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[Review] Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379 Pros and Cons

Pros: 8 GB of RAM, Brushed metal design, mid range price, Core i3 CPU at 2.0 GHz.
Cons: 500 GB of storage.

Toshiba has made a name for itself on the laptop market for its durable yet affordable laptops that typically manage a good balance between price and specs. Today we're going to take a look at one of such laptops. Under the name of Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379 comes a very interesting laptop that stands out thanks to its 8 GB of RAM, Core i3 CPU and affordable price tag (check price here).

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Review of the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379

Standard Display on a typical design

Toshiba isn't going to win any design awards for its latest mid range laptop. However, the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379 does sport an attractive design that doesn't feel as "cheap" as other alternatives within the same price range thanks to its brushed metal design which gives it a more "premium appearance".  

Display-wise, the newly released model features a standard 15.6 inch TFT LED panel with a 1366 by 768 pixel resolution.  The display also comes with TruBrite technology which improves the visibility when you're using your laptop outdoors, for example. 

As far as design goes, we've got a fully fledged keyboard and a weight that stacks up at roughly 5 pounds with a relatively average thickness of just 0.9 inches. All in all, the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379 is within the standards of what we've come to expect from a laptop in this price bracket and though it doesn't impress it doesn't disappoint either.

Solid CPU, more than enough RAM and more

In regards to the more technical spectrum of our Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379 review, it's time to move on and talk about the processor. To that end we're looking at a 5th generation dual core Core i3 CPU, specifically the Intel Core i3 5005U model that clocks in at 2.0 GHz (no turbo boost here).Such a model is based off a 64 bit architecture and sports 3 MB of cache.

As far as RAM is concerned, the new notebook comes with a very attractive 8 GB DDR3L module that runs at 1600 MHz. It's not user expandable (as per Toshiba's guidelines), however 8 GB will be more than enough for most users, whether professional or just home users. 

To give you an idea, with 8 GB of RAM you'll be able to have dozens of tabs open on your browser as well as several programs running in the background without really affecting the overall speed of the machine.

Finally, in the graphics department we've got an Intel HD Graphics 5500 graphics card. This is a pretty good graphics card to watch movies, edit images and do some video editing here and there. 

However, it should be noted that this graphics card is far from ideal for gamers as well as graphic designers who should stay clear of any laptop that lacks a dedicated graphics card if they wish to achieve the best consumer experience.

All things considered, this a pretty solid set of specs that position the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379 as an ideal workstation as well as a good domestic laptop. If you're looking for a laptop to watch movies, surf the web, edit documents, Skype with friends and so on then you will hardly be disappointed by Toshiba's new release. 

Storage and Battery Life

When we move on to talk about storage we come up a bit short on this Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379. Specifically, we're looking at a 500 GB hard drive that runs at 5400 rpm. It's pretty standard within the price point though we would've appreciated a 1 TB hard drive considering we're in 2016, a time when 500 GB might just not cut it for some people.

As far as battery life is concerned, we don't have much information available beyond the fact that the laptop comes with a 4 cell battery. However, if we look at similar models in specs and battery life we can easily assume that this laptop can handle between 4 and 5 hours without an ac adapter in sight. 

Ports and more Stuff to Consider

We're coming to a close in this Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379 laptop review and it's time to start wrapping things up by tackling the connectivity segment of this machine. 

On this note, we're happy to report that the new Windows 10 laptop comes with a CD/DVD reader, something increasingly rare nowadays. Aside from this, you'll also find WiFi with the b/g/n standard, Bluetooth connectivity as well as an ethernet port for a more secure and faster internet connection.

We've also got an HDMI port, card reader, as well as the standard 3 USB ports, one of which is USB 3.0 and the rest USB 2.0. There's also an HD webcam that comes with TruTalk technology and in terms of the OS we've got the latest version of Windows, Windows 10 Home already installed. 

Wrapping things up; What's the verdict?

There's not much left to say in our review of the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5379. It's not a laptop that sports prominent top level features and we would've liked to see more storage. That said, we also deeply appreciate the 8 GB of RAM and the 5th generation Core i3 CPU. 

If it's performance you're looking for and you don't want to spend several hundred dollars for a more upscale machine where you might not even notice the difference then this laptop is what you want. 

On the other hand, if you're a poweruser who's looking for a laptop to do everything from gaming to running virtual machines and operating heavy graphics software on a regular basis then you're way off base and this laptop is sure to disappoint you. As always, there's no "one size that fits all" and you must consider first what your actual needs are before committing to a laptop. You can find this laptop available at a pretty good price here.


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