Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280 is a stylish laptop with great hardware configuration. It comes with dual core Intel core i7-4510u processor, 1 TB hard drive and 12 GB memory which gives S55-B5280 a huge advantage over other similarly priced laptops. To top it all, it is well built. However, missing dedicated graphics and average battery life may disappoint some of the users, still it is a great laptop for both office and students who want a great laptop that runs regular applications smoothly. Besides typing docs and browsing internet, you can work with Presentation, compress large files, encode audio/video files, play games, do photo and video editing. You can also use Toshiba S55-B5280 for web designing and music creation. Just under an inch thick, this laptop is not as slim as an Ultrabook but it is still light in weight and easy to lug around. The laptop lacks an optical drive. Though the registered price of the laptop is around $900, it is currently available at $700, at Staples. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite S55 with Intel core i7-4510u processor:
Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280 specification and performance
Intel core i7-4510u processor is clocked with 2 GHz frequency and, due to Turboboost technology, the frequency can rise up to 3.1 GHz. This is an ULV processor. Unlike mainstream core i7 processor ( i7-4700HQ), it comes with two cores. As Hyperthreading is enabled in this laptop, 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. It is one step advanced version of Intel core i7-4500u processor. Satellite S55-B5280 comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which is integrated graphics and is part of the processor chip. It supports gaming as well. You can play watch dogs, Call of Duty Black ops 2, Call of duty Ghosts, Minecraft, Need for speed Rivals, Assassin´s Creed IV and Battlefield 4 etc. in low to medium details and settings.
Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280 comes with 12GB memory and comes with 1TB hard drive. Hard drive operates with 5400 rpm speed. No SSD cache is offered with hard drive. Windows 8.1 is preloaded on the hard drive along with other Toshiba proprietary software. Other software include : 1 month trial version of the new Microsoft Office 365 customers, Adobe Reader, DTS Sound, Google Drive, Hard disc (HDD) recovery and Norton Internet Security (30-day trial subscription)
The 15.6” display of Toshiba S55-B5280 comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 rather than full HD. However, it is not unusual to see full HD display at similar priced laptop.
Along both the edges, it offers an impressive array of ports and connectivity features including 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.0 with Sleep and Charge, HDMI with 4K Ultra HD support, RJ 45, SD card reader and Microphone/Headphone Combo. There is an HD webcam as well. Networking is supported by Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1×1 AC, Bluetooth V4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet
The 4 cell 45whr battery offers around 4.5 hours of battery backup. However, battery life depends upon usage as well.
Pros of Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280
Ample memory and storage
Cons of Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280
Display comes with low resolution