Toshiba Satellite P857-S7102 Notebook Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Software & Support
      • 7
      • Upgrade Capabilities
      • 7
      • Usability
      • 8
      • Design
      • 5
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Features
      • 8
      • Price/Value Rating
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 7.29
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Durable
    • Strong performance
    • Beautiful 17.3-inch display
  • Cons

    • Large form factor
    • Sub-par touchpad

Quick Take

For users who don't need portability, and want a device that offers strong visuals and performance, the Toshiba Satellite P875 is an excellent choice.

The Toshiba Satellite P875-S7102 is a desktop replacement notebook through and through. Its bulky build and heavy weight make it difficult to transport, but users looking for a stationary notebook will be impressed with the Satellite P857’s performance, especially for its mid-tier price. As reviewed and at the time of this writing, the notebook is priced at $810.

\"ToshibaA dark silver aluminum covers the device’s chassis, which NotebookReview found to be sturdy, and it held up well when strong pressure was applied to both the chassis and display. NBR noted the Satellite P875 is “not the sleekest looking notebook, but it’s not an eye sore either.” The device is 16.5 x 10.7 x 1.3-inches and weighs 6.6 pounds, making it uncomfortable to transport.

NBR did find two concerning build issues worth mentioning. On the review unit, the plastic lining of the display was warped and the chassis cover on the bottom was misshaped. NBR noted both are likely production errors, but still found the issues worrisome.  The device includes an Ethernet port, 4 USB 3.0 ports, an optical drive, separate headphone and microphone jacks, and HDMI and VGA ports. NBR noted the ports are spaced well.

The Satellite P875 has a 17.3-inch FHD TruBrite Backlit display with a pixel-per-inch resolution. NBR called the device’s display “a beauty” and noted it’s exceptionally bright and produces a clear image with strong color contrast. However, the display’s glossy finish causes some reflection, but the device does have generous viewing angles and NBR noted it’s great for viewing media. The notebook also has quality speakers, which NBR called “quite boisterous” and noted there was no distortion when volume was at 100 percent.

The keyboard is a backlit full sized Chiclet style with a number pad. The keyboard does have an oddly small spacebar, but NBR noted it doesn’t hinder the experience but may take some getting used to. NBR found the keys are comfortable to type on and have strong tactile feedback. The Satellite P875 has a generous sized touchpad that doesn’t include mouse buttons, but rather designated the bottom right and left portions of the pad as right and left clicks respectively, which NBR noted results in a lot of missed clicks. NBR was also frustrated with the location of the touchpad, which is situated close enough to the keyboard where a user’s palm will likely hit the pad and cause the notebook to take unwanted actions. NBR called the location of the touchpad a “serious issue.”

The unit reviewed by NBR has a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, Mobile Intel HD graphics, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 750GB HDD and a 6-cell Li-ion battery. NBR found the Satellite P875 offers strong performance for a mid-tier notebook. The device had no issues handling normal tasks and functions and multitasks well with both simple functions as well as more taxing processes like complex Excel spreadsheets. When it comes to performance, NBR found the notebook’s only limiting factor is graphics, noting the device will handle older games fine, but graphically intensive functions like newer games and video editing are to taking for the machine. The fan kept the notebook cool and is relatively quiet. The battery in the Satellite P875 lasted three hours and 10 minutes in NBR testing, which is not the strongest, but isn’t a big issue considering the device isn’t meant to be ultra-portable.

The Toshiba Satellite P875 has a lot to offer at a mid-tier price. NBR was impressed with the notebook’s durability, strong performance and beautiful display, but found the large form factor and sub-par touchpad to be issues. However, users looking for a desktop replacement device who don’t need portability but want strong visuals and performance will find the Satellite P875 to be an excellent choice.

Head over to NotebookReview for the full review of the Toshiba Satellite P875 and to learn more about its specs, performance, and design.


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