Toshiba Satellite L55-C5384 Review

October 1, 2015
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Is it a regular-size 15.6″ laptop you want, but regular performance isn’t enough for you. Rather a powerful laptop is what you’re looking for? In that case, be ready to pay more – but not so much more, in the case of Toshiba Satellite L55-C5384. It’s a Core i7 equipped notebook with other useful features, for example the big terabyte hard drive. What it can do for you, and the overall value of this laptop will be discussed in detail below!

About performance

You won’t find low-end components in Toshiba Satellite L55-C5384. Starting with the processor, you’ll get Intel Core i7-5500U, a high end (yet power efficient) dual core unit with 2.4GHz clock speed and 3.0GHz turbo frequency. Because of the power efficiency, the i7-5500U gets “only” ~4000 points in CPU Mark while its big brothers without such power consumption limitations get double of that. But for laptop such a low-voltage i7 is an excellent thing, it packs very decent performance yet won’t heat up too much. It’s good companion for the more power-user minded, for those who might have heavyweight programs like Adobe or virtualization software in their repertoire.

It is 8GB RAM installed in this computer by default. There’s little information about this laptop available yet, but I bet 16GB is the most RAM this system can take. Distribution of the current 8GB is sadly not known.

A laptop of this price comes either with a big hard drive or a smaller (but fast) solid-state drive. Well, the Toshiba relies on an enormous 1TB 5400RPM hard drive. Plugged to a SATA interface, there are no mSATA slots available inside, so if you want to upgrade to solid-state drive you’ll need to remove the current HDD first.

Gaming notes

There’s nothing but a CPU-integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics engine in this model. Hence, gaming will be an enjoyable activity only if you don’t mind lower settings and resolution. For example, the popular benchmark (and an actual game!) GTA 5 will get mediocre ~25FPS played on medium settings and 720p resolution. If you’re into casual games like League of Legends the situation will be better, you can play that game with medium settings and 1080p and receive smooth frames well over 30 per second.

Anything to say about the screen?

There are not many user comments about Toshiba Satellite L55-C5384 available yet, so there’s room for speculation about the display image quality. In this price category it should be at least decent, although the 1366×768 maximum resolution isn’t going to be popular among the power users. Sometimes you can even find a Full HD screen for the same price. In addition, it is not a touch sensible model, but with Windows 10 that is not a problem at all.

What devices can I connect?

There are the usual three USB ports in Toshiba Satellite L55-C5384. Two of them, those on the right hand side, are marked with blue connectors which mean they’re USB 3.0. One USB 2.0 is available on the left. Also HDMI output is there, you’ll be able to connect HDTV or another kind of external monitor if you wish.

DVD burner is installed inside, you’re good to create and read discs with this Toshiba. I can also see SD card slot on the right hand side, slip in a memory card from your camera to upload photos.

Wireless adapter supports the modern 802.11A/C standard. Bluetooth availability is not known, but there’s RJ-45 port if you want to connect to Internet using wire.

Webcam on top of the screen can be used to chat with your buddies or creating videos for services like YouTube.

Other important features

Toshiba Satellite L55-C5384 is not heavy for a 15.6″ incher, often these models are 5 pounds and this one is exactly 4.8 pounds. Battery life I’d predict to be the usual 4 hours on this model, the low-voltage components won’t do wonders if the battery itself is a bad-to-average one (as I suspect it is here).

Unfortunately, the keyboard won’t light up. Numpad is available on the right hand side.

Wrapping it up

Toshiba Satellite L55-C5384 is a good tool for people who want a powerhouse on budget (if such a thing ever exists, heh). The Core i7 processor is indeed fast, albeit it’s still limited in performance thanks to its power efficient design. 8GB RAM will come handy with multitasking and keeping several programs open at the same time. The screen is not fabulous, mainly because it’s not a proper Full HD display. This Toshiba would be an ideal choice for somebody who has heavyweight/multiple programs, wants to run them without worrying about lag, but also doesn’t care about the missing 1080p screen.

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