Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 250-Dollar 15.6″ Laptop

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The Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 is a classic full-size laptop computer with an extremely low price tag of $250. There isn’t anything special about this laptop, as expected at the price point. However, the C55-B5300 can be a useful computing tool in your house, office, or dorm room. Besides support for all programs running on the latest generation of Windows 0S, the laptop offers a 15.6-inch 1366-by-768 pixel display and a full-size keyboard with numeric pad and trackpad. High pixel density, touchscreen, and keyboard backight are missing, but the notebook anyway brings more productivity comfort than the tablets with similar price tags. If you need a device for just movie watching and web browsing, you might be satisfied with some of the cheap Android tablets, but when it comes to Excel spreadsheet editing, email typing, or similar work, full-size Windows laptops have a great advantage. The C55-B5300 is among the cheapest of them.

It’s outfitted with a DVD writer, stereo speakers, webcam, tree USB ports, HDMI and VGA video outputs, Wi-Fi and Ethernet LAN Internet connections, and a multimedia card reader. Overall, a standard 2014 budget notebook feature set.

Performance-wise, the included Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core processor is a very basic chip. It’s only a tad faster than the more widely adopted N2830. More about its performance can be found here, and the N2840 will complete tasks at only slightly faster speed. They can handle Windows and non-demanding web and office operations plus multimedia consumption, but don’t have sufficient potential for complex stuff like video editing or high-resolution gaming. The N2830 has similar performance to the Intel Atom processors found in the affordable Windows tablets. They belong to the same “Bay Trail” processor family anyway. The C55-B5300 has 4GB of RAM memory, double the size of RAM in the common Atom-powered tablets. Hard drive is 500GB large. This is a common size among the inexpensive notebooks. If you’re generally interested in this notebook, but want beefier components, you can check out some of the other Satellite C55 series models with the same design.

The battery is a 4-cell unit. The manufacturer hasn’t disclosed info on battery life, but given the laptop has a 4-cell battery and the power efficient “Bay Trail” processor, it safe to assume it will last about 5 hours or more.

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Specifications of the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

Here's the specs sheet of the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

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 display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core 2.16-2.41GHz 1MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 12)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD integrated graphics of low-end CPUs (only for the lightest gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (for light multi-tasking)
Data storage 500GB HDD (very good capacity, but slow type of storage)
DVD optical drive DVD writer
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with physical buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers
Camera Front
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11N
Ethernet network port Yes
Bluetooth No
Mobile broadband (3G, 4G LTE) No
USB ports 2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0
Video ports 1 x HDMI + 1 x VGA
Media card reader Yes (SD card reader)
Battery 4-cell lithium-ion
Weight 4.9 pounds
Height 1.1"
Width 15"
Depth 10.2"
Windows version Windows 8.1 (Eligable for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on November 2, 2014

User reviews and Q&A on the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

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Current rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  1. 4 out of 5

    King

    i like but it should have bluetooth on it or a software to download it

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  2. Angelo Cuevas Ongue

    I like it. 🙂

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  3. bill

    Is HDD > SSD upgrade possible?

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Chip

    Oops, forgot to rate. Very good basic laptop at a Chromebook price, was $228 at Best Buy.

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  5. Chip

    No DVD. (The current version has DVD. Laptoping) Got one 2 weeks ago for my daughter’s 10th BD, she loves it; I offered to return it for a more powerful unit, but she said no, “this one is fine” (she was upgraded from a 7 year old Toshiba with an Intel T2080 processor). No probs with wireless LAN, gets 36MB in our home’s “dead zone”! Will look to pick up one for my son’s BD in November. Unit is not user upgradeable according to Toshiba.

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