Toshiba Satellite L55Dt-C5238 is a notebook with decent components for light to moderate use: a new AMD A8 processor, 8GB DDR3L memory and a big (albeit mechanical) hard drive. There’s a 15.6″ touchscreen, but sadly it has no Full HD support. As a specialty, operating system is Windows 10 which is still a rarity among notebooks. So, let’s see how the laptop fares and if there’s a good reason to choose it.
It’s a brand new AMD A8-7410 processor that’s commanding Toshiba Satellite L55Dt-C5238. The CPU has four cores, a 2.2GHz clock speed and turbo reaching to 2.5GHz. Despite being a quad-core model, the A8-7410 doesn’t reach more than ~2700 CPU Mark points, meaning it has performance similar to low-voltage Core i3s. For regular stuff like Internet surfing and Microsoft Office that is perfectly fine, but person operating heavier programs might want a better processor – such as A10 or i5/i7 from the Intel side.
The notebook has 8GB DDR3L 1600Mhz memory. To me, it looks like the configuration is two 4GB sticks. The Toshiba L55-A series has two memory slots (maximum memory being 16GB) so I think that is also true here. In short, eight gigabytes is fine for 95% of the users, if you need more you probably already know it.
The storage is nothing spectacular – just a 1TB 5400RPM SATA hard drive. The bright side is huge size, terabyte equals to approximately 200,000 JPEG-quality photos, so you’re very unlikely to reach the storage limits here. But such a drive doesn’t have great performance like SSD that boots Windows 10 up in seconds and general user experience is great. If you happen to be a tech savvy person, you can always replace the HDD with an SSD yourself.
Screen and graphics
Toshiba Satellite L55Dt-C5238 features a 15.6″ touchscreen, but with this price you’ll get nothing more than basic 1366×768 resolution. The operating system is Windows 10, and from what I’ve read, it has improved touch support – not as clumsy as in Windows 8 – but they also say the newest Windows is easier to use with good old trackpad and keyboard. Whatever the case, for general use this kind of “no frills” display works fine.
Toshiba Satellite L55Dt-C5238 does not have discrete graphics. It has AMD Radeon R5 (Carrizo) chip integrated to the processor which uses the system memory – no dedicated VRAM is available. Unfortunately, the Radeon R5 isn’t very fast engine, its performance can be compared to older Intel HD chips like 4000 or 4200. For demanding games like Grand Theft Auto 5 this means rather unplayable frame rates: the said GTA would get around 15FPS on low/medium settings, not enjoyable at all. On the other hand, playing many lighter MMORPGs like League of Legends and Minecraft is possible on this rig.
Toshiba Satellite L55Dt-C5238 comes with three USB ports. Two are USB 3.0, located on the right side, identified with a blue connector. One USB 2.0 is available on the left. As usually, HDMI output is there as well, external display can be hooked to that.
The left side houses a DVD burner, you have no need to get an external drive for this laptop. There’s also a slot for SD/MMC cards, that you can use to transfer data from your digital camera or several other devices.
For networking you’ll get RJ-45 port and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. To my knowledge, Bluetooth 4.0 wouldn’t be supported.
As you can see from the product image, the screen bezel contains a webcam for Skype video sessions.
Toshiba Satellite L55Dt-C5238 weighs 4.8 pounds, not actually so much if you compare to other 15.6″ notebooks, they’re usually 5+ pounds. There’s no information about the battery life, but around 4 hours would be a safe estimation.
The keyboard doesn’t light up, but a numeric keypad is installed on the right side.
I don’t think Toshiba Satellite L55Dt-C5238 stands out from the general laptop crowd so much. It has AMD’s modern A8-7410 processor, although the performance is still very similar to older mobile i3 processors. Especially memory should suffice for anybody, but many might find the hard drive a bit dated – for which a swap to SSD helps. Windows 10 is probably the most exciting thing here, it remains to be seen whether it’s a flop or not. So if you don’t mind exploring something new, this Toshiba should be a good place to start.