A power user laptop with 15.6 inches display, is that what you’d like to get? Toshiba Satellite S55-C5364 seems like a logical choice: after all, it has Core i7 processor, a hefty amount of RAM and huge hard drive (yep, not a solid-state drive). As a bonus, there’s also some sort of dedicated graphics card installed! It certainly looks like a good notebook, but let’s not be too hasty to judge…
There’s no danger that Toshiba Satellite S55-C5364 would start to show annoying lag and slowdowns. I base this claim on the fact the processor is 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U, a powerful dual-core unit featuring 2.5GHz clock speed and 3.1GHz turbo. Professionals often choose i7-based laptop because of added performance; indeed this particular i7-6500U reaches ~4200 points in CPU Mark. Compare that to budget Celerons which hardly get 1000 points. As far as the processor is concerned the performance is excellent here.
But what about other important specifications? Well, memory won’t become a bottleneck either. There’s 12GB RAM installed (8GB and 4GB sticks). As always, Toshiba specifications say that is not user upgradeable but I’m sure a tech-savvy person could go all the way to 16GB. That won’t however be necessary, even 12GB is more than you will ever need.
To be honest, storage drive isn’t that fast. You will get a lot of space, yes, a full terabyte. But it’s a mechanical hard drive with 5400RPM rate so reading/writing speed will be far from perfect. If you know what you’re doing, you’re free to remove that drive and put SSD in place to speed up the computer.
How is the display?
It’s a 15-inch screen in Toshiba Satellite S55-C5364, the most common laptop display size. Naturally for this price, 1920×1080 resolution is supported. If you can’t read the text on the screen because it’s small, switch resolution to 1366×768 and the problem is solved. Panel type is IPS, In-Plane Switching. It is not a touchscreen and the display only works in one mode, the laptop one (it doesn’t flip to tablet like convertible models).
Is it good for a gamer?
This Toshiba can indeed work for a gamer, there is a graphics card called GeForce GTX 950M installed. While it’s not a high-end engine it’s still miles ahead of integrated solutions (like Intel HD). In real world situation, you could play many games on high settings and Full HD, for example GTA 5 would give at least 30 frames per second in that case. It’s not top FPS but should get a casual gamer going.
If you’re not happy with what Toshiba Satellite S55-C5364 offers, you can always spice it up with devices. Three USB 3.0 ports are at your disposal, so is HDMI-out supporting Ultra HD resolution. The laptop also includes a DVD writer and SD/MMC card slot for memory cards.
You can connect the notebook to Internet by using either the integrated dual-band A/C WiFi & Bluetooth adapter or Gigabit Ethernet port (RJ-45 jack).
You may use the HD webcam to take pictures or shoot videos (for YouTube etc). It’s also possible to chat with your connections on Skype.
Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit) so you don’t need to upgrade from previous Windowses.
The laptop material seems to be aluminum. Keyboard has backlit feature.
The included battery has rating of 45Wh and 4 cells, people reported it lasts for a maximum 5 hours under web browsing and using dim screen. The battery can be replaced if you remove the whole laptop bottom.
The weight of Toshiba Satellite S55-C5364 isn’t bad, just 4.85 pounds. Most 15-inchers are 5 pounds or tad more.
Summing it up
This kind of notebook works best for power users and folks who demand solid components for their heavyweight programs, even games. I don’t think annoying lag would occur here as it would on cheaper laptops – also build quality looks decent, exactly something you could expect from this expensive unit. Connections are plenty with USB 3.0 ports and dual-band WiFi, and backlit keyboard is a nice premium feature to have. There’s not much to complain about, just keep your expectations in check if you’re playing very new and graphics-heavy games. All in all, a great laptop from Toshiba, once again.