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Toshiba Satellite L75-C7140 Laptop

Equipped with 5th generation Intel core i5-5200u processor and 8GB RAM, the 17.3” Toshiba Satellite L75-C7140 laptop offers good productivity and performance at a very affordable price of $530 approx. It is good enough for running office applications, web browsing, watching videos and movies, skype/emailing etc. You can also do photo editing and small video editing. However, it is not a powerhouse and if you are looking for a machine to run software like 3Ds max, Solidworks etc, then Model: L75-C7140 is not a right choice. Intel core i5-5200u is a dual core ultra low voltage processor and will not support such tasks. You need workstation grade laptop to run these applications. HP Pavilion 17.3” touchscreen Full HD Laptop coming with 6th generation Intel core i7-6700HQ processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive could be a good choice. The i7-6700HQ processor has 4 cores while Intel core i5-5200u has 2 cores. Again i7-6700Hq operates with much higher frequency of 2.6GHz and frequency can boost up to 3.5GHz while i5-5200u operates with 2.2 GHz frequency and frequency rises upto 2.7 Ghz. Other than this, Toshiba Satellite L75 C7140 is not a touchscreen laptop (1600 X 900p) while the HP laptop mentioned above is touchscreen laptop and offers full HD resolution (1920 X 1080p). If you are looking for a laptop for watching videos, a full HD IPS display will be more preferable as it will deliver crisp images and offer great viewing angle. Coming back to L75-C7140 laptop, it has inbuilt optical drive and comes with all necessary ports and connectivity features. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite L75-C7140 laptop.

Intel core i5-5200u is a 5th generation core processor. Graphics processing is supported by Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated graphics but can run low end games smoothly. For instance, you can play league of legend and Minecraft on this machine. However, games like Fall out 4, COD black ops 3 will run on low resolution with very low fps. Being integrated graphic, you can’t upgrade graphics. Alternately, you can buy Acer Aspire E 17 E5-773G-5464 laptop which is a budget gaming laptop, powered by 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2GB VRAM. It also offers full HD display. However, like Model: L75-C7140 it is also non-touch laptop. The NVIDIA graphics is useful when it comes to media editing.

Toshiba L75-C7140 offers 1 month trial version of  Microsoft® Office 365 and 1 month trial of Anti-Virus along with other proprietary software. The laptop runs on Windows 10. It comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is not user upgradable (according to Toshiba). As told earlier, the 17.3” display of the laptop offers max resolution of 1600 X 900p which means it supports 720p playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on external HDTV and monitor. You need to purchase an HDMI cable separately though.

Ports and connectivity features include 1-USB (3.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge, 2-USB (2.0) ports, HDMI and Microphone input port/Headphone output port. It has SD card reader as well. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless a/c and Bluetooth. It has backlit keyboard while the HP Pavilion and Acer Aspire E 17 E5-773G-5464 mentioned above don’t have backlit keyboard.

Toshiba Satellite L75 C7140 is installed with 4 cell 45whr battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Toshiba CL15-C1310

Toshiba CL15-C1310 is a small laptop powered by basic Intel Celeron N3050 processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC. It is a pretty cheap laptop but, for storage, you have to either rely on cloud or on external storage. Requirement of external storage is there because a big part of internal storage and memory will be occupied by Operating system itself. Again, this type of laptop is not suitable for high end tasks. A big no for photo and video editing and latest PC gaming. However, Toshiba satellite CL15-C1310 supports documents typing, web searching, emailing/skype and watching videos. However, you shouldn’t expect speedy multi-tasking from this laptop. Performance of this laptop will be similar to HP Stream 11-r010nr 11.6-Inch Notebook which comes with similar spec and runs on Windows 10. It comes with 1 year Windows subscription as well. None of these laptops come with optical drive which is not usual. Toshiba CL15-C1310 is not a touchscreen laptop and doesn’t come with 360 degree hinge. So you can’t use it in tablet, tent or stand mode.  If you are looking for a budget 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop then you should consider ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T 11.6-inch 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop which comes with same processor but has 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD. So you will get better multitasking performance as well as more storage. Here is a brief review of specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite CL15-C1310.

Intel Celeron N3050 operates with 1.6GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.16GHz. It comes with Intel HD graphics which is the only graphics for this laptop. You can’t upgrade graphics. As the laptop comes with weak processor and has only 2GB RAM, you can hardly run latest PC games even at low details and settings. As discussed, Toshiba Satellite CL15-C1310 is pretty basic laptop and you can use it for typing term paper, number crunching, web browsing, watching videos and Skype/emailing etc.

The 11.6” display of Toshiba CL15-C1310 supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which supports video playback in 720p but not in 1080p. However, for such a small display, 1366 X 768 pixels resolution can produce detailed picture.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, Headphone/Microphone Combo port. It doesn’t come with wired connectivity and wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. The keyboard is non-backlit.  Toshiba Satellite CL15-C1310 is integrated with webcam and SD card reader. 2 cell battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Final thoughts

If you are after small cheap laptop then Toshiba CL15-C1310 is a good choice. However, as told earlier it comes with low amount of memory and storage so you can’t expect much from this laptop. It is not a 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop. If you need 2-in-1 touchscreen 11.6”budget laptop then ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T 11.6-inch laptop could be a good choice.

Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386

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.

Toshiba L55-C5384 or L55C5384

Toshiba L55-C5384 or L55C5384 has a decent hardware configuration which is topped by 5th generation Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. This laptop is zippy enough for day to day computing like running Office suite, surfing internet with multiple tabs, social networking, emailing and skype. You can play latest PC games as well. However, not all games are playable in highest resolution. You can’t expect fast performance from Intel core i7-5500u since it is a dual core and not a quad core processor. Also, Toshiba L55C5384 doesn’t come with discrete graphics. Games aren’t the only application that benefit from power of a discrete GPU. The cores of NVIDIA graphics help in parallel processing. Thus, audio and video editing programs and data encryption applications also get benefitted. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP which comes with NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 4GB Video RAM, 8GB system RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also comes with Full HD display (1920 X 1080) while Toshiba L55-C5384 comes with 1366 X 768 display panel. However, unlike Toshiba L55C5384, Acer laptop doesn’t offer inbuilt optical drive. None of the laptops, discussed above, offer backlit keyboard. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba L55-C5384 or L55C5384.

Intel core i7-5500u processor is a dual core processor operating with 2.4GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.0GHz, on system demand. It comes with 3MB of cache memory. For graphics, Toshiba L55C5384 uses Integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which is part of the processor and is, therefore, not upgradable.  As told earlier, you can’t get fast performance for programs like lightroom, after affects, Sony Vegas pro, or for CAD program like 3Ds Max and Solidworks on this machine. To run  such programs effectively, you may consider Dell Inspiron i7559 laptop which comes with Intel core i5-6300HQ quad core processor, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics with 4GB GDDR5 memory, full HD IPS display, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It offers more than 10 hours of battery life. Note that i7-5500u is a dual core processor while i5-6300HQ has 4 cores and it is a 6th generation processor while i7-5500u belongs to 5th generation. Intel core i5-6300HQ comes with 6MB of cache while i7-5500u comes with 4MB of cache. The best part of this Dell laptop is that it comes with faster Solid State drive and strong discrete graphics with speedy video memory. Though it is not a workstation grade laptop still it could be a great beginner’s laptop for 3D designing.

Toshiba L55-C5384 comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM and the memory is not user upgradable. It is installed with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, preloaded with Windows 10.

Toshiba L55C5384 incorporates 15.6” display which offers max resolution of 1366 X 768p. The display can support playback in 720p only and will be not be able to support 1080p content. However, with the help of HDMI, you can play Full HD content on compatible TV or other external display. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP which comes with full HD display as well as discrete graphics with 4GB video memory.

Ports and connectivity features include Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, dual band Wireless ac and Bluetooth.

The 4cell 45whr non user replaceable battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Toshiba L55-C5384 or L55C5384 could be a good choice if you are looking for a laptop that is fast enough for office applications and offers reasonable performance for CPU intensive tasks. However, it is not suitable for professional software like 3Ds Max solid works. For such requirement, you can consider Dell Inspiron i7559 laptop which offers a strong processor, discrete graphics and Solid State Drive.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5390

Powered by Quad Core Intel Pentium N3700 processor, Toshiba Satellite C55-C5390 is an entry level laptop that can furnish day to day computing smoothly but won’t give you enough performance for CPU intensive programs. It supports working with word/excel, Onenote, Spotify, Skye etc. You can also stream Netflix, youtube and browse web with ease. However, when it comes to creating presentations and editing videos, you won’t get fast performance. Model: C55-C5390 doesn’t support latest PC gaming either.  Though Pentium N3700 has 4 cores yet it operates with very low clock speed of 1.6GHz. Because of Turbobooost, the frequency of some of the cores can rise up to 2.16GHz, on system demand. Basically it is slower than Intel core i3-5010u which operates with higher base frequency. It also has a large cache. If you want to do basic photo and video editing, install itunes, run video transcoding then Asus F555LA-AB31 would be a more suitable option as it comes with Intel core i3-5010u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It also comes with Full HD screen while Toshiba Satellite C55-C5390 comes with low resolution screen which supports max resolution of 1366 X 768. The display supports up to 720p playback only. However, it can downscale 1080p content. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Model: C55-C5390

Intel Pentium N3700 processor operates with 1.6GHz frequency and can Turboboost up to 2.16GHz. It has 2MB of L2 cache while core i3-5010u has 3MB of cache. None of these laptops have discrete graphics and integrated graphics is the option for these laptops. However, Intel HD 5500 graphics which comes with core processor is more powerful than the graphics coming with Pentium N3700 braswell processor.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5390 comes with 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM. Memory is not user upgradable. It comes with traditional 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. You can also consider Dell Inspiron i3552-8040BLK which comes 128GB SSD. SSD or Solid State Drives are much faster than hard drive. Dell Inspiron i3552-8040BLK also comes with Intel Pentium N3700 processor and 4GB RAM. However, it doesn’t have optical drive.

Ports and connectivity features include SD card reader, HDMI, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, LAN Jack and combo audio port. It has HD webcam as well as optical drive. None of the laptops mentioned in this article come with backlight keyboard. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. However, Asus F555LA-AB31 comes with Wi-Fi ac which is missing in Toshiba C55-C5390.

The 4 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup but depends upon usage.

Out of the box, Toshiba Satellite C55-C5390 may not look attract to you but it is decent for home computing. However, if you are looking for a machine which offers performance for some media editing and casual gaming then Toshiba C55-C5241 is a more decent option as it comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Note that media editing programs like Adobe photoshop need plenty of memory.

Toshiba C55D-B5385

Toshiba C55D-B5385 is a solid but entry level laptop. It comes with AMD A8-6410 processor, 1TB hard drive and there is 8GB RAM. When it comes to performance, it can handle office tasks smoothly and offers easy web browsing but for CPU intensive task like photo editing, video editing, video encoding/decoding task you need to be patient with this machine. For casual PC gaming, Toshiba C55D-B5385 is decent enough but if you want to play Fall Out 4 or Call of Duty Black ops III, it is not a suitable laptop. Performance of AMD A8-6410u is comparable with 4th generation Intel core i3. For better performance, you can consider Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which is a budget laptop powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. I5-5200u is a dual core processor but it is hyper-threading enabled, which means 2 physical cores can work as 4 logical cores. Also, it operates at higher base frequency and is built with advance architecture. When it comes to benchmark, the passmark score for Intel core i5-5200u processor is 3548 while that of AMD A8-6410 is 2518 which means i5-5200u is much faster than AMD A8-6410. According to benchmark,even  i3-5010u is faster than A8-6410. Here is a brief review about specifications of Satellite C55D-B5385.

AMD A8-6410 has four cores and each core operates with base frequency of 2 GHz and the frequency can boost up to 2.4GHz.  It comes with 2MB of L2 cache. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u processor operates with higher base frequency of 2.2GHz and can Turboboost up to 2.7GHz. Furthermore, it comes with more cache memory. Frequently used data are stored in cache. Toshiba C55D-B5385 comes with Integrated Radeon R5 graphics which can run low end games like Dirt Rally smoothly but will hardly support high end games like Fall Out 4 or Call of Duty Black ops III. On the other hand, Intel HD 5500 processor coming with Satellite C55-C5241 can support such games in low to medium details and settings.

Toshiba C55D-B5385 doesn’t come with Full HD display and supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. Which means it supports playback up to 720p resolution only and can’t display full HD content.  For Full HD, you can consider Asus F555LA-AB31 which is Full HD (1920 X 1080 )p budget laptop and is powered by Intel core i3-5010u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. 4GB RAM is enough for basic multitasking though. Unless, you have a strong processor, extra memory is useless and it can’t compensate the processing power.

Toshiba C55D-B5385 comes with 8GB RAM which is more than enough as it comes with low end AMD A8-6410 processor. You can browser web with multiple tabs and download music while watching videos. Toshiba C55D B5385 incorporates 1TB 5400 rpm hard disc drive. You can replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive (SSD). However, you should confirm with Toshiba support, before swapping drive, whether it will void warranty or not.

Toshiba C55D-B5385 offers standard array of ports and connectivity features which include 1-USB 3.0, 2-USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port, RJ 45 Jack and combo audio jack. There is an SD card reader as well. It has webcam, however, keyboard is not backlit.

Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth. It doesn’t support Wireless ac network. However, Asus F555LA-AB31 offers wireless ac. All the laptops mentioned here come with Inbuilt CD/DVD drive. The part number of this laptop is PSCN4U-03701Y.

Toshiba C55-C5381

Toshiba satellite C55 series of laptops have always been hard to beat in terms of pure value. For instance, C55-C5381 comes with Intel core i7 processor,  8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It costs you around $500 (Blackfriday sale). The laptop comes with integrated graphics and is suitable for office tasks, casual gaming, streaming videos and movies, some photo and video editing. However, discrete graphics can boost gaming performance as well as offer more performance for 2D/3D designing. During current Black Friday sale, every online store is offering powerful laptops at affordable price. For instance, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP is also powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor and has 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. But it comes with discrete graphics with dedicated video memory. The graphics processing of this laptop is supported by NVIDIA Geforce 940M graphics with 4GB video memory. It also comes with full HD display. However, Toshiba C55-C5381 doesn’t offer discrete graphics with video memory but still can run many latest games. Please note that not all games will run on highest settings. Toshiba laptop comes with inbuilt optical drive while Acer laptop doesn’t have CD/DVD drive. Both the laptops don’t come with backlight keyboard.

Intel core i7-5500u is a dual core processor and has 4MB of cache. It comes with both hyperthreading as well as turboboost technology. Hyperthreading allows 2 cores to handle 4 threads at a time while Turboboost helps in overclocking. Toshiba C55-C5381 has Integrated HD graphics which comes with core processor. This is not a weak graphics but is not a very strong either. However, this combination doesn’t support professional grade 3D designing or modelling.

You need stronger configuration like quad core i5 or i7 processor with high end graphics, speedy storage and high memory for such tasks.  Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6 Inch is such a laptop which comes with NVIDIA Discrete GPU GTX 960M with 4GB DDR5 Video memory. It has core i5-6300HQ quad core processor ( 2.3GHz- 3.2GHz) and comes with 8GB DDR3L memory along with 256GB SSD. Solid State Drives are much faster than hard drive and durable as well. The 15.6” display of this laptop features  anti-glare Full HD IPS screen. Thus, viewing angle will be good. You can use it for heavy video editing as well as 3D designing. But this is not a workstation grade laptop.

Toshiba C55-C5381 comes with 8GB RAM and memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. The 15.6” display supports standard resolution.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1USB 3.0 port, HDMI port, RJ 45 LAN jack, headphone combo jack and SD card reader. It has HD webcam with microphone. Keyboard in not backlit but it comes with both wired and Wireless connectivity.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup which is dependent upon usage.

Toshiba C55-C5379

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379 is a decent choice for those looking for a laptop for home use. It can be used for college as well only if your computing requirement is limited to typing documents, working with spreadsheets, creating presentations, watching videos and movies, downloading music and similar sort of work. This laptop is not suitable for high end gaming and HD video editing as it comes with entry level core i3 processor. Though Toshiba C55-C5379 comes with 8GB RAM still it will hardly be able to provide processing power you need for such tasks. However, you can play games like Dirt Rally, Fifa 16, Sims 3 and Sims 4 in this machine in low to medium details and setting.  This is not a touchscreen laptop either. If you want to play games and do some HD photo and video editing then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 1TB hard drive and 8GB RAM. The most exciting feature of this budget Acer laptop is that it has dedicated NVIDIA Geforce  940M graphics with separate 2GB video memory. It also comes with full HD display panel which can enhance your viewing experience while watching movies. It is also useful when it comes to HD video editing.  Toshiba C55-C5379 doesn’t come with this feature and offers only integrated HD graphics. However, the Acer laptop doesn’t offer CD/DVD drive while Toshiba laptop comes with inbuilt optical drive.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379 is powered by Intel core i3 processor. It is a dual core processor and has 3MB of cache memory. It comes with hyperthreading technology but does not support  Turboboost  technology,  thus frequency can’t be increased  further. On the other hand, i5-5200u processor operates with base frequency of 2.2GHz and, due to Turboboost technology, the speed can rise up to 2.7GHz. It also has 3MB of cache. As told earlier, Toshiba C55-C5379 is decent for regular computing activities as well as watching movies and social networking. However, this laptop is not appropriate for 3DsMAx and Revit etc. You need more processing power to run such applications.

Toshiba C55-C5379 comes with 8GB RAM (1600Mhz) and the memory is not user upgradable. This Windows 10 laptop comes with 500GB hard drive.  It doesn’t come with full version of MS office. The 15.6” display of this laptop supports standard resolution. You can also consider Asus F555LA-AB31 which comes with full HD display, however, it has only 4GB RAM. It also comes with wireless ac, CD/DVD drive and webcam. The Asus laptop comes with i3-5010u processor which operates with 2.1GHz frequency and costs you $350 at Amazon.

Toshiba C55-C5379 comes with 3 USB 3.0 ports, one of them is USB 3.0 and other two are USB 2.0. It comes with HDMI port, RJ 45 LAN jack, headphone combo jack and SD card reader. It has HD webcam with microphone. Keyboard in not a backlit but C55-5379 comes with both wired and Wireless connectivity.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup which depends upon usage.

Toshiba C55-C5380

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5380 is a Windows 10 laptop that can be used for office tasks and casual gaming.  It also supports entry level Photo/ video editing and some 2D/3D designing. This is not a touchscreen laptop but to use Windows 10, you don’t need touch interface.  Toshiba C55-C5380 is powered by Intel core i5 processor and has 8GB RAM. Overall speed is fine for typical home and small office tasks. You also get standard ports along the edges that allow plugging in external storage and a bigger display.  This laptop doesn’t come with discrete graphics with dedicated video memory, so high end games will not run smoothly on this machine. For instance, you can’t play Call Of Duty Black ops III in highest resolution and setting.  C55-C5380 comes with Intel HD graphics which is the only graphics option for this machine. If you can increase your budget by $80-$90, you can get Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 which is also powered Intel core i5 processor and has 8GB RAM. It has more hard drive space (1TB) and incorporates NVIDIA Geforce 940M graphics with 2GB dedicated memory. It comes with full HD display (1920 X 1080). The NVIDIA graphics not only supports gaming but it helps in Cuda programming as well.

However, the Acer laptop lacks optical drive while you get CD/DVD drive with Toshiba C55-C5380. Both of these laptops are not touchscreen enabled and lack backlit keyboard. If you are looking for a touchscreen laptop with backlit keyboard then you can consider Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Signature Edition Laptopwhich is powered by Intel core i5 processor and offers 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. As this is signature edition laptop, you will find it free from junkware. It is touchscreen laptop and has backlit keyboard.

Toshiba C55-C5380 offers 8GB RAM (1600Mhz). Memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed. For such low price, you hardly get a Solid State Drive along with this kind of hardware specification. However, if you are looking for more storage you can consider Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Rest of the features is almost similar in the two laptops.

The 15.6” display offers standard resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which can play 720p content but not 1080p. However, it can stream 1080p content by downscaling it.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1USB 3.0 port, HDMI port, RJ 45 LAN jack, headphone combo jack and SD card reader. It has HD webcam with microphone. However, keyboard in not backlit. It comes with both wired and Wireless connectivity.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup which is dependent  upon usage.

Toshiba Satellite C55t-C5300

Toshiba Satellite C55t-C5300 is a touchscreen Windows 10 laptop. Powered by Intel core i3-5020u processor, this laptop is appropriate for working with office programs, creating presentation, emailing, making video calls and watching HD videos.  Model: C55t-C5300 also supports basic photo editing, audio and video transcoding jobs and casual gaming. It is installed with 6GB of RAM so regular multi-tasking won’t be an issue.  However, this laptop is not suitable for applications like AutoCAD and Revit.  Demanding games like The Witcher 3, Far Cry 4 and GTA V will struggle even at low details. The laptop is good for day to day computing.  If you are more into creating presentations, need to do some photo and video editing and also want to play latest games, but can compromise with resolution and settings, then Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Full HD touchscreen signature addition laptop would be a more suitable option. It comes with Intel core i5-4210u processor which works with 1.7GHz clock speed but the clock speed can increase up to 2.7GHz. It also comes with 8GB RAM and has 1TB hard drive. Moreover the display supports full HD resolution. It offers blacklit keyboard which is missing in Toshiba Satellite C55t-C5300. As Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV , it is bloatware free. On the other hand, Intel core i3-5020u processor coming with Satellite C55t-C5300 operates with fixed frequency of 2.2GHz and it is not a signature edition laptop.

Toshiba Satellite C55t-C5300 comes with inbuilt optical drive. Intel core i3-5020u is dual core processor and operates with fixed frequency of 2.2GHz. It has 3MB of cache. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2GHz and the frequency can boost up to 2.7GHz. Both the processors comes with Hyperthreading technology, which means 2 cores can process 4 threads at a time.  Model: C55t-C5300 has integrated Intel HD graphics. It supports DirectX 11.2. Low end games like Minecraft and  Sims 4 etc. are playable in low to medium resolution and setting. It can stream video smoothly. You can also consider similar priced Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is not a touchscreen laptop. Here you get a powerful processor and more memory but have to sacrifice touchscreen ability. But Windows 10 is compatible with non-touch platform as well.

Toshiba C55t-C5300 comes with 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. As told earlier, 6GB memory is enough for common multitasking. It doesn’t come with solid State drive. You can replace HDD with Solid state drive.  It doesn’t come with MS office or Antivirus.

Toshiba C55t-C5300 is not a 2-in-1 laptop. The 15.6” display offers max resolution of 1366X 768 pixels which means it support video playback up to 720p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible TV or monitor.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, it offers standard ports and connectivity options. It comes with 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card reader and RJ45 port.  Network connectivity is supported Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n. It doesn’t support Wireless ac. It also has a webcam. Overall build quality of the laptop is average.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours (approx) of battery backup

Toshiba Satellite C55t-B5300 could be a decent option if you are looking for a laptop that offers decent performance for regular computing.  Alternatively, you can consider Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV if you need more than regular computing, a backlit keyboard and wireless ac.