It is quite possible that the exterior of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 may fail to impress you but the configuration of the laptop will not turn you down for sure, especially if you consider its current price of $330 ( at Best Buy). Toshiba has deployed an AMD Quad core processor, A6-6310, 4GB RAM and 500GB RAM to ensure that you can furnish your day to day computing smoothly. Satellite C55D-B5219 is not for avid gamers and will struggle if you try to run resource demanding games like Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs and Thief, even at low resolution. However, it can run latest Sims 4 in low to medium resolution smoothly. It also supports browser games. Toshiba C55D-B5219 is not a touch screen laptop but it comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. Considering its price, we can’t say it is an extremely cheap laptop because you can find laptops with similar specs, for example HP 15 laptop ( only difference being that it comes with 500GB), at Amazon within price range of $310-$340. Both the laptops come with inbuilt DVD burner. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 comes with HDMI output and USB 3.0 as well. To know more about specifications and performance of this laptop read the following review.
Specification and Performance of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219
As told earlier, Toshiba has opted for AMD A6-6310 APU for its C55D-B5219 , which is a Quad core APU. The APU has 4 processing cores and an integrated Radeon R4 graphics chip within same chip. It doesn’t offer any dedicated graphics option. The APU or accelerated processor is clocked at 1.8GHz and can hit up to 2.4 GHZ, due to AMD Turbo core Technology. The processor can easily handle regular computing like working with MS office, surfing the web with multiple tab, Skype, social networking, watching videos, listening music etc. You can also use this laptop for media encoding and entry level photo editing but won’t get fast performance for such tasks.
Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 is not suitable for resource demanding programs. For instance, this laptop is not appropriate for HD video editing, 3D designing/Rendering, Animation and music creation. For such tasks, you can take a look at Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008QUS which comes with Intel Core i7-4702MQ 2.2 GHz 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HD, Windows 7 OS. It could be a decent choice if you don’t have budget for work station grade laptop.
Back to Toshiba C55D-B5219 , It is shipped with 4GB DDR3L memory and, according to company recommendation, memory is not user upgradable. Memory speed is 1600MHZ and there are two memory slots. The 750GB SATA hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed. It doesn’t come with Hybrid drive or SSD. Windows 8.1 operating system is preloaded on to hard drive along with some trial programs and Toshiba proprietary software. It doesn’t come with Full Version of Microsoft Office and Antivirus.
The 15.6” HD LED backlit display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support up to 720p but not full HD or 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI interface you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV or monitor. If you are looking for a laptop with touch screen that offers similar performance then you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5109.
This laptop comes with standard numbers of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA , Ethernet port, combo audio jack. Now-a-days many manufacturers do not provide VGA port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad. Satellite C55D-B5219 weighs around 4.9lbs and can be carried out easily.
4 cell 45whr lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.
Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219
Decent performance for every day computing
Reasonable battery life
750GB hard drive
Cons of Satellite C55D-B5219
Not a touch screen laptop
Considering the current price of $330, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 is a decent laptop for home users and students. But it cannot handle high end tasks. F or a comparison, you can take a look at HP 15 g018dx laptop which comes with similar specifications.