Toshiba Satellite P750/0EM review: Toshiba Satellite P750/0EM

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good Decent construction. Backlit keyboard. Good performance, as one would expect of the processor included.

The Bad 3D capability shoots price up AU$500 and dramatically lowers battery life. TV tuner is single only.

The Bottom Line The Satellite P750/0EM is a powerful mid-range laptop. We'd opt for a version without the 3D, though, so as to avoid incredibly poor battery life, and to save AU$500.

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The P750 is a more traditional, heavy, mid-range laptop. It still gets modern trappings, like an island-style, backlit keyboard, although the lacquered silver finish with parallel lines won't be to everyone's taste.

Our particular review sample, the 0EM, comes with the mainstream stalwart graphics card, Nvidia's GeForce GT 540M. Interestingly though, it doesn't support Optimus, Nvidia's technology that seamlessly switches to Intel's integrated graphics to save on battery when the more powerful card isn't required.

This is because Nvidia's 3D tech isn't compatible with Optimus. In an Optimus set-up, the Nvidia card acts as a secondary graphics processor, the output piped through the Intel graphics card. For 3D, the Nvidia card needs direct connection to the monitor.

Consequently, this means two things: noticeably poorer battery life, but in return you get a 120Hz screen, which is something incredibly appealing for gamers. If only there was a more powerful GPU attached than the 540M.

We'll leave it up to you to decide whether active 3D is a good thing; we tend to find that it gives us headaches. Nonetheless, the shutter glasses are included in the package, should you decide to use them.

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Toshiba Satellite P750/0EM

Part Number: CNETToshiba Satellite P750/0EM

Typical Price: $1,799.00

See manufacturer website for availability.