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Review: Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

$399.95

Last updated on: March 23, 2019 6:30 pm
Brand
ModelSatellite C55-B5300
User LevelAdvanced User
Weight4.85lbs
Screen Size15.6inches
Max Resolution1366 x 768
ProcessorIntel Celeron N2840 (2.16 GHz, Dual-Core, 1MB Cache)
Ram4GB
Webcam and MicHD webcam with Integrated digital microphone
PortsUSB 3.0 (1 Port), USB 2.0 (2 Ports), 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack (1 Port), HDMI™ (1 Port), VGA (1 Port), LAN 10/100 (1 Port), 4-In1 Card Reader (SD Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Card, SDXC Card)
Wireless802.11 b/g/n WiFi
Battery Time4hrs
Battery TypeLithium-ion
Preinstalled OSWindows 8

ModelSatellite C55-B5300
User LevelAdvanced User
Weight4.85lbs
Screen Size15.6inches
Max Resolution1366 x 768
ProcessorIntel Celeron N2840 (2.16 GHz, Dual-Core, 1MB Cache)
Ram4GB
Webcam and MicHD webcam with Integrated digital microphone
PortsUSB 3.0 (1 Port), USB 2.0 (2 Ports), 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack (1 Port), HDMI™ (1 Port), VGA (1 Port), LAN 10/100 (1 Port), 4-In1 Card Reader (SD Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Card, SDXC Card)
Wireless802.11 b/g/n WiFi
Battery Time4hrs
Battery TypeLithium-ion
Preinstalled OSWindows 8

Toshiba’s Satellite C55-B5300 is a low-cost notebook that runs on Intel’s Celeron N2840 processor. For a budget laptop, the C55-B5300 comes with a good amount of memory and storage. It’s not only capable of handling basic home entertainment needs (like web browsing and playing music and videos) but can also cover office and business computing activities comfortably.

A full-black laptop, the Satellite C55-B5300 features a textured-resin finish. It’s a 64-bit computer that comes with a comfortable, non-lit keyboard. It measures 15 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches and weighs just 4.85 pounds. Both of which make it a very portable notebook.

More importantly, this laptop is fully compatible with Linux and can run any distro whose hardware requirements meet its specifications. It comes with Windows 8.1 by default, and that means you may have to install your favorite Linux OS from scratch.

If you are just as crazy about Windows as you are about Linux you could consider dual booting and running both operating systems. The laptop’s features are more than sufficient to support Windows 8.1 (or even Windows 10) and a Linux OS.

Having said all that, the C55-B5300 isn’t loaded with anything special (which is expected at the low price point). But it can still prove useful for your computing needs around the house, office or dorm room.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 Features

1. 2.16 GHz Processor

The Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 is powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron N2840 processor that has a base frequency of 2.16GHz and burst frequency of up to 2.58GHz. The processor has a 1MB cache. That’s rather small compared with today’s market standards, which means the laptop won’t wow you with ultra-processing speeds or hyper threading.

Regardless, the N2840 is a much better performer compared to other entry-level processors like Intel Celeron 1037U and previous versions of Intel Atom chips. It’s an ultra-low voltage processor whose Thermal Design Power (TDP) is a mere 7.5 watts.

Besides preventing the CPU from overheating, the low TDP ensures good battery performance. That’s is why this laptop can go for up to 4 hours of continual use without the battery dying on you.

2. 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD

With a system memory of 4GB, the C55-B5300 is more than capable of supporting virtually all Linux operating systems. The processor supports up to 8GB, so if you feel the default 4GB is not enough you can always upgrade to 8GB. The RAM is a DDR3L SDRAM, which is precisely what you need in your laptop.

DDR SDRAMs are known for their ability to transfer data on falling as well as rising edges of a processor’s clock pulses. By doing so they increase the data rate while at the same time enhancing signal integrity. In simpler words the type of RAM used in this notebook ensures that the laptop performs faster without compromising your data.

Besides that, the DDR3L RAM installed is also renowned for its low-power needs (when compared to the original DDR3). That means the laptop will use fewer units of your electric power, but your bill won’t be significantly lower. More importantly, this RAM generates minimal heat.

The installed hard drive is a 500GB Serial ATA whose rpm is 5400. That’s arguably the most common rpm rating for HDD because it guarantees fast reading and writing speeds while providing a good amount of storage space.

3. Intel HD Graphics

The graphics card installed in the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 is an Intel HD Graphics which could allow you to play older versions of games like Counter Strike, World of Warcraft and League of Legends at low resolution settings. But neither the GPU nor the CPU will allow you to enjoy most modern games, which is understandable because the laptop is not designed with gamers in mind.

Display quality is impressive. With a 15.6-inch LED backlit screen, the Satellite C55-B5300 delivers HD widescreen images with a pixilation of 1366 x 768. That means you get sharp and crispy images with fine details. But of course it’s nowhere near what full HD or other better screens like 4K are capable of.

4. Multiple Connections

As far as connectivity, this notebook offers a plethora of options, especially for connecting USB flash drives. Alongside two USB 2.0 ports you also get a USB 3.0 port for faster data reading and transfer. Besides those two there’s also a socket for SD, MultiMediaCard, SDHC, and SDXC cards.

It uses a WLAN 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi module and an integrated 10/100 Gigabit Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector for a fast and easy wired connection. The laptop supports both HDMI and VGA connections for external displays. For audio input/output it has a multi-function jack that supports a microphone/headset combo.

Finally, you also get a multi-format DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support. Those are hard to come by nowadays despite most users still relying on CDs and DVDs for some tasks like OS installation.

5. Integrated Webcam

As is the case with most modern laptops, this notebook features an HD webcam with an integrated microphone. The webcam is not super impressive but at the very least you can run Skype smoothly.

Sound quality is also decent but not so good to blow you away. But don’t worry, it supports the connection of external sound systems like speakers and home theaters.

Are There Cons Of The Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300?

While it’s generally a decent laptop to buy, the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 falls short spectacularly in some areas. Being a budget computer, that’s expected and perhaps understandable. So what are the downsides of this notebook?

For starters it doesn’t have the fancy features of mid to high-end computers. For example, when it comes to display it doesn’t offer features like Full HD, IPS and Retina or even touchscreen and high pixel density.

The graphics card is an entry-level model to start with, and that means many tasks that require anything better than HD display won’t be supported. For example, you can’t play 2K or 4K games on this laptop.

Besides that it doesn’t support Bluetooth connectivity yet Bluetooth has become a staple in modern computers.

The Final Word

Overall, this model is a good entry-level PC that comes with an attractive price tag. It will definitely give you value for money, especially if you use it for daily computing tasks that are not resource-demanding. It’s ideal for such things as home entertainment as well as office, business and college use.

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$399.95

Last updated on: March 23, 2019 6:30 pm