Toshiba satellite C55D-A5206 laptop is based on 1.5 GHz AMD A4-5000 APU which is built with jaguar cores. The quad core APU handles multitasking and multi-threading application well. Toshiba C55D-A5206 supports regular computing as well as casual media editing, audio/video encoding and decoding. This machine is good for office works too. You can create presentation and print pdf files on it. Other features include 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. The price of this laptop is $309 approx.
If you compare both Toshiba C55-A5204 with C55D-A5206, C55-A5204 with its 2.5 GHz i3-3120M processor and Integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics will deliver better performance over AMD laptop.
Though AMD A4-5000 APU is a quad core processor but, considering its performance, this APU is on par with Intel core i3-3217U processors. However, AMD A4-5000 APU is more energy efficient. The graphics it incorporates is integrated AMD Radeon HD 8330 which supports low end gaming. As such, modern games will hardly run on this machine. Games like StarCraft 2 F1 2012 can be played in modest setting. However, power demanding games will hardly run on this computer. The graphics can handle HD video playback, without straining the processor.
The 15.6” HD display comes with 1366 by 768 resolutions. Though the display supports 720p HD playback still it doesn’t support Full HD or 1080p playback. Like other Toshiba c55 series of laptops Toshiba satellite C55D-A5206 is made of plastic. The keyboard is Chiclet style and has dedicated numeric keypad. However, touchpad is smaller than that comes with other brands.
The laptop computer comes with 4GB DDR3 1600MHz memory and hard drive capacity is 500GB that is enough for entry level laptop. Windows 8 operating system is preinstalled in it.
Network features are supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi. Bluetooth support is not available. Model C55D-A5206 comprises of 1-USB 3.0port, 2-USB 2.0 ports HDMI® output port, VGA port, Memory Card Reader, Headphone jack , integrated microphone. It offers DVD burner and webcam.
The 6 cell battery pack offers 4-5 hours of battery life, though battery life depends upon usage.
Pros of Toshiba satellite C55D-A5206
Inexpensive quad core laptop
USB 3.0 ports
Cons of C55D-A5206
Small touch pad
At $310 approx Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5206 is a decent choice for regular computing, casual gaming and media encoding or decoding. If you are looking for budget laptop with more performance then you should go for Toshiba satellite C55-A5204.