Toshiba Satellite S855D-S5148 15.6-Inch Laptop Review

Toshiba Satellite S855D-S5148 15.6-Inch Laptop

The Toshiba Satellite S855D-S5148 15.6-Inch Laptop (Ice Blue Brushed Aluminum) is a powerful, general purpose laptop designed for users who need good performance at an affordable price.

At its heart lies an AMD A-Series Quad-Core A10-4600M processor, running at 2.30 GHz and with a Max Turbo Speed of up to 3.20 GHz. This processor features AMD’s Turbo Core 3.0 technology, for enhanced performance in single threaded applications.

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The CPU is supported by 8GB of RAM, which should be more than adequate for most purposes. It is certainly enough for the supplied copy of Windows 8 to run well, and show off its new user interface to full advantage while multitasking your favourite applications with ease. However, if you find that you need more memory, there should be no difficulty in upgrading to the maximum supported 16GB of RAM.

For permanent storage of software, documents, pictures, movies and music, this machine is fitted with a 1TB hard drive. Although not as fast as the Solid State Drives used in many modern machines, conventional hard drives have the advantage of large storage capacity at a relatively low price, making this a good choice for the budget-friendly S855D-S5148.

The 15.6-inch, TruBrite, LED-backlit, 1366 x 768 display supports native HD 720p viewing, and is driven by integrated AMD Radeon HD 7660G graphics technology. The Radeon HD 7660G is easily capable of handling the graphics requirements of everyday computing, HD video and even some light gaming. Like the competing Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated into Intel processors, it is DirectX 11.1 capable, although its performance is, in general, reported to be considerably better than its Intel counterpart.

Pros :

  • Powerful AMD A-Series Quad-Core A10-4600M Processor
  • AMD Radeon HD 7660G Graphics
  • Large Hard Disk
  • 8GB RAM
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Graphics OK For Light Gaming, May Be Underpowered For More Serious Gaming

For those times when you need a bigger display – such as watching a movie after work – it is easy to connect this machine to external monitor or HDTV via the built-in HDMI port. There is also a legacy VGA port for connecting to older monitors and projectors.

Other connectivity options include a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networking, and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for connecting to wireless networks. Two high speed USB 3.0 ports and one standard USB 2.0 port make it easy to connect a wide range of wired peripherals – such as printers, scanners, cameras and memory sticks – to the machine, and the USB 2.0 port also offers Sleep and Charge capabilities. This means that the port can be used to charge cell phones, MP3 players and similar devices, even when the laptop is asleep or shut down.

Unlike some of its competitors – particularly those in the Ultrabook class of machine – this laptop includes a built in 8x SuperMulti CD/DVD drive. Although not as essential as they once were, such optical drives are still useful for watching movies, playing music, installing software or burning data / music to disc for backup purposes, and it is good to see one included here.

A multi-format memory card reader is also built-in for ease of access to images etc. from cameras and other devices. The reader is compatible with Secure Digital, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, microSD, Multi Media Card (via a shared slot which may require an adapter for use) cards, ensuring that all the most common media types are accessible.

The built-in HD webcam and microphone make this machine video-chat ready right out of the box. All you need to do is sign in to your favourite chat software (Skype ships with Windows 8, so you may not even need to install the software) and you’re good to go.

If you’d rather make your video chat calls (or listen to music etc) with a little more privacy, the machine also provides a combined headphone and microphone jack. This means that you don’t have to rely on the built-in stereo speakers with SRS Premium Sound HD audio enhancement, or the webcam’s microphone, and can be confident that you music or movies won’t disturb the people around you, either.

The Satellite S855D-S5148 measures 9.53 x 14.96 x 1.31 inches (LxWxH) and weighs just 5.5 lbs – small and light enough to be easily portable, yet packed with features and powerful enough to get real work done on the move. If you’re looking for a laptop that can multi-task your favourite apps with ease and handle your multimedia and entertainment needs without difficulty, the Toshiba Satellite S855D-S5148 15.6-Inch Laptop could well be the machine for you.

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