Just in time for the holiday season Toshiba releases it’s latest budget laptop in the Satellite C55-A5300. This model covers all the basics the low end user needs and does so at a very attractive price below $250. With more users now using multiple devices such as tablet, smartphone and a laptop being able to get a low cost alternative like this to take care of those tasks that can only be done on a laptop is a great option. Without anymore delay lets take a look at this budget model from Toshiba and see how it stacks up.
Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 Specifications
Processor: Intel Celeron 1037U 1.8 Ghz
Ram: 4 GB DDR3
Harddrive: 500 GB SATA
Screen: 15.6 widescreen display
OS: Windows 8
Benefits of the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300
With plenty of low cost options on the market that come with a very small screen it is nice to see an alternative in the same price range that can provide a full 15.6 inch display. While small and compact is nice for some there is some work that cannot be done properly on such a small display and this is where the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 really shines.
Low specifications are always a concern when purchasing a budget model and the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 is no different. Luckily they did think about this when designing this model and have given the end-user some room to expand if needed. The 4 GB of DDR3 memory that is included can be expanded all the way up to 16 GB if needed to help boost the performance.
As mentioned above the full size screen is great but they have been able to do this without giving away much in portability. The total weight of this unit still comes in at a very light 5.4 pounds which makes it also a great choice for any user who is on the go.
Downsides of the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300
We expect downsides on any model especially when we get down to this price range and the C55-A5300 is no different. While there are plenty of things to like about it when considering the price below are a few things that you may want to be aware of before purchasing.
The Celeron processor that is included with this Toshiba model is Intel’s budget model and because of this it lacks some of the performance features we see in the pricier model. Because of this you may run into some performance issues if you are a user who runs higher end applications or are a heavy multi-tasker.
In order to keep the price so low some features had to be cut, so if you are somebody who likes to have a latest technology your probably going to want to check out more expensive options. For example some new features such as USB 3.0 and Bluetooth will not be found on this device.
Verdict on the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300
Overall the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 seems to be one of the best models we have reviewed in this price range, While it is lacking some of the latest features and the specifications are not going to wow anybody when compared to similiar priced options it stacks up very well. The ability to expand to 16 GB of memory along with the full sized screen make this model a great option.