Toshiba Satellite L750

Toshiba's shiny Core i5-enabled laptop is a fair performer, but there's an odd set of differences between it and the model that sits just above it in Toshiba's range.


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Design

Opening up the L750 gave us a brief 1970s flashback moment. The silver pattern on the L750's case has a slight disco ball effect, especially under bright lighting. This sort of thing is always a matter of taste; for every person who thinks it's unnecessarily gaudy, there will be one who finds it gorgeous and appealing. Wherever you sit on that spectrum, there's no denying that the L750 is eye catching.

Features

There are two models of the L750 on the market; the model that CNET tested was the cheaper AU$899 Satellite L750/03C PSK1WA-03C00R. You'll forgive us if we just call it the L750, we trust.

The L750 features an Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3GHz processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 15.6-inch 1366x768 16:9 LCD display screen. Storage comes from a 640GB internal hard drive. The optical drive is a DVD SuperMulti Dual Layer burner. Video output is via VGA only; if you want HDMI you'll have to upgrade to the AU$999 Satellite L750/04K PSK2YA-04K010 model. That upgraded model also features USB 3.0, whereas the L750 we tested makes do with only USB 2.0 ports.

On the software side, Windows 7 Home Premium is preinstalled. When you first boot up the C660, it'll ask you if you want 32-bit or 64-bit Windows installed. The default is 32-bit, and if you opt for 64-bit (and with 4GB onboard, you absolutely should), you'll have to wait a couple of hours while it reformats the partition and reinstalls everything. "Everything", in this case, includes ConfigFree, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter (60-day trial), Norton Internet Security 2011 (Trial Version), Norton Online Backup Utility, Toshiba Face Recognition, Toshiba Media Controller, Toshiba PC Health Monitor and Toshiba Recovery Media Creator.

Performance

In benchmark terms, the Core i5 processor in the L750 delivers decent but not world-beating results. It's PCMark05 score of 7167 is quite good, and does suggest that it should be a decent workhorse of a machine. Intel's HD graphics aren't the best in the business (and again, it's worth noting that the AU$999 version of the L750 uses a NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB instead), and its 3DMark06 score of 3666 is exactly what we'd expect out of a system of this type.

In practical usage, the one criticism of the L750 that we had was that despite its silver sheen, everything felt a bit too hollow and plastic for our liking. It was a relatively noisy machine to type on, and the flat touchpad meant that we often skidded off the edge without realising it.

Toshiba's battery life claim for the L750 is a relatively modest "up to five hours". Here, there's a difference in the cheaper L750's favour, as Toshiba reckons the pricier model can only handle four hours. We ran our standard battery test across the L750, running full-screen video on a loop with all battery-saving measures disabled, and screen brightness pumped up to full. That test should give a worst-case scenario for battery life, and the L750's battery figure of three hours and 42 minutes suggests that the five-hour figure should be entirely achievable in more real-world usage. You're not likely to last an entire day on this battery without some economical usage, but it's a fair performer.



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helloworld16 posted a comment   
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change it please its 64 bit and intel i3 not i5 and 32 bit

humbert
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humbert posted a review   
Puerto Rico

The Good:good value and dependable.

The Bad:batery life is too short

Humbert
I own a Toshiba Satellite l 750 laptop; I’ve had it for almost a year now. I have no major complaint whit it, I believe that Its fast and has a decent size memory. Overall is a Good value for the price and dependable!!

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oceanblue posted a review   
Australia

I have just purchased a Satellite L750/0S4 laptop without doing my research- now I wish I had, as I'm really disappointed with the speakers- very poor sound quality and volume as described by Senior Mouse's review!

I also prefer the mousepad to be more central on the keyboard; this one is to the left.

 

SaverioR posted a comment   

The good:
Runs smooth for office work with Microsoft Word and other Office products.
Easy to keep clean.
Wired Internet works perfect.

The Bad:
Wireless Connectivity is very bad. I need to be right next to my router to be connected and at full bars. Anywhere outside of the room where my router is results in no connectivity. You would have to be lucky to get just one bar without losing connection. This has been tested against a Compaq Laptop, Asus and Acer Laptop and the Toshiba Satellite L750 was unable to pass the room where the router was located in without the connection cutting out whereas the Asus, Acer and Compaq retained 5 bars all around the house plus outside on the street (I didnt know my router was that powerful).

Simple games that I use for passing the time on the train and while waiting for a class at uni like Flash games and Minecraft are very slow and "laggy".

Senior Mouse
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"A great laptop for general use, without breaking the bank."

Senior Mouse posted a review   
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The Good:The specifications, functionality and hardware are great for the price

The Bad:Small design issues, the share of useless programs, less reliability than previous Toshiba's.

The Satellite L750 is a rather genuine attempt made by Toshiba to compete against the competitive market of today. Comparatively, with the specifications and features, it stands fairly above other brands in terms of price. Often a case of, "more bang for your buck" scenario. Although not everything about the L750 is amazing, it stands well against the counterparts.

The design:
Atheistically, it is pleasing to look at, with a nice layout of keys and the touchpad. All ports are placed sensibly, opting to having everything on the side, rather than the back or front. Having a numerical pad, USB 3.0 and a SD card reader is rather a nice feature for a middle class, medium sized laptop.

Unfortunately, not everything is thrilling as it may seem after use. There is an issue with the speakers not being loud enough. Most likely deriving from competition in space between screen hinges and allocations in the top corners of the keyboard, the speakers do not produce enough sound to be satisfactory. Often watching a film requires full volume, and most of the time it is not enough, forcing users to tweak the audio software to 200% volume, resulting in distortion. The grey plastic casing and the back plastic around the screen easily becomes scratched as well. It is also found that the screen is below average quality, mostly deriving from bad LED backlight/pixel arrangements. From large amount of use, abnormally light pixels were found scattered across the screen, resulting in subtly noticeable uneven surface colours. The LCD screen was replaced and the problem was mostly eliminated.

Interestingly, various alterations were made to the heat sink from the previous L650 models. Less ventilation gaps are seen in this model, compared to the previous. There has yet to be any heat dispensing issues.

The hardware:
As far as specifications go, the L750 is equipped with everything you would need as a general computer. Second generation i5 core, 4gb of ram, and a hard drive space enough to keep several big programs without slowing the system down - Just your bog standard specifications, nothing too shabby, nothing too special.

The software:
Like any manufacture, it comes with its own share of useless programs. Although some features as webcam facial detection and speech recognition/voice dictatorial programs, other utterly useless programs as Toshiba Reeltime (replaces the Windows time sync) and Toshiba Bulletin Board (tells you to backup data all the time) bog down the system. Often uninstalling the latter results in a cleaner running during start-up.

Conclusion:
The results of the L750 produce a fair chance for the long time running Toshiba to stand against potential purchase among more successful brands as Macintosh and Hewlett Packard. Although the device has some hardware related technical problems, it is fair for the price it is asking. The computer would still be my second choice in the presence of an Asus or Sony, however it is recommended to anyone with a marginal budget.

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"screen very bad; battery life too short"

IjkJ posted a review   

The Good:?

The Bad:screen very bad; battery life too short

screen very bad; battery life too short

 

IjkJ posted a reply   

touch pad pretty bad too

 

IjkJ posted a reply   

had keyboard replaced straight after buying - took them 2-3 weeks - support is crap too

Nishith
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"Really A Good Laptop"

Nishith posted a review   
India

The Good:Performs Like A Desktop.Very Responcive.

The Bad:Should Have Some More Connectivity Features.And Should Have A Scratch Proof Body.

The Overall Performance Of The Latop IS Really Good.


But To The Windows Os 7 32 Bit User,I Would Like To Say That The MaxRam Limit Of 32 Bit Is 4Gb So Even If Upgrading It To 8Gb Is Useless though The Hardware Supports But The Software Dose Not Support.
Ya 8Gb Is Supported In Windows Os 7 64 Bit.

And Additional Information About A Total Protection Of Pc Is .It Would Be Better Enough If The Person Uses Trustport Total Protection 2012.
As These Security Softwear Consumes Less Ram And Processor And Is Really Nice Enough.


I Have Used Many Security Suits Such As

1) Bitdefender Intenet Secuirty 2008 To 2012. Confict With Hardware Drives.
2) Kasppersky 2009 To 2012 with Cloud Protection consumes much Ram
3) Noton Intenet Secuirty And The 360 Really Sucks up the Pc Memory
4) Mcaffe 2011 really Nice For Virus As Dose Not Detects Many Of Them And Bad For .exe As It Detects Exe As Virus

Using Tustport Total Protection Since Last 2Years Working Really Nice Without Any Issue And More Over The Cheapest In The Market.




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  • helloworld16

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    "change it please its 64 bit and intel i3 not i5 and 32 bit"

  • humbert

    humbert

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    "Humbert
    I own a Toshiba Satellite l 750 laptop; I’ve had it for almost a year now. I have no major complaint whit it, I believe that Its fast and has a decent size memory. Overall is a Good..."

  • oceanblue

    oceanblue

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    "I have just purchased a Satellite L750/0S4 laptop without doing my research- now I wish I had, as I'm really disappointed with the speakers- very poor sound quality and volume as described by Senio..."

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