Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5224 Review

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October 29, 2014
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Toshiba laptops have been reviewed on this site before, but Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5224 differs from the other models in some ways. It has AMD processor whereas the other models sport an Intel processor. But does it make any difference? In general, is this Toshiba model any better or worse than the other models reviewed here? After reading this review you’ll know more about that!

The basics

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5224 is more expensive “budget” laptop than the $200 notebooks, but it also features more powerful components than the cheapest rigs. It has AMD A8-6410, a processor with mighty name, 2.0GHz clock speed and four cores. In benchmarks, this AMD performs about the same than better known Intel Core i3 models. Thanks to quad-core setup, multitasking is also its strong side. Everyday computing and some power user stuff (especially considering the other powerful specs) are both possible on this computer.

The Toshiba has 8GB RAM installed, which is rather rare amount for cheap desktops. For everyday use it’s an overkill, although heavier stuff like image editing and gaming can benefit from it. The memory is however probably soldered so more can’t be added, but the current eight gigabytes is most likely enough for any kind of use anyways.

There’s a lot of storage space for budget notebook. The hard drive is 1024GB, the same amount that can be usually seen in desktops. Chances are high you won’t run out of space on this, since such drive can hold around two hundred DVD movies or 100,000’s photos. The big storage comes at the expense of the slower 5400RPM speed, but that is expected from laptop that costs around 500 bucks.

Graphics & Screen

Not often do laptops feature dedicated graphics card. This one doesn’t, either. The Toshiba has processor-integrated graphics chip called AMD Radeon R5. It is no better than the well-known Intel HD Graphics series, and as such playing new games with full eye candy is off limits. That said, if your favorite games are less-demanding ones like Fifa, Minecraft and World of Warcraft you’ll be glad to play them, especially if you can lower the settings a bit.

Screen of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5224 is 15.6″ non-touch HD display with 1366×768 resolution. It is indeed HD but not Full HD – it will still play 1080p movies, they’ll just be downscaled to fit this lower resolution.

Connections

Network connections include RJ45 port, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. For peripherals, there are two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port. External monitor can be connected through the HDMI or VGA outputs.

There’s a DVD burner installed on the left hand side. In addition, also SD media card reader is available on the side.

Is there anything else?

The operating system of this Toshiba is Windows 8.1 (64-bit). You wont be using all of its features since the display doesn’t support touch.

Weight of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5224 is 4.9 pounds. It’s not super portable, but depending on who you ask it’s not heavy either. To me, it would be fine because I’m used to carrying over 5 pounds laptops in my backpack.

Battery life isn’t listed anywhere, but it should be 4-5 hours. The battery should also be non-user replaceable type.

The non-backlit keyboard has 10-key numeric pad located on the right hand side.

Summing it up

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5224 is step up from the rock-bottom priced notebooks. It can be still considered budget rig, although it deals out solid performance with the quad-core AMD processor and 8GB of RAM. Gaming experience will be average at best due to integrated graphics card. If you’re somebody who wants extra performance, you do demanding tasks on your computer for example, this Toshiba Satellite is definitely better choice than those Celeron-based 200 bucks models.


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