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Toshiba Satellite L875-10G review: Toshiba Satellite L875-10G

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Screen

The 17.3-inch screen offers a resolution of 1,600x900 pixels. That's not as much as I'd like to see -- I'd typically want a screen of this size to push for the full 1080p resolution. The L875 arrives with a lower price than many 17-inch models such as Toshiba's own Qosmio X770, which comes in at around £1,500, so it's difficult to judge it too harshly for not pushing the pixel count.

The resolution means that you won't be able to appreciate Full HD YouTube clips in all their glory but it's at least fine with 720p clips. It's bright and bold, so whatever you decide to watch should look pretty good. There's a DVD drive on the side too so you'll be able to make your way through your film collection or spend a weekend watching box-sets.

Pretty standard viewing angles are served up by the display so don't expect to get the best look at Ryan Gosling's lovely face if you're lying on the floor with the laptop on your desk. You probably shouldn't be down there anyway -- get a nice lounger chair or at least recline on your bed.

Toshiba Satellite L875-10G screen
I'll forgive the L875 for not maxing out the screen resolution because the price is affordable.

Performance

Inside that blue shell is an Intel Core i5-2450M processor clocked at 2.5GHz, backed by a very healthy 8GB of RAM. That's a nice set of specs so I was hoping for good benchmark results to match.

I booted up the PCMark05 test that looks at a computer's general processor performance and was given a score of 8,921, which I was pretty pleased with. By comparison, the Toshiba Satellite P775 achieved a similar score and costs around £1,000.

I found a similarly good score on the Geekbench test, on which the L875 notched up 7,669. That's comparable to the considerably more expensive MSI GT680 gaming laptop, so it really looks like you're getting a lot of bang for your buck.

During use, I found it to be extremely responsive and the 8GB of RAM makes it excellent for multi-tasking. Indeed, I found that even when I ran numerous programs at once and loaded a whole host of web browser tabs, it was still able to open new windows and browse around the Windows 7 operating system without any signs of lag.

The processor is perfectly capable of handling all office tasks and you'll be able to squeeze some light photo and video editing out of it. Tweaking your holiday snaps in programs like Adobe Lightroom 4 will be no trouble, but don't expect it to be too happy if you try and edit enormous raw image files in Photoshop CS6 -- you'll still need to leave that to the ultra-powered editing rigs.

Toshiba Satellite L875-10G side
The good specs within produced an all-round decent performance, matching more expensive machines.

The L875 also comes with an AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics card to help you munch through games. To see what it was capable of I ran the 3DMark06 benchmark test and found a score of 8,433, which is very pleasing for a machine of this price. The Toshiba Qosmio X770 achieved over 15,000 on the same test but it costs more than twice as much.

Scores aren't everything though so I installed Batman: Arkham City and sent the caped crusader on his missions, beating up baddies left, right and centre. The L875 reached a rate of around 30 frames per second with an average of around 25fps. That's not enough to keep the truly hardcore gamers happy but it's at least playable, and you can get a slightly better score if you knock the settings down.

Conclusion

The Toshiba Satellite L875 combines excellent performance inside a large and attractive body and doesn't charge the Earth for it. Its lack of a full HD screen is a little disappointing, but considering the price, that's not too surprising. If you're in the market for a desktop replacement laptop to tackle your DVD collection, then the L875 is an excellent model that's worth considering.

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