The Satellite P875-31P's widescreen 17.3in twisted nematic (TN) display is bright and vibrant with decent colour reproduction, but is let down by a lack of ability to produce good picture quality. Although the screen is brightly lit, on closer inspection individual pixels can be seen. This isn't helped by the TFT screen that has 1600x900 resolution as opposed to Full HD 1080p 1920x1080 resolution.
However the most irritating aspect about the Satellite's display is that it isn't touch enabled, so using Windows 8 OS can feel a little odd since the OS' user interface is optimised for touch. As a result, the Satellite doesn't feel like a laptop made with Windows 8 in mind, it's more like a Windows 7 laptop with Windows 8 slapped on it as an afterthought.
The black bezel edging around the screen gives a nice contrast to the silver chassis, but it does attract fingerprints very easily. The glossy finish of the screen also means it reflects light far more than we'd like.
Connectivity, storage and battery life
In terms of connectivity, the Satellite P875-31P comes bundled with all you'll ever need: gigabit Ethernet, an SD card slot as well as one VGA, one HDMI and four USB 3.0 ports, two of which can charge external devices even when the notebook is switched off. As you'd expect in any notebook PC these days, there's also the standard 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 built in.
The Satellite is also shipped with a 1TB hard disk along with an 8GB SSD drive for the caching of frequently accessed applications and data so those files and applications you are most likely to access will load up much quicker than from the HDD. The 1TB hard disk is plenty for an average user's computing needs, so the Satellite should be quite capable of replacing the moderate user's desktop PC.
In our battery tests, the Satellite powered through consistent use on full brightness for four hours of web browsing, video watching and music playing until the battery died, which isn't too far off the quoted five hours of battery life promised by Toshiba.
Overall the laptop performed well on battery up to this point, which could be attributable to the Nvidia video processor that features Optimus technology for increased performance and better battery life.
Toshiba's Satellite P875-31P is very much the powerhouse. It might not have the most exciting or revolutionary design on the market right now, but for those looking for a large notebook to replace an outdated desktop PC this can do the job.
However, for £1,200, we think there are better alternatives on the market that give you the same processing power for a more affordable price. Furthermore, Windows 8 really isn't suited to the Satellite due to the touch optimised UI of the OS, which this system cannot take advantage of. As a result you might get rather frustrated.
In our opinion, those looking for a Windows 8 desktop replacement should consider looking into buying an all-in-one (AIO) PC as opposed to a notebook such as this. Those who want a physical keyboard and want a device running on Windows 8 might be better off buying a larger laptop with a touchscreen display so Windows 8 can be experienced as it was intended. µ
Nice finish on chassis, powerful enough to replace a desktop PC.
Cheap feeling keyboard, plastic construction not reflected in price.
Heavy, bulky and cumbersome, non Full HD 17in screen means that movies don't look as crisp as they could.
Bartender's Score: 6/10