Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241/ C55-C5240 15.6″ Laptop with Intel i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD

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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.

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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.

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Specifications of the C55-C5241/ C55-C5240

Here's the specs sheet of the C55-C5241/ C55-C5240. 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 Core i5-5200U 5th Gen dual-core 2.2-2.7GHz 3MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 37)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics (good only for the lightest gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)
Data storage 1000GB (1TB) SSD (excellent capacity)
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 Yes
Mobile broadband (3G, 4G LTE) No
USB ports 2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader Yes (SD card reader)
Battery 4-cell 45 Whr, "Up to seven hours" battery life
Weight 4.8 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 15"
Depth 10.2"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard 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 May 14, 2015

User reviews and Q&A on the C55-C5241/ C55-C5240

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  1. Aaron

    Hi I recently bought this PC. How much visual dedicated ram does it have?

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    • Danijel Z

      The included Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics has no dedicated video memory. It uses a certain amount of main system memory for graphics purposes, I think up to 1.6 GB, depending on usage.

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  2. lora

    Will my son be able to play League of Legends?
    Can I connect my Logitech Bluetooth keyboard without USB Bluetooth stick?

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    • Danijel Z

      As you can read in this review: http://laptoping.com/gpus/product/intel-hd-5500-graphics-reviews-and-specs/ League of Legends will work great. The game was tested on Full HD resolution / medium settings and run at around 40 fps. Since this laptop has a 720p screen the gameplay will be even smoother at that resolution, easily around 60 fps on medium settings.

      The notebook has a built-in Bluetooth receiver, so it is compatible with your keyboard and you don’t need a USB receiver.

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  3. Sppt

    Is ram easily upgradable. Toshsiba site says not user upgradable. Buy not say what kind of user.

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    • Danijel Z

      Not user upgradable usually means there is no easily removable panel on the bottom for easy access to RAM and HDD and that opening the chassis might void your warranty. Technically, on the C55-C5241 you can access the RAM slot by removing the whole bottom of the chassis held by multiple screws, but there is no point of doing that. That’s because this model has only one slot which is already populated with 8GB RAM. The only option is to get a 16GB RAM module, but it is a rarity on the market and isn’t compatible with all laptop models.

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  4. bernard

    Why is the C55-C5241 $150 cheaper than C55-C5240? Are there other differences than Windows version?

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    • Danijel Z

      Hardware specs are identical. Only OS is different, with the C5241 having newer – Windows 10, so this model is the way to go, obviously.

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