The Toshiba Satellite P55-A5312 is a mid-range Windows 8-based 15.6-inch laptop, packing optimal components for entertainment at relatively low $630 price tag. Highlights of the hardware hidden inside its 0.8″ thin silver aluminum chassis consists of the latest generation mid-tier Intel Core i5-4200U dual-core processor with the Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics, 6GB of system memory, up from usual 4GB, and a 750GB hard disk drive, more than usual 500GB. A DVD burner is also supplied, rounding off this standard-class laptop.
However, the star of the show is the display, because it has 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) screen resolution. The ordinary 15.6-inch laptops usually have a much lower pixel count of 1366×768 pixels, so Toshiba’s P55-A5312 provides much greater pixel density and therefore sharper picture. Unfortunately, the display isn’t backed by IPS technology, so viewing angles won’t be so great like on the IPS-based screens.
Since the notebook doesn’t have a subwoofer like some higher-end entertainment notebooks, sound produced by stereo speakers won’t stand out. But, Toshiba has enhanced multimedia feature set by including Intel Wireless Display technology for video streaming to TVs and monitors without wires. HDMI and VGA wired video outputs are also present and its interesting to note here that the HDMI port can transfer 4K-resolution (roughly 4 x 1080p) videos. This makes the P55-A5312 future-proof in terms of video output, since 4K TVs are expected to gain momentum on the market in the next a couple of years. As well, the notebook as two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, and a multimedia card reader. In order to get you online, the P55-A5312 provides Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN connections. Bluetooth 4.0 is included.
Another one stand-out feature is keyboard backlight, so typing on the chiclet-style keyboard with numeric pad won’t be troublesome in darkened environments. The seamless trackpad has integrated mouse buttons. The last perk worth mentioning is speech recognition. The laptop comes with Dragon Assistant voice recognition software, allowing users to operate OS and apps by speaking.
We have no info on the battery life, but judging from estimated run time for some other similar P55 models, the battery should last up to about 4.5 hours on a single charge.
The laptop weighs 5.4 pounds, which is an average weight for the 15.6″ category.
If you want a touchscreen display on top of all these bells and whistles, you can opt for the similarly configured P55t-A5202 touch model, priced at $780.