Toshiba Satellite C55 Core i5 – 3rd Generation can expect enough power for running multiple tabs and applications simultaneously, and even some light gaming. However, the screen is a simple LED backlit 1366 x 768 non-touch affair, so there is a tradeoff here. On the connectivity front, the laptop includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 100 Mbps ethernet jack. Ports include 2 USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port, microphone jack, SDXC card reader, and HDMI out. The included DVD-SuperMulti Drive is a nice addition for people who still burn or watch discs. Built into the screen bezel is a 720p webcam, which is sufficient for Skype usage. The stereo speakers are fine for listening to music, but (based on our review of a similar model) don’t offer much bass.
What Owners Say
According to Amazon’s user comments, Satellite C55-C5241 owners say that through and through – it is a true workhorse relative to its price. Many liked the C55’s mix of I/O ports, and claim that it handles multitasking very well. Furthermore, owners commend the lack of pre-installed bloatware, citing only the inclusion of McAfee antivirus as a slight annoyance.
However, the low cost does results in noticeable tradeoffs. Commenters report that the battery life is around 5 hours under standard usage. They say that the keyboard feels mushy, and doesn’t appear as if it was designed with longevity in mind.
Owners also criticized the display’s poor color reproduction and viewing angles. The lack of 802.11ac Wi-Fi and gigabit Ethernet were also cited as disappointments.
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What Reviewers Say
Several professional tech publications have reviewed the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 and appreciate the value it offers. “Sometimes you just need a laptop to do the job, and that’s what you’ve got here,” writes Lamech M of PCVerge.
According to 9to5Gadgets, the C55 s a solid all-around system, which is good for users who don’t need higher end components like an SSD for faster load times or discrete graphics for gaming. LaptopReviews says it is perfect for families that need a shared computer with lots of storage space and reliable performance.
The consensus is that the the graphics are a bit lacking, along with the display quality, and the keyboard leaves a lot to be desired. However, reviewers give the C55-C5241 points for including a dedicated numeric keypad, and found the multi-touch trackpad comfortable and accurate.