Toshiba Satellite C55-B5201 15.6 inch Laptop Review

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5201 15.6 inch Laptop Review

15.6 inch Toshiba Satellite C55-B5201
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Jet black Toshiba Satellite C55-B5201 is a low cost 15.6 inch notebook with an entry level Intel Celeron processor, sufficient amounts of memory for multitasking and hard drive as storage space, a DVD optical drive, a USB 3.0 port and a few other useful features that will make your life easy for tasks that you perform on a daily basis, as well as the solid build quality and the peace of mind that you feel with the Toshiba brand, offered at a very reasonable price.

Toshiba Satellite comes with the super low voltage 4th generation Intel Celeron N2830 processor (1MB cache) at 2.16GHz speed up to 2.41GHz with Intel Burst and no hyper threading, 4GB of DDR3L SDRAM to be able to run a few apps while keeping several internet browsers open and listening to music simultaneously without major delays or freezing, 500GB SATA hard drive at 5400rpm rotating speed- fast read and write and the 64-bit Windows 8.1 operating system as a stable platform for pretty much anything you do on the laptop- net surfing, media storage, word processing, gaming (older and lighter titles) and more. The maximum power consumption- TDP of the processor is only 7.5 watts, which will contribute to the longer battery life.

15.6" LED-backlit TruBrite TFT HD widescreen non-touch display with 16:9 aspect ratio, 1366 x 768 pixel native resolution and Mobile Intel HD graphics means sharp and clear images with vivid colours- not as great as a Full HD screen nor has the IPS technology with wide viewing angles but definitely satisfactory. It comes with a standard high definition webcam with an integrated microphone for great problem-free live chats with friends and family. The graphics card is only an integrated one with shared memory with more than adequate multimedia performance but is not suitable for playing the current modern 3D games at higher settings- the Celeron CPU is not designed for that either. Sound quality is reported to be OK- not the best and you can’t really expect too much at this price range.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5201 15.6 inch Laptop Review
Textured resin finish in jet black stylish Satellite weighs 4.9 pounds and is only 1.1 inch thin- has the measurements of 15 x 10.20 x 1.10 inches. It has a standard comfortable to use non-backlit keyboard with large keys, 10-key numeric pad for convenient number crunching and a touchpad that supports multiple gestures. It comes with a 4 cell/32Wh lithium ion battery but we don’t have the exact info on battery life but judging from specs, it should be around 4-5 hours in average use on a single charge. There is no Bluetooth according to the Toshiba website but a Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double layer support, 1 x USB 3.0 port and 2 x USB 2.0 ports, Multiformat Media Reader that supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, microSD and MMC formats, 802.11b/g/n WLAN wireless, 10/100 Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector, an HDMI output, an RGB port, Headphone jack (stereo) and a Security Cable Lock Slot.

Conclusion: Toshiba is a good brand for laptops and the Satellite C55-B5201 appears to be quite a decent model for everyday tasks at this low price level- modern looks and compact size- slim and lightweight, easy to set-up, smooth performance with good entry level processor with adequate amounts of RAM and HDD, 10-key numpad for easy data entry, a USB 3.0 port for fast data transfers, an optical drive that is nonexistent on many other models these days but the sound quality is not the best and we doubt you can upgrade the memory and hard drive and a common complaint is usually about the Windows 8 which is better to use with a touchscreen which this notebook doesn’t have but the 8.1 version seems to be more user-friendly with the familiar features. But it will be more than fine for your day-to-day tasks if you’re not too keen on spending heaps on a laptop and want one of the best in terms of performance and build quality- for what you pay. 30 day trial versions of Microsoft Office 365 and Norton Antivirus are included in the package and you also get 1 year standard warranty by Toshiba and good customer support.

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