Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 Review- Under $300 laptop

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 is meant for those who have basic computing needs and are budget conscious. This 15.6”  laptop is equipped with 1.8 GHz Intel Celeron 1037u dual core processor. With 4 GB memory, C55-A5300 can accomplish day to day jobs like typing documents, socializing, working with spreadsheets, browsing web etc very well.  Basic multitasking can be done in this laptop as well. For instance, while downloading music, you can type documents. This under $300 laptop comes with 500GB SATA hard drive. Though, it doesn’t comprise of USB 3.0 ports yet it offers three USB 2.0 ports. It comes with a DVD drive. Toshiba C55-A5300 is available at a price range of $230-$280.

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 specification and performance

Encased in black plastic cover, Satellite C55-A5300 is powered by Intel Celeron 1037u processor which is a dual core processor. Each core operates with 1.8 GHz frequency. If you compare this Celeron 1037u processor with Pentium 2117U processor, you will found that both the processors deliver almost similar performance. Both these processors operate with same frequency and come with 2 MB of L3 cache. Even though Pentium 2117U comes with additional instructions, it does not have much impact on the performance. Integrated HD graphics coming with the processor operates with basic frequency of 350 MHz and boosts up to 1GHz, if system demands. Watching videos won’t be an issue with this system. You can watch 720p HD videos but the display will not support full HD playback. Toshiba C55-A5300, in spite of being a low cost laptop, offers HDMI port. User can connect their HDTV or monitor to laptop via HDMI cable and watch videos in full HD formats with compatible HDTV. When it comes to gaming, low end games, like Starcraft II and Anno 2070, can be played in low details and setting. It is worth noting that Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 is not a gaming laptop. It hardly supports 3D designing or video editing softwares.

Model C55-A5300 comes with 4GB DDR3 1333MHz memory. The 500GB hard drive operates with 5400 rpm speed and comes preinstalled with Windows 8 operating system along with some other softwares.

15.6” HD TruBrite LED Backlit display offers 1366 by 768 pixel resolution. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 comes with 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output port, VGA output, Headphone jack and RJ 45 jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi. There is no Bluetooth support.

6 cell 48 whr lithium ion battery pack offers up to 4-5 hours of battery life on single charge, However it depend upon type of usage as well.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300

Inexpensive laptop for homes, home offices and students

500 GB hard drive

3 USB 2.0 ports

HDMI port

Cons Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300

No USB 3.0 ports

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