The Toshiba C55-A5308 Laptop Essentials Bundle will be one of the 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals lineup at Best Buy. The C55-A5308 is a typical 15.6-inch budget configuration with a 720p screen resolution which is still an acceptable resolution for entry-level laptops, the lower-to-mid-end Intel Core i3 processor, ordinary-sized 4GB of RAM, a generous 7500GB hard drive, and a DVD writer. The only non-typical feature of the cheap Windows 8 notebook PC is the supplied HDD being larger than the average 500GB. Besides the laptop, for the price you get a mouse, sleeve case, anti-virus software, and a USB memory stick.
It is not known which particular Intel i3 processor the system includes. After a research, we have narrowed our prediction to the Intel Core i3-3110M and i3-3120M, because these are the only i3 chips available in the C55-series at the time of this writing. Both CPUs have very similar performance, with 3,064 and 3,307 PassMark benchmark points, respectively. They enable Windows 8 and apps operation with no hassle, as long as you don’t do anything too complicated like high-resolution video editing or large file conversions. The CPUs sport the old Intel HD 4000-series integrated GPUs, incapable of playing the latest game titles which require 3D rendering at reasonable frame rates. The Intel Core i5 or i7 are for those who do demanding tasks on daily basis, but on the other hand, the i3-3110M and i3-3120M plaster the Celeron 1017U (1,641 points) and AMD E-300 (631 points) CPUs found in the cheapest Black Friday laptops this year.
Toshiba’s C55-A5308 is outwardly an unattractive notebook in black color, with a classic tile-style keyboard, and a non-sleek thickness of 1.4”. It’s made of plastics, but thankfully it’s matte and therefore not a fingerprint magnet. The whole system weighs 5.4 pounds, making it a somewhat bulky for carrying around much.
For detailed specifications, please take a look at the specs list below the next image.
The goodies bundled with the notebook PC are the Logitech M185 a wireless optical mouse, the Targus Debossed neoprene sleeve, and a Toshiba 8GB USB Flash memory drive. Anti-virus program provided is Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus 2013 for Windows and Mac with three user licensees included.
Overall, the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5308 and extras are among the Best Buy Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals with a reason, because they offer a great value for the money. However, we’re not sure if offered performance and features justify its “deal” satatus, because the very similar C55-A5309 (with somewhat slower Pentium 2020M and a 500GB HDD) is regularly on sale in a similar bundle for $20 less or precisely $330.
If you plan to get the A5308 anyway, it’s important to know that Best Buy’s Doorbusters will be available in-stores only, starting on Thanksgiving at 6PM. The laptop is now available online at the given discount price.
Toshiba Satellite C55-A5308 Specifications
- 15.6-inch display diagonal, 1,366-by-768 pixels, glossy
- Intel Core i3 3110M / 3120M, 3MB L3 cache, 2.4 / 2.5GHz clock speed and Intel HD 4000 integrated GPU
- 4GB DDR3 RAM memory
- 750GB hard drive at 5,400rpm
- DVD±RW/CD-RW writer
- 720p HD web camera
- Stereo speakers, DTS Sound
- Full-size chiclet-style keyboard, no backlight, multi-touch trackpad
- Wireless-N, 10/100 Ethernet LAN
- 1 x USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0, HDMI video output, VGA video output, mic-in, headphone-out, media card reader
- 6-cell 48Wh Lithium Ion battery (no info on battery life)
- 1.4 x 15 x 9.5 inches
- Weight: 5.4 pounds
- Windows 8 operating system
- 1-year limited hardware warranty support