Toshiba L75-A7380 could be a decent choice as a desktop replacement laptop. It is currently available at approx $520 at Staples. This 17.3” laptop is powered by 2.6 GHz Intel core i5-3230M processor and offers 6 GB memory and 500 GB hard drive. Along with regular computing, it offers decent performance for works like photo editing, video editing, 3D designing, playing current games and working with business applications. It weighs only 5.9lbs and is integrated with a DVD burner. The main disadvantage of Toshiba L75-A7380 satellite is that it is not a touch screen laptop and doesn’t provide Bluetooth feature. Its battery life is also average (less than 4 hrs). The system is based on Windows 8 operating system, thus users might feel initial difficulties since Windows 8 tile feature is more suitable for Touch screen based laptops. Here is a brief review about Model L75-7380
Toshiba L75-A7380 specification and performance
Intel core i5-3230M is a dual core processor which operates with 2.6 GHz frequency and can auto overlock up to 3.2 GHz. It comes with 3 MB of L3 cache. If you compare it with core i5-3210M, which clocked with 2.5 GHz, you will find that i5-3230M is roughly 5% faster than i5-3210M. Rest of the features is same in both the processors. However, users will hardly notice any difference in performance of the processors. Core i5-3230M comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics. Toshiba satellite L75-A7380 supports photo editing, occasional HD video editing and 3d designing. User can work with AutoCad and Revit as well. It also offers medium gaming. The laptop can handle business applications like spreadsheets, presentation, large files compression etc. You can play games like Call of Duty Black ops, Metro 2033 and Metro last night, Gird 2, Skyrim, Dirt 3, GTA IV, Battle field 3, Just cause 2 etc in low to medium details and settings. Low end games like Starcraft II, F1 games can be played in high settings.
Toshiba L75-A7380 offers 500 GB 5400 rpm hard drive which is preinstalled with Windows 8 operating system. If you are looking for a laptop for extensive video editing then core i7 with faster dual hard drive would be more suitable for the job. The laptop comes with 6GB DDR3 memory which can be upgraded up to 16 GB. The speed of the memory is 1600 MHz.
The 17.3” HD LED Backlit display offer 1600×900 resolution which supprts up to 900p HD.
It includes 1 USB port with Sleep and Charge, 2 USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI output, VGA output and audio jacks. The network connectivity includes Wireless networking 802.11b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet LAN for wired connectivity. No Bluetooth is available.
According to manufacturer, the 6 cell 48Whr battery provides up to 3.82 hours of battery life.
Toshiba L75-A7380 pros
Inexpensive i5-3230M laptop
6 GB memory
Toshiba L75-A7380 cons
At $520 (Staples), Toshiba L75-A7380 laptop is inexpensive considering its specs. You may get a better deal on Black Friday, still this price is not bad. Staples is running clearance sale where you can get awesome deals. For instance, Asus K55A-RHI5N13 with Intel core i5-3210M, 6 GB RAM, 750 GB HDD and Windows 7 operating system is available at $330 approx.
HP ENVY dv6-7246us is powered by 3rd generation i5 processor and windows 8. It comes with premium features like beats audio with quad speaker, 3 USB 3.0 ports. It cost around $270.