Toshiba’s Statellite P855 is a beautiful entry into the mainstream laptop market. It has an attractive textured aluminum exterior, and the build quality is top notch — the only X factor is that this same chassis can cost you anywhere from $599 to $1,300 depending on which variant you choose.
Our review unit sported an Intel Core i7-3610QM processor, and although this is Intel’s entry-level quad-core part, it doesn’t mean the computer is slow. In all of our benchmark tests, the P855 returned some of the best scores we’ve seen among laptops with mechanical drives, and was even on par with with certain desktops.
Toshiba leaves some things to be desired with the P855′s graphics. While some higher end variants can be equipped with an Nvidia GT 630M, our unit had to rely on Intel HD 4000 — which returned mediocre results in our graphics performance tests. The display isn’t anything to write home about either, which might make this less attractive for buyers looking for a desktop replacement.
Overall, we think the cheapest variant is the best value, but for more details on the P855, be sure check out our full Toshiba Satellite P855 review.