In case you use laptop primarily for web surfing, writing emails and listening to music, you can consider yourself lucky in a way. Notebooks meant for such light activities don’t cost a lot – you can use your money for other important things. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5294 is one of those cheaper laptops, consisting of AMD’s quad-core processor and 8GB RAM. Well, that’s some specs, surely enough for many kinds of user demographics! Let’s see more about that, who would really benefit from getting this Toshiba and who would not…
For the money, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5294 features quite a good processor. It’s AMD A8-6410, a quad-core unit with 2.0GHz clock speed and 2.4GHz turbo. If you remember Intel Core i3 chips of the 4th generation, this AMD has similar performance to those – they all get more or less 2500 CPU Mark points. That is not excellent by any means, but will get you through daily tasks with no problems.
The memory amount is a great 8GB, that is very rare for so cheap laptop. To be honest I don’t know what is the configuration but I assume there are two memory slots on the mainboard. That would mean the maximum memory is 16GB, a ridiculous amount, even 8GB can be seen as an overkill for home users.
The hard drive is a beefy 1TB model yet spindle speed is the default 5400RPM. You might want to do yourself a favor and replace it with SSD, at least if it’s better general performance you’re after. It is a regular SATA 2 drive and there are no M.2 slots available.
Can I play games too?
If it’s games like Minecraft, Sims 4 or League of Legends you’re talking about, sure, go ahead. The Radeon R5 integrated engine can run those, if not on high settings. But games such as GTA 5 will hardly run on Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5294, I’ve seen people playing those on all-low settings and 800×600 resolution and get around 25 frames per second. That won’t be pretty, lag will be visible, but it can be called somewhat playable. On the bright side, all browser-based games will run here without issues.
Any comments about the display?
I don’t see many interesting things about the screen. A basic 15.6″ diagonal display that is, supporting a 1366×768 resolution. Don’t try to poke it, the screen’s not touch sensitive. Don’t be scared though, such a no-frills display will be alright for daily home use.
The usual set of ports is there for connecting many important devices. For starters, you can utilize the laptop’s USB ports – two are USB 2.0 and one is USB 3.0. Also HDMI-out is provided, you can hook up television to that and use the notebook through a bigger screen. A neat feature indeed.
Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5294 is no stranger to creating or reading discs, there’s a DVD burner on the side. You’ll also find SD card reader there, moving files from many portable gadgets (for example cameras) is easy with that.
Both LAN (100Mbps RJ-45) and Wireless adapters are available, although the latter doesn’t support a/c standard, just the usual b/g/n. But don’t worry, you’ll get connected to Internet easily with that too. It doesn’t look like Bluetooth is supported, get USB adapter if you want that.
Integrated webcam and microphone are available, although there’s no information about their specifications (like supported video resolution).
Anything else to keep in mind?
What comes to size and dimensions, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5294 is a typical 15.6″ laptop – it weighs 4.85 pounds. There seems to be a basic 4-cell 45Whr battery included, how long will it last is not exactly known, but four hours under lightweight use is a good estimate.
Windows 10 Home is the pre-installed operating system. Backlit keyboard is not available.
Summing it up
I’m often wary of these cheap laptops, that’s because they have slow components. But on the contrary, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5294 has quite good “ingredients” inside. The AMD processor is up to many tasks, including those that a home, classroom or small business user would do. However, that doesn’t include gamers, at least the hardcore ones, there’s simply not enough graphics performance in this notebook for them. Another group to find this laptop inadequate would be power users: there aren’t premium features like backlit keyboard and Full HD display available, and indeed the performance isn’t quite ready to take very heavyweight programs. But if your requirements are not too high, this Toshiba would offer very good bang for your buck for sure.