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Product Toshiba Satellite P875-31P
Specifications 17.3in 1600x900 display, Intel Core i7-3630QM quad-core 2.4GHz CPU, Nvidia GeForce GT 640M GPU with 2GB VRAM, 16GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, 1TB hard disk with 8GB SSD, BD-RE optical drive, 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, 4x USB 3.0 ports, SDXC card slots, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2MP full-HD webcam, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, 48Wh lithium-ion removable battery, Kensington lock, Windows 8 Pro 64-bit operating system, 417x273x34.1mm, 2.95kg
WITH THE EXPLOSION of slimline ultrabooks across retail outlets lately, it could be said that the larger and more conventional notebook PC is sometimes overlooked, especially considering that users now often sacrifice size and power for style and portability.
Nevertheless, there is still a place for the large notebook PC, especially for those looking for portability and power in one machine. Well known brand names such as Toshiba are still offering large notebooks for those who prefer a large screen with a full sized physical keyboard. For example, the Toshiba Satellite P875-31P is one of the firm's most powerful 17in notebooks available that aims to deliver desktop PC capacity along with portability.
Design and build
One thing that will immediately strike you about the Toshiba Satellite P875-31P is its textured satin silver chassis. Although it exhibits a premium finish due to its chrome detailing on physical buttons, Harman Kardon speakers and trackpad, it's not the most inventive design.
It also doesn't feel the sturdiest either, with the majorly-plastic exterior making it a little less robust than those built with an aluminium chassis. Saying that, we suspect Toshiba has designed it this way to fit a specific target audience, as those looking for a desktop replacement are perhaps not as interested in unique design as they are size, power and performance.
Though a metal construction would have made the Satellite even heavier and harder to transport, we can't help but think that for £1,200 Toshiba could have done more in this department.
However, the chassis is soft to touch and the hinge has a good strong resistance meaning the screen's support not only feels sturdy but will stay in whichever position you put it in, even when moving it around.
As you'd expect for a laptop of this size the Toshiba Satellite is a rather hefty piece of kit weighing just less than 3kg. When closed, the notebook is 34mm thick, so as you can imagine it's not something you'd want to carry back and forth to work every day.
Next: Performance and OS.
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