Monday, July 11, 2011

Toshiba Satellite L755-14P

The Japanese manufacturer, Toshiba, also takes part in the big notebook test 2011 with the Satellite L755-14P. Of course, Notebookcheck takes a closer look at this device, as well. Does the Toshiba Satellite L755-14P, an entry-level 15 incher, perhaps have the makings of a winner?

The Toshiba Satellite L755-14P is currently on the road as a participant of "TestIT2011, Germany's biggest notebook test". The notebook is equipped with a 15.6 inch screen and an Intel Core i5-2410M CPU so that it can be used in both an office environment as well as by consumers.

The processor's built-in graphics card is responsible for video output and - as the benchmarks prove - has enough power for the Satellite L755-14P's screen in many cases. Even a few new games are playable in a still acceptable graphics quality. However, the device's strengths are found in office, Internet and home applications. The Toshiba Satellite L755-14P has a price of about 700 euros.

Specifications Toshiba Satellite L755-14P :
  • Processor : Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3 GHz
  • Memory : 4096 MB, Hynix HMT351S6BFR8C-H9
  • Graphics adapter : Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Display : 15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LG Philips LP156WH2-TLAA, glossy: yes
  • Harddisk : TOSHIBA MK5065GSX, 500GB 5400rpm (500 GB, 5400 rpm, SATA-II)
  • Connections : 3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: Kopfhörer, Mikrofon, Card Reader: miniSD, microSD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MMC,
  • Networking : Atheros AR8152 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (10/100MBit), Atheros AR9002WB-1NG Wireless Network Adapter (bgn), Bluetooth 3.0 + HS Bluetooth
  • Optical drive : HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GS30N
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 38 x 380 x 250
  • Weight : 2.5 kg Power Supply: 0.09 kg
  • Battery : 57.1 Wh Lithium-Ion, SANYOPA3817U-1BRS
  • Price : 699 Euro
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
  • Additional features : Webcam: 0.3 MP, Micosoft Office 10 (Starter), Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, Cyberlink, PowerDVD 10, Cyberlink Powerdirector, Arcsoft Media Converter 7, 24 Months Warranty.
The Intel Core i5-2410M, which is standardly clocked with 2.3 GHz, belongs to the Sandy Bridge processor generation and can be increased to a clock of 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost. Overclocking happens automatically and is determined by the required performance in every case. In addition to both CPU core units there is also a 3 MB L3 cache and the incorporated HD Graphics 3000 on the processor's die. The front side bus (FSB) work with 1333 MHz in this system.

The CPU initially ran up to 2.9 GHz during the stress test. The maximum frequencies could be reached less frequently, the higher the temperatures climbed. It's great that the CPU doesn't throttle. That means that the CPU's clock didn't fall below 2.3 GHz (all four threads loaded).

CPU Performance
The benchmark results are on the expected level and don't show any outliers. The laptop achieved a score of 3699 points in Cinebench R10's single rendering (32 bit). It was 7946 (32 bit) and 9662 points (64 bit) in multi rendering.

Even the rates in the PCMark series were impressive. The achieved scores are on a par with the opponents in the 3DMark series' graphic benchmarks.

GPU Performance
The DirectX 10 capable graphics unit, Intel HD Graphics 3000, is located directly in the Intel Core i5-2410M and shares the level 3, respectively the last level cache with the processor. The graphics performance is a lot better than in the older Intel HD Graphics and is on a par with an entry-level graphics card (for example, the Nvidia GeForce 310M). The Intel HD graphics is also dynamically clocked from 650 to 1200 MHz thanks to Turbo Boost.

The HD Graphics 3000's performance is for example seen in 3DMark 2006, where the Toshiba L755 scores accordingly for the configuration at hand with 3641 points. Intel's GMA HD predecessor only achieved about 1000 points in comparison.
Besides the classic office and multimedia tasks (video rendering), the performance even suffices for more demanding tasks, such as simple HD video editing or games in low graphic details.

The installed 2.5 inch Toshiba hard disk reads with 68.4 MB/s in sequential read (HDTune). This rate was confirmed by the second test program, Crystal Disk Mark (63 MB/s). The built-in Toshiba hard disk is on the expected level of a common 5400 rpm memory with these results. However, even faster memory solutions are available. The access rate of only 17 ms (HDTune) has to be noted positively.

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