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Toshiba Satellite P750-115 review

Ardjuna Seghers



Our Score


User Score


  • Fast Sandy Bridge quad-core CPU
  • 8GB of RAM, Blu-ray drive
  • Good speakers
  • Comfortable typing


  • Poor screen
  • Glossy parts on palm rest
  • Slow 5400rpm hard drive

Review Price £999.99

Key Features: 15.4in, 1366 x 768, matt-finish screen; Quad-core Core i7-2630QM 'Sandy Bridge' CPU; 8GB DDR3 RAM, 640GB HDD, Blu-ray; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT540M graphics card; USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0

Manufacturer: Toshiba

With the advent of Intel's new Sandy Bridge Core i processors, most manufacturers have updated their desktop PC and laptop ranges with new models, and Toshiba is no exception. Today we're looking at the first of these, the entertainment-oriented, 15.6in Satellite P750-115. Sporting a new textured finish, high-end quad-core Core i7 processor, a whopping 8GB of RAM backed by a 640GB hard drive and Nvidia GeForce graphics with 2GB of dedicated RAM as well as a Blu-ray drive, this is clearly a serious contender. The best bit is that it costs under £1,000, so is it worth its asking price?

First let's take a look at the design, which has altered radically from previous Satellite incarnations. Though Toshiba had already moved away from all-gloss fingerprint magnets such as its Satellite L650 with the lightly textured Satellite A660, this time around the imprint is far more defined. It's a bamboo-like pattern that adorns most of the lid and inside, leaving just a glossy black lip at the front.

While it's not the most attractive pattern we've seen and isn't a patch on the organic swirls we last encountered on the HP tm2, it's still far preferable to a plain glossy lid that shows off dust and fingerprints like nobody's business.

Unfortunately, on the laptop's inside that glossy lip is positioned so that it's impossible to avoid palm-prints, and the keyboard's glossy finish and touchpad's chromed buttons will also require regular wiping. However, the Satellite P750 does look quite attractive overall, and the Satellite's chromed, white-backlit power button is a nice touch. White status LEDs are visible at the laptop's front even when the machine is closed.

Build quality is good overall, though there's a little more flex than we would ideally like above the keyboard. Though it's reasonably quiet in light use, when under load the P750-115 does produce an audible hum, though that's not too surprising considering its high-end (and therefore hot) internals.

Connectivity is about what you would expect for a high-end laptop these days. Along the left there are HDMI and VGA for video, a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networking, and 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.

On the front we have an SDXC/MMC/xD/MS Pro card reader, while to the right you'll find a further two USB 2.0 ports, the tray-loading Blu-ray drive and headphone/digital-audio-out plus microphone jacks. The mic output supports Toshiba's unique Sleep & Music functionality, which we first came across on the NB520. This allows you to use the laptop's speakers with an external source (like an MP3 player) connected through a 3.5mm jack while the laptop is powered down – for more details, check out page three of our NB520 review.

Finally, the laptop's wireless connections are comprehensively covered by Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth 3.0. Our only quibble is that we would really have liked to have seen two USB 3.0 ports rather than just one, as this would allow fast data copying between two speedy external drives or memory sticks.

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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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