Toshiba C55-B5352 is one of the latest budget laptop releases. Featuring Core i3 processor, 6GB RAM and 15.6″ 1366×768 screen, it’s intended for people looking for savings rather than pure performance. But is there enough oomph in this notebook for daily stuff you do with it? That’s what we will find out below.
The Intel Core i3-4005U is a basic processor, offering 1.7GHz clock speed with no turbo on two cores. It seems to be ultra-low voltage, bettering the battery life, but on the other hand decreasing performance compared to normal Core i3 models. Anyway, the i3-4005U is clearly faster than Celerons and Pentiums, making it a great pick for daily computing. Web browsing, YouTube, even some demanding software now and then are all within the capacity of this processor.
The notebook has 6GB RAM, not a bad amount for inexpensive price. You can also note it’s said to be “not user upgradeable”. I’m skeptical about this, because I read from Toshiba forums that people added memory to similar Toshiba Satellite models themselves. Might be you are able to do that, too. Anyway, the motherboard has two memory slots and 6GB is definitely NOT the maximum the system supports, so for sure there is somebody who can install more memory on these things. Perhaps it’s you, perhaps it’s Toshiba representative.
As one can expect from a budget laptop, there’s a 750GB hard drive installed in this one. It offers adequate space for most purposes I’d dare to say. However, what it might not offer is great performance, considering it runs on 5400RPM. But as techies already know, swapping the hard drive for SSD is trivial task if you have some tech knowledge.
Display and graphics
Toshiba C55-B5352 has a typical cheap laptop screen, with 15.6″ diagonal, 1366×768 resolution and no touch support. I’m not saying it’s bad, especially if you’ve been using such displays all your life. Videos off YouTube and Netflix will of course play on it, although not on their native Full HD resolution, but as downscaled versions.
The laptop features Intel HD 4400, a bit older yet still useful integrated graphics engine for lighter gaming. You should realistically expect Battlefield 4 to have ~30FPS on lowest possible settings and resolution. Less demanding games, such as Counter-strike: GO and Diablo 3, will get similar or more frame rates on high settings and 1280×1024 resolution.
This notebook has all the connections you need but nothing more. For example, three USB ports are provided, however only one of them is USB 3.0. The rest are slower 2.0 type. A specialty of Toshibas, there are RGB (VGA) and HDMI outputs, meaning this laptop supports both new and old external monitors.
You can use either 100Mbps RJ-45 port or 802.11b/g/n WiFi to get Internet access. It doesn’t look like Bluetooth is supported, a cheap USB dongle will help you with that.
Toshiba C55-B5352 has an optical drive, feel free to burn DVDs with it. You can also transfer images from digital cameras thanks to the laptop’s SD/MMC card reader.
The unit has a built-in HD webcam and microphone, allowing you to video chat on Skype.
Any other things to keep in mind?
It doesn’t look like Toshiba C55-B5352 weighs a lot, just the average 4.85 pounds. It has a 4-cell Li-ion battery, and according to user reports you should get ~5 hours with WiFi browsing.
The product contains no backlit keyboard, although there’s a numeric keypad on the right.
Summing it up
Toshiba C55-B5352 is not bad computer. It is priced well, with components like Core i3 processor and 6GB RAM very suitable for general use. The display is not a touchscreen but should have good enough quality for everyday computing. Inputs are basic although sufficient. Gaming capabilities are rather limited, prepare to have minimum settings on many titles. All in all, the Toshiba is a good budget laptop for somebody who doesn’t require too many bells and whistles.