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Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300

Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300 is a mid-price laptop but it offers lots of premium features and good hardware configuration. Encased in an aluminum cover, the laptop has full high definition display (1080p), wireless ac, backlit keyboard alongside strong hardware configuration. Satellite E45T-B4300 comes with Intel core i5-4210u dual core processor, 8GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. The price of the laptop is $700 approx (at Best Buy). The main competitor of the laptop is Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series i7537T-2786sLV, which costs around $780 but has full HD 15.6” screen, backlit keyboard, Intel core i7-4510u processor,8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. Though it costs you little extra, the price is justified as it comes with more powerful processor, extra storage as well as 4 USB 3.0 ports. It also comes with backlit keyboard. Both the laptops are touchscreen enabled. Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300 is a thin laptop and doesn’t come with CD/DVD drive. It weighs around 4.5lbs and is only 0.9” thick. The HDMI is capable of transmitting 4K content. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300:

Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300 Specification and Performance

Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300 has dual core Intel core i5-4210u processor which operates with 1.7GHz and, due to Turbo-boost technology, core frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. It comes with 3MB of L3 cache memory and offers good performance for running office applications, video conferencing, watching video, emailing, creating presentations, compressing large files, changing media file formats and installing iTunes etc. It also supports entry level photo and video editing.  The laptop doesn’t have discrete graphics and integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics is the only option for the machine. As long as your gaming needs don’t go beyond causal gaming, Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300 is a decent mid-size laptop. However, if you are looking for better gaming performance and your computing needs include frequent photo and video editing and file encoding, Dell i7537T-2786sLV would be more appropriate option as it comes with a powerful processor.

Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300 comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory which can be expanded up to 16GB. It comes with 750GB 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system  The 14” LED backlit display supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080 which means it can support up to 1080p. The HDMI is capable of providing 4K Ultra HD output.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, it comes with 2 USB 3.0 port one with USB 3.0 charge and USB 2.0 port, HDMI, audio jack Ethernet port. However, display port and thunderbolt ports are not available with this laptop. Network connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac and Bluetooth. It is also Intel Wireless display capable.

The 4 cell lithium polymer battery offers up to 7 hours of battery backup.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300

Decent laptop for those who are looking for premium features, all day battery life as well as optimum performance

Full HD screen

Backlit keyboard

Cons of Toshiba Satellite E45T-B4300

No cons

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300

There is no doubt about the fact that Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300 is a big laptop. For some people, it might be the perfect sized laptop, but for most of us it’s a heavy desktop replacement machine. It features AMD quad core A8-6410 processor, 6GB memory and 750GB hard drive. This non-touch enabled laptop has 17.3in screen and weighs less than 6lbs. In spite of its large footprint, it doesn’t look too bulky.  It is true that Toshiba C75D-B7300 comes with same basic textured design as Satellite C70 or C75 series, however, the company has scaled up the design a bit. This laptop is suitable for everyday use. You can work with word/excel and PowerPoint with ease. Streaming videos on screen and on external display wouldn’t be an issue with this laptop.  It comes with standard ports and connectivity features. However, if you are looking for Intel powered 17.3” laptop with similar price and slightly better performance, you can consider HP Pavilion 17-e117dx which comes with Intel core i3-3130M processor that operates with 2.6GHz fixed frequency and has 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. Both the laptops offer performance for causal gaming, light media editing and encoding. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300.

Specification and performance of  Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300

Under the hood, Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300 comes with AMD A8-6410 processor which works with 2.0 GHz and core frequency can scale up to 2.4GHZ on system demand. It is a quad core processor and has 2MB of L2 cache. It comes with AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics which is not a dedicated graphics but supports casual gaming.  Though Radeon R5 (Beema) is not a very powerful graphics, it is able to run low end games smoothly. For instance, you can play Sims 4 and Dead space 3 smoothly on this machine. Some high end games like Dishonored, Call of Duty Ghosts can be played in low resolution and setting. This laptop can run Minecraft as well. If gaming is your priority, you can go for Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W as it comes with NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory and has 8 GB system memory.  It gets processing power from Intel core i5-4210u processor which operates with base frequency of 1.7 GHz and can turbo-boost up to 2.7GHz. This laptop will run almost all latest games. Also, if you are looking for better performance for photo editing and video editing tasks, video encoding /decoding then Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W could be a better choice.

Satellite C75D B7300 comes with 6GB DDR3L memory and memory is not user upgradable. Memory speed is 1600GHz. It comes with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm. Windows 8.1 is preloaded on to the hard drive. The 17.3” non-touch LED backlit high definition display of the laptop offers resolution of 1600 X 900 pixels. It can’t support full HD (1080p) playback but it supports up to 900p content, which is almost close to full HD.  This is not a convertible laptop and you can’t use it in tablet or stand mode. However, if you are looking for affordable touchscreen convertible laptop, you can take a look at Lenovo Flex 2 15D (59418242). It offers same processor, 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Satellite C75D-B7300 offers standard ports and connectivity features. Besides HDMI, it comes with1-USB (3.0) port, 2-USB (2.0) ports, LAN jack, headset, VGA port and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Fast Ethernet. On the other hand, HP Pavilion 17-e117dx offers 2 USB 3.0 ports.  Toshiba C75D-B7300 comes with HD webcam and integrated microphone. It comes with DVD driver as well.

6 cell battery of Satellite C75D B7300 offers up to 2-5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300

Inexpensive desktop replacement laptop for everyday use

6GB memory for smooth multitasking

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300

No Bluetooth

Only one USB 3.0 port

Toshiba CB35-B3340

Toshiba CB35-B3340 is an inexpensive Chromebook packed with lots of features. At $330 (Best Buy, Walmart ), you will get a 13.3” full HD IPS panel which offers crisp and clear picture with great viewing angle. At this price it is a bargain.  CB35-B3340 comes with 4GB RAM rather than 2GB RAM, which we could find in earlier Toshiba Chromebooks.  These machines heavily rely upon Google and internet and Toshiba CB35-B3340 is not an exception.  This Toshiba Chromebook 2 is powered by Intel dual core Celeron N2840 processor which means you can’t use it for resource hungry applications but it supports web browsing, YouTube, Web-based email and social media etc. You can play browser games and stream local video files as well. Though Microsoft office is not available with chromebooks still, if you need to edit Word documents or work on spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, you need not worry as online version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and ‘OneNote’ are ready for users to install in Chrome or Chrome OS. Buyer will also get 100GB of Google Drive storage for up to 2 years. Toshiba CB35-B3340 comes with all standard ports and connectivity features. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba CB35-B3340.

Toshiba CB35-B3340 is a stylish laptop and weighs around 3lbs. It is just 0.8” inch thick and the build quality is good. Though it is made up of plastic but it doesn’t look cheap.  The laptop boasts Intel Celeron N2840 processor which is a dual core processor. Each core operates with 2.16 GHz and, if system demands, it can clock up to 2.58GHz. It is an advance version of N2830 processor and is faster than 1.4-GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processors which used to come with most of the chromebooks.  Toshiba CB35-B3340 comes with Intel HD graphics which offers limited graphics processing power. However, you can play Angry Bird and Cut of the Rope in Toshiba CB35-B3340.

Toshiba CB35-B3340 comes with 4GB DDR3L memory which is enough as we know these machines are not for heavy use. Along with 16GB SSD. it supports intense Web browsing sessions and streaming HD videos. It can stream web-based video content on your big-screen TV .

As told earlier, the 13.3” IPS panel of this Toshiba Chromebook 2 supports  full HD resolution (1920 X 1080). The display is bright as well (340 cd/m²), similar to high end laptops.

When it comes to port and connectivity features, Chromebook 2 offers 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI, SD card reader, dual band Wireless AC and Bluetooth. It also comes with high definition webcam.

Battery life is decent enough and you can expect up to 6 hours of battery backup. If you are looking for cheaper options you can take a look at Toshiba CB35-B3330 13.3-Inch Chromebook 2 which comes with 2GB DDR3L RAM and 1366×768 pixels screen, rest of the features are similar to Chromebook 2.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

Like most of the latest Celeron processor powered laptops, the $250 price tag for Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 is competitive, considering what you get in the bargain. Only major concern is performance; however, if you don’t have to run processor or graphic intensive tasks then it will be fine. The dual core Intel Celeron N2840 processor offers enough performance for typing docs, browsing the web, playing videos, listening music etc., but tasks like video editing, large photo editing would hardly be possible in this laptop. Toshiba C55-B5300 is non-touch screen laptop and comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. Basically, this laptop is one step advanced version of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5201, so you can expect almost similar performance. The laptop comes with inbuilt optical drive (Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive). Other features of this laptop are pretty good, considering the price. It comes with 500GB hard drive, 4GB RAM and USB 3.0 port. Toshiba C55-B5300 weighs around 4.9lbs and is 1.1” thick which is common for budget notebook.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 Specification and Performance

Toshiba Satellite C55 B5300 is powered by Intel Celeron N2840 processor which is a dual core processor and operates with base frequency of 2.16GHz, which can rise up to 2.58 GHz. Celeron N2840 is a successor to N2830 which also operates with same base frequency. So you won’t get much enhancement in performance. In fact, with basic computing you will hardly notice any difference in performance. As such processors come with low TDP rating, these are energy efficient. Satellite C55-5300 comes with Intel HD graphics for Baytrail processor which is part of the processor chip. It supports basic graphics processing tasks but is not suitable for high end gaming. If you are looking to run CAD or other designing software in this machine, this laptop should not be your choice. Even if you want performance for casual photo and video editing, media encoding, and light gaming, you should look for a laptop with core i3 mainstream processor  (for instance, Toshiba C55-A5384 which has 2.5GHz core i3-3120M processor).

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 is installed with 4GB DDR3 RAM but the memory is not user upgradable. The laptop comes with 500GB hard drive, which is a traditional hard drive, and operates with 5400rpm speed. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office.

Like other budget laptops, the display offers maximum resolution up to 1366 X 768 which means it can play up to 720p video playback but not 1080p, However, due to HDMI interface you can connect the laptop with compatible TV to watch content on full HD mode.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, Toshiba C55-B5300 offers 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet port, SD card reader and audio port. Encased in a black textured chassis, it comes with HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi.

The 4 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

Inexpensive laptop for basic work

USB 3.0 port

4GB memory

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

No touch screen

Final thoughts

For basic use, Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 is a decent laptop if you have money constraint, if you can spend extra $100, core i3 or AMD quad core powered laptop  would be recommended, especially if you want to convert audio/video formats, do some entry level photo and video editing and casual gaming.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is one of the prime contenders if you are looking for a laptop for home or school use. It comes with 15.6” display which is perfect for typing documents, surfing the web and streaming videos. Toshiba has installed an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU in this laptop, which means there are four processing cores and an integrated Radeon R5 GPU within the same chip. It comes with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive which indicates that the laptop will not only support day to day computing but will also offer performance for casual gaming, media encoding, light photo and video editing. Toshiba C55D-B5214 is not a distinctive laptop. Basically it is an advanced version of Toshiba C55D-B5212 which comes with similar features. Only major difference between the two being that Toshiba C55D-B5212 comes with 500GB hard drive. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is not a touch screen laptop but runs on Windows 8.1, thus user will take some time to get used to. It weighs around 4.9lbs and is just 1.1” thick. Considering its size and inbuilt DVD drive, the weight is justified. The laptop comes in simple plastic casing and will cost you around $380, which is quite reasonable. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the Satellite C55D-B5214.

Specifications and Performance of the Satellite C55D-B5214-

Under the hood, there is an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU Quad Core processor which operates with 2.0GHz and, due to AMD Turbo Core technology, few cores can reach up to 2.4GHz speed on system demand. It comes with Radeon R5 integrated graphics. Coupled with 4GB RAM, it allows some casual gaming. You can play Sims 4, Tomb Raider, Gird 2 and Dead Space 3, in low to medium details and settings. You can also use Satellite C55D-B5214 for playing Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Team fortress 2 as well. This laptop can stream internet videos without any glitch. However, if you are going to use this laptop for applications such as Adobe Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks and Sony Vegas Pro then this will not be an appropriate laptop for you to work with. To run such applications, you can look at some professional grade laptop coming with higher memory, faster hard drive or SSD and fast Processor. For instance, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS is budget laptop and comes with Intel core i5-4200M processor (2.5GHz-3.1GHz), 8GB memory,500GB 7200rpm drive and runs Windows 7 Operating system.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 comes with 4GB DDR3L memory and the memory speed is 1600MHz. There are two memory slots in the laptop. According To Toshiba, memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 1TB hard drive which works with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 is preloaded on to it. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office but it is preloaded with trial version.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 supports up to 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means it can support up to 720p ( more precisely 768p) high definition video play back but not 1080p. However, it has HDMI output so you can connect the laptop with compatible HDTV and monitor to view Full HD content on external monitor or TV. As the display comes with TN panel, you can’t expect great viewing angle from this laptop.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA , Ethernet port and combo audio jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wireless 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.

The 4 cell/45Wh lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup once charged fully. However, it depends upon usage as well.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214

Good processor for everyday use

Plenty of storage space

VGA port ( becomes handy if you have old projectors )

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214

Bland design

Not a touch screen laptop

Final thoughts

At $380, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is an inexpensive laptop but you will find plenty of laptops, with similar specs, at this price. For instance, HP 15-g012dx. You can also save $20-$30 if you decide to buy Toshiba C55D-B5212 provided you don’t need 1 TB hard drive

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219

It is quite possible that the exterior of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 may fail to impress you but the configuration of the laptop will not turn you down for sure, especially if you consider its current price of $330 ( at Best Buy). Toshiba has deployed an AMD Quad core processor, A6-6310, 4GB RAM and 500GB RAM to ensure that you can furnish your day to day computing smoothly. Satellite C55D-B5219 is not for avid gamers and will struggle if you try to run resource demanding games like Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs and Thief, even at low resolution. However, it can run latest Sims 4 in low to medium resolution smoothly. It also supports browser games. Toshiba C55D-B5219 is not a touch screen laptop but it comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. Considering its price, we can’t say it is an extremely cheap laptop because you can find laptops with similar specs, for example HP 15 laptop ( only difference being that it comes with 500GB), at Amazon within price range of $310-$340. Both the laptops come with inbuilt DVD burner. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 comes with HDMI output and USB 3.0 as well. To know more about specifications and performance of this laptop read the following review.

Specification and Performance of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219

As told earlier, Toshiba has opted for AMD A6-6310 APU for its C55D-B5219 , which is a Quad core APU.  The APU has 4 processing cores and an integrated Radeon R4 graphics chip within same chip. It doesn’t offer any dedicated graphics option. The APU or accelerated processor is clocked at 1.8GHz and can hit up to 2.4 GHZ, due to AMD Turbo core Technology. The processor can easily handle regular computing like working with MS office, surfing the web with multiple tab, Skype, social networking, watching videos, listening music etc. You can also use this laptop for media encoding and entry level photo editing but won’t get fast performance for such tasks.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 is not suitable for resource demanding programs. For instance, this laptop is not appropriate for HD video editing, 3D designing/Rendering, Animation and music creation.  For such tasks,  you can take a look at Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008QUS which comes with Intel Core i7-4702MQ 2.2 GHz 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HD, Windows 7 OS. It could be a decent choice if you don’t have budget for work station grade laptop.

Back to Toshiba C55D-B5219 , It is shipped with 4GB DDR3L memory and, according to company recommendation, memory is not user upgradable. Memory speed is 1600MHZ and there are two memory slots. The 750GB SATA hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed. It doesn’t come with Hybrid drive or SSD. Windows 8.1 operating system is preloaded on to hard drive along with some trial programs and Toshiba proprietary software. It doesn’t come with Full Version of Microsoft Office and Antivirus.

The 15.6” HD LED backlit display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support up to 720p but not full HD or 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI interface you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV or monitor. If you are looking for a laptop with touch screen that offers similar performance then you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5109.

This laptop comes with standard numbers of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA , Ethernet port, combo audio jack. Now-a-days many manufacturers do not provide VGA port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad. Satellite C55D-B5219  weighs around 4.9lbs and can be carried out easily.

4 cell 45whr lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219  

Decent performance for every day computing

Reasonable battery life

750GB hard drive

VGA port

Cons of Satellite C55D-B5219

Not a touch screen laptop

Final Thoughts

Considering the current price of $330, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219  is a decent laptop for home users and students. But it cannot handle high end tasks. F or a comparison, you can take a look at HP 15 g018dx laptop which comes with similar specifications.

Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272

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)

6GB memory

Windows 7

Cons of Toshiba c55-B5272

No gigabit Ethernet and bluetooth

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 boasts a solid configuration that’s headed by AMD A8-6410 quad core processor and costs you approx. $350.  It comes with 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. A decent configuration and reasonable price make Satellite C55D-B5206 a worthy choice for home users and students. Labor Day sales are a great time to score back to school deals. Most students want a machine for taking notes and writing up assignments, surfing the web, video calls on Skype, watching movies and streaming music. If this is your computing requirement too, then there is really no need for you to invest on high end laptops as specs of Toshiba C55D-B5206 are enough for you. The laptop also supports casual gaming, media encoding and decoding and entry level photo editing. But if you want to run AutoCAD, Revit and media editing software like Adobe Photoshop CS or Sony Vegas Pro then you certainly need a high end laptop, with speedy hard drive and more RAM. For instance, Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E440 20C5004YUS with Intel core i5-4200M, 8GB RAM. 500GB 7200rpm hard drive and Windows 7 profession OS, could be a good choice if you really want a powerful budget laptop notebook. Toshiba C55D-B5206 comes with all standard ports and connectivity features and has a DVD burner as well. It offers average battery life. Here is brief review about specifications and performance this Toshiba laptop with AMD A8-6410 processor.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 specification and performance 

For everyday computing, be it surfing web, running office applications or watching videos and listening to music, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 is perfect. Thanks to AMD A8-6410 quad core processor which is coupled with 4 GB of DDR3L SDRAM and AMD Radeon R5 graphics adapter, the laptop can do a whole lot more. You can play games like Gird Auto sport, Tomb Raider, fifa 14 and Minecraft in this machine. You may need to change setting and resolution to play smoothly. But you can’t play games like thief, NFS Rivals etc smoothly on this machine. Even at low resolutions and setting, you will not get decent frame rates. If you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop, you can choose Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W 15.6-Inch Laptop which comes with Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7- 2.7 GHz Processor (3MB Cache),8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 840M with 2GB dedicated video memory and 7-hour battery life. However, it lacks DVD drive. Currently it is available at $610 (approx.) and is one of the cheapest gaming laptops.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 comes with 4GB DDR3L Memory. Memory speed is 1600MHz and memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 750 GB (5400rpm, Serial ATA) hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with 1 month trial version of Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Reader, Norton Internet Security (30-day trial subscription) and other TOSHIBA utility software.

The 15.6” LED backlit non-touch display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 which supports HD video playback up to 720p. It comes with HDMI port so that you can connect the laptop with compatible HDTV or monitor to watch movies or videos in Full HD mode.

Besides DVD burner, the laptop edges house three USB ports (one of them being USB 3.0 ports), Ethernet, VGA, HDMI and a combination headphone/microphone jack. You will get an SD card reader and webcam as well. However, you won’t get fingerprint reader and Bluetooth support. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4.5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206

Inexpensive

Decent processor

750GB hard drive

Cons of Satellite C55D-B5206

No touch screen

At $350, Satellite C55D-B5206 could be a good choice. The performance of the laptop is similar to HP 15-g012dx as both come with same specs

Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5282

Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5282 is a slim, attractive and powerful laptop from Toshiba. Integrated with Intel core i7-4710HQ quad core processor and 12GB memory, it not only supports office applications and web browsing , but CPU intensive tasks like audio and video encoding and editing, photo editing, watching movies and creating music  can also be done on this laptop.  If you are looking for beginners’ laptop for AutoCAD (mostly 2D stuffs and small 3D) it could be a good choice as this kind of program needs raw processing power. The laptop comes with conventional 1 TB hard drive. A SSD would have increased the performance a bit. Unfortunately Toshiba  S55T-B5282 doesn’t come with SSD. It doesn’t have DVD drive as well and it comes with low screen resolution. If you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop with full HD resolution (1920 X 1080), good viewing angle (IPS panel), hybrid drive ( HDD 500GB+ 16GB SSD) and a dedicated gaming graphics, then  you can consider Aspire V7-482PG-5842. However, Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5282 can run all the latest games but don’t expect all games to run at max setting. Here is a brief review of specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite S55TB5282.

Specification and Performance of  Toshiba Satellite S55T B5282

Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5282 comes with Intel core i7-4710HQ processor which operates with 2.5GHz base frequency and the clock speed can rise up to 3.5GHz. It comes with 6MB cache and, due to HyperThreading technology, four cores of the processor can handle 8 threads at a time. The processor comes with Integrated HD 4600 graphics which can stream videos smoothly. Though the laptop comes with low resolution, it has HDMI port that supports 4K ultra HD output. So you can view your laptop content in 4K HD supported monitor or HDTV. The graphics is capable of running all the latest games but you can’t play some of the games in high resolution. For instance Thief, assassin’s creed IV can only be played in low to medium resolutions and settings.  You can run Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Toshiba S55TB5282.

The laptop comes with 12GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, arranged in two slots, but memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 1 TB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Its only difference with S55T-B5273NR is that Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5282 comes with 12GB memory while Satellite S55T-B5273NR is shipped with 8GB RAM.

The 15.6” HD backlit LED  Touchscreen display offers screen resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means the screen itself can’t support 1080p content but would be able to run 720p content. Audio is supported by DTS Audio and premium Built-in harman/kardon stereo speakers

Besides HDMI, it comes with 3 USB ports :  1 USB 3.0 port with USB Sleep and Charge,  1 USB 3.0 port and 1 USB 2.0 port. Other available ports are RJ-45 LAN port, Slot for Security Lock, Microphone input port, Headphone output port and media card reader. Wireless network connectivity is supported by Wireless AC and Bluetooth (• Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC 3160) and Wired connection is supported by Gigabit Ethernet.

4cell/45Wh Lithium Ion battery pack offers up to 2-4 hours of battery life depending upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5282

12 GB memory

Wireless Ac

USB 3.0

Light weight

Cons of Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5282

No DVD burner

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Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5273NR

Those who are looking for a laptop with raw processing power and stylish look can take a look at Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5273NR touch screen laptop, which is integrated with Intel core i7-4710HQ processor. It is a quad core processor and operates with 2.5-3.5GHz. The laptop also offers 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM and 1 TB hard drive. It can be used as an entertainment hub as well.  You will get blazing fast performance for day to day computing and you can also run resource hungry applications like photo editing, video editing, 3D designing and gaming. Other features of the laptop include Built-in harman/kardon stereo speakers and USB 3.0 with sleep and charge. The HDMI output comes with 4K support. The wireless internet connectivity comes with dual band Wireless AC rather than single band Wireless-N which is found in most of the budget machines. Disadvantage of Toshiba S55T-B5273NR include – missing dedicated graphics, no full HD resolution,  and no DVD drive. The price of the laptop is around $700 at Office depot and Amazon. If you need a touch screen enabled laptop with dedicated graphics, you can take a look at Aspire V3-572PG-50X5 which comes with NVIDIA GeForce 840M w/ 2GB DDR3 VRAM but it offers i5 processor and will cost you around $700.

Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5273NR is powered by Intel core i7-4710HQ, which has four cores and each core operates with 2.5GHz frequency. Due to turbo boost technology, core frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. It comes with 6MB of cache memory and is hyperthreading enabled. The laptop comes with Intel HD 46000 graphics which is part of the processor. It supports latest PC games like Titanfall, Watch Dogs, Gird Autosport, Thief, Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag., Battle field 4 etc., but not all latest games are playable in high resolution and settings. For games like SimCity, DayZ, League of Legends and Starcraft 2 this laptop is more than enough. You can do media encoding/decoding and run AutoCAD also on this machine. For large 3D modelling/rendering a workstation grade laptop is more suitable. If you are looking for a gaming laptop within similar price range, you can take look at Aspire V3-572PG-50X5 or MSI CX61 2PC-499US 15.6-Inch Laptop

Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5273NR comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory which is not user upgradable. It comes with 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. A SSD drive would have increased the performance significantly. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system.

Toshiba S55T-B5273NR comes with 15.6” LED backlit HD display which supports up to 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means the laptop screen support up to 720p playback but not 1080p. However, the integrated HDMI output supports up to 4K ultra.

It comes with good number of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 3.0 ports ( one with sleep and charge, one USB 2.0), HDMI, Ethernet, audio ports  and SD card reader. It doesn’t come with VGA port. Network connectivity is supported by gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and up to Wireless-ac

The 4cell/45Wh Lithium Ion battery pack (non user replaceable battery) offers 2-4 hours of battery back up.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5273NR

At $700 the price feature ratio is decent

8GB memory

Wireless Ac

Cons of Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5273NR

No DVD burner