Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5252 is a convertible and inexpensive laptop, two keywords that are often times important for people. The unit will indeed work in tablet mode in addition to regular laptop, and the price for this thing is on the affordable side. But would it really make a good buy or perhaps you’d better start checking other models…?
This goes for pretty much all the notebooks, but also Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5252 is good for chores such as web browsing, sending emails and lightweight multimedia use. Its processor is up for those tasks, the Intel Core i3-5015U with dual cores and 2.1Ghz clock speed (~3200 CPU Mark points if you’re interested). The memory section is also healthy, there is 6GB (two and four GB sticks) installed and you can take this to 16GB by upgrading.
The 15.6 inches touch display is not just a normal screen, it works in four modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tent. It doesn’t detach from the keyboard part but the hinge turns 360 degrees. Resolution is the not-wonderful 1366×768 but for this price it’s forgivable. Stylus doesn’t work with the display. There’s a basic webcam included, good for Skype video chats.
The bane of 2-in-1 laptops is the lack of gaming performance. Also Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5252 suffers from that. You’ll get nothing but Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics chip which means that demanding games are almost off-limits. Try throwing GTA 5 at it and you’ll notice subpar 20 frames per second on the default resolution and medium settings. On the other hand, running Minecraft and League of Legends is a piece of cake, they work with some eye candy on.
Storage section isn’t the best thing in this Toshiba. It’s a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive with moving parts, not a solid-state drive. It’s slower and less durable than SSD, so if you got the skills you might consider replacing the HDD!
What else should you know?
Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5252 comes with a 3-cell 45Wh battery. It’s reported to last ca. 4 hours, not great but again understandable given the price.
The ports included are one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and one HDMI-out. Quite basic but probably all you need. It comes without RJ-45 jack so get Internet access with the WiFi adapter (supports AC standard and Bluetooth 4.1).
There is no optical drive on this notebook, just SD / MMC card slot.
The laptop is made of plastic and it has a backlit keyboard.
When talking about performance, Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5252 is quite an average notebook. Its Core i3 processor, 6GB RAM and hard drive are great for home and office use, but power users should probably opt for a more beefy laptop (and they know it!). But, performance is hardly ever the strong point in these convertible models – it’s the two-device functionality. So if you appreciate having a tablet and laptop in one computer, I think this Toshiba is totally worthy of checking out!