Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 Large Intel i7 Quad-Core Laptop

The Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 17.3-inch entertainment laptop has been present on the market for some time and has became one of the best sellers. That’s primarily because it offers high-end specs at an reasonable price of $700 $800.

Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200

The P75-A7200 can easily replace your desktop PC not only because it has a fairly big display with full HD 1080p resolution, but also because it doesn’t make any compromises in terms of performance. It comes with the latest 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ “Haswell” quad-core processor, which is among the fastest notebook-use CPUs presently. It runs at 2.4GHz by default and up to whooping 3.4GHz in TurboBoost mode. With help of 6MB of cache and HyperThreading technology (a total of 8 computing threads on 4 cores), the i7-4700MQ is ready to tackle even the most complex PC tasks, like 1080p video editing and conversion, high-res image editing in programs like Photoshop, etc.

Intel Core i7-4700MQ Benchmark

Although the CPU itself is a real speed demon, its integrated Intel HD 4600 graphics isn’t going to provide enough oomph for playing the latest game titles on high settings and max resolution, but it brings significant improvements over the old HD 4000-series. The i7-4700MQ is future-proof when it comes to HD video playback. It supports not only 1080p video decoding, but also 4K (resolution roughly 4 x 1080p) playback. Other core components – 8GB of RAM memory and a large 750GB hard drive, contribute to the above-average classification of the notebook.

When it comes to battery life, Toshiba’s P75-A7200 won’t impress you. According to the company, a single charge enables autonomous operation of up to 3 hours and 53 minutes. That’s a short time if you compare it to the standard 15.6-inch notebooks, not to mention ultrabooks. However, it’s not a surprise because of the large display and the quad-core processor, which are both quite power hungry. The CPU consumes 47-Watts of power, whereas the standard voltage laptop processors consume 35W and ultrabook processors consume as low as 15W.

The large 17.3-inch form factor enables enough space for a built-in DVD burner drive and a spacious keyboard with a dedicated numeric pad and big trackpad. The keyboard has LED backlight, which is a nice option to have if you type often in dim light. The laptop obviously isn’t thin nor light. It measures 1.3″ in profile and weighs 6.6 pounds, but these measures are normal for a 17.3″ laptop.

P75-A7200

Because of the large size and multimedia orientation of the P75-A7200, one would expect the P75-A7200 to have a built-in subwoofer speaker, but it unfortunately has only a pair of stereo speakers. The laptop has a 720p web camera. Connectivity and networking features are admirable. There are four USB ports, all with the fast 3.0 speed, HDMI output with full HD and 4K video support, VGA out, a multi-format media card reader, Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, and Bluetooth connections, as well as Intel Wi-Di for wireless streaming of videos to HDTVs with help of a separately sold adapter on the TV side.

The compelling look of the P75-A7200 is achieved by using silver-colored aluminum on the lid and palm rests and a simplistic shape.

Overall, the P750-A7200 is a great buying choice for those looking for a home and office desktop replacement laptop. With its specs, this Toshiba model is the best equipped and probably the fastest laptop for $700 $800. You can order it via Best Buy for the given price, while other retailers sell it for more (i.e. Amazon $850).

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Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 Specifications

  • Display: 17.3″, 1920×1080-pixel (Full HD 1080p) resolution
  • Processor: “Haswell” 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ quad-core at 2.4GHz-3.4GHz, 6MB L3 cache
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4600 integrated
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 at 1,600MHz included, expandable to 32GB, 4 SODIMM slots (2 utilized)
  • Storage: 750GB HDD at 5,400 rpm
  • Optical drive: DVD±RW/CD-RW
  • Webcam: 720p HD
  • Audio: Harman/Kardon stereo speakers, DTS Studio Sound
  • Network: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel Wireless Display (Wi-Di) technology
  • Input: Backlight full-size keyboard with chiclet keys, multi-touch touchpad
  • Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI with 4K support, 1 x VGA, multi-format card reader
  • Battery: Li-Ion (48Wh, 6-Cell), up to 3:53 hours
  • Dimensions: 16.5″ x 10.7″ x 1.2″/1.3″ with feet (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Price: $700

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  1. Thanks for your information, I Bought it and I’m so happy, I have Visual Studio 2013, and Oracle running in my computer and it works perfect, even when I’m running 2 heavy databases. In addition, I have 3 pc games installed a run well

  2. I’m a software developer and I’m looking a laptop wich can support oracle databases, IIS, Visual Studio and other software like TOAD running at the same time without freeze. Is this a good laptop for me?

    • The price of this model has jumped to $800: http://bit.ly/19olPdY , but it’s still the best equipped one for the price. The CPU is the best and RAM and screen resolution the greatest among those in non-gaming Windows consumer laptops. For your work, it would be nice to put in a solid state drive instead of HDD as an aftermarket upgrade.

      • Thanks, actually I’m not a gamer at all, I just need an upgradable computer because I used to renew it every 3 or 4 years, so I think is a good model but was looking for performance reviews and yours is very helpfull. I think I’m going to buy it. (my Actual laptop is a Toshiba too and works well for 5 years, Toshiba is a good brand)

  3. Compared to the Asus G750JW-DB71 I dont see much difference apart from the graphics card but a huge difference in price. I was thinking of buying the Asus until I saw this one. I can just add a better graphics card if I want to play games(?). Which one would you recommend? Thanks

  4. I am considering buying theToshiba Satellite P75-A7200 for school. I am a transportation engineering grad student and will be using Civil 3D for projects. Is this a good laptop choice or is there something else do you recommend? Perhaps something lighter. (I have a budget of approximately $700) Please help! I am getting dizzy looking at specs and reviews. Thanks

    • For your purpose, the best choices are mobile workstations (like Dell Precision or HP ZBook series), specially designed for engineering programs like AutoCAD Civil 3D. However, these laptops are about $1,500 and up. For $700, the P75-A7200 appears to be the best choice for you presently, because it has one of the fastest CPUs on the market, big screen, and high display resolution. In addition, 8GB of RAM is a plus for these programs, especially if you run 64-bit versions of them. No other $700 laptop matches the specs of the P75-A7200. The biggest downside, when you compare it to the real mobile workstations, is absence of dedicated graphics, but laptops with them are much more expensive than $700.

  5. I am about to purchase one of these from BestBuy. The buttonless touchpad is something I was wondering about, I like having buttons, but does the bottom of the touchpad function as such? I also plan on putting in an SSD (Samsung 840 Pro) and adding 8gigs of RAM. Do you know if I will need any type of special bracket for adding the second drive? I will also be putting Windows 7 on this laptop. Thanks for any advice.

    • Yes, you can click on the bottom area of the touchpad for right and left mouse click functions. Regarding the storage upgrade, I haven’t found any info on dual HDD/SSD bays inside the P75. I know the similarly designed Q75 Qosmio has dual bays, but have no confirmation on this for the P75. At least, HDD and RAM are easily accessible via the doors on the bottom, so they’re definitely user-upgradeable. Downgrade to Win 7 shouldn’t be a problem, because Toshiba officially offers Windows 7 drivers for the P75-A7200. You can find’em here: http://support.toshiba.com/drivers

      • I am following this laptop and considering getting it because it looks to be really good. One of the reviews on Best Buy for this laptop mentions that it does indeed have a dual hard drive bay, because he also put in a SSD. My concern is, as you pointed out, the graphics card. I am a little above average in computer knowledge, but graphics cards continue to confuse me a bit in terms of their quality and ability. I am a casual gamer, but really want to make sure that my laptop is able to perform well with the newest games that I would be getting, like Starcraft 2, League of Legends, Total War, etc. Would this one still be able to do well, even without highest graphics settings, or would I be better off upgrading the graphics? And would that be easy to do, if necessary?

        • Consumer laptops like the P75-A7200 don’t support video card upgrades, but you can get the same laptop with the Nvidia GeForce GT 740M 2GB pre-installed via Toshiba Direct: http://bit.ly/14IJB8z . A configuration like the A7200 + GT 740M is $1,000. With the 740M you will definitely get higher frame rates in games. Here’s a thread about comparison between the Intel HD 4600 and the GT 740M: http://forum.notebookreview.com/hardware-components-aftermarket-upgrades/723631-intel-hd-4600-vs-nvidia-gt-740m-ggdr3.html. One of the users got 8,880 on 3DMark 06 points while the GT 740M scored 11,483, so that’s an aproximate speed ratio between the two GPUs.

          As for the HDD + SSD setups, it is possible on the configurable Toshiba T75 / T70. But, the SSD isn’t a standard size one (with dimensions like a normal 2.5″ laptop HDD). It’s a smaller mSATA SSD and I don’t know if it’s user-ugradeable on this laptop model. You can get a P75 from Toshiba with a 256GB mSATA SSD + up to 1TB HDD. The SSD option adds $300 to the overall price.

        • It works great with SC2 you just have to tell it your graphic card has 1750MB on memory. You can play on highest setting.

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