TOSHIBA Satellite C55-C5246 is a decent budget laptop for home and student. It is powered by 5th generation Intel core i5-5200U processor and has 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive; it is Windows 10 based laptop. Though it doesn’t offer full HD display and is not a touchscreen enabled laptop, however, for the asking price, it is decent laptop if you consider the spec. It cost you around $500 -$600 (Varies from store to store). However, Amazon has similar spec Toshiba laptop (Model C55-C5241) which cost you much less. Both the laptops can run all day to day computing activities along with some hardware demanding jobs. Running Office application, web browsing, IMing and streaming videos will not be an issue with this machine. You can also do some entry level photo and video editing as well as video transcoding job. However, don’t expect it to be fast with such tasks. In the end, Intel core i5-5200u is an entry level ULV (ultra low voltage) processor which is intended to reduce energy consumption.
If you are looking for a laptop for watching videos and movies then similar priced Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 is a feasible alternative, which comes with a Full HD touchscreen display and has same Intel core i5-5200u processor but it is Windows 8.1 laptop ( eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade). However, Toshiba 15.6″ Satellite C55-C5246 Laptop PC offers more storage and more RAM. It is installed with 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive while Toshiba S55t-B5152 offers only 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Encased in a brushed black chassis, Toshiba 15.6″ Satellite C55-C5246 Laptop comes with inbuilt optical drive which is missing in Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152.
Toshiba C55-C5246 (listed as C55C5246 at some stores) comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is not dedicated graphics but supports casual gaming. With 8GB Memory, you can play games like Sims 4, Minecraft, Dota 2 in medium resolution and settings. However, if you are going to run games like Witcher 3 or Far Cry 4, you need to reduce the resolution as well as turn of fancy extra features. Nowadays you can get a decent gaming laptop (with dedicated graphics) for around $500-$600. For instance, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3, which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive. It has NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2GB dedicated video memory. This laptop also comes with Full HD display panel which is missing in Toshiba C55-B5246.
The Toshiba C55-B5246 laptop is shipped with 8GB memory. 8GB RAM is enough for day to day multitasking and i5-5200U processor doesn’t support memory consuming programs like 3D rendering. Memory is not user upgradable.It comes with 1TB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed and it is preinstalled with Windows 10.
The 15.6” display of the TOSHIBA Satellite C55-C5246 laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it will support up to 720p video playback only. As told earlier, it is not a touchscreen laptop.
The laptop offers 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone output/microphone input combo port, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 and 1 HDMI port. It has inbuilt optical drive which can be used to play and burn CD/DVD. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi and bluetooth
The 4 cell 45whr battery offers max battery life of 5 hours, however, it depends upon usage.
Toshiba Satellite C55-C5246 is available at various online stores like Office Depot, Walmart, Samsclub, Fry’s, Brandsmart USA, Staples and price varies from $500-$550. The price is defintely high if you compare it with the Toshiba C55-C5241 which comes with same configuration.