Looking at the specifications, there seems to be many uses for Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274. It has i7 processor and 12GB RAM, so both casual and power users should be happy with it. In addition, the terabyte hard drive is good news, at least if you’re a person with enormous files. But the laptop unfortunately has some disadvantages I can spot, I’ll tell you more about them below…
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 is something a professional would appreciate, at least if you think the i7-5500U processor is good enough for you. True, it’s a low power (= less performance) one, but this dual-core model reaches almost 4000 points in CPU Mark – pretty solid compared to i3s (~2500) and i5s (~3500). The clock speed is 2.4GHz, however the maximum frequency attainable with turbo is 3.0GHz. It’s a very decent processor for most uses, and another good thing is that it won’t drain power quickly, staying cool.
There is 12GB (DDR3L 1600MHz) memory installed in this Toshiba. I, and probably many others, think it’s a bit too much. I mean, 4-8GB is something 99% of users would be happy with, so the 12GB might be there to make the system look good on paper. But at least you won’t run out of RAM, and if you ever wanted to upgrade the memory, the maximum would be 16GB here.
It’s a lot of storage space you’ll get, that’s for certain. The laptop sports a 1TB hard drive, the amount is equivalent to, say, two hundred DVDs. Of course, it’s only a 5400RPM model so you’re not getting any performance benefit. But a right storage drive can make the system faster a big time. I’m talking about those new solid-state drives. If that’s your cup of tea, nothing is stopping you from removing the terabyte drive and putting in an SSD.
How well would games run on it?
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 wouldn’t excel at gaming because it doesn’t include a graphics card using dedicated memory. Instead, there is a graphics unit that is integrated to the processor, called Intel HD 5500. Feel free to play games that don’t require fancy graphics, for example Sims 4 and Minecraft. On the other hand, if you were to new Triple A style games the situation would be a bit different. As an example, GTA 5 would get playable ~25FPS if you had low/medium settings.
Any comments about the screen?
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 doesn’t have very interesting screen, just a basic 15.6″ display with 1366×768 resolution. To be honest, I’d even call that a bad screen for the price, often you find a 1080p resolution in these pricier laptops. Anyway, the display will do its job fine, but don’t expect miraculous image quality or viewing angles.
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 has the usual ports to spice up the system. The USB ports are three, all of them fortunately the version 3.0. For video connection you can use the HDMI-out with 4K UHD support. Getting Internet access should be effortless, the laptop comes with A/C dual-band WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1 card and RJ-45 LAN port.
DVD burner is included, you don’t need to worry about portable optical drives here. Memory card reader is also available, put in SD card from your digital camera and upload photos that way.
If you are interested in having video chats you’ll be glad to know there’s a HD webcam in the notebook. Depending on your quality preferences, it also works for video recording.
What other things to keep in mind?
Is it a laptop for road warrior you’re looking for? Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 is a so-so choice – it weighs a good 4.85 pounds (comparable to other 15.6″ models). The operating time with single charge would be around 4 hours. The 4-cell 45Whr battery isn’t directly user replaceable, meaning you’d probably have to remove the bottom to get access to that.
The keyboard features LED backlight and a dedicated 10-key pad.
Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 is one of the faster models coming from the Japanese laptop giant. It was clearly made to attract demanding users who wouldn’t be content with a budget Toshiba model. Indeed, this one packs a lot of performance, there is no risk that most heavyweight programs would put the system on its knees. But one thing to watch out for is gaming, there is no dedicated graphics card inside. So that drawback aside, the Toshiba seems a pretty solid power user laptop. It has received good reviews around the Internet, too.