15.6″ Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X via Amazon
Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X is a reliable and easy to use 15.6 inch low cost laptop for everyday use with the solid performance of an Intel Celeron N2840 dual core processor (1MB cache) at 2.16 GHz to 2.6 GHz speeds with turbo boost, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM to run several tasks smoothly, 500 GB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400 rpm rotating speed and the latest Windows 10 operating system pre-installed. It is a good choice if all you want to do is surfing the internet, using social media, working on your documents and spreadsheets, streaming videos, playing light games and similar stuff. It is suitable for students and home users for entertainment and light tasks but not for advanced gaming or complex software.
15.6 inch diagonal non-touch HD TruBrite widescreen display with a maximum screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, 16:9 cinematic aspect ratio and Mobile Intel HD graphics with shared graphics memory will offer you decent visuals with vibrant colours at this low price. It has the stereo speakers for good audio and HD webcam with multidirectional TruTalk microphone so you won’t have any problems with being heard clearly even when it is noisy. Textured resin matte black finish Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X looks nice and stylish with its slender design, weighs 4.8 pounds and measures 10.20 x 14.96 x 1.05 inches. 4-cell lithium ion battery should give you a good 5 hours on a single charge on average as the Celeron processor is an ultra low voltage one with a Thermal Design Power of 7.5 watts and the keyboard has a 10 key numpad as well as a functional touchpad with left and right click buttons. Connectivity options include the 802.11bgn wireless, 10/100Mbps Ethernet with RJ-45 connector for wired internet, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, DVD-SuperMulti Optical Drive, an HDMI / VGA output, Media Card Reader, Microphone input / Headphone output, so you can connect to a variety of peripherals including printers, speakers and mouse comfortably.
Conclusion: Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240X as part of the C55 series offers solid performance in a nice looking package at a very affordable price. End of July 2015 release Windows 10 comes with the familiar easy to use features of Windows 7 and new stuff like the latest cool web browser Microsoft Edge and Cortona (personal assistant) and more to get things done easier and the computer boots up faster with Win 10. It is easy on both the eyes (has an attractive modern design) and your wallet. Toshiba makes good quality computers and it certainly is one of the best known electronics and computers brands in the world. Quarter 4 of 2014 release Intel Celeron N2840 processor has the Passmark benchmark score of 1072 at the time of this review, which indicates it is a low mid range CPU that is more than adequate for basic daily tasks (not a powerhouse but definitely enough). We think that the standard 4GB RAM memory and 500GB regular HDD are both good amounts for efficient multitasking and as large enough storage space for all your files. This is a good computer for the price level and offers enough power to handle your daily work and entertainment and multitasking.