Toshiba satellite S55-A5294 is a 15.6” mid to high performing laptop. Weighing around 5.3 lbs it is not an ultraportable laptop but it can be carried out easily. While users have to compromise with its portability, specifications and the price of the laptop will amaze them. Equipped with Intel core i7-3630QM quad core processor, Toshiba S55-A5294 promises to increase productivity. It comes with a massive 8 Gb memory. The negative side of this laptop is that it doesn’t come with dedicated graphics which limits the performance of the machine up to certain level. Considering its current price, it is still an inexpensive laptop. The laptop is available at around 600$ (on sale at Office Depot)
Toshiba Satellite S55-A5294 Laptop specification and performance
Encased in brushed aluminum cover, Toshiba satellite S55-A5294 looks impressive. Speaker grille adds some charm to the laptop. The 15.6” display offers only 1366*768 resolutions that supports up to 720p HD video playback.
Intel core i7-3630QM is a quad core ivy bridge processor with Hyperthreading and Turboboost features enabled. Basic frequency of this processor is 2.4GHz and rises up to 3.4 GHz. It comes with 6 MB of L3 cache. Considering the performance of Satellite S55-A5294 laptop, with 8 GB memory the i7-3630QM quad core processor and integrated Intel HD 4000 are able to accomplish basic computing easily. Even HD video playback is not an issue with this machine. You can play games as well. May be some of the newer games will not run smoothly in native resolution. However, running professional applications may show lag, for example video editing, 3D modeling.
Toshiba S55-A5294 is Windows 8 machine; however it is not a touch screen laptop. The 750GB hard drive offers 5400 rpm speed. The laptop installed with 8GB DDR3 memory. The speed of the memory is PC3-12800. There is an integrated DVD burner and HD webcam.
Ports and connectivity features includes 2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 Ethernet; 1 HDMI; 1 VGA 15-pin D-sub.
Toshiba S55-A5294 comes with both Gigabit Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi.
There is no Bluetooth support.
The integrated 43Wh, 4-Cell Lithium Ion battery offers up to 3.7 hours of battery life. Battery is not replaceable by user.
Pros of Toshiba S55-A5294
Inexpensive core i7 laptop
Cons of Toshiba S55-A5294
No touch screen