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October 13, 2023

Toshiba Satellite L675D-S7022 Review

Toshiba's Satellite L675D-S7022 is an attractive and affordable desktop replacement laptop with a nice screen and a Blu-ray drive. But it doesn't come without some trade-offs, especially in terms of performance for demanding applications and 3D gaming. Unlike most desktop replacements that sell for less than $1,000 this one doesn't come with a dedicated graphics card; instead it uses an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 GPU that's limited to playing only low-demand games and some older 3D titles.

The 2.9GHz AMD Phenom II N640 CPU that's inside this desktop replacement delivers solid performance for daily tasks, and the laptop can play 1080p videos smoothly. However, if you plan to use this notebook to do demanding work such as editing video or encoding images, you'll want to spend twice as much for a comparable Intel-based laptop. The Satellite's PCMark Vantage score of 4,127 can't compete with the 4.9GHz Core i3-370M-based Acer Aspire TimelineX AS5820T-5951 ($723 street, 4 stars) or the 2.4GHz Core i3-370M-based Toshiba A665D-S6085 ($629 street, 5 stars).

Another potential problem is the lack of a phone jack for the modem; that's something you'll usually find on more expensive desktop replacements. Other than that the Satellite has an excellent keyboard and a nice, big display. It also includes plenty of ports, including three USB 2.0 ports (one of which accepts eSATA), VGA, gigabit ethernet, a headphone jack, and a microphone jack. There's even a DVD burner. But the one thing that's missing is a USB 3.0 port; that's becoming a standard feature on more high-end laptops.