The dark red finish isn't quite to our taste, we'd have to admit, but the Toshiba Satellite L755D-12L is certainly distinctive. And no matter whether it's pink, orange, purple or turquoise there's no disguising the fact that the Satellite is a very respectable laptop indeed.

The Toshiba Satellite L755D-12L's WorldBench 6 performance score of 79 is slightly underwhelming, admittedly, though the quad-core AMD A6-3400 APU chips do seem to be somewhat behind the Intel Core i3s and i5s in the performance stakes so it is not an unsurprising score. There's a generous 6GB of RAM and a slightly less generous 320GB hard disk on offer, too, but the Toshiba really comes into its own as a gaming machine. Notching up frame rates of 17fps in FEAR at maximum settings is a pretty decent achievement and is thanks to the integrated AMD Radeon HD 6520G chip working in tandem with the quad-core processor, using up to 3GB of the system's RAM.

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Battery life is perfectly respectable, with 334 minutes of juice at your disposal on a full charge, and at 2.5kg the Toshiba Satellite L755D-12L isn't too much of a problem to carry around with you, even for long periods. If you need to work while you're on the move the keyboard is decent without being outstanding – the keys touch each other and there isn't quite as much travel as we'd like. The touchpad is very discrete – you'll only really know where it is because of the change in texture as it is at the same level as the rest of the chassis, meaning there are no little crevices for crumbs to get stuck in.

The screen is impressive, with deep, rich colours and sharp definition. Like just about all of the other laptops in the group test it is glossy, but an anti-glare coating takes the edge off the reflections.

One slightly disconcerting thing we noticed about the Toshiba Satellite L755D-12L is that when you press the power button to turn it on, there is an eerie silence – no fans spring in to life, no light comes on under the power button, there's no beeping noise and the screen stays dark for several seconds. This means you can think that you've not pressed hard enough, and press again, switching the unit off. This is a minor quibble though.

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Toshiba Satellite L755D-12L: Specs

  • 1.4GHz AMD A6-3400 APU quad-core
  • 15.6in glossy backlit
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 6GB DDR3-133MHz
  • 320GB HDD 5400rpm
  • Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6520G
  • VGA, HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • DVD±RW DL/RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • gigabit
  • SD/MS/MS-Pro/SDHC
  • webcam
  • 56Wh, lithium-ion removable
  • battery life (in use): 334 minutes
  • WorldBench 6: 79
  • 380x250x28mm
  • 2.5kg
  • 1.4GHz AMD A6-3400 APU quad-core
  • 15.6in glossy backlit
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 6GB DDR3-133MHz
  • 320GB HDD 5400rpm
  • Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6520G
  • VGA, HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • DVD±RW DL/RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • gigabit
  • SD/MS/MS-Pro/SDHC
  • webcam
  • 56Wh, lithium-ion removable
  • battery life (in use): 334 minutes
  • WorldBench 6: 79
  • 380x250x28mm
  • 2.5kg

OUR VERDICT

The AMD processor isn't quite a match for Intel's Sandy Bridge models, though you should find the Toshiba Satellite L755D-12L has enough grunt for everyday tasks. We'd have liked a more generous hard disk space provision but the display and graphics performance should keep gamers happy.

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