Getting a laptop with big screen doesn’t have to be an expensive operation. Also large wallet-friendly notebooks exist. Just like Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7304. It sports a 17.3″ display, a quad-core CPU and runs on Windows 8.1 (64-bit). For the price, it seems to offer alright performance for everyday computing. But let’s elaborate a bit on that.
Indeed, a quad-core AMD A6-6310 processor is installed in this Toshiba. It runs on 1.8GHz clock speed, although the boost feature will increase the frequency to 2.4GHz. If you compare it to Intel processors, the AMD does a similar job to many 2013 Intel Core i3s. For most uses, including multitasking, this CPU is thus sufficient.
The laptop has 4GB memory installed. Like most Toshiba Satellites I’ve seen, also this model’s RAM can be upgraded but it’s recommended that a Toshiba authorized service provider does this. If you’re a professional, you might get away with upgrading yourself. Anyways, for most tasks four gigabytes memory is an adequate amount.
Hard drive has 1024GB space, more than 500GB or 750GB you usually see in laptops in this price range. This will be good news for somebody keen on storing or downloading lots of huge files to his computer. The speed of 5400RPM is naturally much worse than with flash drives, but in storage size this HDD clearly wins those swift but small solid-state drives.
How are the display and graphics?
The defining factor of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7304 is the screen size of 17.3 inches. It’s a big laptop, more of a desktop replacement than a portable notebook. The resolution is 1600×900 which is pretty basic for this size – but for the price you don’t usually get more, anyway.
There’s a graphics chip called AMD Radeon R4 (Beema) in the laptop. Its performance is on par with mid-range Intel HD Graphics engines. Favorite shooter games like Battlefield 4 would run around 15FPS – which I call unplayable – on lowest possible settings. Lighter games, like Fifa 2013 & 2014 and CS:GO would get smooth frame rates on low to medium settings.
Both wired (100Mbps Ethernet) and wireless (regular WiFi) networking options are available. Bluetooth isn’t supported by default.
Total number of USB ports in this model is three. One of those is USB 3.0, while the rest are slower USB 2.0 type.
A special trait of Toshiba Satellite, there’s also a VGA port in addition to HDMI output. Hence, using old and new monitors with the laptop is effortless.
For optical media, you’ll get a basic DVD burner. Also a memory card reader is installed, allowing you to expand storage size if need arises.
The laptop is good for video calls and meetings as it contains a High Definition webcam and microphone.
Other things to keep in mind
Considering the big display and weight of 5.9 pounds, Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7304 isn’t really a good choice for people on the go. The portability is further reduced by battery life, which in this model should be around 4 hours – hardly enough for travelers, that is.
Due to the 10-key pad on right, the keyboard and trackpad aren’t centered but moved towards left. Some people, including me, find this slightly detrimental for user experience.
A small advantage, you’ll get a free trial for MS Office 365 lasting a month.
Wrapping it up
Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7304 is an affordable 17.3″ laptop, suitable for somebody who likes a large display and doesn’t care about portability so much. The performance works for most things, save the latest graphics-heavy games. Some people would complain about the non Full HD resolution, although I don’t, because of the low price. If you’re after a big and capable laptop for home and small office tasks, this Toshiba might be worth it.