Not everybody needs a fancy laptop like Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154. But those who do probably want to know everything about the product before spending the big buck. First impression is good, the laptop’s i7 processor and 2TB hard drive are surely appreciated by power users. But perhaps the devil is in the details, so a closer examination would be a perfect idea right now…
It’s very often that I see the Core i7-4720HQ processor in these fancier laptops. There’s a reason for that: an excellent performance. The i7 features four cores and a 2.6GHz clock speed with up to 3.6GB turbo. Those specifications are stellar, and this is also evident in real life tests: Passmark gives this chip a high 8200 grade, while an average, everyday laptop with Core i3 gets mere 2500-3000 points. On Amazon product page the processor is listed as i7-4710HQ which is wrong, the right chip is indeed its big brother, the i7-4720HQ.
The memory of Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154 is maxed at 16GB, distribution being two 8GB DDR3L (1600MHz total) chips. To reiterate, adding more is not possible, but sixteen gigabytes should take you far no matter what your intentions with this notebook are.
The storage choice might bother some. There’s a 2TB (5400RPM) hard drive installed. On one hand, it gives much more than enough space for the entire lifespan of this computer. On the other hand, its performance is quickly getting outdated. If you prefer fast computer over huge storage, you might want to remove the current drive and put in an SSD (a SATA one that is).
Display and graphics
Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154 features a 15.6″ display with 1920×1080 resolution. And as we found out, the core components in this unit are rather speedy, so you’re actually able to run supporting content and many games on the native resolution. The screen also has a 10-finger multi-touch support which you might find relief with Windows 8.1.
I’ve heard that people have also been playing games on this notebook. I can believe that – after all, there’s a dedicated Radeon R9 M265X card installed. It’s not as fast as GeForce GTX860M, a card found in more gaming-oriented laptops, but the Radeon can still tackle most games no problem. For example, GTA V gives a decent ~35 FPS on normal settings and Full HD resolution. Other heavier games, including Civilization: BE and Assassin’s Creed: Unity, will also run, although perhaps not on maxed settings and 1920×1080.
Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154 has four USB 3.0 ports. That’s a nice amount since some pricier 15.6″ laptops come with only three. In addition, HDMI out is offered for external monitors.
Getting access to Internet is effortless, you can use either 1000Mbps RJ-45 port or 802.11 AC WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 and Miracast enabled. The laptop also includes a DVD writer for working with discs and SD/MMC card reader for compact memory cards.
One megapixel 720p webcam is included so the laptop is no stranger to Skype video chats.
Something else to keep in mind?
If you’re wondering about portability, Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154 is no better or worse than other 15″ notebooks. It weighs 5.1 pounds and offers a 4-cell 43Wh battery that lasts up to four hours web browsing. It should also be noted that the battery is not user replaceable. To change it, you’d have to send the laptop to a Toshiba tech and pay some.
The keyboard is backlit and comes with a 10-key pad on the right. Thus, touchpad is heavily shifted towards left, although people commented it is indeed responsive and smooth to use.
Summing it up
Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154 is an useful notebook if you can afford it and find use for all the performance and features it has. The i7 chip is one of the faster processors available while the 2TB hard drive is extremely hard to fill up with data. The dedicated graphics engine might not benefit everybody, but it is very good news if you’re prone to gaming. Many people don’t actually need this fancy notebook, but if you know you do, running your complex software or latest games should be a piece of cake on this Toshiba.