We’re hard-pressed not to recommend the Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 after using it. This notebook delivers a respectable combination of form and function at a manageable price point. First, the bad news: the Fusion 15 could use some reinforcement in its build quality, as its thin chassis was too easy to flex. We’d furthermore like to see better battery life; the Fusion 15 can go five to six hours on a charge at the most, which isn’t impressive by today’s standards. Lastly, it almost goes unsaid that the Fusion 15 is big and bulky in tablet mode.
On the plus side, the Satellite’s IPS display has a beautiful picture and its Skullcandy speakers are considerably better than average. The tile backlit keyboard has an engaging feel and no flex, a usable layout, and dedicated numeric keypad. The clickpad is quiet and easy to use. Performance-wise the notebook’s Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and small but speedy 128GB SSD make it practical for even demanding tasks minus 3D gaming.
While not an Editor’s Choice winner, the Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 is a well-rounded convertible worthy of consideration for home and multimedia use. It’s not particularly practical as a tablet replacement due to its size and 5.1 pound weight; nonetheless, it’s nice to have its convertible modes as a bonus. At $799.99 as configured, the Fusion a fair value – we’d have trouble spending much more than that, though.
- Excellent IPS display
- Great backlit keyboard
- Solid performance for most tasks
- Good speakers
- Average battery life
- All plastic chassis
- Fan has a slight whine