The 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U processor of Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272 is still an older processor compared to other laptops available in the market. Most of the laptops are powered by latest Haswell processors, but with the help of 6GB of RAM, Toshiba c55-B5272 offers more than enough speed for everyday tasks. For instance, you can type documents, process spreadsheets, email, do video calling, watch videos and stream music in this laptop. However, the laptops may struggle if you are going to run hardware demanding applications and games like planetside 2, thief, Watch dogs or want to run AutoCAD , Revit, 3Ds Max application. The integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics is able to handle some of the latest games like Fifa 14, Tomb raider, Dota 2 and older games like Sims 3 or World of Warcraft but you need to turn down graphics settings and resolution to get a playable frame rate. This $350 Toshiba laptop (current price, at Staples) is not for avid gamers. If you are really looking for a laptop that can support latest games as well as deliver performance for media editing and encoding programs such as Blender, Handbrake, ITunes and Adobe photoshop CS6 then you can take a look at Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W ($590) 15.6-Inch Laptop which is just under $600 at the time of publishing. It comes with Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7 GHz Processor (3MB Cache), 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 840M with 2GB dedicated video memory, Windows 8.1 operating system and 7-hour battery life. The only drawback with this Acer laptop is that it lacks DVD drive which you can find in Toshiba c55-B5272. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272.
Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272 comes with Intel core i3-3217U dual core processor which operates with 1.8GHZ of fixed frequency. Due to Hyperthreading technology, both of the CPU cores can process 4 threads at a time. It comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics which is an integrated graphics and is part of the processor. The graphics uses system memory. This graphics is decent if you want to play World of Warcraft, Sims 3 in low resolution and details but any high end game would struggle in this laptop. Satellite c55-B5272 also supports entry level photo editing and media encoding but you won’t get fast performance for such tasks. Intel core i3-3217U, a third generation ULV processor is designed to support Office application, watching videos, emailing, Skype and some browser gaming. If you are looking for Windows 8.1 touch screen laptop with 4th generation processor, you can consider HP 15-R018DX which comes with intel core i3-4010u processor 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive and costs around $440 or you can go for a cheaper touch screen laptop as well. For instance, $420 priced Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5109 which also have almost similar specs but doesn’t include an optical drive.
Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272 is installed with 6GB DDR3L 1600MHz (not user upgradable) arranged in two slots. 750GB (5400 RPM) hard drive is preloaded with Windows 7 home premium 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t include Microsoft Office full version.
The 15.6” LED HD backlit widescreen display offers 1366 x 768 native resolution which supports 720p but not 1080p. However, there is an HDMI port and you can use it to watch full HD contents on a compatible monitor or HDTV.
The edges of Toshiba c55-B5272 are arranged with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0, VGA , HDMI, Ethernet port, DVD/CD burner, combo audio jack and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n . Bluetooth connectivity is not available.
The 4 cell/45Wh lithium ion battery (not user replaceable) offers 4.5 hours battery backup
Pros of Toshiba c55-B5272
At $350, it is quite cheap (considering its specification)
Cons of Toshiba c55-B5272
No gigabit Ethernet and bluetooth