Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270 Laptop Review

February 24, 2016
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Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270 is one of the popular notebooks of that Japanese electronics giant at the moment. The reason for this is of course interesting; what I guess is the good price-performance ratio it seems to offer. But let’s not draw a conclusion yet, first we must see what the laptop is really about…

Is it fast enough for many programs?

I have to say the processor in Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270 is a pretty mainstream one. It’s the Intel Core i3-4005U, a bit older model from 2014 (the 4th generation). There are two cores in it, 1.7GHz clock speed and no turbo. This earns the processor ~2500 points in CPU Mark which can take you through web browsers and MS Offices, although I would leave much heavier programs such as video editors for better processors.

The notebook contains 8GB RAM, that is certainly enough for about everybody. Multitasking won’t be a problem, you can have many tabs open at the same time if you want to. It seems that 16GB is the maximum memory you can install.

The storage section can’t be praised too much. It’s a good old platter-based hard drive with 1TB storage space. The size is huge, you can for example put ~200,000 mp3 songs on such a drive. On the other hand, it’s not a fast unit: the spindle speed 5400RPM means much less performance than solid-state drives. SSD can be installed, but only if you remove the current drive first.

How about gaming performance?

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270 is not a gaming computer. The graphics engine is an old Intel HD 4400 which is a tiny chip integrated on the processor. Well, it’s not going to give you a great boost for games. For example, you will have very hard times with new titles such as GTA 5, that would give around 20FPS (hardly playable) if you have low settings and resolution. But the bright side is, all browser-based ones will run, also World of Warcraft and Minecraft run without issues.

Are there enough ports for peripherals?

You’ll be able to plug in many peripherals to Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270. There are three USB ports (two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0) available, meaning an external hard drive, printer or mouse can be hooked up. The HDMI-out can be used with HDTV or your PC display.

Like most big laptops, also this one comes with a DVD burner – it works with CDs and DVDs. Memory card reader is present as well, you can upload photos and videos from digital cameras with that.

To reach the Internet, there are two options: the WiFi adapter (802.11bgn standard + Bluetooth 4.0) or the 100Mbps RJ-45 port for cable.

Of course, the notebook also comes with a webcam, you can chat with your buddies here.

Other important things?

Yes, the screen. To be honest, it’s not that exciting, just a basic 15.6″ model with 1366×768 maximum resolution. It is not a touch sensitive model.

The battery operates at a 4-cell 45W configuration, it’s going to give you four hours of web surfing with a single charge.

Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).

Keyboard is not backlit.

Summing it up

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270 indeed has a solid price-performance ratio. The processor is a mainstream Core i3 (a bit older 4th generation model) which takes all the “beating” from web browsers, video watching and office software. You should not try to play newer games though, because the integrated graphics card only take you so far. If you’re fine with this, then you have a good reason to take a closer look at this Toshiba.

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