Heat and Noise
The P755 does a good job with heat management and remains cool to the touch even after 2 hours of playing a 3D Blu-ray movie. However, if you try to play a 3D game such as Mafia II then the area around the heat exhaust gets very hot to the touch after as little as 10 minutes. The cooling fan stays off most of the time but turns on full blast while gaming. The fan is essentially inaudible during normal use but is loud enough to be heard across a typical classroom when the fan is on full (again, only during game play).
The included battery powered the P755 for just three and a half hours (almost identical to the Satellite L755) 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 amount of battery run time might have been impressive a few years ago but it's barely acceptable for a modern notebook. As we said in our review of the L755, most of the blame for poor battery life falls on the low-capacity 6-cell battery which has just a 4200mAh/48Wh rating.
Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):
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After spending some time with the Satellite P755-3DV20 I was left with mixed feelings about this notebook. On one hand, Toshiba delivers a complete 3D entertainment experience for a modest price ($890 "street price" as of this writing). On the other hand, Toshiba was able to make this 3D notebook affordable by using the same chassis used in cheaper budget laptops and that's not ideal for a more expensive multimedia PC.
The 3D performance is also something of a mixed bag. The Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics provide barely enough performance for older 3D games which means this notebook is really only intended for watching 3D movies on the road or when connected to your 3D HDTV.
When you factor in the poor battery life, lackluster build quality and difficulty (or complete inability) playing modern 3D games like Batman Arkham City, you're left with a laptop that's fun for watching 3D movies at home but isn't as convenient while traveling and isn't as impressive if you're into serious gaming.
Bottom line, if you're looking for an affordable 3D laptop then this is it. Just don't expect amazing durability, performance or battery life.
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