Toshiba Satellite P55-A5312 is Intel 4th generation/ Haswell core i5 equipped laptop, available at a listed price of $630 at Best Buy. It is not a touch screen laptop. The basic clock speed is 1.6 GHz which is, somewhat low, but it can auto overclock up to 2.6 GHz. The integrated HD 4600 is the improved version of earlier Intel HD 4000 graphics. The mid-size 15.6” display offers Full HD video playback. 6 GB memory helps to boost multi-tasking. With 750 GB hard drive it offers ample storage. It comes with back lit keyboard. The laptop weighs 5.3 pounds which should not be considered bulky but it is not a light weight model either. The laptop is easily movable. P55-A5312 can perform entire basic computing tasks smoothly. It is most suitable for watching movies or videos, in full HD and Presentation. Low end games are also playable. However, Crysis 3 or Battlefield 3 can hardly be played even at low details and setting. P55-A5312 offers plenty of ports for external connectivity.
Toshiba Satellite P55-A5312 performance and specification
Encased in a silver finish outfit, Toshiba Satellite P55-A5312 houses Intel core i5-4200u which is a dual core processor. Each core operates with 1.6 GHz frequency and turbo-boosts up to 2.6 GHz. It offers 3MB of L3 cache. Though built around Haswell architecture, it is not a powerful processor. Compared with similar clocked core i5 ivy bridge/3rd generation processor, it is only 6-10% faster. If you compare i5-4200u with Intel core i5-3317u, the former is slightly faster than the latter. More precisely, it is almost equivalent to i5-3337u which operates with 1.8 GHz. However, performance depends upon other supported hardware, like amount of memory and hard drive speed. The integrated graphics, Intel HD 4600 supports DirectX 11.1 and open CL 1.2. Together with 6 GB memory, you can watch HD videos, do light gaming and casual photo editing, media encoding/decoding. Considering above details, Toshiba Satellite P55-A5312 cannot be termed as a gaming laptop.
The 750GB, 5400 rpm hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 8 Operating System. Integrated DVD burner is present in this laptop. The bezel houses HD webcam with integrated microphone.
As told earlier, model P55-A5312 offers impressive number of ports which include 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0. Beside this, it also comes with one HDMI and VGA port, headphone and microphone jacks. The keyboard is of Chiclet style and arrow keys are of half sized. There is a dedicated numeric keypad. The touchpad has a chromed plastic ring encircling it.
The network connectivity features include Gigabit Ethernet as wired connection. The wireless connectivity is supported by Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230, 2×2 BGN + Wi-Di Capable and Bluetooth.
4 cell lithium ion battery provides up to 4.37 hours of battery life .
Pros of Toshiba Satellite P55-A5312
Plenty of ports
Cons of Toshiba Satellite P55-A5312
Poor battery life
No touch screen