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Toshiba Satellite P750-115 - Specs, Performance and Usability

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Specifications are where things get really interesting, as the Satellite P750-115's relatively unassuming exterior hides some serious horsepower. Star of the show is one of Intel's new Sandy Bridge chips, specifically the quad-core Core i7-2630QM. With support for hyper-threading enabling up to eight virtual cores and a maximum Turbo Frequency of 2.9GHz over its standard running speed of 2GHz, it's at the high end of the mobile processor range and should give plenty of power for intensive tasks like video trans/encoding.

Toshiba Satellite P750-115

Though Toshiba's Satellite and the Samsung RF711 both use the same processor and the Satellite has double the memory, the RF711 wins out due to its twin hard drives in RAID.

This capable processor is backed by a whopping 8GB of DDR3 RAM, which is quickly becoming the standard on high-end PCs. For storage there's a generous 640GB hard drive, though it's of the slower 5,400rpm variety.

One of the nicest surprises is the graphics card, which is an Nvidia GT540 with a whopping 2GB of its own memory. Unfortunately, the amount of memory doesn't have a significant impact if the chip itself isn't up to scratch, but thankfully, if you're not planning to run demanding titles like Crysis, the GT450 holds up fine.

Toshiba Satellite P750-115

In Stalker, it managed a smooth 41.1 frames per second (fps) at maximum detail in DirectX 11 mode, and at our standard 720p test resolution returned just over 47fps. As such, it's fair to classify the Satellite P750-115 as a 'lite' gaming laptop.

Together with its Blu-ray drive, the GT540 allows for 3D movie playback and 2D upconversion - if you have the requisite screen and glasses to enjoy the experience. Toshiba's proprietary Resolution system will make sure standard definition material is upscaled nicely.

Nvidia's Optimus ensures you don't pay a battery-life penalty for the discrete graphics when they're not needed, as in such cases the system falls back on Intel's weak but frugal integrated graphics.

When it comes to usability, the Satellite P750 comes out reasonably well, but it's not a clean win. Apart from its glossiness, the isolation keyboard offers large keys that are well-spaced. Key travel is good, but unfortunately feedback is too light, occasionally leaving you unsure if you've actually pressed a key or not. You do get used to this lighter response, but we would rather type on the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition.

A strip of touch-sensitive controls above the keyboard gives access to shortcuts as well as media, wireless and volume controls. These were responsive in our testing, and light up in white when activated, a nice visual touch.

The large, sensitive touchpad offers a pleasant matt surface and naturally supports multi-touch. However, while its buttons give a nice click, their action is slightly too stiff for comfort.


June 3, 2011, 11:34 am

How does this get a 6/10 when each of the individual components of the review reach a minimum of 7/10? Surely this cant be solely cos of the screen, as that would be included under features?

Jan Andersen

June 5, 2011, 4:18 pm

Not realy a usefull review - unfortunately.

Why do you not mention the matt screen under positive ? Few notebooks have today matt screen , most with glossy very refelctive screen, almost impossible to use in daylight !

Secondly, review of noise and temperature is absent ( I couldnt find any ), two very important decision points for many buyers. There is a tiny hint when comparing with the Dell before the verdict.

The rest we can read in the specs - no need for a review listing the feature list, or where this and this connector is placed - we can see that on the pictures ! We can also see the color, the speakers etc on the pictures.


June 8, 2011, 3:40 pm

Yes, it is because of the screen, which is not reflected in the features score.

@Jan Andersen:
Sorry that you find that to be the case.

I do mention it extensively in the review, but will add it to the quick-glance positives.

As to the rest being readable in the specs, plase show me where in the specs it details the keyboard and touchpad feedback, mentions the build quality, what the sound from the speakers is like, how the screen holds up, how its CPU performs, the gaming potential of its video card and the laptop's battery life - you didn't find any of that useful then?


July 2, 2011, 12:52 am

good review, but its going a bit far to hype about it being under 1 grand, with an asking price of £999.99. It also has 4 usb ports, not 2 (one of which is USB 3.0).


November 10, 2011, 4:30 pm

Thanks for your comment and glad you liked the review, but I wish people would acutally READ the review before leaving criticisms. I mention all four USB ports, their type and locations:

"Along the left there are [...] two USB ports, of the 3.0 and 2.0 varieties, with the former supporting Sleep & Charge to power or charge devices while the laptop is turned off [...] while to the right you'll find a further two USB 2.0 ports"


January 24, 2013, 10:19 am

as a user of this laptop I find myself a little dismayed at this review, i believe that it go up at least one star here. The screen issue you mentioned has never ever bothered , and i have never noticed even your comments about it has not helped me to notice it, and no I am not blind. Other than that I think you did very well on this review, but to nitpick the screen quality is slightly ridiculous no it isn't the best, but to most it is not noticeable. thanks for your time.


March 26, 2013, 2:07 pm

I have had a toshiba satellite -115 15.6" for 13 1/2 mouths hard drive stopped working toshiba did not want to know. Have now being told that mother board has gone as well and it will most likey be a write off. WOULD NOT TOUCH TOSHIBA AGAIN.......

Altaf Patel

July 28, 2015, 2:48 pm

My experience after 4-5 months is disappointing. Hinges are worst on the earth. TouchPad is placed slightly on left instead of center, which always causes mis-touch when typing, also touchpad is ragged, frustrating. Click button became very hard, don't know why ! Function keys stopped working, installed drivers from website, and still no result. WebCam shows blue-green pictures, and hence had to purchase external webcam. The most serious thing is, when using it, sometimes get warning message telling that CPU fan has stopped, immediately shutdown laptop and contact nearest service center. Body of laptop looks very cheap. Earlier I had Acer and was looking gorgeous, and without any such issues. No Toshiba again. My rating 3/10.

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