The Toshiba Satellite E55-A5114 is a sleek and aluminum-cladded 15.6-inch laptop, with a thin 0.9″ profile. It’s an exclusive Best Buy Blue Label model, meaning it’s based on the retailer’s customer feedback. It packs the mid-range Intel Core i5-4200U processor. The CPU is good for daily tasks as well as photo and video editing. There’s a spacious 750GB hard drive, 6GB of RAM for seamless multitasking, and all the necessary ports and slots. Extra, it has backlight underneath the isle-style keyboard keys, including dedicated number keys. Plus, incorporated is Intel Wireless Display technology for cable-free video streaming to HDTVs and monitors. One of the best selling points of the E55-A5114 is its full HD 1920×1080 screen resolution instead of usual 1366×768, found on majority of similarly priced models. Another nice touch is inclusion of newer Wi-Fi AC wireless technology, for faster wireless connectivity. What’s missing are touchscreen capability and built-in DVD burner. Overall, this model offers a great bang for the buck, despite lacking solid state drive, IPS wide viewing angle technology, or a dedicated video card for smoother gaming. These features put together are reserved for the ~$1,000 laptops anyway.
According to Best Buy and Toshiba, the battery life is more than six hours.
Specifications of the E55-A5114
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This is by far the most popular laptop screen size. It provides a lot of screen real estate, while avoiding bulkiness of the 17.3" laptops.
1920x1080 pixels Full HD
Full HD is the most common laptop screen resolution today. It provides a good image sharpness and a decent amount of space on the display for the user interface and programs. However, it isn't as good as the top-tier 4K Ultra HD.
Other display specs
Displays based on the old TN technology lack wide viewing angles you can find on IPS screens. The colors may look washed out or inverted at certain viewing angles.
Intel Core i5-4200U 4th Gen dual-core 1.6-2.6GHz 3MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 34)
Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics
System memory (RAM) size
6GB RAM is enough for moderate multitasking. However, at least 8GB is recommended for flawless multitasking in everyday computing in 2022.
This is an excellent capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
DVD optical drive
Backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad
Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
Speakers and audio
Front-facing web camera
802.11N is an old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX with improved data transfer speeds and connectivity. 802.11N is rarely used in modern laptops.
This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
Ethernet network port
This laptop has an Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
2 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0
Three full-size Type A USB ports.
Video output ports
1 x HDMI
HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs.
Media card reader
SD card reader
The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras.
Intel Wireless Display (Wi-Di)
"up to 6 hours and 18 minutes" battery life
Windows 8.1 is eligible for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.