Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-C5245 looks like a typical 15.6″ notebook with a couple of noteworthy things: the AMD A8-7410 processor is very new, and Windows 10 as the operating system isn’t too old either. Apart from those, there’s 6GB memory and plenty of storage – 1024GB – although only on a mechanical hard drive. Let’s see if this kind of system would benefit you in some way.
It looks like the new AMD A8-7410 processor has found its way to many of these Summer 2015 Toshiba models. It is a quad-core CPU with 2.2GHz clock speed (2.5GHz turbo) and 25W maximum TDP, Thermal Design Power. Compared to other, better known processors, it’s similar to Core i3s meant for laptops. Benchmark tests verify this fact, CPU Mark giving this unit ~2700 points – indeed the same than many mobile i3s get. This kind of score is great for everyday computing, although I’ve seen some people brave enough to use these processors for applications with higher requirements, such as Photoshop, programming and development.
Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-C5245 has 6GB memory (the DDR3L 1600MHz type). In C55-C models there are two memory slots on the motherboard, so logically thinking you could upgrade the RAM all the way to 16 gigabytes. However, it’s also noted in the specifications that the RAM is not user upgradeable. This is not entirely true, you can change the memory, but it’s not as easy as in other notebooks.
One thing that bugs me about these new Toshibas is the storage drive. Many come with a hard drive while more and more people want something else – a quick SSD. The 1TB 5400RPM drive in this machine is surely large, but how is its performance? Not that good, and solid-state drive would help users with system and application load times. Of course, installing SSD yourself should be possible here.
Display and graphics
Looking at the price, you can’t expect too much from the 15.6″ display of Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-C5245. For example, the 1366×768 resolution won’t give you too much virtual desktop space to work with, also gaming is more enjoyable on higher resolutions (although the graphics card wouldn’t let you play on 1080p anyway). But for a home user such a display should suffice well. And don’t forget it supports touch, yet it’s unclear whether it’s very useful for Windows 10. There are reports that Microsoft is going back to its “mousey roots” with its latest operating system.
The worst thing in Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-C5245 is gaming performance, because of the simple fact that there’s no dedicated graphics card. Instead, you’ll have to do with Radeon R5, a CPU-integrated unit offering performance similar to Intel HD engines. In real life, it can run GTA V on low settings and resolution (not beautiful) at around 30FPS, but there will be occasional frame drops and it won’t be smooth. Another thing are the less-requiring games, such as Sims 4 and ones powered by Steam, those will have playable frame rates all the time.
Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-C5245 offers three USB ports, one of those is USB 3.0. Also HDMI-out is provided, you can hook up a HD television or another kind of monitor to that.
The left side houses a DVD writer so there’s no need for external drive. In addition, owners of cameras and other portable devices can upload data to the laptop through the built-in SD/MMC card slot.
Networking interfaces are basic but sufficient 100Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 port and 802.11n WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 support.
HD webcam with stereo microphone is available, good if you want to have video chats on Skype now and then.
The unit doesn’t weigh too much, just 4.85 pounds, so for the road warrior minded Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-C5245 should be rather convenient. The 4-cell 45Whr battery gets over 7 hours in MobileMark tests, but in reality you’ll end up somewhere between 4 and 5 hours I’d say.
Backlit keyboard is something this laptop does not have. A numeric keypad is however available on the right.
Summing it up
There’s not much to praise or complain about Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-C5245. It’s a decent computer for “the general public” a.k.a home users who mainly browse the Internet, watch videos and perhaps print on their laptops. The new A8-7410 CPU isn’t really faster than power efficient Intel Core i3s, so any extra performance isn’t available here – also integrated graphics doesn’t help. Those things would disappoint some power users and many gamers, but for this price you can’t expect to receive too powerful notebook. So, keep your expectations in check and you should find much joy in this basic Toshiba.