Heat and Noise
The L755 does well in this area; it remains cool all over even while running resource-intensive applications such as Photoshop. The cooling exhaust vent is located on the left side of the notebook and occasionally expels warm air; most of the time the fan stays off. This makes sense as the L755's internal components produce little heat. The fan is for all intents and purposes inaudible.
The included battery powered the L755 for just three and a half hours during our standard battery rundown test (Windows 7 Balance power profile, 70% screen brightness, wireless active and refreshing a web page every 60 seconds). This is a subpar time for a notebook these days; most of the blame can be attributed to the L755's low-capacity 6-cell battery as it has just a 4200mAh/48Wh rating.
Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):
The L755 fits the bill for a basic home computer but is uninspiring and ultimately tough to recommend because of its relatively high price. Its quality and feature set are as expected for a budget notebook and nothing more. The L755's highlights include a good keyboard and a decent set of speakers; it runs cool as well. It is fast enough for everything except 3D games.
The only aspect of the L755 I truly didn't like was the glossy plastic; every visible inch of the notebook is covered. It may look good on a display shelf but fails the real world practicality test; cleaning it is a full-time job. There's a distinct lack of advanced ports (no USB 3.0); the touchpad buttons are also too noisy; lastly its 3.5-hour battery life is less than expected (we were looking for at least an hour more).
The Toshiba Satellite L755 is difficult to recommend at its $689.99 MSRP; it's not an outstanding value by any stretch of the imagination mostly due to its barebones feature set and general lack of anything "extra". Find it on sale around the $550 mark and it becomes a more attractive deal; otherwise consider spending a tad more for a higher-end Toshiba Satellite with more features like a backlit keyboard and more stylish design.
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