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Review Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K Notebook

Florian Wimmer (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 04/13/2013

Blue gloss for beginners. The Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K is supposed to bring a breath of fresh air into the segment of inexpensive multimedia notebooks. Special characteristic: Shiny blue metallic surfaces that cover a part of the chassis. We check if the device just looks good or if it actually delivers good performance for the money.

Im Test: Toshiba L855D-10K

For the original German review, see here.

If you have a look at the Satellite-L855 series on the Toshiba website you could think Toshiba has thought of everything: Brushed aluminum surfaces are resistant against fingerprints and also stay cool, a keyboard with a "perfect pressure point" and a large touchpad should provide convenient handling. In addition, powerful processors and graphics cards - that should be perfect for multimedia purposes. We have a look at the Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K and determine whether these are just marketing slogans from Toshiba or if this notebook series can really convince us.

The "D" behind the model designation indicates AMD based systems, while notebooks without "D" in the designation use Intel processors. In both cases the graphics are provided by AMD. Currently there is just one model with the designation 10K from the AMD based Toshiba Satellite L855D series, which we review. Besides the quad-core processor AMD A8-4500M it also has 8GB memory, a 750 GB hard drive and a Crossfire combination of the two AMD graphics solutions Radeon HD 7640G and 7610M.

Case

At a first glance the Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K inspires us with its unusual color - Toshiba calls it "Iceblue" - and with the brushed aluminum at the cover. However, with the first contact it becomes evident that the stability is not very convincing: Even under slight pressure the cover is clearly pushed in. If the cover is open it can be easily twisted, which can also be seen in brightness changes of the display. Furthermore, the display frame made of glossy plastic arches forward considerably; the result is a gap between the aluminum and plastic.

All in all, the notebook cover leaves the impression of poor build quality, the lower part of the case seems to be more stable. The palm rest can also be pushed in under pressure but not as easily as the display cover. We can also see a noticeable indentation of the keyboard during normal typing.

Except for the stability the brushed aluminum convinces with a good look and the cool haptics. The touchpad frame is also a visual highlight. Only the glossy plastic parts around the keyboard and the display are annoying, which cause the notebook to attract fingerprints, contrary to Toshiba's statement

Connectivity

Toshiba wants 799 Euros (~$1047) for the Satellite L855D, so a certain minimum in terms of ports should be present. In short: The device is within the standard of competitors but you should not expect any highlights. Two USB 3.0 ports are mandatory by now, as well as the HDMI output. The L855 series devices that are equipped with a Blu-ray drive also support 3D output via HDMI port; the notebook could be used as a 3D Blu-ray player for the TV. However, our notebook only has a DVD burner on the left side.

The port layout could also be better: Almost all the ports are at the right front, a place that is usually occupied by a right-hander's mouse and in addition the ports are very close together. This could lead to some conflicts between USB sticks and HDMI cables.

Front: Card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Front: Card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Left side: Power connector, USB 2.0, DVD-burner
Left side: Power connector, USB 2.0, DVD-burner
Right side: Stereo jack, microphone input, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, LAN, VGA, Kensington Lock
Right side: Stereo jack, microphone input, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, LAN, VGA, Kensington Lock

Communication

A multimedia notebook like the Toshiba Satellite L855-10K should obviously be able to establish a fast connection to the internet. A network card from Atheros is responsible for that, however, it does not support fast gigabit networks. The card should be able to fully use the latest fiberglass lines for consumers but it is not very future proof. It is a similar situation with the WLAN: Fast 300 Mbit per second is not supported, 54 Mbit per second is the maximum. The reception and transmitting performance of the WLAN module are good, even with a distance of 10 meters to the router Windows still indicated four bars. The latest Bluetooth generation is also supported with version 4.0.

Accessories and Software

Except for a quick start guide there are no additional accessories in the box, also there are no physical recovery DVDs for the operating system. Apart from memory extensions (which can be purchased for less elsewhere) and laptop bags there are no noteworthy accessories on the Toshiba website.

Toshiba installs some applications in Windows 8 worth mentioning: Nero 12 also includes video editing software and a video converter besides the known burning software, which could be very useful. The most advertised application is Toshiba Places. Aside from links to the support it almost exclusively contains streaming services for music or videos that create costs or offers from Toshiba. You should have a look at some of the preinstalled applications but you can also safely delete them.

Maintenance

After loosening just one screw you have quick access to the memory and the hard drive via the cover at the bottom. Exemplary: Even the battery, which supplies the BIOS with energy when the device is turned off, can be easily replaced; which saves time by not having to deal with tech support. The fan can be seen behind a cover but it cannot be accessed to remove dust.

Easy opening and access to RAM, HDD...
Easy opening and access to RAM, HDD...
... and BIOS battery.
... and BIOS battery.
The two RAM slots are already occupied.
The two RAM slots are already occupied.

Warranty

Toshiba offers a 2-year standard warranty; the device has to be sent to the service center. However, if you register your warranty case through the Toshiba hotline, you can use a Pick-up and Return Service that conveniently picks up the notebook at your home and then brings it back to you. There are many additional services on the Toshiba website, starting with simple warranty extensions up to data rescue, which recovers data from damaged hard drives. Even an All inclusive-warranty is available and includes a free hotline, theft insurance and more. Considering the price of the notebook such an additional protection might end up being useful.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The matte black keyboard has 102 keys and a separate numerical keypad. Not every 15.6-inch multimedia notebook has one, for example the Dell Inspiron 15R SE. Toshiba promises a clearly defined pressure point. Unfortunately the reality is different, you cannot always be sure that the system really got the input - especially if you do not hit the key in the center. The very limited hub and the stroke are a matter of taste but the whole keyboard can be pushed in under pressure; not a sign of good workmanship.

Touchpad

The touchpad is shifted to the left side of the case; it is clearly separated from the palm rest and has a large touch sensitive surface that also recognizes multi-touch gestures. The surface enables convenient handling. The two buttons have limited travel and offer good feedback but they are also quite noisy.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Toshiba L855D-10K vs. sRGB
Toshiba L855D-10K vs. sRGB
Toshiba L855D-10K vs. Adobe RGB
Toshiba L855D-10K vs. Adobe RGB

Toshiba calls its display "TruBrite" and "High-Brightness display"; it is manufactured by LG. The brightness is actually just average compared to some other devices: The display of the Dell Inspiron 15R SE is noticeably brighter, the Toshiba Satellite L850 cannot keep up with an average brightness of 239.9 cd/m².

The display of the Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K has a resolution of 1366x768 pixels and is based on cheaper TN-LED technology. That results in smaller viewing angles from all sides.

 

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222
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240
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
263
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 263 cd/m²
Average: 239.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 251 cd/m²
Black: 0.47 cd/m²
Contrast: 534:1

Despite the solid black value of 0.47 cd/m² black surfaces can only convince us in the lowest brightness setting. If the brightness is raised we can see a distinct gray haze on the black surfaces. Thanks to the glossy surface colors are crisp and rich, this especially favors the colorful Windows 8 Metro UI. Color spaces like sRGB or even Adobe RGB cannot be covered at all; however this is not really important for daily tasks.

You can see the screenshots from the color analysis with the i1 Pro 2 photo spectrometer and the CalMAN 5 software below. It becomes evident that the color accuracy of the Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K is not very good ex-works. We can also determine a blue cast, which is common for this kind of display. The grayscale presentation shows significant deviations, only black and white are within an acceptable range.

CalMan - Color management
CalMan - Color management
CalMan - Grayscale
CalMan - Grayscale
CalMan - Saturation
CalMan - Saturation
Outdoor use (cloudy day)
Outdoor use (cloudy day)

Outdoors the display can hardly be used even on cloudy days due to the glossy surface, the reflections are just too strong. Furthermore, the average brightness is not sufficient to display a clear picture. Indoors you will have no problems, unless there is a direct light source faced towards the display.

Viewing angles Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K
Viewing angles Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K

You should not tilt the display too much vertically, this would result in unpleasant color deviations. Horizontally the viewing angles are a bit wider but the angle should not be too big either. Within the competition the Acer Aspire V3-571G with its matte IPS display is a real highlight: Brightness, outdoor usability and viewing angles are all superior.

 

Performance

The AMD A8-4500M is a popular processor that is used in many notebooks, for example in the Samsung Series 3 355E7C-S05DE, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E535-NZR5BGE or Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E. The CPU has four cores and a nominal clock of 1.9 GHz. If necessary the clock can be raised up to 2.8 GHz. It is based on the current Trinity-architecture and manufactured in 32 nm, based on our experiences it usually cannot keep up with Intel's current Core-i3 processors. The chip also contains an AMD Radeon 7640G graphics unit. 8 GB memory and a large 750 GB hard drive complete the package.

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
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Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo GPUZ
Systeminfo HDTune
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System information Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K

Processor

In general the turbo-feature of the quad-core processor is very turbulent: Even during idle the clock constantly fluctuates between 1.4 GHz and 2.3 GHz, Intel's Turbo-Boost technology is more relaxed in this regard. Performance wise the processor can hardly convince us: Despite its four cores the AMD A8-4500M only reaches values similar to cheap Pentium or Celeron processors in Cinebench. During battery use the processor clock is reduced in every energy profile: 1.9 GHz is possible under load. Also, the processor cores can only execute one task at the same time, Intel Core-i processors can execute two threads simultaneously thanks to Hyperthreading technology.

Similar priced competitors sometimes even have an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor (Acer Aspire V3-571G, Dell Inspiron 15R SE), which is at least twice as fast in the synthetic benchmarks. If you only use less demanding applications like text processing or want to watch movies the AMD processor works just fine. However, the identical base price for considerably lower CPU performance is not justified in our opinion.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1.68 Points ∼10%
Asus F75A-TY089H
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B980, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.79 Points ∼10% +7%
Medion Akoya E7221-MD98297
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.94 Points ∼11% +15%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
Radeon HD 8730M, 3317U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
2.4 Points ∼14% +43%
Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii
GeForce GT 640M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.86 Points ∼16% +70%
Dell Inspiron 15R SE
Radeon HD 7730M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
5.57 Points ∼32% +232%
Acer Aspire V3-571G-73614G50Makk
GeForce GT 640M, 3610QM, Toshiba MK5059GSXP
6.1 Points ∼35% +263%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1833
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4880
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4855
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2550 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
6791 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4939 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.71 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.68 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
26.64 fps
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System Performance

We had no problems with the system performance during daily tasks. The already very fast Windows 8 boots quickly and all the preinstalled applications can be executed without a noticeable delay. The system does not have problems with HD videos on YouTube either, only impressive 4K videos with four times the Full HD resolution show the limits of the system.

The similarly priced competitors Dell Inspiron 15R SE and Acer Aspire V3-571G are significantly faster in the synthetic system benchmark PC Mark 7.

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1890 Points ∼29%
Dell Inspiron 15R SE
Radeon HD 7730M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
2318 Points ∼35% +23%
Acer Aspire V5-571P-6499
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2384 Points ∼36% +26%
Medion Akoya E7221-MD98297
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2359 Points ∼36% +25%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
Radeon HD 8730M, 3317U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
2414 Points ∼36% +28%
Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii
GeForce GT 640M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2516 Points ∼38% +33%
4.7
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.7
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.3
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.7
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.6
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark 71890 points
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Storage Devices

The Hitachi hard drive is quite large with a capacity of 750 GB. Unfortunately it only works at 5,400 revolutions per minute, at least it manages an average transfer rate of 76.3 MB/s. The access time of 18.4 milliseconds is quite long. The processor load of 6.6% is also quite high, this is also an indicator for the below-average CPU performance.

Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
Transfer Rate Minimum: 48.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 98.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 76.3 MB/s
Access Time: 18.4 ms
Burst Rate: 94.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.6 %

Graphics

Toshiba does not just rely on the AMD Radeon 7640G, which is integrated in the APU and also slightly faster than the very popular Intel HD 4000 graphics that is integrated in many Intel Core-i processors. To enhance the performance AMD uses an asynchronous Crossfire combination with the dedicated Radeon HD 7610M. Unfortunately, this results in micro stutters in many games, more information on that can be found here. Both graphics solutions use the system memory and have no dedicated memory. The clock is between 500 and 650 MHz under load, during idle it is around 335 MHz.

With 1,617 points in 3DMark11 this combination is on the same level compared to similarly equipped notebooks with dedicated entry-level graphics and even comes close to the performance of the GeForce GT 640M. Games should be playable with the native display resolution; we will have a closer look at the gaming performance in the next section.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1617 Points ∼12%
Medion Akoya E7221-MD98297
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
413 Points ∼3% -74%
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
Radeon HD 8730M, 3317U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
1505 Points ∼11% -7%
Dell Inspiron 15R SE
Radeon HD 7730M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
1677 Points ∼12% +4%
Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii
GeForce GT 640M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1691 Points ∼12% +5%
Acer Aspire V3-571G-73614G50Makk
GeForce GT 640M, 3610QM, Toshiba MK5059GSXP
1926 Points ∼14% +19%
3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
7574 points
3DMark 111617 points
3DMark Ice Storm39396 points
3DMark Cloud Gate3613 points
3DMark Fire Strike569 points
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Gaming Performance

We played three games on the notebook, all of them ran smoothly in the native display resolution but FIFA 13 and Diablo III are not very demanding anyway. As mentioned before there were some issues with unpleasant micro stutters.

Mass Effect 3 is a bit more demanding but also ran smoothly even on an external Full HD display - a positive surprise. Our Graphics Overview also shows that more demanding games can quickly bring the notebook to its performance limit: Hitman: Absolution especially suffered from the weak CPU. An extensive games check of the APU can be found in the Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E review.

low med.high ultra
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 52.345.331.2fps
Diablo III (2012) 100.371.365.3fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 131.692.384.6fps

Emissions

System Noise

Basically the fan of our review unit is very quiet and even completely turns off sometimes. However, the fan spins up unnecessarily from time to time, even with the activated energy-saving mode and reduced clocks of the components - this behavior might annoy some users. This is unfortunate, usually the fan is quiet even under load with 34.5 dB (average). The hard drive is also pretty quiet, the DVD drive is audible with 35.2 dB during movie playback but this is still reasonable.

Noise Level

Idle 31.4 / 31.4 / 32.6 dB(A)
HDD 31.7 dB(A)
DVD 37.1 / dB(A)
Load 34.3 / 40.3 dB(A)
 
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min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test Toshiba L855D-10K
Stress test Toshiba L855D-10K
Stress test Toshiba L855D-10K
Stress test Toshiba L855D-10K

The Toshiba L855D-10K does a good job in our stress test but confuses most graphics utilities. They just add the values of both graphics cards and indicate values above 100 °C. You don't have to worry though, FurMark Multi-GPU shows the correct values and both graphics cards stay below 60 °C, the CPU is not in the critical area either with 66 °C. The 3DMark 06 score is just slightly reduced after our stress test with 7,423 points; we do not expect significant performance losses during long load periods.

The surface temperatures also get a good rating: A maximum of 40.5 °C at the top can be felt but is not unpleasant. With common tasks the notebook hardly warms up and the power supply unit remains pleasantly cool in all situations

Max. Load
 28.7 °C39.3 °C38.7 °C 
 26.6 °C39.7 °C42.1 °C 
 24.8 °C25.8 °C30.5 °C 
Maximum: 42.1 °C
Average: 32.9 °C
45.6 °C43.1 °C34.6 °C
36.3 °C45.6 °C30.3 °C
32.2 °C29.4 °C27.8 °C
Maximum: 45.6 °C
Average: 36.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  53.2 °C | Room Temperature 22.4 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

Fortunately Toshiba integrated good speakers into the Satellite L855D-10K multimedia notebook. They are not provided by a premium manufacturer but deliver a rich sound and high volume nevertheless. According to Toshiba the SRS Premium Sound HD software supports the bass and the balance of medium and high tones. However, a small distortion with maximum volume cannot be avoided.

Power Management

Energy Consumption

The energy consumption shows two pictures: During idle our review unit consumes at least 8.3 Watts - very frugal within the competition. However, the maximum value of 17.1 Watts during idle is however much higher. If both graphics cards are active and we run more demanding applications the notebook consumes up to 73.3 Watts, an average value within the competition. The Acer Aspire V3-571G (Intel Core i5-3210M and GeForce GT 640M) consumes up to 81 Watts and the Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 (Intel Core i5-3317U, AMD Radeon HD 8730M) is more frugal with a maximum of 53.3 Watts.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.7 Watt
Idle 8.3 / 11.9 / 17.1 Watt
Load 43.8 / 73.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The Satellite L855D-10K is clearly ahead of the higher performing competition: In the more practical WLAN scenario it runs over 4 hours, the Acer Aspire V3-571G and Dell Inspiron 15R SE only manage around 3 hours. All three systems have a 48 Wh battery.

The behavior of the Crossfire combination with both graphics cards is very interesting during battery use. Under load the GPU clock is significantly reduced to 380 MHz, independent from the selected energy profile. To save energy the dedicated graphics can also be deactivated; this usually happens during idle or with less demanding tasks.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 39min
WiFi Surfing
4h 55min
DVD
4h 04min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 17min

Verdict

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How can you justify the 799 Euros (~$1047) for the Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K? With the performance? Many competitors offer significantly more performance for a street price of 550 Euros (~$721). With the metal surfaces? Not really, the build quality is not very good. With the screen? Just average.

So what remains in favor of the Toshiba in an environment with IPS displays (Acer Aspire V3-571G) and higher performance (Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition)? The battery runtimes, the cool case and the speakers are advantages of the review unit. All in all, we cannot give a recommendation for the Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K for this price, the competition just offers more for the same money.

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Specifications

Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K

:: Processor
AMD A8-4500M 1.9 GHz
:: Mainboard
AMD A70M
:: Memory
8192 MB, DDR3-1600, Dual-Channel
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, Core: 277 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, AMD Enduro
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LG 256WH4 TLN1, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384, 750 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @AMD Hudson-3 FCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, microphone input, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC,
:: Networking
Atheros AR8162/8166/8168 PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit), Realtek RTL8723AE Wireless LAN 802.11n (n ), Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT51N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32.5 x 380 x 242
:: Weight
2.3 kg Power Supply: 0.432 kg
:: Battery
40.68 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 Volts
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 240 h
:: Price
799 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1,3 Megapixel, Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet keyboard with 102 keys, Keyboard Light: no, Toshiba Places, Toshiba Tempro, Nero 12, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Success factors for a good notebook: Solid build,
Success factors for a good notebook: Solid build,
We also like the easy access to the components.
We also like the easy access to the components.
The fan is also very quiet but spins up sometimes.
The fan is also very quiet but spins up sometimes.
Our system uses Windows 8 ...
Our system uses Windows 8 ...
... combined with the ice blue metal parts we can see nice colors.
... combined with the ice blue metal parts we can see nice colors.
The palm rest remains cool...
The palm rest remains cool...
... like the rest of the system.
... like the rest of the system.
Status LEDs at the front indicate system activity.
Status LEDs at the front indicate system activity.
Toshiba integrates a 1.3 megapixel webcam that should only be used for video calls.
Toshiba integrates a 1.3 megapixel webcam that should only be used for video calls.
Are many buyers going to press the Power button?
Are many buyers going to press the Power button?
We cannot give an unlimited purchase recommendation.
We cannot give an unlimited purchase recommendation.
The battery runtimes are good.
The battery runtimes are good.
The performance is below many other devices in this price range.
The performance is below many other devices in this price range.
good materials,
good materials,
great input devices,
great input devices,
powerful components,
powerful components,
good battery runtimes.
good battery runtimes.
Unfortunately, the Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K cannot completely convince us:
Unfortunately, the Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K cannot completely convince us:
The display cover is pushed in under low pressure...
The display cover is pushed in under low pressure...
... and creates a gap at the front.
... and creates a gap at the front.
Despite some nice details the build quality leaves room for improvement.
Despite some nice details the build quality leaves room for improvement.
The keyboard flexes easily under pressure and is not always accurate.
The keyboard flexes easily under pressure and is not always accurate.
At least there is a numerical keypad.
At least there is a numerical keypad.
You can get better alternatives for the price of this notebook.
You can get better alternatives for the price of this notebook.

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Price Comparison

Pro

+Large touchpad
+Good speakers
+Separate numeric keypad
+Solid battery runtimes
 

Cons

-Unstable cover
-Wobbly keyboard
-Bad price / performance ratio
-Micro stutters during gaming
-No Gigabit-LAN

Shortcut

What we like

The long battery runtimes of the Toshiba.

What we miss

More CPU performance and a graphics card without micro stutters.

What surprises us

The bad build quality of the case despite the metal.

The competition

Acer Aspire V3-571G, Dell Inspiron 15R, Dell Inspiron 15R SE, Samsung Series 3 355E7C-S05DE, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E535, Lenovo G780, HP Pavilion g6.

Rating

Toshiba Satellite L855D-10K
04/04/2013 v3
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
69%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
69%
Weight
84%
Battery
84%
Display
77%
Games Performance
82%
Application Performance
89%
Temperature
83%
Noise
89%
Add Points
74%
Average
80%
80%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Florian Wimmer, 2013-04-13 (Update: 2013-06- 6)