Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5107 15.6″ Laptop PC Review

Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5107 Notebook

Satin black Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5107 is a budget 15.6 inch laptop offering basic performance and power including all the essential features for home or school use to prepare assignments, check emails, play lighter games, browse the net and stream videos and any of the usual stuff you do on a day-to-day basis with its AMD processor, good amount of memory and storage space to save all your files. This is a Toshiba and you get at least your money’s worth with this low priced notebook.

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Satin Black in trax horizon Toshiba Satellite weighs about 5.3 lbs and is fairly slim and portable with also its 15 inch thin display. Battery life shall depend on how you use the computer (how demanding programs are and screen brightness), but it is a 4Wh 6-Cell battery that should give you more than 5 hours in normal use, but this will go down by years passing like with any computer. It has EPA's Energy Star and EPEAT Gold standards, for those of you that care about the environment and energy usage, this being a green choice.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5107 has the AMD Quad-Core A6-5200 quad core accelerated processor at 2GHz speed, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM that should give you more than enough multitasking power, hence increasing your productivity and can be expanded up to 16GB, 750GB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400 rpm rotating speed that offers 50% more capacity than what you’d expect at this price level and the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 which is the latest so you don’t need to upgrade it from Win 8 like many models. The weakest link here is the entry level AMD processor but still is capable of performing daily tasks and not so demanding games very well- just not as good as an Intel i5 or i7 processor. Both the size of RAM and hard drive definitely make up for it and you get decent performance overall- you can’t really expect to have an SSD at this price level.

15.6 inch LED backlit HD widescreen display with TruBrite technology, 1366 x 768 pixel native resolution (supporting 720p content), AMD Radeon HD 8400 graphics for clear and detailed images and reliable graphics performance when you’re playing games or watching videos. LED backlit makes it use less electricity or battery and last much longer. You have an integrated HD webcam that makes it easy to chat with people on Skype and allows you to take still photos. Resolution+ transforms the regular definition content to way sharper high definition-like content. 1366 x 768 pixel resolution may seem a bit low but at how much this Toshiba costs, you won’t get a Full HD screen, this is adequate as it is and you can still watch HD movies when connected to your HDTV. You can also play lower end games like Fifa 14 and SimCity at medium settings easily.

Trax Horizon with matte finish in satin black Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5107 looks modern enough, weighs just 5.3 lbs and has the measurements of 9.50 x 15 x 1.30 inches, which allow easy portability. It comes with a regular but comfy full-size keyboard with gaming commands and 10-key numeric keypad for faster data entry and its functional touchpad supports multiple touch gestures.

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Build quality is average to above average and being Toshiba, it is sturdy enough and comes with a 6-cell lithium ion battery with decent battery life (This is an Energy Star qualified machine like the majority of Toshiba laptops). There is no Bluetooth (a Bluetooth USB dongle can be purchased to a few bucks) but a Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Gigabit 10/100 Ethernet with RJ-45, an HDMI port, HD webcam with microphone, Multiformat Media Card Reader that supports 6 formats, a USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports.

Conclusion: The 15.6 inch Toshiba Satellite C55D-A5107 is not some kind of masterpiece of superior design and performance but it is a Toshiba with sturdy build, adequate AMD processor, generous RAM and storage space for running daily things smoothly. Some people won’t be happy with the Windows 8 or 8.1 and will prefer their Windows 7 but not many Win 7 laptops out there these days. Battery life is long at up to 5 hours in normal daily use, screen quality and the sound are pretty good and it offers some gaming potential too. This is not a touchscreen PC and keyboard is not backlit but neither of these are to be expected from such a low price machine. Then you have all those useful connectivity options- pretty much everything is covered except for Bluetooth. Definitely a good buy and remember this is a Toshiba!

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