Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248 is truly a powerful notebook. There’s a beefy Core i7 processor commanding the system, with 12GB memory and a big 1TB storage drive backing you up. Operating system is Windows 10 so you will be learning something new. But are there some obvious drawbacks here, and would the laptop generally offer great value to you? Here you will find my opinion about that.
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248 should not hiccup with programs thanks to the fast Core i7-4720HQ processor. It’s a quad-core monster of 2.6GHz clock speed and a nice 3.6GHz turbo. If you dig deeper, you’ll find out it gets an excellent +8200 points in CPU Mark, easily leaving behind processors like popular Core i5-5200U (~3500 points). Be it multitasking or some very demanding program you run, the i7 can surely handle it. Of course, there’s a price to pay, and that’s the power hungry nature of this processor. Also some heat can happen, you might want to be careful using this thing on your lap or in bed.
The notebook comes with 12GB memory (the DDR3L 1600MHz type). There should be two memory slots inside, meaning a tech-savvy person could upgrade the memory to maximum 16GB. But if you’re asking my opinion, I don’t think so little increase would bring big performance improvement.
The storage drive is all mechanical: a 1TB one with 5400RPM spindle speed. It works perfectly as a file storage, but not so well for user experience. Many people are these days swapping hard drives for SSDs, you can do that here too. Yet Toshiba could’ve put solid-state drive in themselves, the other specifications are great in this machine but the current hard drive will sadly slow down things a bit.
Display and graphics
You’ll find a proper Full HD 15.6″ screen in Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248. Thus, you don’t need to use any external monitors if you want to view 1080p content – unless you indeed want a physically bigger screen. Touch wouldn’t be supported here, but it’s said that Windows 10 is more logical for the mouse and keyboard folks than the (in)famous Windows 8.
Despite being a rather pricey model, the laptop has no great graphics. They’re powered by integrated Intel HD 4600, a chip that won’t satisfy avid gamers. To give you an example, you’d find GTA 5 running at 25-30FPS but just on 1366×768 and medium details. If you wanted to play on 1080p and high settings it would lag way, way too much. Battlefield 4 would give 20-25FPS on 1920×1080 and low settings, translating to playable. Many less heavy MMOs, like LoL or World of Warcraft work without issues, even with eye candy turned on.
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248 comes with three USB ports. This time, all of them are USB 3.0, so chances are you won’t need any (probably annoying) USB hubs here. The mandatory HDMI output is also available, you can plug in HDTV or PC monitor in case you prefer using the laptop with such a big screen.
There is nothing stopping you from burning a disc or two with this machine, there’s a DVD writer on the left side. SD card slot is available as well, that can be utilized for data transfers from digital cameras for example.
Connecting to Internet and networks should be rather effortless, the system includes a typical RJ-45 port and a 802.11 A/C WiFi card. Bluetooth 4.0 works too.
The notebook comes with a basic webcam, feel free to start Skype and have video chats with your buddies.
Anything else to keep in mind?
Weighing 4.8 pounds, Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248 is similar to competing 15.6″ laptops that are more or less 5 lbs. Information about battery isn’t available, but 4-5 hours operating time should be a good estimation.
The keyboard includes backlit keys and a numeric keypad on the side.
Casing is made of brushed aluminum, giving a professional look for the computer.
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248 is indeed a laptop for demanding use. It has a very, very fast processor, the i7-4720HQ, that beats all the power efficient mobile CPUs any day. The RAM amount is also huge, you can do a lot of multitasking with 12GB memory. Storage drive is likewise big but its performance is limited, upgrading it to a speedy SSD might be a good idea. The notebook can’t run new games fluently on high settings, the HD 4600 integrated graphics unit makes sure of that. If you’re fine with this drawback, the Toshiba should be a good companion for your heavy-duty software.