Like most of the latest Celeron processor powered laptops, the $240 price tag (approx. and at the time of publishing ) for Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240 is competitive, considering what you get in the bargain. Only major concern is performance; however, if you don’t have to run processor or graphic intensive tasks then it will be fine. The dual core Intel Celeron N2840 processor offers enough performance for typing docs, browsing the web, playing videos, listening music etc., but tasks like video editing, large photo editing would hardly be possible in this laptop. Toshiba C55-B5240 is non-touch screen laptop and comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. If you are looking for Windows 10 laptop with similar spec, you can consider Toshiba C55-B5240X. Basically, this laptop is a latest version of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300, so you can expect almost similar performance. The laptop comes with inbuilt optical drive (Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive). Other features of this laptop are pretty good, considering the price. It comes with 500GB hard drive, 4GB RAM and USB 3.0 port. Toshiba C55-B5240 weighs around 4.9lbs and is 1.1” thick which is common for budget notebook. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240
Toshiba Satellite C55 B5240 is powered by Intel Celeron N2840 processor which is a dual core processor and operates with base frequency of 2.16GHz, which can rise up to 2.58 GHz. Celeron N2840 is a successor to N2830 which also operates with same base frequency. So you won’t get much enhancement in performance. In fact, with basic computing you will hardly notice any difference in performance. As such processors come with low TDP rating, these are energy efficient. Model: C55-B5240 comes with Intel HD graphics for Baytrail processor which is part of the processor chip. It supports basic graphics processing tasks but is not suitable for high end gaming. If you are looking to run AutoCAD or other 3D designing software in this machine, this laptop should not be your choice. Even if you want performance for casual photo and video editing, media encoding, and light gaming, you should look for a laptop with core i5-5200Uprocessor, 8GB memory. For instance, you can take a look to Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1670SLV Signature Edition Touchscreen Laptop which comes with Intel Core i5-5200Uprocessor that operates with base frequency of 2.20GHz and frequency can boost up to 2.7GHz. It has 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD. It operates with Windows 8.1 OS however, all genuine Windows 8.1 PC are eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade
Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240 is installed with 4GB DDR3 RAM but the memory is not user upgradable. The laptop comes with 500GB hard drive, which is a traditional hard drive, and operates with 5400rpm speed. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office.
Like other budget laptops, the display offers maximum resolution up to 1366 X 768 which means it can play up to 720p video playback but not 1080p, However, due to HDMI interface you can connect the laptop with compatible TV to watch content on full HD mode.
When it comes to ports and connectivity, Toshiba C55-B5240 offers 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet port, SD card reader and audio port. Encased in a black textured chassis, it comes with HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi.
The 4 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.
For basic use, Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240 is a decent laptop if you have money constraint, if you can spend extra money, core i5 powered laptop would be recommended, especially if you want to convert audio/video formats, do some entry level photo and video editing and casual gaming.