Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 Laptop is intended for students, office users and for folks who are always on the go. Like Toshiba Radius, this 15.6” laptop comes with 360 degree hinge. Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W is new series from Toshiba and comes with various hardware configurations. Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 Model comes with i5-5200U processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive, which means it will offer more than regular computing. Besides typing docs and web browsing, you can also do some entry level photo and video editing, create presentation, compress large file and video transcode etc. However, it is not suitable for 3D modelling, rendering and editing large HD files. You need faster processor and speedy hard drive for such tasks. Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 lacks such features. There is no solid state drive installed in this laptop. A main stream laptop like Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5150 could be a good choice for such works. It comes with Intel Quad core i7-4720HQ processor, 256GB solid State Drive and 12GB RAM. It is not a convertible laptop but is touchscreen enabled. Both the laptops don’t come with optical drive but have backlit keyboard and support Wireless AC.
Intel core i5-5200u is a dual core processor and each core operates with 2.2GHz frequency. Due to Turboboost, the clock speed can rise up to 2.7GHz. The processor comes with 3MB of cache memory and support Hyperthreading Technology which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. Compared to Intel core i5-5200u processor, Intel core i7-4720HQ is a quad core processor and each core operates with 2.6GHz frequency and the speed can boost up to 3.6GHz. It comes with massive 6MB of cache. It supports Hyperthreading technology too, which means 4 cores can handle 8 threads at a time. Though architecturally they are built with different technologies, Core i7 is the clear winner with its four cores and massive cache. Please note that CAD software and video editing programs are mostly multi-threaded.
Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, in two slots. According to Toshiba, memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. It doesn’t offer full version of Microsoft office.
The 15.6” touchscreen display of Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels, which means it cannot stream Full HD (1080p) content. There are plenty of certified refurbished laptops available at very less price. For instance, Toshiba Satellite 2-in-1 Convertible Radius P55W-B5224 which comes with Intel core i7-4510u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive . It comes with full HD IPS panel featuring 10 point multi touch support. It is Intel Widi ready.
Like Model C5278, Toshiba L55W-C5280 comes with 1-USB (2.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge port. There is a HDMI port with 4 K Ultra HD output capabilities. It comes with SD card reader and has HD webcam. Only wireless network connectivity is available with this model which is supported by Wireless AC, with backward compatibility, and Bluetooth V4.1
3 cell/45 Wh Lithium Ion battery pack offers 5-6 hours of battery backup.
For regular usage, Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 is a decent 2 in 1 laptop from Toshiba. However, if you are expecting higher performance for CAD software , Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5150 Touchscreen laptop will be a more feasible option. You will get free Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft against genuine Windows 8.1 Operating system.