Toshiba Satellite L745D review: Toshiba Satellite L745D

Annual energy consumption cost
Sony Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S
$2.92 
HP Pavilion dm1-3005
$3.20 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S
269 
HP Pavilion dm1-3005
364 

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm1-3005
2,314 
Sony Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S
2,520 

jAlbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm1-3005
97 
Sony Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S
100 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S
463 
HP Pavilion dm1-3005
472 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm1-3005
319 
Sony Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S
263 

Despite the energy-efficient, underperforming processor, the Toshiba Satellite L745D-S4220 still managed to disappoint on battery life. We eked 3 hours and 12 minutes of video playback out of its six-cell battery. That's not great for a midsize laptop these days, and smaller 11-inch laptops with the same processor, such as the HP Pavilion dm1, lasted over 5 hours.

Toshiba offers a standard one-year warranty on parts, labor, and battery with the Satellite L745D-S4220. Extended warranties are available on Toshiba's Web site, but for such a low-level machine we wouldn't recommend wasting your money. Toshiba's Web site is relatively logical to navigate for software updates and product info, and a toll-free customer service number wasn't hidden away as we've seen on some company sites.

The Toshiba Satellite L745D-S4220 is the wrong type of budget laptop: it manages to be both underpowered and overpriced for what it brings to the table. Toshiba fans can easily find better-value laptop configurations than this one--or, look elsewhere for competitors that offer more for the $500 price. Our advice is to avoid the AMD E-350 in a laptop this large, and seek out an Intel Core i3 bargain, which should be similarly priced, instead.

System configurations
Toshiba Satellite L745D-S4220WH
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz AMD Fusion E-350 Dual-Core; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6310; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Lenovo IdeaPad S205
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz AMD Fusion E-350 Dual-Core; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6310; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1215B
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz AMD Fusion E-350 Dual-Core; 2,048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6310; 320GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz AMD Fusion E-350 Dual-Core; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 644MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6310; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dm1-3005
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz AMD Fusion E-350 Dual-Core; 3,072MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6310; 320GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

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MSRP: $599.99

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  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color brushed aluminum blue
  • Weight 5.1 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed
  • Graphics Processor AMD Radeon HD 6520G
  • CPU AMD A series A6-3400M / 1.4 GHz