Toshiba Satellite S55-C5262 is the Japanese laptop company’s newest attempt to satisfy customers (and make some money on the side). The notebook has powerful components inside, most important ones being low-voltage Core i7 processor, 1TB mechanical hard drive and 12GB RAM. Gamers are not forgotten either, GeForce GTX 950M should be much better than crappy integrated graphics engines. Specifications are surely top-notch, but the price isn’t low, either. So, below you’ll find my take on whether this unit offers acceptable value to you or not.
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5262 should be beefy enough for users demanding power. It’s powered by Intel Core i7-5500U, a quad-core unit with 2.4GHz base speed and 3.0GHz turbo. The i7-5500U can be described as a higher end laptop processor, CPU Mark scores it at ~4000 points while typical Core i3s are between 2500 and three thousand. Being a power efficient model (the U suffix), there’s not as much performance as in i7-4720HQ, but as an advantage the i7-5500U will run cool and without consuming too much electricity.
The memory in this laptop is 12GB DDR3L 1600MHz. The system has two main memory slots, both are obviously occupied, and the maximum RAM is 16 gigabytes. Storage is sadly nothing to brag about, only a mere 1TB 5400RPM hard drive. In this expensive laptop I’d expect to see something better like a fast solid-state drive. But the bright side is, you can always install one yourself by replacing the older drive.
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5262 is indeed expensive because of the graphics engine. It’s not a wimpy integrated unit but a proper GeForce GTX 950M with 4GB dedicated memory. You can use it to play any game on medium settings, most even on higher details – for example GTA 5 should get decent ~35FPS played on high and 1080p. With similar details, Battlefield 4 would have same or tad better frame rates.
Comments about the screen
The main thing about the screen here is its resolution. It’s a proper 1920×1080, viewing Full HD content – be it video or game – will be smooth thanks to the dedicated graphics card. The display does not support touch, but I’ve read Windows 10 will be easier to use with trackpad and keyboard than the touch-friendly Windows 8. Panel type is TN which is a bit strange considering the high(ish) price point.
So, you’ve got some peripherals you want to connect to Toshiba Satellite S55-C5262? No problem, you’re offered three USB ports, all type 3.0. HDMI output is there as well, but Toshiba seems to have dropped VGA-out from these newer Windows 10 laptops – for a reason, if you ask me.
To access Internet, feel free to use either the Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) connection or 802.1n WiFi card. There’s support for Bluetooth 4.0 as well.
DVD burner is located on the left, in another words you don’t have to worry about external disc drives here. SD card slot is available too, that will be handy for transferring data to and from memory cards.
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5262 features a HD web camera, useful for video chats with your connections.
Other things you should know about
Product weight is 4.85 lbs, not so heavy compared to other 5-and-something pounds 15.6″ laptops. The battery is a 4-cell 43Whr one, giving you around 3-4 hours operating time with a single charge.
This thing seems to have a LED-backlit keyboard. A numeric keypad is available on the right as well.
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5262 is mostly a quality laptop. Starting with the good sides, it features the powerful – yet cool and low voltage – i7-5500U CPU and 12GB DDR3L memory speeding things up. 1920×1080 screen is pleasant to look at, and getting your feet wet with Windows 10 will be exciting. The GTX950M card lets you to keep a lot of eye candy turned on while playing most games, even many newer ones from 2015. But there are also bad sides, mainly about the storage: I think placing a solid-state drive would’ve made more sense here, making the laptop even more faster, durable and portable, although that would’ve also meant higher price. But as it is, the laptop is not a bad choice. If you can stand HDD – or better, swap it for an SSD – you should find this Toshiba an enjoyable computer for sure.