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Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5319 Review – Inexpensive Backup Laptop Maybe Even More

Usually when you go out and get a second laptop for a backup you really don’t think you are going to get much.  When it comes to this Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5319 15.6″ budget friendly notebook you would think the same.  At a price of just $248 how could anything really be good to great about this machine.  Well if you go in not thinking about getting much expect some of the usual web surf and light office work done you will be pleasantly surprised.  Of course this isn’t a powerhouse high end device and the C55D-B5319 wasn’t designed for modern gaming but with the AMD-E1-2100 processor is can more than handle some light work on the go and some of the office work that you may need to get done at home.  If you have a student at home this works for that school laptop as well so the kids have their own machine and not have to mess with the expensive one.

Performance

The Toshiba 15.6 inch Satellite C55D is one of those low cost laptop that has everything you need when you are in a rush or on the go.  It comes with the AMD E1-2100 processor 1.GHz and 1MB cache.  While this is no beast of a machine with it comes to performance this processor helps keep the price low and the 4GB DDR3 SDRAM is more than enough memory for the average user.  If this is a secondary notebook it will be just the right amount of power to handle daily use applications and multimedia.  This is not a laptop that you can expect to do heavy gaming of video editing with.

To keep the Toshiba C55D-B5319 running smooth and fast without lag don’t overload with with songs and videos.  While it does come with a 500GB SATA hard and can store up to 333,000 photos, 142,000 songs, or 263 hours of HD video we would suggest getting anywhere near that or you will see just how slow it will run.  If you are the person you just needs to check some email, surf the internet/web, check out a few videos and keep up with friends on social networking sites this will more than get the job done.  It also comes with MicroSoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit version.  While this isn’t a fan favorite it works for the person who needs to get light productivity tasks done on the go.

Design

When it comes to design the C55D-B5319 Satellite is much like others in the price range.  You don’t get the high quality feel when you see or touch it.  It a 15.6″ device that comes with he dimensions of 14.96 x 10.2 x 1.05 inches and weighs 4.85lbs.  At this size it is not the smallest or lightest of the machines on the market but compare to the competitors in the same class and price it is in the top as far a weight and being slim.  This weigh makes it portable and it should fit into most carrying bags unless you have something that was similar to the Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670.

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The display is a 15.6″ LED Backlight screen with HD TruBrite Display.  The max resolution for this Toshiba Satellite is 1366 x 768 and while its there are a lot better displays on the market this is pretty decent and offers up clear and vibrant colors.  For the graphics card it comes with the AMD Radeon HD 8210.  This makes watching your favorite videos or movies a pleasure and you can also view them in 720p video resolution.  However if you are wanting to watch 1080p quality you are going to need to connect the laptop to an external monitor or HDTV using the HDMI and VGA port that or located on the C55D-B5319 on the right hand side.

Connectivity, Battery, and More

This is an on the go machine for the right person or a great secondary laptop.  But you need ports and connectivity to really make it worth while.  The 15.6″ Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5319 comes with a built-in webcam for your video conferencing needs and a 6-in-1 memory card reader.  You also get 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, combo microphone/headphone jack, RJ-45 Ethernet port, VGA port, and HDMI port.  For the battery, this system comes with a 4-cell lithium-ion battery that is located on the bottom.  You should expect about 4 hours 45 minutes of usage off of a single charge if using the notebook with multiple applications running and the streaming some videos.

The Satellite C55D from Toshiba is also equipped with a SuperMulti DVD burner which allows you to not only watch movies but also read and write both DVD’s and CD’s in multiple formats.  If you need to connect to internet you can use either the wired Ethernet or connect wireless to a Wi-Fi hotspot or signal using the 802.11b/g/n connection that is built into this Satellite series laptop.

Keyboard and Trackpad

When it comes to typing and inputting information into the system that C55D-B5319 comes with a very nice full-sized keyboard.  While it does not offer backlighting which would be great for those times with lighting isn’t good it does come with a numeric pad on the right of the keyboard.  You will find that typing on this notebook is decent and the range of motion is good for most people and allow for fast accurate typing.  This Toshiba also comes with a trackpad that has to mouse buttons on the bottom.  The trackpad as a smooth feel to it but some may feel more comfortable just connecting a mouse to it.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that this isn’t just some cheap laptop.  While the Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5319 15.6″ laptop is budget friendly its also lightweight and easy to carry around, comes with DVD/CD burner, its easy to set up, the display is pretty good.  On the other had it does have a inexpensive feel to it, no Bluetooth, and doesn’t have a backlit keyboard.  In the end though for $249 its hard to beat this machine.  While there are some more expensive laptops on the market like the HP Pavilion 15-P100DX this one surely makes for a perfect backup PC or something for someone who just needs a laptop for traveling.  It’s not going to be something for gaming so if you want a gaming laptop check out something else and the speakers leave room for much to be desired.  However just putting on some headphones will solve that problem.  Chances are if you buy this laptop from Toshiba you will be glad you did.

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