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Toshiba Satellite L775-119 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £580
inc VAT

A great desktop replacement laptop with the potential to be a fantastic multimedia machine


17.3 in 1,600×900 display, 2.8kg, 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, 4.00GB RAM, 640GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

If space is limited, a large laptop can go some way to replacing a desktop PC and doesn’t even have to cost much more. Toshiba’s Satellite L775-119 is a 17″ model with a Core i5 processor for less than £600.

With its plastic construction and basic design, the laptop is unlikely to turn heads, but the silver texture-effect lid and wrist rest are at least reasonably easy on the eye. Looks can be deceiving, of course, and it quickly becomes clear that the Satellite L775 shouldn’t be underestimated.

Toshiba Satellite L775-119

The dual-core 2410m might be the entry-level chip in Intel’s Sandy Bridge i5 line-up, but it’s still incredibly potent; the basic 2.3GHz clock speed can increase to 2.9GHz when needed using Turbo Boost. Paired with 4GB of RAM, it completed our multimedia benchmarks with an overall score of 54, which easily outpaces first generation Core i5 desktop processors. Although at 2.8kg it’s not the most portable laptop we’ve seen, almost five hours in our light-use battery test proves it’s still possible to use on the move.

Toshiba Satellite L775-119 right

It’s difficult to include a dedicated graphics card while keeping costs low, so Toshiba has opted to stick with the graphics chipset built into Intel’s processor. It’s more than powerful enough for high definition video, playing 720p content on the laptop without dropping frames. It can also output in 1080p on a compatible external display, using the single HDMI port. Unfortunately, gaming on integrated graphics still requires sacrificing detail and resolution, as a score of 13.8fps in our new Dirt 3 benchmark test shows.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-2410M
Processor clock speed 2.3GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 28x413x270mm
Weight 2.8kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 17.3 in
Native resolution 1,600×900
Graphics Processor Intel HD 3000 Graphics
Graphics/video ports HDMI
Graphics Memory 1,696MB


Total storage capacity 640GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option backup and recovery software
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £580

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