Upgrading a laptop has now become more affordable than ever before and Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212 is a good example of it. The laptop comes with AMD A8-6410 Quad Core APU and AMD Radeon R5 Graphics which makes it a decent computing solution for home users and college students . Students can play basic games as well on this laptop. Radeon R5 graphics is an integrated graphics but is well optimize for casual gaming. However, if you are an avid gamer then you should look for a high end machine. Toshiba C55D-B5212 is available at $350 ( Amazon price ) and it is also available at BestBuy. This laptop is not a touch screen laptop. Other features of the laptop are pretty standard. It comes with 4GB RAM, 500GB memory and inbuilt DVD drive. Just under 5lbs, it is not too heavy to lug round. Though it is low cost laptop yet it comes with HD webcam (some cheap Acer and HP models come with VGA webcam). It comes with Bluetooth connectivity which is unusual in budget laptops. Toshiba has broken the trend and included Bluetooth connectivity in this budget laptop. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212.
Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212 Specification and performance
AMD A8-6410 Quad Core APU is clocked with 2.0-2.4 GHz frequency. The processor is powerful than Intel Pentium N3530 processors and is almost equivalent to i3 Haswell processor. However, the graphics of AMD A8-6410 offers better performance in comparison with Intel HD (Bay trail graphics). You can play games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Gird 2 and Diablo 3 without any issue. However, games like Dirt Showdown and COD Ghosts would require reduced settings and low resolution. You can watch HD videos smoothly on this machine. However, the display of Satellite C55D-B5212 supports playback up to 720 HD only. The APU offers enough performance for working with Microsoft Office and other office tools, online video communication, web surfing web with multiple tab, watching video, encoding/decoding media file formats and playing music.
|Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212||AMD A8-6410, 4 core||4GB||Radeon R5||typing documents, browsing web casual gaming, Skype, media encoding, watching video etc500GB hard driveBluetooth||$300-$350|
|HP G010dx Laptop||AMD A6-6310, 4 core||4GB||Radeon R4||typing documents, browsing web casual gaming, Skype, media encoding,500 GB hard driveNo Bluetooth||$350-$370|
|Acer Aspire ES1-511-C59V||Intel Celeron N2830||4GB||Intel HD||typing documents, browsing web, watching video, listening music. 500GB hard driveNot suitable for running latest PC games||$250-$280|
|HP g070nr||AMD E1-6010||4GB||Radeon R2||typing documents, browsing web, watching video, listening music. low demading games run in lowresolution and setting, 500GB hard driveNo Bluetooth||$250|
It is shipped with 4GB memory which is enough for day to day computing and comes installed with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. Windows 8.1 is preinstalled on hard drive.
The 15.6” LED backlit high definition display offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels rather than 1080p. Do remember it is a budget laptop and you can’t expect full HD resolution with this laptop.
Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212 offers standard ports and connectivity features. It has three USB ports, but only one of it is USB 3.0, an HDMI-out for connecting the computer to external display, SD card reader and Ethernet port. It also offers VGA port for connecting the computer to older monitors and video projectors.
The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery life. Toshiba satellite C55D-B5212 comes encased in Textured Black plastic cover which may not look very attractive to some of you.
Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212
Quad core processor for smooth computing (typing, browsing, downloading music , watching videos, personal photo editing)
Light weight considering its 15.6” form factor
Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212
No touch screen