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Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5172
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The Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5172 (starting at $580, Amazon) differs from most budget laptops in that it uses an AMD processor, rather than an Intel one. According to a Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5172 review at CNET, the performance of the AMD A8-3520M CPU is about equal to that of an Intel Core i3 CPU (as opposed to a Core i5 or i7). The expert writing CNET's Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5172 review appreciates the included Blu-ray drive and says the laptop has a very good keyboard, with no flex when you push down on the keys, but the system doesn't perform well enough to represent a particularly good value for the price. An expert at PC World admires the graphics quality but likewise finds the laptop's overall performance underwhelming. Consumers posting Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5172 review on Amazon like the fact that this laptop has a Blu-ray player and a USB 3.0 port. One user complains that the laptop's battery life isn't that great, and expert testing seems to confirm that. CNET recorded just two hours and 50 minutes, noting that the expectation for a 15-inch laptop is at least three hours. PC World clocked this system at four hours, 42 minutes, which the reviewer says is still mediocre for a laptop like this.

The Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5172 is the only system we looked at that includes an AMD CPU (the A8-3510M) and Radeon graphics processor (HD 6620G). The laptop has 6GB of RAM and a 640GB hard drive -- bigger than usual for a budget system. The Blu-ray drive is also a rare find among cheap laptops. This system has a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366x768. The P755D-S5172 supports Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet connections. It has one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports, as well as a memory card reader.

If you really want a cheap laptop with a Blu-ray player, this system might interest you, but you can most likely find another laptop with better performance and upgrade to a Blu-ray drive for about the same price. The P755D-S5172 has more video power than most cheap laptops, but the screen resolution is no higher. The Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5172 has some features you won't find in the other laptops we looked at, but we're far from convinced those features are worth the extra cost.

by Michael Sweet (Google+ Profile) – July 31, 2014
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