As the name suggests, Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 is not entirely a normal notebook. It has a handy functionality called 360 degree flipping screen which transforms the machine into a tablet (albeit a large one) in a blink of an eye. Other specifications include a capable i5-5200 processor, 8GB low energy RAM and a nice 128GB solid-state drive. Below you’ll find my comments if this kind of machine would be useful at all or not.
Intel Core i5-5200U (two cores, 2.2GHz, 2.7GHz turbo) is already quite a popular processor, perhaps due to its capability to offer decent performance without costing too much and eating too much electricity. The i5 series, especially these low-voltage ones, can be considered mainline processors (getting around 3500 CPU Mark grade), while the next level power efficient i7s do bit better, reaching around 4000 points in the same test. Both series are excellent for everyday use, and even professionals with applications like Photoshop, Eclipse or VMWare often choose those processors to ensure smooth operation.
Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 has 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory available. Although it’s not officially confirmed yet, I suspect it can be upgraded to sixteen gigabytes because of two slots on the motherboard. But if you have to ask, you probably don’t need to upgrade. 16GB is a lot and only a handful of power users would benefit from it.
There’s a proper 128GB solid-state drive responsible for storing your data and more importantly, serving them fast. Such a drive makes Windows 10 (yes, the new operating system pre-installed here) load to desktop in less than ten seconds. Of course there’s not too much space available, only around 100GB after Windows files, so you might want to utilize SD cards or cloud services to get more storage.
Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 is a versatile laptop, but for gaming it doesn’t work well. There is no dedicated graphics card – only integrated Intel HD 5500 – meaning gaming performance is quite limited. The HD 5500 is good enough for types like Counter-Strike: Go and League of Legends (1080p high details ~30FPS), but heavy AAA titles like GTA 5 would struggle (720p low details ~20FPS). So, as long as your selection consists of older games you should be safe with the HD 5500.
Comments about the display
The notebook has a 15.6″ touch display and appropriate for this price, it supports 1920×1080. As it flips 360 degrees, the device is good for laptop and tablet use – although for latter it will be heavy, often tablet screens are much smaller than this. The keyboard part is attached to the display at all times. The screen features IPS panel so you shouldn’t have issues with viewing angles and colors.
Looking at the product images, Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 seems to have three USB ports – two are on the right, they are the faster USB 3.0 connectors. One USB 2.0 is available on the left. You’ll also find HDMI-out on the machine, hook up an external monitor and use the laptop through that bigger display.
Common for a 2-in-1 laptop, there’s no internal disc drive. Alas, if you want to operate CDs and DVDs you should get an external drive. One way to transfer data locally would be the built-in card slot that supports at least SD format cards.
Also one thing that seems to be missing is RJ-45 port. Luckily, there’s still AC WiFi adapter for wireless connection, if you want cable to work get an USB to RJ-45 adapter.
Front-facing webcam is available, Skype video sessions are possible here too.
Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 might be a handy convertible machine, but remember it’s still essentially a 15.6″ laptop – so it weighs accordingly, 5.1 pounds. It’s not too tough to travel with, but keep this in mind if you think you’re getting a super portable ultrabook. Also battery life should be considered, you’ll end up with around 5 hours with web surfing.
The keyboard is backlit with LEDs and there’s a 10-key pad on the right for finding number keys quickly.
Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 is a laptop that is extra useful. I say that because of the tablet mode. The machine indeed works as both devices, although I must also add using it as a tablet will be rather clumsy because of heavy weight and big screen size. Speaking about performance, the notebook can run many heavier applications (think of types like programming environments) thanks to beefy processor and RAM, and the SSD should make general user experience pleasantly fast. Only thing I can complain about is bad graphics performance, gaming on this machine is limited to low details and/or very lightweight games. If you can live with that, the Toshiba should deliver excellent value for casual and many power users alike.