Toshiba F755-3D150 review: Toshiba F755-3D150

Skyrim was very playable in 2D, too choppy to play in 3D. The same went for Battlefield 3. In the older game Mafia 2, the system ran at 20.3 frames per second in 2D mode, and only 10.3fps in 3D mode -- both at the required full 1080p resolution. Batman: Arkham City was a bit better, just a step below playable in 3D, with every detail option turned to the lowest settings. In our relatively easy Street Fighter IV test, the F755 ran in 2D mode, at 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, at 44.3fps, and 21.6fps in 3D mode. Portal, a game that nearly any laptop can play, worked fine in 3D, even at 1,920x1,080.

In the performance charts below, you'll see the GeForce 540M ran Metro 2033 at a reasonable 24.3fps in 2D mode at 1,366x768 resolution, so it'll do for mainstream, somewhat casual gaming -- but so will many less expensive laptops.

The upshot is that, while it's great that Nvidia and Toshiba have gotten together to work out the kinks in this autostereoscopic system and allow for 3D gaming, a better GPU is needed to make it work on anything above the level of Plants vs. Zombies. That's a shame, because the little bit of successful gaming I experienced was quite fun, and 3D gaming is arguably much better and more flexible on a PC than on current game consoles.

Juice box
Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D Avg watts/hour
Off (60%) 0.7
Sleep (10%) 1.36
Idle (25%) 11.3
Load (05%) 53.55
Raw kWh number 53.07
Annual power consumption cost $6.02

Annual power consumption cost
Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D
$6.02 

No one expects a desktop replacement laptop to have great battery life, but even though this hulking box has that expansive feel, it's actually a midsize 15-inch system, so it's not unreasonable to ask for a certain minimum level of running time. It ran for 2 hours and 14 minutes in our video playback battery drain test, in 2D mode. You shouldn't expect to be able to watch a 3D movie during an airplane flight, but then again, the F755 probably wouldn't fit on your tray table anyway.

Toshiba supplies a standard one-year mail-in parts and labor warranty with the system. Adding on-site coverage for that one-year term is an extra $89, while a three-year plan is $149 for basic coverage and $249 for three years of accidental damage protection.

The updated Toshiba Qosmio F755 definitely works better than the original version, and the new lower price makes it a more reasonable splurge if you're a fan of all things 3D. But 3D gaming remains tantalizingly out of reach, thanks to a GPU that can't handle the workload.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D
561 

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D
180 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D
114 

Metro 2033 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,366x768, High, DX11, AAA, 4X AF  
Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D
6 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D
133 

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System configurations:

Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2450M; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 540M; 750GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Dell XPS L702X
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 3GB Nvidia GeForce GT 555M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-F215FX/BI
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 540M; 640GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

Lenovo IdeaPad Y570
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1 GB Nvidia GeForce GT 555M; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite P755-3DV20
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1 GB Nvidia GeForce GT 540M; 750GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

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MSRP: $1,599.99

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Color fusion 3D finish in brilliant red, black keyboard
  • Weight 5.3 lbs
  • Optical Drive BD-RE - fixed
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M - 1 GB GDDR3 SDRAM
  • CPU Intel Core i7 (2nd Gen) 2670QM / 2.2 GHz
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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.