Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386 is a touchscreen Windows 10 laptop that uses entry level AMD A8-6410 quad core processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Though it is a quad core processor yet its performance is similar to 4th generation Intel core i3 processor. This laptop is fast enough for basic computing activities like typing documents, web browsing, Skype/emailing and watching videos. It also supports basic photo/video editing and casual gaming. AMD A8-6410 operates with base frequency of 2 GHz and frequency of some of the core can rise up to 2.4GHz. If you are ready to drop the touchscreen feature then you can get a much better processor equipped laptop for the price range. For instance, Asus X550ZA-WH11 is one such laptop which comes with more powerful AMD A10- 7400P processor. The processor operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz processor. This processor is also a quad core processor. It comes with Radeon HD R6 graphics which is better than Radeon R5 graphics. If you are more into gaming or media editing, then you can consider Asus X550ZA-WH11. It also comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Both the laptops come with CD/DVD drive. Aesthetically, Asus X550ZA-WH11 looks better than Toshiba C55DT-B5386. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386.
AMD A8-6410 is a quad core processor, more precisely, it is termed accelerated processor or APU which operates with base frequency of 2 GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.4 GHz. It has 2 MB of cache while AMD A10-7400p is clocked with base frequency of 2.5GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. It has 4MB of cache memory. So if you need more performance and an attractive laptop then ASUS X550ZA-WH11 is a more suitable option. However, if you just need a laptop for regular computing activities then Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386 would do the job. You can also consider Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5203, priced $290, which is also powered by AMD A8-6410 processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB Hard drive. It is not a touchscreen laptop and runs on Windows 8.1. You can upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 for free.
Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386 comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is not user expandable. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10. There is no Solid State Drive.
The 15.6” display of the laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can support playback up to 720p but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible TV or monitor. You need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose.
Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, audio port, RJ 45, SD card reader. It comes with webcam as well. The keyboard coming with the laptop is standard and not a backlit one. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi. Asus X550ZA-WH11, on the other hand, features 2 USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI.
Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386 comes with 4 cell 41whr battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, battery life depends upon usage.