17.3″ Toshiba Satellite L75-C7234 via Amazon
Toshiba Satellite L75-C7234 is a mid range 17.3 inch laptop with Windows 10 operating system, fifth generation low voltage Intel i5 processor, plenty of memory and storage and modern connectivity options at a reasonable price, so if you’re on a budget and you want great solid performance for your daily and more demanding tasks (with a Passmark benchmark score of more than 3500 for the CPU), then this is a great computer to consider. Toshiba Satellite L75 comes with the dual core Broadwell Intel i5-5200U processor at 2.2 GHz up to 2.7GHz with turbo boost and hyper threading for dual cores to work with four threads in parallel, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM at 1600 MHz for decent multitasking power, 1 TB SATA HDD at 5400 rpm rotating speed hard drive which you may swap with an SSD if you prefer speed over space and the latest Windows 10 operating system pre-installed that lets the system boot up and shut down really fast and with new features like Cortana, Microsoft Edge browser and more. It is a great choice for home and school use for those that want a powerful processor with large memory and hard drive and Toshiba has to be one of the best brands in the computer market.
17.3 inch non-touch HD+ display with 1600 x 900 pixel maximum screen resolution is good enough but not as sharp and bright as a Full HD screen but is quite visible from different angles. You can play games like Minecraft, World of Warcraft and League of Legends comfortably at defaults settings and high frame rates per second with the Mobile Intel HD graphics 5500 but you’re probably not getting this machine for advanced gaming anyway. HD webcam with built-in microphone is good for chatting live on Skype or other chat programs or taking still photos. You’ll experience immersive sound through its great quality loud and clear Skullcandy stereo speakers and DTS Audio with enhancement software (sound quality is superior to competitors). Glossy light gold finish Toshiba Satellite L75 weighs 5.9 pounds with dimensions of 10.60 x 16.30 x 1.30 inches- is lightweight for a 17 inch laptop but not slim or compact and offers certain degree of portability. It has a good range of connectivity options, including the DVD-SuperMulti optical drive, 802.11bgn wireless, Gigabit Ethernet with RJ-45 connector, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports (one of them with sleep and charge function), an HDMI output (no VGA), Media Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), and an Audio-out port. i5-5200U is a low voltage processor with a Thermal Design Power of 15 watts and stays cool even after hours of operation (very small heat accumulation) and consuming less energy.
Conclusion: With the Toshiba Satellite L75-C7234 you will not have any problems running software like Photoshop and you can do pretty much anything other than playing the games of 2014/2015 at high settings and resolutions as what you have is the integrated Intel HD 5500 rather than at least a mid range NVIDIA discrete graphics card. 8GB memory would be plenty for most computer users and if you need more the system supports up to 16GB on its two slots. You have quite a lot of storage space to save all your files but the speed at 5400rpm of this mechanical hard drive is not impressive and you can always replace it with a Solid State Drive if you want a lot more speed. HD+ resolution is the minimum for decent image quality on a 17 inch computer but FHD with IPS panel could be better- they are not cheap and with such decent specs they had to cut down on costs. There is no info on Bluetooth being supported by default and if that’s the case a USB dongle costs as low as a few dollars. Contoured keys on the frameless TruType keyboard have a good travel distance, allows easy typing with reduced key bounce and has 10-key numpad for easy data entry and buttonless multi-gesture touchpad but is not backlit. 6-cell 48Wh lithium ion battery should last about 4 to 5 hours in light use- web browsing, video watching etc. on a single charge. Although it is lighter than many 17 inch computers it is still not very portable if you’re on the go a lot and should be considered more as a desktop replacement machine (for those that value screen size over portability).