Toshiba Satellite L875-10G: 17.3 Review - Screen, Performance and Value Review


Keyboard and Trackpad
The Toshiba Satellite L875-10G’s keyboard is a mixed bag. Its 17.3in frame lets the keyboard spread out comfortably, with just the arrow keys subject to severe cutting-down. However, key action suffers from a slight lack of definition – typing would feel more comfortable if the keys pushed against your prods a little more. There’s also no keyboard backlight, but such things are rare at the price.

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The trackpad fares better. Its surface sports careful texturing that makes swiping a finger across it very comfortable. And it’s worth noting that while it may look like there’s some embossed contouring going on here, it’s actually smooth and flat.

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Just below, the mouse buttons do have a bonafide touchy-feely texture, and are completely separated. Whether deliberate or not, the right mouse button sits a little lower than the left at the central seam, adding to the already-tactile design.

Going all-out for screen inches, the Toshiba Satellite L875-10G’s display is 17.3in across. For a TN panel, the type most commonly seen in laptops, colours are fairly vibrant, but the maximum brightness setting isn’t exactly scorching – once again telling you that this is an indoors laptop.

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The screen finish is glossy too, further limiting outdoors potential. Given all these quibbles are minimised when you consider what the L875-10G is really for, the one lingering sour note is that it has a native resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels, rather than Full HD, or 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. This leaves pixel density at a lowly 106dpi, with individual pixels clear to see – although admittedly this density is actually slightly higher than a 15.6in laptop with a 1,366 x 768 pixel display.

The Toshiba L875-10G features an Intel Core i5 -2450M processor, harking from the Sandy Bridge dynasty of 2011. It’s anything but ancient, although with Ivy Bridge laptops shipping out now, it’s not cutting-edge either.

PCMark 7 scores – 2187
PCMark 7 Entertainment – 2413

However, in gaming-capable laptops like this – where graphics performance is paramount – the GPU will often be the top consideration. It uses an AMD Radeon 7670M dedicated graphics processor with 2GB of its own RAM, leaving the already-hefty 8GB of system RAM for other tasks.

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Performance across the board is strong. The Core i5 CPU is capable of handling just about anything you’d ask of a laptop, from fairly heavy image manipulation using something like Adobe Photoshop to video editing.

Gaming performance is good too. The AMD Radeon 7670M is a mid range card that can handle most modern games at playable speed – if not with every shader, shadow and water ripple set to max with very demanding (generally under-optimised) titles like Metro 2033. In the Stalker: Call of Pripyat benchmark it averaged 46.2 frames per second, offering a smooth, highly playable experience.

Trackmania Nations benchmark – 62.2fps

When under pressure, heat distribution isn’t perfect, with a hot zone under the right side of the keyboard – near the numerical keypad. However, after a solid hour of strain, the Toshiba L875-10G was only a little warm to the touch.

Toshiba’s Satellite L875-10G gets you good performance and a mostly-good-looking design for your money. If you want an at-home laptop that will spend most of its time on a table or desk rather than jumping between laps, it gets you a bigger screen and stronger overall performance than an similarly-priced Ultrabook.

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However, as the keyboard is less than impressive we’d tend to opt for the Lenovo G770, which offers superior key action and is available similarly-specced (but with a smaller hard drive) for £80 less. This is the inevitable fate of a laptop that can be matched almost spec-for-spec with models almost a year old. And, unless you need a laptop right this minute, we’d recommend waiting a month or two for the first waves of Ivy Bridge CPU laptops to arrive.

The Toshiba Satellite L875-10G offers good performance for the money. Forgetting all about a super-slim, super-light body, extended battery life and fancy speaker arrays, it’s able to offer impressive gaming performance for under £700. And thanks to its part-metal bodywork, it feels sturdy enough too. However, the keyboard action could be better and maximum screen brightness isn’t great.

Trusted Score

Score in detail

  • Performance 8
  • Design 7
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Value 7
  • Features 7
  • Battery Life 5

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