If you want a 15.6-inch laptop with good performance and plenty of storage, but without being too expensive, the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241/ C55-C5240 is one of the available choices. Currently priced at around $550, the C55-C5241/ C55-C5240 includes the excellent 5th Generation Intel i5-5200U dual-core processor, and large system memory and hard drive capacities of 8GB and 1-Terabyte, respectively.
The C55-C5241/ C55-C5240 is a mainstream consumer-class notebook for the average home and office user. The only difference between two models are their operating systems. The C5241 has the brand new Windows 10, while the C5240 runs Windows 8, with free-of-charge upgrade rights to Windows 10. The laptop isn’t primarily designed for computationally intensive work, like photo and video editing or 3D modelling on a daily basis, but the i5-5200U can handle these much better than the common budget Intel Celeron and Pentium CPUs. A review of the i5-5200U can be found here, while gaming tests of it’s entry-level Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics can be found here. The chip is accompanied by 8GB of RAM memory, sufficient for mildly heavy multitasking. The 1-Terabyte hard drive is among the most spacious in the laptop category Toshiba’s C55-C5240 belongs to, but it isn’t a fast type of storage.
The rest of the spec sheet is conventional fare for a budget laptop, with no surprises but also no disappointments. The display sports the standard but mediocre display resolution of 1366×768 pixels and lacks IPS technology for wide viewing angles. The keyboard is a full-size one, with a dedicated numeric pad, but without backlight. The trackpad uses mechanical buttons for left and right click actions. Alongside a DVD burner optical drive, there are the ubiquitous stereo speakers, a 720p web camera, Wi-Fi and Ethernet LAN network interfaces, three USB ports, HDMI video output, a media card reader, and a combo audio port.
When compared to the older C55-B series, the C55-C and the C55-C5240 itself have a more refined design, with brushed-metal-like plastic chassis instead of plain and dull finish.
Also, Toshiba has included a larger battery in the newer version, with a capacity of 45 Whr instead of 32 Whr. This results in an exceptional battery life of the C55-C5204 of up to seven hours, according to Toshiba’s estimation.
The laptop is 1″ thick and weighs in at 4.8 pounds, so it quite portable for the category it belongs to.