Have you been looking for the right 15.6 laptop but just haven’t been able to find one in your price range with a lot of internal storage? If you want something that comes with an AMD and don’t want to have to spend a lot of money the new Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 just might be calling your name. This of course is not going to be the highest performing laptop as you are looking at only spending around $380 or less. This laptop is for the person who is more interested in pricing versus performance. It is still a fairly decent machine if this laptop is going to be used for light use at the office, at home or one of the those laptops for the kids. Don’t get us wrong the Toshiba Satellite is still a quality notebook but don’t have sky high expectations.
This laptop comes with the already mention AMD processor, A8-6410, to be exact and its a quad core processor that is incorporated in combo with the AMD Radeon R5 graphics card. The Toshiba Satellite C55D series machine will get you throughout the day without a hiccup if you are using it for general purposes like using applications like Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office suite, web surfer, light video play and some web cam action. However we wouldn’t suggest any type of hardcore editing or photo work or having ten or so applications running. If you don’t overload this budget laptop you will find that it can and will run smoothly all day without lags and delays.
To find out what is making this machine tick you have to get to the heart and underneath the exterior plastic shell you will find the 750GB SATA disk drive with 5400RPM which is more than enough storage for most people. However is you need more you can easily purchase or use some external storage space. Sure you can store up to a 1000+ plus media files such a video, photos, and music but we think allowing the laptop to work at optimal performance means cutting back on that amount of software you install and leaving the room to allow the laptop to work. This Satellite series laptop comes with DVD-SuperMulti drive that makes it easy for one to burn and store files from CD’s and DvD’s.
While the Satellite series is one of the top selling series from Toshiba it lot most laptops in this price range is made from plastic material for the both the body and lid. You can get this one in jet black with Toshiba’s own resin textured design for the more higher end look along with a nice little Toshiba logo for that extra added touch. Though they are not the highest quality they still look solid.
This C55D-B5206 comes with a 15.6 inch screen however it is not a touchscreen. For the OS you will find it preinstalled with Windows 8.1 and while this may not be the lightest model available it weighs in at 4.9 pounds and 1.1 inches thick. It fits in to most standard laptop bags as it measures 10.2 x 15 x 1.1. With the price range you can still say that this is a very mobile friendly option for both students and adult who are on a budget and still need something that is mobile. While a lot of models are taking away the optical drives in an effort to be the lightest and slimmest machine this Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 comes equipped with one.
Much like the C55-B5246 laptop from Toshiba this one has high definition display and a max screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The widescreen is paired with the TruBrite technology from Toshiba making sure that you get one of the more crisp and bright images for your money. Whether you are watching HD videos, streaming movies are just playing some light video games to pass the time away. You won’t find backlit technology on the keyboard but is does come with an island style design and a full numeric keypad which makes it easy for typing both word documents and number for programs like Excel.
Some of the downsides of this machine is that is not going to one of those blazing fast machines however one thing to consider is that for other machines in the same price range it can keep up with most of them. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 laptop doesn’t come with bluetooth and again like mentioned earlier there is no backlit technology. One of the major downside is that the memory is non expandable on this model which means you will not be easily upgrading this model.
You will however get HD front facing web camera with the laptops built in microphone for all your video communications. On the side of the laptop you will find your connections like the 3.5mm audio combo jack, VGA port, HDMI, security lock slot, a few USB 2.0 ports and the multimedia card slot. The Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 15.6″ laptop has a starting price of about $379 at Bestbuy.com and you can certainly find laptops higher and lower in the price range. We think for the price its a fairly good machine that missing a few goodies that we know you just have to pay for to get such as bluetooth and a faster processor. If you are looking for a faster processor or something with touchscreen try going with another one of the Satellite series like the C55DT-B5208 from Toshiba.