Toshiba Satellite C655-S5505 Review

If you are looking for a budget friendly laptop then Toshiba 15.6” Satellite C655-S5505 could be a good choice for you. Available at around $350, Satellite C655-S5505 offers 4GB RAM and 320GB hard drive, which sounds average. However, there is an extensive set of features, included in the laptop, which may excite a consumer. For instance, C655-S5505 sports Intel Pentium B960 processor which is much powerful then AMD E-300 processor. The laptop, however, is not meant for hard core gaming, yet, some low end games, like World of Warcraft, Sims 3 can be played with sound frame rate.

This Toshiba Satellite model delivers basic features expected from a budget laptop. It includes Pentium B960 processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz speed, and offers 2MB of L3 cache. The laptop can be used to accomplish regular computing tasks like browsing web, processing documents and little amount of multitasking. Like most of lntel Pentium B960 processor equipped laptops, C655-S5505 also comes with Intel HD 3000 graphics. The graphics is DirectX 10 capable but some advanced features, integrated in Intel HD 3000 graphics, are disabled here which usually come with a core labeled processor. This laptop is not suitable for running softwares like AutoCAD, Revit or 3D MAX. Occasional photo editing can, however, be done.  For editing HD video, one should look for a laptop with higher specs.

Toshiba Satellite C655-S5505 comes with 4GB memory which can be expanded up to 8GB. This laptop offers 320GB hard drive with standard 5,400 rpm speed.

The screen size of the laptop is 15.6”, when measure diagonally. It features High-definition widescreen LED-backlit TFT-LCD display that offers 1366X768 resolution

The battery life is expected up to 5 hours. Other features included in Toshiba satellite C655-S5505 are 2 USB 2.0 port, Multiformat media card reader that is capable of reading Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, miniSD and MultiMediaCard formats. It comes with a basic webcam and DVD burner

For network connectivity it offers Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n which are common in low end laptops as well. Some budget Gateway laptops offers Gigabit Ethernet.


Final Thoughts

The laptop comes with old Trax texture design and offers basic functionality, which justifies its $350 retail value. If you’re looking for a new budget laptop which offers HDMI port, we’d instead point to the Toshiba satellite L755D-S5106 model. It is an aesthetically similar device, with added benefit of a HDMI port. It also comes with 3 USB ports and 500GB hard drive.  At a slightly higher price, retail value of L755D-S5106 is $400, it offers value for money.

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