- Editor's Rating
- Good overall value for family PC
- Decent keyboard and touchpad
- Good speakers
- No touchscreen for Windows 8
- "Wobbly" screen
Quick TakeThe Satellite S875 is a solid "traditional" PC but it falls short in terms of the Windows 8 experience.
Anyone who has been involved in the tech industry a while is familiar with the Toshiba Satellite notebook brand. The systems have been available forever and are used by all sorts of people, from students to mobile professionals. One of the company\’s latest models, the Satellite S875 is a hefty 17-inch powerhouse that is encased in heavy plastic and aluminum so it is built to withstand the rigors od a college backpack or car trunk. But, is this system as tough and capable on the inside as it seems to be on the outside?
One of the best features of the S875 is that it is easily upgradeable, which may not be a huge deal to a student but is an important selection criteria for business users who shy away from smaller and more lightweight Ultrabooks that are usually sealed tight and can\’t be easily enhanced with more memory and add-in devices. The system comes equipped with the standard and expected number of ports (two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI and VGA). But, again, the benefit is that you can soup this baby up with additional RAM, a bigger hard drive and more advanced wireless card (a plus considering the advances that are coming regarding next-generation developments such as the emerging class of 802.11ac routers.
The Satellite S875\’s screen is not a terrific performer in bright sunlight, but performs fairly well in normal indoor situations. Word of warning, though: This big LCD may be a bit awkward or even unusable in the tight quarters of commercial coach airlines – more time for peanuts and a movie! Spoiler alert: The system does not play very well with Windows 8, since the design and basic functions are still pretty much entrenched in the classic PC world.
In the end, this big and durable system is perfect for a family room or as a desktop replacement in the office, as well as for occasional travel. As such, it balances out the classic Toshiba Satellite family line and fits in well with the company\’s strategy to please most of the computer-using people most of the time.