Toshiba Satellite C55-A5310 (Bundle)

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The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5310 is one of the most popular laptop models on the market, because it’s a part of Best Buy’s well promoted laptop bundle. For $520, shoppers can get the C55-A5310, Office Home & Student 2013 software suite, Titanium Internet Security 2014 3-user 6-month subscription, a Targus sleeve, Logitech M185 wireless optical mouse, and 8GB flash drive. The notebook itself is a classic 15.6-incher. It’s based on an 3rd Generation (2012) Intel Core i3 processor, so it’s not as power efficient as the latest 4th Gen parts, but it’s certainly a good CPU for routine web and office tasks and multimedia playback. Toshiba hasn’t economized on RAM and storage space, since they’ve included 6GB and 750GB respectively, up from usual 4GB and 500GB. When you add a built-in DVD burner and a full array of networking and connectivity options to the mix, it’s clear the laptop and bundle are a great shopping deal. The screen resolution is low 1366×768 and the chassis has a very simple and somewhat boring design, but these are unwritten standards for the budget laptop category.

Specifications of the C55-A5310

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Brand Toshiba
Screen size 15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN type (narrower viewing angles than IPS type)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3120M 3rd Gen dual-core 2.5GHz 3MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 35)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics
System memory (RAM) size 6GB (for moderate multi-tasking)
Data storage 750GB HDD (very good capacity, but slow type of storage)
DVD optical drive DVD writer
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard with number pad

Touchpad with separate physical click buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers
Camera Front-facing web camera
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11N (old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX)
Bluetooth No
Ethernet network port Yes
USB ports 2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports 1 x HDMI + 1 x VGA
Media card reader SD card reader
Weight 5.4 pounds
Height 1.3"
Width 15"
Depth 9.5"
Windows version Windows 8.1 (Eligable for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check for more info.)
Warranty 1-year
Battery 6-cell 48Wh, "up to 4 hours" battery life

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Published on March 26, 2014

User Reviews and Q&A on the C55-A5310

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Current rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  1. Question


    My toshiba satellite C55-A5310. Windows 8. It powers on. It charges while being plugged in. The screen won’t light up to see anything.

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  2. 4 out of 5


    This laptop is a good deal. You can opt out of the trials. Battery lasts me 7.5 hours, even though Toshiba rates it at 4.5. Ram goes to 16 gb, is very upgradeable. Solidly built.

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