Toshiba C55D-A5381

Toshiba C55D-A5381 is a new addition to Toshiba satellite series and it costs around $270 approx (on sale). Though the price of Toshiba laptop looks quite impressive, it involves few trade-offs. For instance, it comes with entry level AMD Dual-Core E1-1200 dual core Accelerated Processor which operates with 1.4 GHz frequency.  The processor is just appropriate for basic computing. It comes with slow memory speed. However, the positive aspect of Toshiba C55D-A5381 is that it is preinstalled with 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB memory and offers USB 3.0 port as well. The laptop supports basic computing only and is not designed to run high end application but is intended for low energy consumption. Here is a brief review about Toshiba C55D-A5381-

Toshiba C55D-A5381 specification and performance

AMD Dual-Core E1-1200 processor operates with 1.4 GHz frequency.  Auto-overclocking feature is not available with this APU and it comes with 1 MB of L2 cache. The accelerated processor supports only 1066MHZ speed.  It can handle regular computing jobs like web browsing, editing docs, emailing, video chatting and playing videos. It can stream HD videos as well. However, the 15.6” display of Toshiba C55D-A5381 allows up to 720p HD video playback only. AMD Dual-Core E1-1200 comes with AMD Radeon HD 7310 integrated graphics which shares system memory. The graphics supports DirectX 11 and works with 500 MHz speed. The spec doesn’t support gaming much. Even some low ends games will find it hard to run in this laptop. Games like Half life 2 , league of legends, World of Warcraft can be played in low details and setting.

Toshiba C55D-A5381 is integrated with 500GB hard drive with 5400rpm speed. 4 GB DDR3 1066MHz memory is available with the laptop.

The 15.6” HD LED Backlit display offers 1366 by 768 and supports 720p playback. It can run HD videos.

Although Toshiba C55D-A5381 is low cost laptop from Toshiba, it still offers impressive number of ports and connectivity features. It comes with 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output and VGA output, audio jack and LAN jack.

Networking feature is supported by 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi and Fast Ethernet LAN. Bluetooth support is not available with Toshiba C55D-A5381.

Like earlier models from Toshiba, C55D-A5381 is also encased in black glossy plastic outfit. The bezel houses a HD webcam with integrated mic. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keyboard. There is a DVD burner as well

The 6 cell 48whr lithium ion battery pack offers 4 hours of battery life.

Pros of Toshiba C55D-A5381

Affordable laptop for basic computing tasks

USB 3.0 port

HDMI output

Cons of Toshiba C55D-A5381

Weak processor

4GB memory

At $270 (Staples price), Toshiba C55D-A5381 looks attractive but you will get laptops with similar specs within same price range easily.

Compared with Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5359 and HP 2000-2B10NR, Toshiba C55D-A5381 offers more storage space.  Rest of the features remain same in all the above three models.

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