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Toshiba Satellite L855-148 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £635
inc VAT

An excellent all-round Windows 8 laptop – no gimmicks, just high performance and an impressive specification


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.3kg, 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM, 8.00GB RAM, 750GB disk, Windows 8

We weren’t so keen on the L855-148’s glossy display. This suffered badly from overhead reflections, but there’s plenty of screen tilt to help remedy this problem. The keyboard’s black glossy finish means it will also pick up fingerprints, but the rest of the laptop’s brushed aluminium finish looks classy and doesn’t suffer from the same problem. Around the base of the laptop you get the usual connectivity options, including VGA and HDMI outputs to connect to an external display, one USB and two USB2 ports and an SDXC card reader to copy photos from your camera. You also get Gigabit Ethernet, which is useful for super-fast file transfers over your home network.

Toshiba Satellite L855-148

The icing on the cake would have been a full HD display, but sadly the L855-148 has to settle for the usual 1366×768 resolution. The glossy finish may cause problems with reflections, but the positive side is that such displays tend to give colours added vibrancy and punch. The L855-148’s display is also bright, but this doesn’t come at the expense of contrast; we saw plenty of detail in both light and dark areas of our test images. Laptop screens keep getting better, and this is another impressive example.

Toshiba Satellite L855-148

Toshiba’s L855-148 is an excellent machine which goes to show how much laptop you can have for your money if you just fancy a traditional keyboard, touchpad and screen rather than a fancy touchscreen or convertible tablet. It may not have fantastic battery life, but the L855-148 proved itself more than capable of handling anything we threw at it, making it by far one of the best laptops out there in its price range. It wins our Best Buy award.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i7-3630QM
Processor clock speed 2.4GHz
Memory 8.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 2
Maximum memory 16GB
Size 33x380x242mm
Weight 2.3kg
Sound Realtek ALC269Q
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor AMD Radeon HD 7670M
Graphics/video ports HDMI
Graphics Memory 2,048MB


Total storage capacity 750GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, SDXC
Other ports 2x USB3, microphone, headphone


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included N/A
Optional extras N/A

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £635

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