Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is one of the prime contenders if you are looking for a laptop for home or school use. It comes with 15.6” display which is perfect for typing documents, surfing the web and streaming videos. Toshiba has installed an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU in this laptop, which means there are four processing cores and an integrated Radeon R5 GPU within the same chip. It comes with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive which indicates that the laptop will not only support day to day computing but will also offer performance for casual gaming, media encoding, light photo and video editing. Toshiba C55D-B5214 is not a distinctive laptop. Basically it is an advanced version of Toshiba C55D-B5212 which comes with similar features. Only major difference between the two being that Toshiba C55D-B5212 comes with 500GB hard drive. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is not a touch screen laptop but runs on Windows 8.1, thus user will take some time to get used to. It weighs around 4.9lbs and is just 1.1” thick. Considering its size and inbuilt DVD drive, the weight is justified. The laptop comes in simple plastic casing and will cost you around $380, which is quite reasonable. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the Satellite C55D-B5214.
Specifications and Performance of the Satellite C55D-B5214-
Under the hood, there is an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU Quad Core processor which operates with 2.0GHz and, due to AMD Turbo Core technology, few cores can reach up to 2.4GHz speed on system demand. It comes with Radeon R5 integrated graphics. Coupled with 4GB RAM, it allows some casual gaming. You can play Sims 4, Tomb Raider, Gird 2 and Dead Space 3, in low to medium details and settings. You can also use Satellite C55D-B5214 for playing Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Team fortress 2 as well. This laptop can stream internet videos without any glitch. However, if you are going to use this laptop for applications such as Adobe Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks and Sony Vegas Pro then this will not be an appropriate laptop for you to work with. To run such applications, you can look at some professional grade laptop coming with higher memory, faster hard drive or SSD and fast Processor. For instance, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS is budget laptop and comes with Intel core i5-4200M processor (2.5GHz-3.1GHz), 8GB memory,500GB 7200rpm drive and runs Windows 7 Operating system.
Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 comes with 4GB DDR3L memory and the memory speed is 1600MHz. There are two memory slots in the laptop. According To Toshiba, memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 1TB hard drive which works with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 is preloaded on to it. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office but it is preloaded with trial version.
The 15.6” LED backlit HD display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 supports up to 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means it can support up to 720p ( more precisely 768p) high definition video play back but not 1080p. However, it has HDMI output so you can connect the laptop with compatible HDTV and monitor to view Full HD content on external monitor or TV. As the display comes with TN panel, you can’t expect great viewing angle from this laptop.
When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA , Ethernet port and combo audio jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wireless 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.
The 4 cell/45Wh lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup once charged fully. However, it depends upon usage as well.
Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214
Good processor for everyday use
Plenty of storage space
VGA port ( becomes handy if you have old projectors )
Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214
Not a touch screen laptop
At $380, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is an inexpensive laptop but you will find plenty of laptops, with similar specs, at this price. For instance, HP 15-g012dx. You can also save $20-$30 if you decide to buy Toshiba C55D-B5212 provided you don’t need 1 TB hard drive