Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 is one of the Japanese electronics giant’s latest laptop releases, but it has already gathered quite positive reviews on the Internet. Here’s one more: a look into this notebook, brought to you by the Tech For Pennies review team. We’ll let you know if this Toshiba would suit your needs well.
The main things
Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 runs on AMD A8-6410, a quad-core CPU meant for low-level laptops. Its clock frequency varies between 2.0 and 2.4GHz depending on the turbo use. It has similar performance to some slower Core i3 models from the Intel side. Thus, using the AMD for simple and complex software should work fine.
The memory amount in this model is 4GB. But perhaps you already know Toshiba Satellites so well that you know their memory can’t be easily upgraded. You’ll have to go with the default 4GB memory unless you want to tinker. That said, in my opinion 4GB is still adequate these days, especially for a budget laptop.
Unsurprisingly, the manufacturer chose a 500GB hard drive to this computer. It’s fine for basic use, having space for tens of thousands of smaller files, but of course the slow speed of 5400RPM might bother some. If you are not used to those faster SSDs you probably don’t notice any slowness, though.
About display and graphics
Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 has a typical 15.6″ non-touch screen with a 1366×768 resolution. Somebody commented it has OK quality. However, lack of Full HD might be one disadvantage. Another one could be lack of touch screen on a Windows 8.1 (64-bit) system like this.
The AMD processor contains a graphics engine called Radeon R5 (Beema). It’s roughly as powerful as Intel HD Graphics 4000/4200. That is a clear signal for hardcore gamers to stay away from this laptop, since frame rates would be unplayable on heavyweight titles and settings turned high. But some newer games like Battlefield 3 should run around 20 FPS with minimum settings. FPS on Minecraft would be over 30.
The laptop has three USB ports. One is USB 3.0 so you can enjoy faster transfer rates.
There are also outputs for VGA and HDMI. Hence, you can use the Toshiba with HDTV or older monitor with no problems.
100Mbps LAN port and WiFi take care of your Internet needs. There’s however no Bluetooth support.
Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 has a 16x DVD burner and memory card reader for SD, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, microSD and MMC formats. A HD webcam and microphone are also installed.
Something else to keep in mind?
The Toshiba has lower than average weight, 4.8 pounds, for a 15.6″ laptop. That contributes to good portability, although the 4-cell battery would give only around 4 hours running time. It’s not bad per se, but if you don’t have frequent access to power socket longer battery life would be a good idea. Too bad the battery can’t be easily replaced (just like the memory), so you have to go with the default setup.
These budget machines tend to come with bloatware installed. Also this Toshiba has its share of unwanted software. You can of course get rid of this little nuisance by simply uninstalling it. There are still some gems, like 30-day trials for MS Office 365 and anti-virus program.
The ten-key numpad on right lets you access number keys fast. On the flipside, the pad pushes the non-backlit keyboard and trackpad to left which affect negatively to user experience for some people.
There’s not much I can praise or bash Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 about. It’s an affordable laptop and does its job well for simple use, like web browsing and text editing. Many games (especially two or more years old) could also work on it if you reduce resolution and settings. It’s a decent machine, and getting it for around 350 bucks should be a reasonable deal for a home or small office user.