The most affordable Toshiba Satellite 15.6 inch laptop series, the Satellite C55 has got new family and expected will be ready soon in US market. Toshiba Satellite C55-A5311 laptop, the newest model in those series has listed in BestBuy with a starting price around at $379.99 and 1 year limited warranty. Like common Toshiba’s C55 budget friendly series, the Satellite C55-A5311 is a budget friendly laptop that designed for a budget conscious user who need a reliable machine for daily use.
Yeah, based on the Intel Ivy Bridge low end processor with a 2.5GHZ Intel Core i3-3120M dual core processor, Toshiba Satellite C55-A5311 laptop is not a high end 15.6 inch machine, but still provides enough performance for daily mobile computing multitasks. The integrated Intel HD graphics as graphics engine and 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM ensures users can watch latest movies, streaming video from internet or play most casual PCs games with ease. Unlike the previous Satellite C55-A5243NR laptop that equipped with a 500GB of internal storage, the newest model brings larger memory space with a 750GB of Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive. Comes with a spinning speed of 5400 rpm, the disk drive can store more than 140,000 MP3 music files or up to 260 hours of video files in 720p formats.
Of course, like common modern laptop from other brand, the Toshiba’s laptop also preinstalled with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 as the operating system. Not only compatible with almost all productivity and multimedia applications, the most popular Microsoft Windows OS also provides smooth and seamless multitasking performance. Other preloaded applications are Microsoft Office 365 (Trial version), Adobe Reader, WildTangent games, Norton and few Toshiba’s software, such as Recovery Media, PC Health Monitor, HDD Protection, Sleep Utility and more.
The 15.6 inch High Definition widescreen display also features LED backlit technology and support a 1366 x 768 native resolution. Combined with Toshiba’s TruBrite technology, this machine provides fairly bright and stunning color for images, video and games. For detailed and stunning viewing experience, user also can output their favorite video or other multimedia files to an external HDTV or other HDMI-compliant display. Above the 15.6 inch screen, the High Definition web camera that located on the center and incorporated with digital microphone provides clear audio chats and crisp face to face video calls or conference.
Similar to its predecessor, the full size black keyboard also comes with full numeric keypad, provides better accurate, fast speed and comfortable typing, especially for daily work in office (documents and spreadsheets). The standard stereo speakers that located above the keyboard and optimized with DTS Sound technology is not the best audio, but still can produces crisp and loud audio reproduction in small Office room. There is also a DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer) located on the left side, so you can burn your document into CDs or DVDs formats along with load more applications and files.
Yeah, this is a cheap machine, but it’s not look cheaply. The high quality plastic material in Trax Horizon finish design for casing and Satin Black color makes the Toshiba C55-A5311 laptop looks more expensive the actual price. Measures 9.5 x 15 1.4 inches and shipped with a 6-Cell Lithium Ion battery, the 5.4 lbs laptop is not the most portable machine, but still easy to carry around with you.
No word on battery runtime at this moment, but like the previous model, we believe this machine can produces at least 4 hours of battery life on single charges. The rest of specifications are single USB 3.0 port, headphone jack, microphone jack, two USB 2.0 port, VGA port, 10/100 Ethernet LAN wit RJ connector and WiFi 802.11b/g/n for wireless internet connection.
Yeah, this is not the most powerful Satellite laptop and the size also a bit disappointed. But, if you are looking for a reliable laptop for daily use and the price is the big concern, we think Toshiba Satellite C55-A5311 15.6 inch laptop is still a best choice for sub-$400 laptop and gives a great value for your money. If you have more budget and looking for a Toshiba’s laptop which brings more multimedia performance and large storage space, we suggest you to check Toshiba Satellite E55DT-AST2N02. The newest Satellite E55DT 15.6 inch Touch series with AMD A6-5200 Quad-Core Processor, 1TB storage space and priced around at $680.