Toshiba Satellite L55-A5284/A5184 is a mainstream laptop which offers decent balance of features, performance and battery life. The laptop is currently available at a reasonable price of $450 (at Staples, on sale). Toshiba L55-A5284 is an older model and includes a third-generation Intel Core i5 CPU with integrated graphics, while a fourth-generation core i5 processor is installed in Toshiba A5184. Other features in both the model remain identical. From the performance point of view, both offer similar performance. However, Toshiba A5184 comes with Windows 8.1 operating system while the older one comes with Windows 8 operating system. The model we’re looking at here is Toshiba L55- A5184 which has fourth-generation Core i5-4200u processor in it. Weighing around 5.35lbs the machine is not a light weight machine but you can still carry it from home to school or office. This is not a touch screen laptop and doesn’t come with fancy features like backlit keyboard. Here is a brief review of specification of Toshiba satellite L55- A5184.
Toshiba Satellite L55-A5284/A5184 specification and performance
Toshiba Satellite L55-A5184 features fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, which has two cores and has Hyper-Threading enabled. The cores operate with basic frequency of 1.6GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.6GHz, thanks to Turboboost Technology, on system demand. It comes with 3MB of cache memory. The processor is supported by 8GB of RAM and is integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics. The choice of CPU is an interesting one for a notebook that’s physically large. Intel core i5-4200U is an ultra-low voltage CPU which means it’s not as fast as Intel core i5-4200M, but it is energy efficient. You can expect it to run for hours without over-heating. Buyer can use this machine at home and school as well as for small office. However, at it weighs around 5.35 lbs, it is not easy to travel with it. Toshiba L55-A5184 is decent for day to day computing, watching movies (it has inbuilt DVD drive) and listening to music. It can even be used for casual gaming, light photo editing, media encoding and decoding and file conversion. Again, due to CPU limitations, you can’t expect fast performance from this machine.
Toshiba Satellite L55-A5184 offers 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory and 750GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive. The hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. Audio is supported by DTS sound.
The 15.6″ widescreen HD TruBrite LED Backlit display offers maximum resolution of 1366×768 pixels, in 16:9 aspect ratio. This means it can’t display full HD contents and would be able to stream up to 720p contents only.
Toshiba L55-A5184 comes with all necessary ports: one USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 (one of them is sleep and charge), HDMI, VGA, audio jacks and RJ 45. Additionally, there is a DVD burner, a combination headphone and microphone port and a media card reader. Toshiba Satellite L55-A5184 ships with a webcam, Bluetooth 4.0 and inbuilt 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter. The laptop belongs to budget PC category, so we won’t be too hard on it for not having fancy features like backlit keyboard, full high definition display and solid state drive.
Toshiba Satellite L55A5184 comes with 4 cell 43whr battery which offers up to 4 hours of battery life. Battery is not user replaceable.
Pros of L55-A5184
Decent price-features ratio
Plenty of memory
Cons of Toshiba L55-A5184
Not touch screen enabled