typing experience that rivaled some of the most expensive laptops that we've tested. There is also a numeric keypad too. We wished the keyboard was backlit, but sadly, it's not. The touchpad, on the other hand, could use some improvements. It supports multitouch gestures, but it is way too sensitive and caused the cursor to jump and freeze sporadically. Perhaps this is only a driver issue and will be fixed at a future date?
Toshiba includes a 15.6-inch widescreen display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels, which is slightly above 720p HD resolution. While we would have liked to see a display with a higher resolution, this display looked very good in our opinion. It had great brightness levels and very vibrant colors. In our Blu-ray movie test, the quality was rated "very good" by our testers. Our only gripe is the glossy coating, which shows a lot of reflections.
The port selection includes one USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, the usual audio ports and a memory card reader. The USB 3.0 port supports Sleep & Charge functionality, which lets you charge a USB device while the computer is asleep or even turned off. The audio ports also let you play music from an MP3 player through the laptop's speakers even when it is off. Aside from all of that, wireless connectivity includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.
As we mentioned earlier, the P755D has a Blu-ray and DVD+/-RW combo optical disc drive.
Specifications of the Toshiba Satellite P755D include an AMD Fusion A8-3520M (1.6GHz) quad-core CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 640GB 5400RPM hard drive and integrated AMD Radeon HD 6620G graphics. The AMD Fusion CPU is not as powerful as an Intel Core i5 or i7, but it doesn't fall too far behind. We noticed no slowdowns when watching Blu-ray or online streaming HD media.
The AMD integrated graphics, however, perform comparatively better than Intel's integrated graphics. Here we were able to play most 3D games with the resolution and/or graphics settings dialed down slightly. So if you want to do some light 3D gaming, you can with this laptop.
For a comparison, the HP Pavilion dm4-3090se Beats Edition that we reviewed in February has faster overall performance due to the Intel Core i5 CPU. It also has a nice-looking 14-inch display but lacks in some gaming performance and keyboard design.
The battery life with the included battery rounds off at around 5-hours, which is the category average.
Lastly, Toshiba seems to have loaded this notebook with pre-installed "utilities" and other software. Some of which are of no bother while others are really quite annoying. Two examples of this include a 30-day trial of Norton Internet Security that bugs you constantly and Toshiba's Online Backup utility that does the same until you set it up.