Toshiba S55-A5295/A5188 is a premium laptop which comes with special features like back lit keyboard, Brushed Aluminum chassis, USB 3.0 sleep/ charge ports and harman/kardon stereo speakers. Toshiba’s Satellite S55 and Satellite S50 represent the finest consumer laptops available at an affordable price to consumers. Toshiba S55-A5188 is a successor to S55-A5295 and features of both the machine are almost similar. This 15.6” laptop integrates core i7 processor; 12 GB memory and 1TB hard drive which implies that this laptop is made for professionals. However, the price you pay for it ($600 approx. on sale), is quite fair and you would not be disappointed by the features you get. The downside of Toshiba S55-A5295/A5188 is that it is not a touch screen based laptop and the display comes with low resolution of 1366 X 768. No doubt it is powerful laptop but certain applications like Photo and video editing, 3D designing, gaming etc. require high-resolution screen. Read further to know more about the Toshiba S55-A5295/A5188.
Specification and performance of Toshiba S55-A5295/A5188
Toshiba S55-A5295/A5188 is powered by Intel core i7 processor. However, the older model (S55-A5295) comes with 3rd generation Intel core i7 processor while S55-A5188 uses 4th generation core i7-4700MQ processor. It is a quad core processor and operates with 2.4GHz speed and the frequency can boost up to 3.4GHz. The processor is integrated with Hyperthreading technology which means it can handle 8 threads at a time. The graphics it comes with is Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 which is merged with processor. It’s a great processor for CPU intensive applications and offers admirable performance when it comes to CPU-based rendering, large file compression, media encoding and decoding. Latest games like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, Batman: Arkham Origin etc. run smoothly in this laptop. Streaming high definition videos won’t be a problem in this machine. However, display of S55-A5295/A5188 supports 720p high definition contents only.
The laptop comes with 12GB DDR3L 1600MHz and it can support a maximum of 16GB memory. 1TB 5400 RPM, Serial ATA drive comes preinstalled with Windows 8.1 operating System. Audio is supported by DTS Studio Sound.
The 15.6” HD LED Backlit display supports maximum resolution of 1366×768 in 16:9 aspect ratio. Toshiba S55-A5295/A5188 offers two USB 3.0 ports (one sleep in charge), one media card reader, one full-sized HDMI output, VGA output, combined headphone/microphone socket and Gigabit Ethernet. For wireless connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n is available but Bluetooth is not supported.
4 cell 43Wh lithium ion battery pack (not user replaceable) offers up to 4 hrs. of battery life
Pros of Toshiba S55-A5295/A5188
Inexpensive premium laptop for processor hungry applications
USB sleep and charge ports
Cons of Toshiba S55-A5295/A5188
No touch screen
Average battery life