Windows 7 laptops are a dying breed. Microsoft is understandably trying to push their latest Windows 8 – which will soon turn to 10, by the way. However, for good reasons people are still after Microsoft’s older but still solid Windows 7. Toshiba Satellite C55-B5392 is one example of a laptop sporting that operating system. Let’s see a bit more about this notebook below.
The main things
The Toshiba laptop features Intel Core i3-4005U, a capable processor for everyday computing and some more. The core amount being two and clock rate 1.7GHz both home and power users would find it sufficient. There’s also an Intel HD 4400 graphics chip that allows for some gaming, but I’ll tell more about that in the section below.
Memory amount of 6GB should also be adequate. To be honest, it’d better be, because RAM isn’t user replaceable in this model. So you’ll have to live with the installed 6GB – which is indeed a lot even in the modern day.
For storing files you’ll get a basic hard drive with 500GB size and 5400RPM speed. Most budget laptops come with such a storage configuration so there are no surprises here. Half a terabyte drive has room for tens of thousands of smaller files, which for most uses is plenty.
In the tech world, having something old is usually seen as bad. However, in this case, having Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) is nothing to be ashamed of. Not everybody likes Windows 8. The older Windows can even be one of the selling points of this laptop.
Display and graphics
Toshiba Satellite C55-B5392 has a 15.6″ display. Full HD fans beware: the resolution is, as you might guess, just 1366×768. However, there’s nothing this basic screen wouldn’t do for home users and others who don’t explicitly require larger resolutions.
The graphics are handled by Intel HD 4400 chip. It’s tad better than the regular Intel HD engines found in weaker Intel CPUs. One can’t still call it a true gaming card, though. Popular heavyweight games like Battlefield 4 would probably run around 30 FPS when settings are kept low. Minecraft and World of Warcraft would run well. Some of the most demanding, current titles like Watch Dogs and Thief should have ~20 frames per second which might be sufficient or not, depending on your preferences.
This laptop comes with three USB ports. One of them is the faster USB 3.0 which you might want to primarily use for your peripherals. A true Toshiba, it also features VGA and HDMI outputs which means you can use older or newer external monitors with it.
Internet access can be attained with a regular LAN port or WiFi adapter supporting Bluetooth 4.0.
The notebook has a basic DVD burner and SD media card reader installed. Also HD webcam and microphone are available.
What else to keep in mind?
The weight, 4.8 pounds, is a bit below average of 15.6″ laptops. The 4-cell battery, which is not user replaceable, should give around 4 hours life on a single charge.
The standard US keyboard isn’t backlit, but there’s a 10-key pad on right like virtually on all 15.6″ notebooks.
One month trial for MS Office 365 is offered for new customers.
Toshiba Satellite C55-B5392 doesn’t stand out from the crowd too much. That is, not in good or bad. Its performance is typical for a 500 bucks notebook, having enough power for home and office users alike. For students, the notebook offers a happy compromise between portable but inconveniently small subnotebook and heavy laptop with a large screen. Perhaps the biggest thing is the older Windows 7: If you don’t fancy the Microsoft’s latest you probably have a good reason to go for this Toshiba.