Review Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 02/21/2013

Affordable DTR laptop with gaming power. Toshiba now offers a 17.3-inch device based on AMD's Trinity platform dubbed Satellite L875D-10E. Featuring a dual graphics solution, capacious hard drive and 8 GB of working memory, the device is well-equipped. The laptop becomes particularly interesting in view of the three year warranty. Our review reveals whether the Satellite L875D features any other highlights besides the warranty.

For the original German review, see here.

Toshiba supplies a well-configured DTR laptop dubbed L875D-10E. Owing to the dual-GPU, the device should be able to render even up-to-date computer games smoothly on the screen. Our review clarifies whether Toshiba not only has a well-equipped but also compelling laptop in its range.

We used Packard Bell's EasyNote LV44HC-137GE (Core i5-3210M, Nvidia GeForce GT 630M) and Sony's Vaio SV-E1712F1EW (Pentium B980, AMD Radeon HD 7650M) to classify the laptop.

Case

The casing used for the Satellite L875D is mostly comprised of plastic. However, Toshiba also uses other materials. For example, the wrist rest, the speakers' grille and the lid's rear are made of brushed aluminum. The color of the aluminum components is dubbed "Ice Blue". The display frame and the other surface areas on the base unit are made of glossy, black plastic. Sony and Packard Bell completely rely on a plastic casing for their laptops.

The base unit does not yield under pressure for the most part. It only dents a bit at its left edge above the DVD burner. The wrist rest proves to be very pressure resistant owing to the metal surface. The base unit's torsional stiffness could be better though, it warps too easily and massively. The lid shows itself more stable in this regard. The lid's back does not dent. The hinges keep the lid firmly in place but rock intensely. It is not possible to open the lid with one hand.

The Satellite L875D-10E
The Satellite L875D-10E
The lid's back is comprised of aluminum
The lid's back is comprised of aluminum
A small maintenance cover is present
A small maintenance cover is present

Connectivity

The Satellite L875D features all interfaces that are installed in most laptops nowadays. The three comparison devices are virtually identical. Sony's Vaio is the only one of the three that sports four USB ports. The other two laptops only have three. Great: All three laptops sport at least one USB 3.0 port. Most interfaces of the L875D are located on the front right side. This could prove unfavorable when right-handed users operate an external mouse.

Left: Power socket, USB 2.0, DVD burner
Left: Power socket, USB 2.0, DVD burner
Right: Headphone out, microphone in, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet port, VGA out, Kensington lock slot
Right: Headphone out, microphone in, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet port, VGA out, Kensington lock slot
Front: Memory card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
Front: Memory card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)

Communication

Toshiba installs a Wi-Fi module from Realtek (RTL8723AE) that supports the 802.11 b/g/n standards in the L875D. Reception was no problem. Windows' Wi-Fi indicator always displayed four to five bars both in the immediate proximity (approx. 3 meters) as well as two stories below the router's position. The laptop also sports a Bluetooth 4.0 module. An outdated Fast Ethernet chip surprisingly connects cabled networks. Nowadays, a Gigabit Ethernet port is expected. Both Sony's and Packard Bell's laptop feature this standard. The 1 megapixel webcam in the display's bezel shoots quite acceptable pictures with a resolution of up to 1280x800 pixels.

Accessories

A quick start poster and a thin leaflet containing warranty information are included.

Operating System and Recovery

Toshiba delivers the Satellite with Windows 8 64 bit preinstalled. A Windows DVD is not included. We would recommend creating a recovery DVD to reinstall the system should the hard drive be replaced. Toshiba's Recovery Media Creator tool is preinstalled for this purpose. A backup system is available for repairing the operating system. The F8 key has to be pressed repeatedly while booting the L875D to open this. Users who would like to replace Windows 8 with Windows 7 can find all necessary drivers on Toshiba's website.

Maintenance

The working memory, hard drive and BIOS battery are found behind the Satellite's maintenance cover. The fan cannot be accessed. The Satellite sports two working memory banks. Both contain a 4 GB module. The laptop supports a total of up to 16 GB working memory. The hard drive can be replaced quickly. The drive is simply pulled out and removed from its frame, which is then screwed to the new drive and reinserted into the laptop.

Warranty

Toshiba includes a two year bring-in warranty on the Satellite. The customer has to send the laptop to Toshiba in a warranty case. It is possible to upgrade the warranty to three years free of charge. The buyer only has to register the laptop with Toshiba. This is possible via the preinstalled software. Packard Bell's laptop includes a 24 month warranty. A 12 month warranty is included on Sony's device and can be upgraded to 24 months when registered. The warranty on the L875D can be upgraded to three years for approx. 100 Euros (~$131) or four year on-site warranty for approx. 160 Euros (~$210).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Toshiba installs an unlit chiclet keyboard including a number pad in the L875D. The main keys exhibit a size of 15 x 15 mm and a medium drop. Generally, the keys could feature a firmer resistance and their stroke could be more defined. The keyboard fits quite tight into the casing and only yields marginally while typing. It will unlikely be first choice for prolific typists, but the keyboard is sufficient for home use. The arrow keys and enter key are a bit needlessly small. There would have been enough room to make them bigger.

Touchpad

The multi-touch capable Synaptics touchpad features a size of 9.6 x 5.6 cm. The pad's sleek surface does not stop the finger from gliding. Its surface features a dotted pattern, matching its looks to the mouse keys that have a dotted texture. The various multi-touch gestures can be disabled or enabled in the touchpad's setup menu. Not all gestures are standardly enabled, such as the scroll function. Both mouse keys feature a short drop and a clearly audible click as well as palpable pressure point.

Toshiba does not install a backlit keyboard
Toshiba does not install a backlit keyboard
The touchpad supports multi-touch
The touchpad supports multi-touch

Display

glossy 17.3-inch screen with a native resolution of 1600x900 pixels from AU Optronics is installed in the Satellite. Toshiba does not offer any other screen models. Both contenders sport a similar screen. The average brightness of 238.7 cd/m² of Toshiba's screen is within a good range. The screens in the Vaio (247 cd/m²) and Packard Bell (228 cd/m²) are on a similar brightness level.

253
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 253 cd/m²
Average: 238.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 230 cd/m²
Black: 0.42 cd/m²
Contrast: 548:1
Satellite L875D vs. sRGB
Satellite L875D vs. sRGB
Satellite L875D vs. AdobeRGB
Satellite L875D vs. AdobeRGB

The screen's black value of 0.42 cd/m² and contrast of 548:1 are within a good range. Packard Bell's laptop provides even better rates (0.36 cd/m²; 656:1). Sony's laptop lags far behind its contenders (0.92 cd/m²; 268:1). The L875D's screen can reproduce neither the sRGB nor AdobeRGB color spectrum.

We measured this before calibrating the screen (state of delivery). Here, we ascertained massive DeltaE 2000 deviation in the blue, cyan, white and gray scales.

CalMan - color fidelity
CalMan - color fidelity
CalMan - gray scale
CalMan - gray scale
CalMan - color saturation
CalMan - color saturation

The screen's brightness and contrast make outdoor use possible despite the glare-type surface. However, very bright surroundings should be avoided.

Although the AU Optronics screen achieves compelling brightness and contrast rates, the viewing angle stability reveals the L875D's price range. The picture quickly distorts when the vertical viewing angle on the screen is changed. The horizontal viewing angle is more generous.

The Satellite L875D outdoors
The Satellite L875D outdoors
Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E

Performance

Toshiba's Satellite L875D is a 17.3-inch laptop that easily deals with routine tasks, such as internet browsing, office, internet telephony, and video playback. Even the latest 3D games can be played on the laptop owing to the dual-graphics solution. The laptop is available for approximately 600 Euros to 700 Euros (~$790 to $922). We could not find other configurations of the L875D. Under the name Satellite L870, Toshiba offers an identical parallel series that sports Intel processors and Radeon HD 7670M GPU for around 750 Euros to 900 Euros (~$988 to $1186).

System info CPUZ CPU
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System info CPUZ RAM SPD
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System information: Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E

Processor

Toshiba's laptop is powered by an A8-4500M APU from AMD. It is a descendant of the Trinity generation. The CPU part of the APU consists of a quad-core processor that has a default clock of 1.9 GHz. Its speed can be increased up to 2.8 GHz via Turbo.

The CPU processed the single thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks with 2.3 GHz. One core is occasionally boosted to 2.8 GHz. The clock frequency permanently fluctuated between 1.9 and 2.3 GHz in the multi-thread test. The Satellite cannot compete against either Packard Bell's laptop (Core i5-3210M, GeForce GT 630M) or Sony's Vaio (Pentium B980, Radeon HD 7650M) in the CPU tests. Both laptops sport stronger CPUs. It looked better in the GPU tests. The Satellite placed itself between both contenders in Cinebench R11.5 GL test. The Satellite only lagged behind marginally in Cinebench R10 GL tests.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1862
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4864
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4892
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2593 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
6722 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4792 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.71 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.72 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
22.64 fps
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Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
22.64 fps ∼21%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C870-11R
HD Graphics 3000, 2350M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
9.6 fps ∼9% -58%
Packard Bell EasyNote LV44HC-137GE
GeForce GT 630M, 3210M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3
17.04 fps ∼16% -25%
Samsung Series 3 300E7A-S09DE
GeForce GT 520MX, B960, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
18.44 fps ∼17% -19%
Asus K75VJ-TY102H
GeForce GT 635M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint ST500LM012
25.14 fps ∼23% +11%
Sony Vaio SV-E1712F1EW
Radeon HD 7650M, B980, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
32.68 fps ∼30% +44%
HP ProBook 4740s (B0Y81EA)
Radeon HD 7650M, 2450M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
32.86 fps ∼30% +45%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1.72 Points ∼10%
Samsung Series 3 300E7A-S09DE
GeForce GT 520MX, B960, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
1.68 Points ∼10% -2%
Sony Vaio SV-E1712F1EW
Radeon HD 7650M, B980, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.85 Points ∼11% +8%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C870-11R
HD Graphics 3000, 2350M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
2.2 Points ∼13% +28%
HP ProBook 4740s (B0Y81EA)
Radeon HD 7650M, 2450M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
2.76 Points ∼16% +60%
Packard Bell EasyNote LV44HC-137GE
GeForce GT 630M, 3210M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3
2.85 Points ∼16% +66%
Asus K75VJ-TY102H
GeForce GT 635M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint ST500LM012
6.18 Points ∼35% +259%

System Performance

Generally, the Satellite runs smoothly on Windows 8. The result in PCMark 7 is on a par with Sony's laptop (Pentium B980, Radeon HD 7650M). Packard Bell's laptop (Core i5-3210M, GeForce GT 630M) clearly leaves its contenders behind owing to its much stronger CPU.

4.7
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.7
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.2
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 71893 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1893 Points ∼29%
Samsung Series 3 300E7A-S09DE
GeForce GT 520MX, B960, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
1664 Points ∼25% -12%
HP ProBook 4740s (B0Y81EA)
Radeon HD 7650M, 2450M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1907 Points ∼29% +1%
Sony Vaio SV-E1712F1EW
Radeon HD 7650M, B980, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1949 Points ∼29% +3%
Packard Bell EasyNote LV44HC-137GE
GeForce GT 630M, 3210M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3
2375 Points ∼36% +25%
Asus K75VJ-TY102H
GeForce GT 635M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint ST500LM012
2601 Points ∼39% +37%

Storage Devices

A hard drive from Hitachi's TravelStar 5K750 range is installed in our test laptop. The drive works with 5400 revolutions per minute and has a memory capacity of 750 GB. There is plenty of storage capacity available for innumerable pictures, music or video files. The TravelStar drive is not the fastest of its kind. CrystalDiskMark recorded a read speed of 89.96 MB/s. HDTune ascertained an average transfer rate of 67.5 MB/s. Both rates place the drive in the lower midfield of 5400 rpm hard drives.

Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
Transfer Rate Minimum: 34.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 94.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 67.5 MB/s
Access Time: 17.9 ms
Burst Rate: 115.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5 %

Graphics Card

Toshiba relies on a dual-graphics solution, i.e. two graphics cores calculate the rendered images. They are the APU-integrated Radeon HD 7640G GPU (entry-level) and the dedicated Radeon HD 7610M GPU (lower GPU midrange). Both GPUs support DirectX 11. More information about the dual-graphics solution can be found in the corresponding data sheet.

The dual-graphics solution presents good results in the different 3DMark benchmarks and is consistently before Sony's laptop (Pentium B980, Radeon HD 7650M). The results of Packard Bell's laptop (Core i5-3210M, GeForce GT 630M) are on a par with the Satellite. The 3DMark 11 scores settle between the GeForce GT 630M and the new GeForce GT 730M (see comparison chart).

3D Mark
3DMark 059759 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
8189 points
3DMark Vantage4981 points
3DMark 111624 points
3DMark Ice Storm36621 points
3DMark Cloud Gate3548 points
3DMark Fire Strike544 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, A8-4500M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1624 Points ∼12%
Samsung Series 3 300E7A-S09DE
GeForce GT 520MX, B960, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
658 Points ∼5% -59%
HP ProBook 4740s (B0Y81EA)
Radeon HD 7650M, 2450M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1049 Points ∼8% -35%
Sony Vaio SV-E1712F1EW
Radeon HD 7650M, B980, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1061 Points ∼8% -35%
Asus K75VJ-TY102H
GeForce GT 635M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint ST500LM012
1100 Points ∼8% -32%
Acer Aspire V3-571G-53238G1TMaii
GeForce GT 730M, 3230M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1887 Points ∼14% +16%

Gaming Performance

The power of the dual-graphics solution is enough to render up-to-date 3D games in the default resolution of 1366x768 pixels and medium quality settings smoothly. A few games even run smoothly in high quality settings, for example Anno 2070. Games with low hardware requirements can even be rendered stutter-free in the Full HD resolution. This is, for example, true for FIFA 13 and Diablo 3. However, the newest and performance hungry games, like Hitman: Absolution, show the limits for the dual-graphics solution. A smooth frame rate was never achieved in this game.

The AMD graphics solutions are known for annoying micro stutters at frame rates around 30 fps. We noticed them again this time. The dual-graphics generally provides quite presentable frame rates. It beats the Vaio (Pentium B980, Radeon HD 7650M) and Packard Bell (Core i5-3210M, GeForce GT 630M) in the games Anno 2070 and Diablo 3. The dual-graphics solution is defeated by Acer's Aspire V3-571G-53238G1TMaii featuring a GeForce GT 730M GPU.

low med.high ultra
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) 79.652.94332.8fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 33.829.123.5fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 90.645.830.115.3fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 50.843.830fps
Diablo III (2012) 102.572.468.144.1fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 35.425.222.6fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 132.995.58348.6fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 19.818.710.3fps
Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
AMD A8-4500M, AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
Packard Bell EasyNote LV44HC-137GE
Intel Core i5-3210M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3
Sony Vaio SV-E1712F1EW
Intel Pentium B980, AMD Radeon HD 7650M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Acer Aspire V3-571G-53238G1TMaii
Intel Core i5-3230M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Anno 2070
-10%
-22%
16%
1024x768 Low Preset90.6105
16%
84.4
-7%
119.68
32%

119.68
32%

1366x768 Medium Preset AA:on 45.836
-21%
32.5
-29%
50.94
11%

50.94
11%

1366x768 High Preset AA:on AF:2x30.123
-24%
21
-30%
31.63
5%

31.63
5%

Diablo III
-20%
-31%
24%
1024x768 Low / off102.590
-12%
76.3
-26%
132.16
29%
1366x768 Medium / low72.465
-10%
51.1
-29%
91.36
26%
1366x768 High AA:on 68.142
-38%
43.2
-37%
79.95
17%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-15% / -15%
-27% / -26%
20% / 19%

Emissions

System Noise

The Satellite was fairly quiet while idling. We recorded a noise development of 32.4 dB. The fan was never inactive. Packard Bell's laptop (30.6 dB to 31.5 dB) is a bit quieter and Sony's device is noisier (35.5 dB to 35.6 dB). The Satellite (38 dB) and the Vaio (37.9 dB) generate roughly the same noise level during medium load via 3DMark 06. Packard Bell's laptop is quieter (34.3 dB). The laptop from Packard Bell is the quietest during full load with 36.6 dB (stress test via Prime95 and Furmark). The Satellite (40.1 dB) and Vaio (44.4 dB) are both behind that.

Noise Level

Idle 32.4 / 32.4 / 32.4 dB(A)
HDD 32.6 dB(A)
DVD 37.8 / dB(A)
Load 38 / 40.1 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Satellite L875D in the stress test
The Satellite L875D in the stress test

The Satellite's casing does not heat up exceedingly over the entire load range. The temperatures remained below 30 °C during idle mode. We recorded temperatures between 22.6 and 42 °C during full load (simultaneous Prime95 and Furmark). 40 °C was only surpassed in one spot on the top above the vent. Consequently, it is possible to place the device on the lap in every load range. The Vaio and Packard Bell laptop do not heat up exceedingly during idle either. However, we recorded higher temperatures than on the Satellite during full load.

In AC-mode, the CPU's clock rates began to fluctuate strongly during the stress test (Prime 95 and Furmark run for at least one hour). The clock rate settled to roughly 1.4 GHz after a few minutes. However, highs of up to 2.3 GHz and lows of down to 900 MHz occurred repeatedly. These peaks lessened as time passed. The GPU mostly ran with a speed of 497 MHz in AC-mode. It recurrently sped up to 655 MHz for a short time. The clock rate rarely dropped to 335 MHz. The CPU consistently clocked with 1.9 GHz and the GPU with 335 MHz in the stress test on battery power. We reran the 3DMark 2006 benchmark right after the stress test in AC-mode with the same result as when the laptop was cold. The CPU's temperature settled to 60 °C in AC-mode.

Max. Load
 24.4 °C33.1 °C42 °C 
 23.6 °C33.1 °C38.5 °C 
 22.6 °C24.1 °C29.5 °C 
Maximum: 42 °C
Average: 30.1 °C
39.2 °C26 °C24.1 °C
31 °C28.8 °C25 °C
27.2 °C28.6 °C24.5 °C
Maximum: 39.2 °C
Average: 28.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  52.5 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The L875D's stereo speakers are above the keyboard behind a perforated metal grille. They produce a thin, low-bass sound. A tendency toward a tinny sound is audible. The sound can be modified a bit using the preinstalled SRS Premium Sound HD software. External speakers or headphones clearly enhance the sound experience.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

While idling, the Satellite consumed between 8.2 and 15.4 watts and is on a par with Packard Bell's laptop (7.6 to 14.2 watts). The Vaio consumes more with 12.2 to 17 watts. The Satellite (64.5 watts) and Packard Bell (66 watts) are again close in the medium load range (via 3DMark 06). Sony's laptop consumes a lot less power than the competition with 46 watts. The Satellite uses only 61.1 watts during full load (via Prime95 and Furmark), which is less power than in medium load. Here it becomes clear that the CPU does not run at full speed. The Vaio (62 watts) is on a par with the Satellite. Packard Bell's laptop needs much more power (81.1 watts).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.4 / 0.5 Watt
Idle 8.2 / 13.1 / 15.4 Watt
Load 64.5 / 61.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The Satellite lasted for 4:03 h in idle modeSony's and Packard Bell's laptops undercut this poor rate with 3:51 h each. The idle runtime is ascertained using Battery Eater's Reader's test. The screen is set to minimum brightness, the energy-savings profile is enabled and the wireless modules are disabled. The L875D finished the load test after 1:12 h. Packard Bell's laptop managed longer (1:41 h) and the Vaio shut down earlier (0:52 h). We use Battery Eater's Classic test to examine the load runtime. The screen is set to maximum brightness and the high-performance profile and wireless modules are enabled.

The Satellite achieved a runtime of 3:31 h in the Wi-Fi test. Both contenders (Sony: 2:36 h; Packard Bell: 3:06 h) did not last quite as long. Websites are automatically opened every 40 seconds using the energy-savings profile and with a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m² in this test. The battery only supplies enough energy to watch one, somewhat longer movie. The Satellite was drained after just 2:07 h of DVD playback. Again, Packard Bell's laptop lasted a bit longer with 2:33 h. Sony's laptop is on a par with the Satellite with 2:07 h. The DVD test is performed with enabled energy saving mode (or a higher profile should the DVD not run smoothly), maximum screen brightness and disabled wireless modules.

The batteries of the Satellite and Packard Bell laptops have the same capacity of 48 Wh. The Vaio's battery has a capacity of 44 Wh.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 03min
WiFi Surfing
3h 31min
DVD
2h 07min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 12min

Verdict

Toshiba's Satellite L875D-10E
Toshiba's Satellite L875D-10E

With its Satellite L875D-10E, Toshiba offers a round package for a price between 600 Euros and 700 Euros (~$790 and $922). The laptop convinces with a decent application performancegood equipment and a three year warranty. Even the gaming performance is satisfactory and enables playing most current computer games. The screen provides acceptable rates in contrast and brightness for the price range. We have had considerably worse screens in our tests. The laptop's downsides were primarily the moderate battery runtimes.

Packard Bell's laptop is interesting for users who want a quiet as possible laptop. Sony's Vaio comes into question when not much money is to be invested in a gaming suitable, 17.3-inch laptop. It is currently available for less than 600 Euros (~$790).

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Specifications

Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E

:: Processor
AMD A8-4500M 1.9 GHz
:: Mainboard
AMD A70M
:: Memory
8192 MB, DDR3, dual-channel
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics - 1024 MB, Core: 335-655 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, 8.982.10.6000, Enduro
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, AU Optronics B173RW01 V5, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384, 750 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
AMD Hudson-2 High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit), Realtek RTL8723AE Wireless LAN 802.11n (n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT51N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 33.7 x 413 x 268
:: Weight
2.7 kg Power Supply: 0.2865 kg
:: Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V, 4200 mAh
:: Price
899 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1 MP, Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, McAfee Internet Security (60 day trial version), Toshiba Video Player, 36 Months Warranty

 

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The DVD drive reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
The DVD drive reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
The warranty is upgraded to three years when the user registers the laptop.
The warranty is upgraded to three years when the user registers the laptop.
The L875D outdoors.
The L875D outdoors.
and provides a maximum of 75 watts.
and provides a maximum of 75 watts.
The PSU weighs 286.5 grams...
The PSU weighs 286.5 grams...
and supplies a capacity of 48 Wh.
and supplies a capacity of 48 Wh.
The battery weighs 291.2 grams...
The battery weighs 291.2 grams...
The keys feature a medium drop.
The keys feature a medium drop.
The Satellite sports AMD inside.
The Satellite sports AMD inside.
The hinges keep the lid firmly in position.
The hinges keep the lid firmly in position.
It is possible to access the BIOS battery.
It is possible to access the BIOS battery.
The hard drive can be replaced quickly.
The hard drive can be replaced quickly.
The Satellite sports two working memory banks.
The Satellite sports two working memory banks.
The maintenance cover is secured with only one screw.
The maintenance cover is secured with only one screw.
The speakers are located above the keyboard.
The speakers are located above the keyboard.
A number pad is installed.
A number pad is installed.
Recovery DVDs can be created with the Media Creator.
Recovery DVDs can be created with the Media Creator.

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Pro

+Three year warranty
+Good application performance
+Acceptable gaming performance
+High storage capacity
+8 GB of working memory
 

Cons

-Fast Ethernet only
-Short battery runtimes

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What we like

The three year warranty period and the acceptable gaming power.

What we'd like to see

A Gigabit Ethernet port.

What surprises us

Toshiba still installs a Fast Ethernet chip in laptops in 2013.

The competition

Packard Bell EasyNote LV44HC-137GE, Sony Vaio SV-E1712F1EW, Samsung Series 3 300E7A-S09DE, Asus K75VJ-TY102H, HP ProBook 4740s, Lenovo IdeaPad G780.

Rating

Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E
02/18/2013 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
69%
Weight
78%
Battery
76%
Display
79%
Games Performance
78%
Application Performance
89%
Temperature
87%
Noise
87%
Add Points
80%
Average
80%
80%
Gaming *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review Toshiba Satellite L875D-10E Notebook
Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-02-21 (Update: 2013-06- 6)