Toshiba L55-C5384 or L55C5384 has a decent hardware configuration which is topped by 5th generation Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. This laptop is zippy enough for day to day computing like running Office suite, surfing internet with multiple tabs, social networking, emailing and skype. You can play latest PC games as well. However, not all games are playable in highest resolution. You can’t expect fast performance from Intel core i7-5500u since it is a dual core and not a quad core processor. Also, Toshiba L55C5384 doesn’t come with discrete graphics. Games aren’t the only application that benefit from power of a discrete GPU. The cores of NVIDIA graphics help in parallel processing. Thus, audio and video editing programs and data encryption applications also get benefitted. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP which comes with NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 4GB Video RAM, 8GB system RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also comes with Full HD display (1920 X 1080) while Toshiba L55-C5384 comes with 1366 X 768 display panel. However, unlike Toshiba L55C5384, Acer laptop doesn’t offer inbuilt optical drive. None of the laptops, discussed above, offer backlit keyboard. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba L55-C5384 or L55C5384.
Intel core i7-5500u processor is a dual core processor operating with 2.4GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.0GHz, on system demand. It comes with 3MB of cache memory. For graphics, Toshiba L55C5384 uses Integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which is part of the processor and is, therefore, not upgradable. As told earlier, you can’t get fast performance for programs like lightroom, after affects, Sony Vegas pro, or for CAD program like 3Ds Max and Solidworks on this machine. To run such programs effectively, you may consider Dell Inspiron i7559 laptop which comes with Intel core i5-6300HQ quad core processor, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics with 4GB GDDR5 memory, full HD IPS display, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It offers more than 10 hours of battery life. Note that i7-5500u is a dual core processor while i5-6300HQ has 4 cores and it is a 6th generation processor while i7-5500u belongs to 5th generation. Intel core i5-6300HQ comes with 6MB of cache while i7-5500u comes with 4MB of cache. The best part of this Dell laptop is that it comes with faster Solid State drive and strong discrete graphics with speedy video memory. Though it is not a workstation grade laptop still it could be a great beginner’s laptop for 3D designing.
Toshiba L55-C5384 comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM and the memory is not user upgradable. It is installed with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, preloaded with Windows 10.
Toshiba L55C5384 incorporates 15.6” display which offers max resolution of 1366 X 768p. The display can support playback in 720p only and will be not be able to support 1080p content. However, with the help of HDMI, you can play Full HD content on compatible TV or other external display. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP which comes with full HD display as well as discrete graphics with 4GB video memory.
Ports and connectivity features include Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, dual band Wireless ac and Bluetooth.
The 4cell 45whr non user replaceable battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.
Toshiba L55-C5384 or L55C5384 could be a good choice if you are looking for a laptop that is fast enough for office applications and offers reasonable performance for CPU intensive tasks. However, it is not suitable for professional software like 3Ds Max solid works. For such requirement, you can consider Dell Inspiron i7559 laptop which offers a strong processor, discrete graphics and Solid State Drive.