Toshiba Satellite C55-C5240 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB, 1 TB, Black)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C5240
Get connected, and get stuff done, with the exceptionally value-packed Satellite C55 laptop. This everyday performer is designed to help you power through life's daily demands. It has a 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, a brilliant, 15.6-inch diagonal, HD TruBrite widescreen display, and a massive one terabyte of built-in storage so you can do more—for less.
Powered by the new 5th generation Intel Core i5 process
- Intel Core i5 5200u 2.2 GHz Processor
- 8 GB DIMM RAM
- 1 TB Storage; DVD-SuperMulti
- 15.6 inch 1366x768 pixels LED-lit Screen
- Windows 8.1 Operating System
!!!NOW!!! Updates on Tech Support (in addition to other updates)
***** 802.11n band wifi- no 802.11ac except via an adapter via the USB 3.0 port
***** Bluetooth readily detects and connects to speakers, headsets, headphones, keyboards and other Bluetooth devices
***** RAM CAN be expanded to 16 GB, contrary to Toshiba saying the max is 8 GB (see review for RAM specs), This determination was based on the specs (I used Speccy to do the analysis) of the Motherboard, CPU, Chip set, & BIOS. (and yes, I HAVE upgraded the RAM and include a link to the brand and model I purchased for it)
***** All Windows 7 & 8 computers will be eligible for Windows 10 upgrade in August
***** Decent speed, handles multitasking well, including during videoconferencing
***** Function keys can be locked into their alternate settings (This is the default)
***** Windows Easy Transfer makes it easy to transfer files, but won't always transfer settings- had to transfer my email and settings manually
***** Numeric keypad & Directional keys. Some laptops have this, some don't. Toshiba has it. Convenient.
***** Peeling off the thin green film around the edges reduces sharpness, but this can be further reduced by making "bumpers" with silicone or rubber tape
***** Battery can be replaced by simply unscrewing the two screws that secure it, quite obvious to the discerning eye and also explained in the manual.
~~*UPDATES*~~ have been added to include information about reserving your free Windows 10 upgrade, as well as instructions for restoring standard function mode for the Function keys (the default is the special function mode, and Toshiba isn't very clear about how to turn that off). 6/29/15- I have now updated the review with info on the RAM upgrade, which I just performed.
As I come from a family of engineers, both hardware and software, and myself a currently working in data management, I will be reviewing this system from that background, and my rating will be based on my analysis of the hardware, reliability, functionality, and upgradeability.
First of all, no nit picking. We all know what OS this comes with before making the purchase. Likewise the description is clear about the general hardware specs If you don't like Windows 8, it's no reason to bash the machine, especially as you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free come August. The reality is, you won't find much better than this within the price range this is set at.
The Toshiba C55 C5240 is a decent mid-range laptop at a reasonable price. While it doesn't come with all of the "bells and whistles," it comes with enough for most purposes. However, as someone heavily into the digital arts, I like to improve things where I can, so I thoroughly researched this system and its maximum performance and upgradeablility. This laptop has now replaced my failing Lenovo G575. I have now used it both at home, and at work, where I'm responsible for data management. It has had zero issues with gaming, and I had no problems multitasking while videoconferencing, something I could never do with the Lenovo or even my Dell, both of which have equivalent RAM but slower processors.
This system advertises that it comes Windows 10 ready. It's important to keep in mind, though, that ALL computers (and phones and tablets) running Windows 7 or Windows 8 are ready and eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it is released in August.
The battery appears to be very robust, with a charge lasting in excess of 5 hours. Should anything go wrong with the battery, removal and replacement involves the removal of two screws, rather than the flip of a switch or push of a button most systems have.
The system comes with 8GB RAM at 1600Mhz, as 2x4GB (1600Mhz, Speccy shows each running at a frequency of 800Mhz, but that value gets doubled) SODIMM's. While this is adequate for most applications, I prefer having as much as my system can handle for my digital arts activities, especially when working with 3D animation. The manual states simply that Toshiba won't be responsible for anything that happens by swapping out the RAM. Calling Toshiba was no better. They told me that the system is rated for a maximum of 8GB RAM, which is what it comes with. That's rather ridiculous, as most systems these days come with the ability to add additional RAM. However, I'm not one to take them at their word. I opened up the back and could easily see that the motherboard and processor could handle up to 16 GB RAM. That left the question of the BIOS. Using Piriform Speccy, I looked up the bios and contacted the company responsible for it. The Bios can indeed handle the 16GB RAM I had already determined the motherboard and processor to be rated for. ****UPDATE**** I have now replaced the two 4GB SODIMM's with two 8GB ones...Read more