Pros: large screen, blu-ray drive, new AMD APU, and aluminum finish.
Cons: Commonly misadvertised as having dedicated M series Radeon GPU instead of the actual included lowly G-series integrated graphics. Turbo-mode issues.
Memory: 6gb (4gb+2gb) DDR3 PC-10600 5-5-5-15 Samsung memory modules
HDD: Hitachi Travelstar 640Gb 5400rpm
GPU: AMD 6500M Series Radeon HD 6520M
Optical Drive: Matsushita BD-rom/DVD-RW
Display: 17.3" 1600x900 TFT
Well the notebook arrived yesterday afternoon (Office Depot L775D-S7226). Out of the box I can report that it is cosmetically and functionally identical as the Wal-Mart model counterpart (L775D-S7206) that I purchased and had a defective HDD upon using for the first time (Frankly it acted like Toshiba had not installed any OS at all, and was probably the culprit).
The Brushed dark blue aluminum finish is quite nice cosmetically and thermally cold to the touch. Some people might find the cold aluminum as a minus, but I enjoy it. Overall the finish attracts lots of fingerprints and dust, but that surely varies if you're in a dust-free environment. Also at 6.2lbs, the L775D-S7226 is quite light in weight for a 17" light gaming DTR.
The keyboard is full size, and and the keys are glossy black with white letters. The keyboard is not backlit, which would have been the perfect finishing touch if available.
The 17.3" TFT display has decent colors, but black level needs to be slightly increased to show calibrated shadow detail. The Viewing angles on this panel are unfortunately *poor* at best.
Build Quality - As I said the notebook is quite light, so as expected the chassis can't be that solid. The LCD panel has easy flex, however the keyboard doesn't and feels fairly solid which is a welcome feature on a low-priced notebook model.
Sound: Realtek ALC269 HD Audio. No-name speakers, but they function and do not sound gritty. Volume level is a little lower than I'd like, but most notebook speakers have low output. You could not enjoy a movie without first eliminating white noise from a close-by table fan etc.
CPU Performance - Things just keep going downhill. Under no instance even including stress tests, will the A6 kick up to 2.3Ghz Turbo mode. Seems like it's permanently locked at 1.4Ghz. This is probably a conflicting issue with all the Toshiba bloatware. Even at Quad-core, this machine seems as slow as my mother's netbook. Toshiba intertwines drivers into certain mandatory bloatware software, and I couldn't achieve desired advertised performance no matter how much I uninstalled.
Wireless: The built-n 802.11n wireless adapter performs well, as long as you only download one thing at a time. For some unknown reason, if two applications or even if you just have two active downloads occurring at once, You will be waiting at literally dial up speeds. I have never experienced this before on any notebook/netbook, regardless of being a/b/g or n.
Memory performance - The one bright side, the stock Samsung DDR3 PC3-10600 Samsung modules worked flawlessly, and benched sightly better at both read/write MB/s speeds than recommended QVL Kingston memory.
GPU performance - Absolute FAIL. The GPU is not in fact a 6250M. As a matter of fact, I have come to find no such 6500M model exists (Only 6530, 6550, & 6570). The GPU is just the basic integrated 6520G that all A6 3400s have. I would feel stupid about this, but there are other notebooks out with the A Series AMD APUs with integrated graphics that ALSO have additional dedicated M graphics, so I just believed that Office Depot advertised the product accurately. Not to mention I was also excited to Crossfire the Integrated with the dedicated, which you can in fact do.
There is no dedicated 6500M series GPU in the notebook despite advertised, just the lowly integrated 6520G that can barely come close to running 3 year old games at *almost* 30fps at lowest global and application settings. If you're a gamer, I assume that only light MMOs will play well.
At a discount price of $599, I am simply not pleased with this notebook for obvious reasons. The LCD panel doesn't perform well for modern standards,
the CPU won't run at full Turbo speed, and the physical GPU advertised was a lie and doesn't exist. I'd say this notebook runs like an OLD Dual-Core with a faulty wireless adapter.
The notebook handles 2D video performance for Blu-Ray playback fluidly with no skips or hiccups on a 17" display, and that's the ONLY reason to purchase it.
It's essentially just a stable 17" Blu-ray player at a sub-par 1600x900 native resolution with the added bonus of bad viewing angles.
Unless you want a bad portable 17" Blu-ray player, Avoid like the plague.
Shame on you, Toshiba. Shame on you.