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ASUS X200MA-RCLT07

ASUS X200MA-RCLT07 is a decent entry level laptop – if you are looking for a cheap and compact Windows 8.1 -based laptop with a touchscreen. This Black laptop, currently listed at BestBuy, is priced at $280 approx. Equipped with Intel Celeron processor N2815 dual core processor, it offers adequate processing power for streaming video, Web browsing, video chatting, social networking and some document creation tasks including Microsoft Word/excel. ASUS X200MA-RCLT07 is not intended for PC gaming. However, few low end games are playable in low resolution and setting. Basically, it is a cheap 11.6in laptop designed for students and people who travel extensively and want a small touchscreen-enabled laptop for under $300. It comes with 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. Though it is a small laptop, it offers all essential ports and connectivity features including USB 3.0 and HDMI. ASUS X200MA RCLT07 lacks in optical drive which is common with budget laptops and has become acceptable for small-sized laptop. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X200MARCLT07.

Specification and performance of ASUS X200MA-RCLT07

Model X200MA-RCLT07 is based on Intel Celeron N2815 CPU, which is clocked with 1.86GHz and the clock speed can rise up to 2.13GHz. With 4GB memory it can accomplish above listed task with ease, assuming buyers will not expect to perform video editing tasks or 2D/3D designing and other CPU intensive computing jobs on this laptop. Any attempt to perform such tasks will bring forth limitations of the processor. Intel Celeron N2815 CPU comes with Intel HD graphics designed for Bay trail processor. Though the graphics supports DirectX 11, it would hardly support latest PC gaming. However, some games available in Windows app store are playable on this machine.

ASUS X200MA-RCLT07 comes with 4 DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM OnBoard Memory. Memory can’t expandable further. However, 4GB memory is adequate for day to day computing and basic multitasking.  The laptop is installed with conventional 2.5″ SATA 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm.

The 11.6” LED backlight high definition screen supports max resolution up to 1366X768 pixels and 720p HD playback.

The laptop sports 1.2” thin form factor and weighs around 3lbs.  It contains USB ports on both the sides – one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, a combination headphone/microphone port, an SD card slot, a full-sized HDMI port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. ASUS X200MA-RCLT07 also comes with HD webcam and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

The 3 cell 33whr lithium ion  battery offers around 5 hours of battery life and depends upon usage.

Pros of ASUS X200MA-RCLT07

Decent battery life

Light in weight

Touch screen

Cons of ASUS X200MA-RCLT07

Considering the price, no such cons

HP Pavilion 17-e112dx 17.3″ laptop

HP Pavilion 17-e112dx could be a good choice if you are looking for desktop replacement laptop that offers decent performance. The laptop is available at a reasonable price of $380 approx.  This laptop is driven by 3rd generation 2.6 GHz intel core i3-3130M processor, Integrated HD 4000 graphics and 4GB memory, which clearly indicates this laptop  will be able to support  regular computing along with some of the CPU intensive tasks.  It will support office computing as well. But 17.3” form factor will make it difficult to carry it along on a day to day basic. HP 17-e112dx will support working with Microsoft office suite, browsing web with multiple tabs, file compression and video streaming without any issue.  It also supports casual gaming. Games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Tomb Raider etc. can be played in low to medium details and settings. However, GPU intensive games will hardly run on this machine. HP Pavilion 17-e112dx is useful for photo editing as well; user can encode or decode audio and video file formats.  It has integrated DVD burner. Other features like HDMI and USB 3.0 ports are also available with this laptop. This is not a touchscreen laptop though. It weighs around 6.4 lbs which places it in the bulky category.  It comes with 6-cell 47WHr 2.2 Ah lithium-ion battery and you can expect average battery life (2-4hrs). Here is a brief review about the specifications and performance of Pavilion 17-e112dx.

HP Pavilion 17-e112dx  specification and performance

The laptop gets its power from Intel core i3-3130M which has two cores with Hyperthreading technology. The Processor is clocked with 2.6GHz frequency but the clock speed can’t be increased further. If you compare it with 4th generation Intel core i3-4000M, you will find there is no noticeable difference in terms of performance. When it comes to benchmark, the passmark score for core i3-3130M is 3615 which is slightly better than core i3-4000M. HP Pavilion 17-e112dx offers Integrated HD 4000 graphics which supports casual gaming.  Buyer can play paid or free games available at Windows App store on it. The laptop can stream high definition videos without any issue. However, the laptop supports only up to 900p HD playback and will not be able to playback 1080p or full HD playback. But 900p is almost close to full HD.

HP 17-e112dx comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM arranged in single slot and memory can be expanded up to 8GB. The laptop comes with ample storage. It offers 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. There is no SSD.

Pavilion 17-e112dx comes 17.3” LED backlit high definition display. The display supports maximum 1600 by 900 pixels resolution which can’t stream 1080p content but can stream 900p content.

Beside DVD burner, the laptop comes 3 USB ports (two of them being USB 3.0), an Ethernet port,  a combination headphone/microphone port, HDMI, and an SD card slot.  You will  also get a HD webcam. Network connectivity feature includes Fast Ethernet and Wireless N. Bluetooth is not available

Pros of Pavilion 17-e112dx

Decent processor

Good features for the money

DVD drive

Cons of HP Pavilion 17-e112dx

No Bluetooth

No SSD

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 is an entry level laptop and is a decent choice for those who want a laptop for working with word/excel, web browsing, online communication and watching videos. With the help of dual core Intel Celeron N2820 processor and 4GB memory, this laptop will be able to process typical home computing with ease. However, it will not be able to support CPU or GPU intensive tasks like high end gaming, working with AutoCAD or other similar application, animation, video editing etc. Satellite C55-A5105 could be a great choice if you are on tight budget. This 15.6” laptop costs around $250 ( Best Buy) and comes packed with lots of features which support day to day computing. It doesn’t offer fancy features like backlit keyboard and SSD. It is not feasible for a manufacturer to provide such features at this price though. The laptop does come with inbuilt DVD burner. As is common with low-cost computers, build quality of C55-A5105 isn’t so great either. Toshiba C55-A5105 weighs around 5.3lbs and the laptop houses a full-size keyboard with dedicated numeric keypad. The closest competitor to this laptop is Toshiba Satellite C55-A5190 or C55A5190 which comes with almost similar hardware configuration and is available at around $250 at Microcenter. To know more about the laptop, read the brief review below.

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 specification and performance

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 has decent entry level CPU. Intel Celeron N2820 is a dual core processor based on Intel’s Bay Trail. It operates with base frequency of 2.17GHz and clock speed can rise up to 2.39GHz, if system demands. Toshiba C55A5105 comes with integrated Intel HD graphics built for Bay trail mobile processor. This graphics is not a strong graphics. Thus, running PC games like BF4, COD Ghosts is ruled out. However, you can play some of the games available in Windows App store. The laptop can stream videos with ease.

Toshiba C55-A5105 comes with 4GB RAM DDR3L 1333MHz memory and offers 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive. The hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with other software.

The 15.6” display of Toshiba C55-A5105 supports maximum resolution 1366 X 768 pixels which supports playback up to 720p only and 1080p is not playable in this laptop. However, there is an HDMI port.

Besides HDMI, you will get three USB ports (two of them being USB 2.0), VGA port Ethernet, VGA, separate microphone and headphone ports and an SD card slot. Wireless networking is supported by 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. It comes with high definition webcam. Again, this laptop is primed to perform basic computing tasks that a home user or a student requires.

The 6 cell 48hours battery offers up to 5 hours of battery life.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105

The price is a steal for the features you are getting

Decent for home user and students

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105

No Bluetooth

HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n010dx

For around $630, HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n010dx laptop comes packed with valuable features and offers lots of processing power for your multimedia requirements. The laptop gets it’s processing power from 2.5GHz AMD Quad-Core A10-5750M Accelerated Processor and has been integrated with 6GB of RAM and 750 GB hard drive.  It comes with few tradeoffs in order to stay under $700, for instance, user will not get full high definition screen or SSD drive. Still it is a worthy investment as user will get touchscreen laptop with powerful processor, sufficient memory and ample storage. HP m6-n010dx offers fancy features like backlit keyboard and beats dual speakers with subwoofer.  It supports pretty much everything except hardcore gaming, professional grade 3D designing and animation etc. User can edit photos and videos, watch videos, do office task along with day to day computing. It is appropriate for students, home users and business users who want something a little fancier than a dull old business laptop. Optical drive is missing in this laptop. Here is a brief review of specifications and performance of HP ENVY m6-n010dx laptop.

HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n010dx specification and performance 

HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n010dx is driven by 2.5GHz AMD A10-5750M accelerated processor which has four cores. Processor core frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. The processor comes with 4MB of L2 cache. Though it is not comparable with Intel quad core i7 processor still it offers performance for casual gaming, encoding and decoding media files, small video editing, 2D modelling etc. HP TouchSmart m6-n010dx comes with integrated AMD Radeon HD 8650G graphics which supports DirectX 11. It can run almost all latest PC games but not in high details and settings. In some cases you may need to sacrifices resolution and extra features to get playable frame rates. However, games like Gird 2, Dota 2, Simcity, Tomb raider can run decently on this machine.

HP Envy m6-n010dx TouchSmart laptop comes with 750GB hard drive which works with 5400rpm speed. The hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system and other softwares like CyberLink PowerDirector, CyberLink PhotoDirector, CyberLink Power2Go; Dragon Naturally Speaking etc.

The laptop is pre-configured with 6GB RAM but memory cannot be expandable further. The 15.6” LED backlit HD display offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 resolutions. Thus, it supports 720p HD playback but will not be able to display 1080p content. To watch 1080p laptop content, you need to connect your laptop with a compatible HDTV and monitor via HDMI port.

HP m6-n010dx comes with good amount of features with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 port, HDMI, Ethernet, SD card reader and combo audio jack.  It comes with Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and wireless N

The 6 cell lithium ion battery offers 2-5 hours of battery life, depending  upon usage.

Pros of  HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n010dx

Powerful processor

Touch screen

2 USB 3.0 ports

Bluetooth

Backlit keyboard

HDMI

Cons of HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n010dx

No SSD

Doesn’t support full HD

AMD A6-5200 vs Intel core i3-3110M vs Intel core i3-3120M

AMD always wants to deliver more performance at a competitive price and AMD A6-5200 accelerated processor or APU is a good example this gesture.  Intel core i3-3110M and core i3-3120M are the main competitors of AMD A6-5200.  Even though Intel processors operate with higher clock speed, still they have fewer cores.  It has been observed that AMD offers more cores for same or lesser price than its Intel counterpart.  Now question arises, which one is better of the two?  Being an Intel or AMD fan, you can’t just say that Intel core i3-3110M/ AMD A6-5200M is the best.  That would be absurd. Let us start by comparing specifications of each of the processors.

AMD A6-5200 is a quad core accelerated processor, with each core operating with 2GHz frequency, and has 2MB L2 cache. L2 cache is faster than L3 cache. More cores can process multiple programs and threads at the same time.

Both Intel Core i3-3110M and Core i3-3120M are dual core processors. Intel core i3-3110M operates with 2.4GHz while Intel core i3-3120M operates with 2.5GHz.  There is no denying the fact that Intel core i3 has Hyperthreading technology which enables each of the cores to handle two threads at a time and act as quad core processor to the operating system. Two virtual cores, however, are not as fast as physical cores because there will be instances when both of the virtual cores would be using the same part of the physical core. It may reduce the performance.

When it comes to single threaded application, both  Intel core i3 processors will get advantage over AMD A6-5200 APU.

AMD A6-5200M is fabricated with 28nm technology while Intel core i3-3120M and Intel core i3-3110M uses 22nm manufacturing process. However, both the manufactures use different process of fabrication.

Graphics

AMD A6-5200 comes with Radeon HD 8400 integrated graphics, based on GCN architecture of AMD, which is comparable to Intel’s HD 4000 graphics. Both the graphics are DirectX 11 capable but both the graphics do not support high end PC gaming and are capable of running low demanding games only.

TDP Rating

AMD A6-5200 comes with low TDP rating (25w) as compared to Intel core i3-3110M and core i3-3120M (35w). Thus, AMD A6-5200 is more energy efficient.

Additional features

AMD A6-5200 comes with AES Instruction Set which helps in protecting your data. This feature is not available with Intel core i3 ivybridge mainstream processor. On the other hand, Intel core i3-3110M and i3-3120M incorporate Execute disable bit feature which provides protection from processing of malicious programs.

Benchmark

The passmark score for AMD A6-5200 is 2437 while that of i3-3110M is 3080 and i3-3120M is 3308

Conclusion

If you have to choose between Intel core i3 powered laptop or AMD A6-5200, then both CPU and APU are decent for regular computing and casual gaming.

Intel core i3-4010U vs Intel core i3-3217U

Intel core i3-4010U vs Intel core i3-3217U – which one is the better processor- such queries are very common. We understand that anyone asking these questions clearly need some kind of help in one direction or the other, or may be looking for some guidance.
Intel core i3-4010U processor is a dual core processor belonging to 4th generation Intel processor or Haswell family while Intel core i3-3217U is also a dual core processor but belongs to 3rd generation or Ivy Bridge family. Both the processors are  built with 22nm technology. Ivy Bridge was a die shrink of Sandy Bridge processor and fabrication process moved down from 32nm to 22nm. Haswell  also used the same 22 nm manufacturing process but it is using a new microarchitecture that is more efficient. Similarly clocked Haswell processor offers 6-10% more performance over ivy Bridge processor.

Core i3-4010u operates with 1.7GHz frequency and comes with 3MB of smart cache. On the other hand, i3-3217u operates with 1.8GHz frequency and comes with 3MB of smart cache.  Thus the performance offered by 1.7GHz , i3 4010U is on par with 1.8GHz core i3 3217u for most of the applications – in fact, slightly better.  In day to day computing, user will hardly detect any difference in performance. However, overall performance of a laptop does not entirely depend on processor. The performance also depends on amount and speed of memory, type of hard drive etc.

Intel core i3-4010u comes with Data protection technologies like AES New Instructions and Secure Key which help in protecting your data. These technologies are missing in core i3-3217U processor.

Graphics

When it comes to graphics, Intel core i3-3217U comes with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics while Intel core i3-4010U has Intel HD 4400 graphics. Intel HD 4400 offers improved 3D performance over that of Intel HD 4000. However, both the processors are unable to run high end games as both are designed to support regular computing and not PC gaming.

Intel core i3 4010u as well as Intel core i3 3217u are ULV or Ultra low voltage processor. The processors come with low TDP. TDP rating for i3-3217u is 17watt while that of i3-4010u is 15Watt. Thus, i3-4010u is more energy efficient.

Benchmark

The Passmark score for Intel core i3-3217u is 2298 while for i3-4010u it is 2507

HP Pavilion x360 11-n010dx 2-in-1 11.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop

HP Pavilion x360 11-n010dx is Intel Powered 2-in-1 laptop which can serve as a regular laptop as well as a tablet. User can tilt the screen back up to 360 degrees to make it Tablet- just like Yoga 2 from Lenovo. This 11.6” Touch Screen hybrid laptop is an inexpensive 2-in-1 computing solution and it is designed to target budget segment. At present, HP 11-n010dx is listed with price tag of $400 (pre-order) at Best Buy. HP Pavilion 11t-n000 x360 PC is a similar model available at HP’s own HP home and office store. The device is powered by Intel Pentium N3520 quad core processor. Along with 4GB RAM, it offers decent performance for web browsing, watching videos, online communication including video chat. User can even work with Microsoft Office. You can swipe through photos; watch live streaming in tablet mode. Encased in smoky silver cover, the built feels solid and it weighs around 3.1 lbs. The laptop comes with Chiclet style keyboard and offers all necessary ports. Like any other 11.6” tablet and 2-in-1, HP Pavilion x360 11-n010dx lacks optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the machine.

HP Pavilion x360 11-n010dx specification and performance

HP Pavilion x360 11-n010dx is driven by Intel Pentium N3520 which is a quad core processor and operates with base frequency of 2.17 GHz approx. Processor frequency can rise up to 2.42 GHz, depending upon system needs. The TDP rating of this processor is 7.5W, thus you can expect a decent battery life. However, the 2 cell 29WHr 3.82Ah prismatic battery offers only up to 4.5 hours of battery life. HP has installed a low capacity battery in this laptop. With 4GB memory, user can perform all regular computing activities. It allows light gaming as well. You can play games from Windows app store. User can install iTunes and convert media files easily. Aside from entertainment, you can type documents and work with spreadsheets on this 2-in-1 laptop.

Pavilion 11-n010dx comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM (1 DIMM) and 500GB 5400rpm regular hard drive. However, some models of HP Pavilion x360 come with solid state drive. Those models cost you more. Windows 8.1 (64-bit) is preinstalled on the hard drive.

11.6″ LED-backlit high-definition touch-screen display of this 2-in-1 laptop does not offer full high definition resolution but, for a small screen, 1366 X 768 pixel resolution is enough.

HP Pavilion x360 11-n010dx comes with adequate ports and connectivity features. The right side of the laptop is arranged with HDMI v1.4 port, USB 3.0 port (closest to HDMI port), USB 2.0 port, Media card reader, Ethernet port, Power connector, HDD activity LED and AC Adapter/battery light. On the left side you can find Volume control button, Power button, USB 2.0 port,  Combo headphone / mic jack and Security lock slot. It comes with a high definition webcam.

Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi and Bluetooth.

HP’s Pavilion x360 11-n010dx is a decent 2in1 laptop for budget users. It can be easily turned into a tablet. However, battery life is not so good.

 

HP 15-d038dx 15.6″ Sparkling Black Laptop

HP 15-d038dx is a mainstream notebook intended to offer a good balance of features, performance and battery life at a reasonable price of $380 approx.  The spec sheet of this laptop contains a 3rd generation 2.6 GHz intel core i3-3130M processor , Integrated HD 4000 processor and 4GB memory, which means the laptop is meant for regular and office computing.  You can work with Microsoft office suite, browse web with multiple tabs, compress files and stream videos with ease on this laptop.  HP 15-d038dx also allows casual gaming,  you can play games like fifa 14, Dota 2 etc. However, games like Battlefield 4 and Titanfall will barely run on this machine. Additionally, you can edit your personal photos, convert audio and video file formats on this laptop. This 15.6” laptop has all the features necessary to perform day-to-day regular computing.  HP 15-d038dx comes with DVD burner and has HDMI as well as USB 3.0 ports. The laptop weighs around 5 lbs which is not heavy considering it’s 15.6” form factor. It comes with 3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery and you can expect up to 6hours of battery life. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-d038dx:

HP 15-d038dx  specification and performance

Intel core i3-3130M is a dual core processor and each core operates with 2.6GHz frequency. Compared with 4th generation Intel core i3-4000M, it offers similar performance. When it comes to benchmark, the passmark score for core i3-3130M is 3615 which is slightly better than core i3-4000M. However, user will hardly notice any difference in performance while performing day to day computing. Again, HP 15-d038dx comes with Integrated HD 4000 graphics which allows casual gaming. User can also play paid or free games available at Windows App store. A dedicated graphics can increase the gaming performance a bit. Unfortunately, the laptop doesn’t come with dedicated graphics. It can stream videos without any glitch.

HP 15-d038dx comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM. The laptop offers plenty of storage space. It is installed with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. For such a low price you can’t expect a hybrid drive or SSD.

Like other budget laptops, the  15.6” HD BrightView LED-backlit display  of HP 15-d038dx supports maximum 1366 by 768 pixels resolution which can’t stream 1080p content but can stream 720p content efficiently.

This laptop has an inbuilt DVD burner, 3 USB ports (one of them being USB 3.0), an Ethernet port, combination headphone/microphone port, HDMI, and an SD card slot. You also get a 1-megapixel webcam. Network connectivity features includes Fast Ethernet and Wireless N.

Pros of HP 15-d038dx

Decent battery life

Good value/features for money

DVD drive

Cons of HP 15-d038dx

No Bluetooth

Toshiba Satellite C55T-A5103

Toshiba Satellite C55T-A5103 laptop offers good features and value for money. This is a touch screen laptop which offers plenty of hard drive space. However, the build quality of the laptop is average. Powered by Intel core i3-4000M, this 15.6” laptop allows us working with Microsoft office, web browsing, emailing, social networking and watching videos. Toshiba C55T-A5103 is not a gaming laptop but it is useful for casual gaming and can run games available in Windows App store. Resource consuming tasks like photo editing, converting media files, compressing files etc. can be done in this machine. The price of the laptop is $490 approx. Satellite C55T-A5103 weighs around 5.3lbs which is not very light in weight. Other necessary features like optical drive, HDMI and USB 3.0 port are present in this laptop. This laptop is suitable for home, home office & students. As this laptop has entry level processor and integrated graphics, CPU hungry programs like animation and 3D modeling will hardly run on it. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of this laptop:

Toshiba Satellite C55T-A5103 specification and performance 

Toshiba Satellite C55T-A5103 is powered by 4th generation/Haswell Intel core i3-4000M dual core processor which is hyper- threading enabled and 2 cores can process 4 threads at a time. Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 is the only graphics options available with this laptop. Compared with earlier Intel core i3-3110M processor, which also operates with 2.4GHz, i3-4000M is 5%-8% faster.  However, its graphics performance is much better than earlier generation integrated graphics. Still users will hardly be able to play power hungry PC games like Titanfall, Thief or Battlefield 4. But it can run games like Dota 2, Gird 2, Fifa 14, SimCity in low to medium details and setting. The laptop can stream high definition videos smoothly. The graphics is dual display capable.

Toshiba C55T-A5103 comes with 4GB DDR3L RAM and 750GB, 5400rpm hard drive. The hard drive is preinstalled with Windows 8.1 operating system along with 1-month trial version of Microsoft Office 365. It doesn’t come with a Hybrid drive. The machine is meant to be a budget notebook, so you can’t expect all high end features from this laptop.

The 15.6” LED backlit high definition display offers 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means it can supports 720p HD playback but cannot playback 1080p contest. To compensate, there is an HDMI port, which can be used to view FHD laptop content by connecting your laptop to a compatible TV or monitor.

The laptop comes with all necessary ports which include 2USB 2.0, 1USB 3.0, SD card reader, HDMI, VGA and audio port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and Wireless-N. Bluetooth is not enabled though.

6 cell lithium ion battery offers 2 to 5 hours of battery life, depending upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55T-A5103

Inexpensive touch screen laptop

Large hard drive

USB 3.0

Cons of Toshiba C55T-A5103

No Bluetooth

Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5175

At under $400, this 15.6” Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5175 is a decent, inexpensive way to get entry level laptop to your home. With 2.0 GHz AMD Quad core A6-5200, you can expect good speed for all your day to day computing needs as well as light entertainment. The 6GB memory is sufficient for uninterrupted regular multitasking. Basically, it can process typical home and office tasks like typing documents, internet, video chat, watching video, as well as multimedia tasks like encoding and decoding audio video and casual gaming with ease. However, non-touch display and average build quality may disappointment some of the potential buyers. Toshiba C55D-A5175 includes features like HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. It comes with DVD burner as optical drive. The weight of this laptop is around 5.3lbs which is not heavy for its size but not too light either. The 15.6” Satellite C55D-A5175 doesn’t support full high definition playback. It is hard to expect this kind of feature from under $400 laptop. The laptop is currently offered by Office Max.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5175.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5175 specification and performance

As for performance, Toshiba C55D-A5175 laptop’s AMD A6-5200 APU offers ample performance. It has four cores and each core operates with frequency of 2 GHz. The APU or accelerated processor comes with Integrated AMD Radeon HD 8400 graphics which supports casual gaming. It can convert media files without any issue. It also supports PC gaming and can stream videos smoothly. Games like F1, Fifa 14, Dead space 3, SimCity will run in low to medium resolution and details. But you will barely be able to see more than 20 fps for high end games like Battlefield 4, Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag. However, users can play most of the paid or free games available at Windows App store.  Some old games like World of Warcraft is playable in this laptop.

Satellite C55D-A5175 comes with 6GB DDR3 memory which works with 1333MHz speed. The 500GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed.

15.6″ widescreen HD LED Backlit display supports maximum display resolution of 1366×768 in 16:9 aspect ratio which supports playback of 720p content but not 1080p content. With the help of HDMI port, you can watch full high definition laptop content in compatible HDTV and monitor.

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5175 has a complete configuration that makes it a useful laptop for home and school work. It comes with a built-in DVD burner, three USB ports (one of which is USB 3.0), HDMI, RJ 45 , VGA, audio ports and an SD card slot. It supports Fast Ethernet and 802.11 N Wi-Fi. It doesn’t offer Bluetooth support.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55-A5175

Decent non-touch laptop for home and students

6 GB memory

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55-A5175

No touch screen

No Bluetooth