One of the most famous laptop maker from Japan, Toshiba expand the Satellite C50 budget friendly laptop line up with Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300. Yeah, this is not a high end multimedia and office laptop, but if the price is your big concern, the Satellite C55-A5300 15.6 inch laptop is has a great value and still gives decent performance for daily office and light multimedia multitasks.
Priced under $300 with 1 year limited warranty, Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 laptop is an entry level laptop that based on the Ivy Bridge platform and designed for a budget conscious costumers that need a reliable machine but did not want to breaking the bank. The Intel Celeron 1037U ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) dual core processor which has a clock rates at 1.8GHZ and combined with Intel HD Graphics as graphics engine, this model still gives the power and graphics performance you will need for documents works, spreadsheets and watch HD video, along with PowerPoint presentations and casual modern games.
Like common inexpensive sub-$300 laptop, Toshiba C55-A5300 15.6 inch laptop also comes with a plastic material for casing and Trax Horizon finish design. The “Satin Black” laptop has a small Toshiba logo on the corner of the lid, along with Satellite logo on the corner of bezel. Like the previous model, the C55-A5300 also has a standard Satellite black keyboard and a full numeric keypad, offers fast and secure typing experience, especially on the desk. In term of size, the 5.4 lbs laptop has dimension in 9.5 x 15 x 1.4 inches, just like the and other Satellite C50 laptop series. For the battery, the 6-cell Lithium Ion battery that bundled on this machine can produces more than 4 hours of battery life for light office tasks.
Yeah, this is not a multimedia laptop and did not support for playing 3D modern games. But the 15.6 inch High Definition widescreen display with LED-backlit and combined with Toshiba’s TruBrite technology still provides fairly bright, clear and crisp color for casual games or 720p video playback. It supports a 1366 x 768 native resolution and equipped with a 500GB of Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive. Comes with a spinning speed of 5400 rpm, the disk drive offers plenty of storage space, more than enough to store all your multimedia and document files.
Of course, on the top of display, you will also find a High Definition web camera. Paired with internal digital microphone, the camera not only can used for self portrait, but also brings crisp and bright video communications with family or friends. The rest of specifications are 3.5mm Combo Headphone/Microphone Jack, three USB 2.0 port, VGA port, HDMI port, RJ 45 for Ethernet connection, Kensington lock slot, multimedia card reader slot and SuperMulti DVD burner drive with double-layer support for play and load CDs or DVDs cassette. For connectivity, user can use 10/100 Ethernet LAN for wired and WiFi 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN for internet connection.
Yeah, this a very entry level laptop. It also lacks USB 3.0 port and the graphics performance also a bit disappointed, especially for play modern games. But, if the price is the only big concerned, Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 laptop’s that has a price tag around at $279 with free shipping is still a great laptop and hard to find another laptop that gives a same value. So, what do you think? If you have more budget and looking for a laptop which has better graphics performance, the Toshiba Satellite S75t-A7276 is a good alternative.