Review Price £999.99
Toshiba Satellite P750-115 - Specs, Performance and Usability
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.
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.
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.
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.