If you are looking for a laptop that can fulfil all your work and entertainment needs then Toshiba Satellite S55T-C5276 fits the bill. It comes with Intel core i7-5500u dual core processor, 12 GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. However, as this processor is ULV processor and has only 2 cores, you can’t get fast performance for video editing or 3D rendering. S55T-C5276 comes with conventional hard drive. It doesn’t bind with SSD cache and does not come with SSD drive either. SSDs offer greater performance, almost prompt data access, faster boot ups and file transfers. In other words, SSDs offer an overall snappier computing experience than hard disk drives. SSDs have no moving parts and consume less energy. However, it your computing requirement doesn’t include editing large HD files or large 3D rendering the Satellite S55T-C5276 is more than sufficient for you. Alternatively, you can take a look at Toshiba S55T-B5150 laptop which is also touchscreen enabled but offers quad core Intel core i7-4720HQ processor which operates with 2.6GHz frequency and, with the help of Turboboost, the frequency can rise up to 3.6GHz. It comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB Solid state drive. This laptop basically runs on Windows 8.1 but can be upgraded to Windows 10 for free. Satellite S55T-C5276 comes with optical drive, however, Satellite S55t-B5150 doesn’t have optical drive.
So how Intel core i7-4720HQ compete against Intel core i7-5500u? Quad core processor provides substantial benefit over a dual core processor. With more cores, you can expect better performance for complex tasks. Core i7-5500u operates with lower frequency of 2.4 GHz and, with turbo mode, the frequency can rise up to 3.2GHz. Core I7-5500u comes with 4MB of cache memory while the Core i7-4720HQ comes with 6M of cache memory. Core i7-5500u is fabricated with 14nm technology whereas Core i7-4720Hq is built with 22nm technology but it offers higher performance with its four cores and a massive cache. The current Passmark score for i7-4720HQ is 8172 while i7-5500u scores around 3938.
Toshiba Satellite S55T-C5276 comes with 12GB 1600MHz DDR3L RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. Windows 10 is preinstalled on the HDD.
The touchscreen of Toshiba S55T-C5276 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels , but it can stream 1080p content by down scaling.
If you are looking for full HD display panel laptop and can spend a little extra, take a look at ASUS K501LX-EB71 1080p gaming laptop. It comes with Intel core i7-5500U dual core processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid state drive. Moreover, this Asus laptop offers NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics and 2GB GDDR3 dedicated video memory. On the other hand, Toshiba S55T C5276 offers only integrated HD 5500 graphics which uses system memory. You can play all latest games on Asus smoothly. However, The Toshiba laptop supports most of the high end games but not all games are playable smoothly on high resolution and settings.
Toshiba Satellite S55T-C5276 comes with sufficient ports and connectivity features. It includes 3 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI® with 4K Ultra HD output capability, SD card reader, Microphone input port/Headphone output port(shared) and Gigabit LAN port. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN and dual band Wireless ac with backward compatibility and Bluetooth V4.1.
45Wh, 4-Cell lithium ion battery pack offers battery life up to 6 hours.
Toshiba Satellite S55T-C5276 is a decent laptop as long as you are using it for home and office use, some media editing and 2D designing. However, if you are more into media editing and 3D gaming, you need raw processing power. In that case, Toshiba S55T-B5150 is more suitable option as it comes with quad core processor and 256GB solid state drive but will cost you more. If you are tight on budget, Toshiba S55T- C5276 will be more appropriate option.