The most affordable 15.6 inch laptop in Toshiba Satellite line up, the Satellite C55 series has got new family. Toshiba Satellite C55-A5243NR, the latest model in Satellite C55 series has released and ready now for a budget conscious costumer who looking for a decent machine for daily use. There are no new features on this model and like other laptop on its series, this is a daily budget laptop, so do not expecting to play modern 3D games or hard editing video. Of course, the Satellite C55-A5243NR laptop is still has many strengths that make it a good choice for sub-$400 laptop.
Like common 15.6 inch laptop on this series, Toshiba Satellite C55-A5243NR laptop offers high quality plastic casing design to reduce the cost. For exterior, the Black casing has a small silver Toshiba on the bottom of corner, along with small logo on the bottom corner of black bezel. Built into center of bezel, there is also a High Definition web camera that integrated with digital microphone, not only perfect for self portraits, but also gives bright and crisp video for face to face video conference.
The full size Toshiba’s standard black keyboard also has full numeric keypad, offers fast and secure typing session, especially for office work or spreadsheets. Above the keyboard, there is a stereo speakers girls for audio reproduction. In term of size, this model has similar size likes its predecessor, the Satellite C55-A5204 laptop which has dimension in 9.5 x 15 x 1.4 inches and weighs around at 5.4 lbs. Yeah, it’s a bit heavier and thicker than common modern 15.6 inch laptop from other brand, but we think the C55-A5243NR laptop is still comfortable and easy to carry around with you.
Speaking of computing performance, this model that equipped with 2.4GHZ Intel Pentium 2020M dual core processor is provides lower multitasking performance than its sibling that shipped with Intel Core i3-3120M dual core processor. Yeah, it’s a bit disappointed, but the 4GB of DDR3 for base configuration that can be expanded up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, gives users a good option if they need smoother and faster multitasking performance. For operating system, the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 provides a stable platform for almost all office and multimedia applications.
The 15.6 inch High Definition display and integrated Intel HD graphics combines are not a best combinations, but still delivers fairly bright, crisp and vivid color for 720p video playback. Of course, the screen also backed by LED-backlit and TruBrite technology with support a 1366 x 768 native resolution, just like other C5O series. Inside, the budget friendly machine also equipped with a 500GB of SATA Hard Disk Drive and has spinning speed of 5400 rpm, along with multimedia card reader that located on the front side for easily transfer file from and to other device.
Around the edges, this machine also shipped with all essential port interface, including headphone jack, microphone jack, two USB 2.0 port, single USB 3.0 port, VGA port, RJ 45 for Ethernet LAN, VGA port and HDMI port as HDTV connector (support 1080p HD video). There are also security lock slot, 10/100 Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Wireless networking and a DVD SuperMulti drive for load or burn CDs or DVDs cassette and supporting 11 formats. The 6-cell Lithium Ion battery also gives up to 4 hours of battery runtime on single charges.
Yeah, powered by Intel Pentium Ivy Bridge entry level processor that lacks many high end features and a bit heavy profile that other 15.6 inch laptop from other brand, Toshiba Satellite C55A5243NR laptop is not the best option for sub-$400 laptop. But with a solid Trax Horizon design, optical drive on the left side and long battery life, the $385 laptop is still a good laptop and worth for your money. So, what do you think? Are you decided to buy this machine? If you are looking for new laptop which has multi touch display, we recommend you to check Toshiba Satellite C55T-A5218 15.6 inch laptop. Basically, both of the machine is identical, except the 15.6 inch Touch Screen display and priced around at $429.99.