Toshiba Satellite C855D Review
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Toshiba Satellite C855D reviews catalogue the shortcomings of this laptop, but between the price tag and the battery life, it may prove ideal for many users. Toshiba's mid-range and high-end systems have proven to be some of the best laptops around, although the company has struggled to put together a good entry-level model in the past. The Satellite C855D certainly won't blow you away with its power. Most configurations have AMD E-Series processors, rather than peppier A-Series or Intel processors. In testing by PC Mag its performance proved lackluster compared with systems that used Intel Pentium and Core i3 CPUs, although better than a competitor with the same processor. That said, the Toshiba Satellite C855D (starting at $220, Amazon) does have some notable bright spots. Its battery life is outstanding for the category, at just over five hours for the C855D-S5104 model PC Mag tested. It also has a nice, responsive touchpad, although it's a bit small compared with other laptops of the same size.
Users who've purchased this computer confirm the experts' findings in Toshiba Satellite C855D reviews. Buyers posting on the Office Max website conclude that this laptop is a good value and just fine for everyday tasks such as web surfing and email, although, like any budget laptop, it doesn't have the chops to handle gaming or video editing very well. Some Office Depot shoppers complain in online reviews that they dislike Windows 8, but otherwise they seem to feel they got a good deal and note the laptop's excellent battery life. One shopper confirms that unloading the extra software that Toshiba includes with the Satellite C855D will help speed it up just a little.
Feature-wise, the cheaper Toshiba Satellite C855D models feel a little outdated. They have no USB 3.0 ports, whereas most budget laptops now include at least one, if not two. The systems also don't support Bluetooth and the cheapest one available direct from Toshiba has only a 320GB hard drive. That said, the C855D does offer several other features you'll find in most budget laptops, including 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a DVD recorder, and a memory card reader. It has a 15.6-inch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution for 720p high-definition video. Connections include three USB 2.0 ports, 802.11n Wi-Fi, an Ethernet port, and a headphone and microphone jack. The system owes its unplugged endurance to a six-cell battery and weighs in at 5.5 pounds.
The Toshiba Satellite C855D's sluggish performance and lack of features such as USB 3.0 ports are disappointing but not surprising given the system's extremely low base price. If you don't expect this laptop to handle much more than the basics, the long battery life makes it a good option for consumers who are often on the go and on a tight budget.