Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X Review

July 30, 2015
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What is the first impression about Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X after looking at its features and specifications? Well, it seems to be a very basic laptop: there’s Celeron N2840 processor, 4GB RAM and half a terabyte storage drive available, not so much, but the price is rather affordable too. So would these components be enough for you, and what would be the overall value of this Toshiba laptop? Keep on reading to find my opinion about that.

What software can it run?

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X is meant for daily computing, not much more. This is evident in the processor selection, the Intel Celeron N2840 is an entry-level unit offering two cores, 2.2Ghz clock speed and up to 2.6Ghz burst frequency. It doesn’t get more than ~1000 points in CPU Mark, placing it well behind most processors – including power efficient Core i3s with 2500-3000 points. You would have no problem with Firefox/Chrome, YouTube and MS Office, but running much heavier programs than those would not be ideal on this machine.

The laptop memory 4GB (DDR3L 1333MHz) is also enough for the aforementioned tasks, but you won’t be enjoying multitasking or demanding programs either. The manual suggests its not user upgradable, so you’ll have to do with four gigabytes unless you’re ready to tinker.

As you can guess, this cheap laptop has no premium storage drive. There’s just a regular 500GB 5400PRM ready to take your files. This kind of slow drive isn’t bad for light activities, but to speed the system up, you might want to install a solid-state drive. It’s doable if you know a bit about laptop and its parts.

And what games work on it?

To be honest, not many games work on Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X. There’s just CPU-integrated Intel HD (Bay Trail) commanding the graphics, and it’s famous for bad performance. I’ve seen videos of people playing GTA 5 on similar processor/graphics engine, but only around 15-20FPS were achieved on low details and resolution. This is far from playable in my opinion. However, easy on the system Minecraft will run somewhat better, it will lag but be rather playable if you drop all the eye candy. Another popular game, League of Legends, will run here too.

How’s the screen?

There are no user reports available yet, but considering the price, I wouldn’t expect miracles from the 15.6″ non-touch display. It indeed has the default 1366×768 resolution that many power users dislike, but the screen should do its job fine for web surfing and similar, non-demanding stuff.

What devices can I plug in?

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X accepts three USB devices at the same time, there are one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 connections for that. Despite being cheap, there’s also HDMI output for HD television and PC monitor support.

A basic DVD burner is installed in the notebook, you can enjoy discs without (likely) annoying external drives. In addition, you’re able to transfer files from memory cards because of the laptop’s SD/MMC card slot.

Communications include a 100Mbps RJ-45 port and 802.11n WiFi interface. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported as well.

The notebook works for video conferences with programs like Skype, there’s a basic webcam and mic for that.

Any other relevant things?

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X is one of the lighter 15.6″ laptops, at 4.85 pounds it’s bit less than the usual 5+ lbs. Battery should have the following specs: 4-cell, 45Whr, and it should work for 4 hours under light workload.

The keyboard doesn’t come with backlit keys but 10-key pad is installed on the right hand side.


Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X is a notebook for folks who don’t do anything else but surf the web, write papers or emails and watch YouTube now and then on their computer. For those lighter tasks, the Celeron processor and other components inside are enough. But you wouldn’t want to play games on this system, the CPU – and especially its integrated graphics engine – are not up for that activity. So if you want a Windows 10 powered laptop for basic use, this kind of simple Toshiba would be a very inexpensive yet useful choice for you.

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