Encased in plastic covering, Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356 is not a laptop you would like to show off to your friends. But for a price of $400, it can deliver performance for more than basic computing and offers good hardware configuration. It comes with Intel core i5 processor, 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. Toshiba C55-B5356 can be used for casual gaming, installing ITunes and entry level photo and video editing, alongside day to day computing. If you want a laptop that supports latest games like Call of duty advanced warfare then you need something better. By spending another $200 or so, you can get Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W laptop which comes with i5-4210u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicates video memory and 8GB RAM. It would make a better long-term investment. Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356 comes with inbuilt DVD drive but it doesn’t support Blu-Ray formats. Satellite C55-B5356 is not a touchscreen laptop. If you are looking for a cheap but good laptop with similar configuration, you can take a look at Dell Inspiron i3542-8333BK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356
Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356 specification and performance
Toshiba C55-B5356 comes with Intel core i5-4210u processor which operates with 1.7GHz and, due to Turboboost technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. It comes with 3MB of cache. The graphics processing is taken care of by Intel HD 4400 graphics which is integrated graphics. But it supports casual gaming. For instance, you can play Minecraft, Sims 4, Guild wars 2 and Tomb Raider etc. on this machine. The laptop can stream internet videos fluently. Its specification also supports light photo and video editing. However, for large HD photo and video editing, you will need a machine with higher configuration. Toshiba C55-B5356 comes with ULV processor which not a main stream processor like Intel core i5-4200M which can operate at much higher frequency. For example, you can take a look at Lenovo Y50 15.6-Inch (59428533) which comes with Intel core 2.8 GHz, i5-4200H processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with dedicated 2GB video memory, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Though it costs you more, yet it is worth every penny you spend on it. You would be able to play all latest games, edit HD photo and video, do 2D designing , some 3D modelling and Rendering as well which you can hardly think of doing in Toshiba C55-B5356.
Toshiba C55-B5356 doesn’t come with full HD display. The15.6” display of the laptop comes with 1366 X 768 pixels which supports up to 720p but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible external display.
As told earlier, Toshiba C55-B5356 is shipped with 8GB DDR3L RAM. The speed of the memory is 1600MHz and the memory is not user upgradable. 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm and comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 system. Microsoft office full version is not available with this laptop.
Besides DVD burner, it comes with 2USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA port, Ethernet, audio port and SD card reader. The network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and fast Ethernet. Bluetooth connectivity is not available with the machine.
The 4 cell 45 whr battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.
Toshiba C55-B5356 pros
1 TB hard drive
Toshiba C55-B5356 cons