Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8 GB, 1TB HDD), Black

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  • Intel Core i5-5200U Processor, Mobile Intel HD 5500 Graphics
  • 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 1.0TB (5400 RPM, Serial ATA), DVD-SuperMulti
  • 15.6-Inch, 1366X768 pixels LED-lit Screen
  • Windows 10 Home, Textured Resin in Brushed Black

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241

Get connected, and get stuff done, with the exceptionally value-packed Satellite C55 laptop. Designed for Windows 10, this everyday performer is ready to help you power through life’s daily demands.

Windows 10 is the combination of the Windows you already know, plus lots of great improvements you’ll love having. Features such as Cortana and Microsoft Edge help you get things done.

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Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8 GB, 1TB HDD), Black

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  1. CircaRigel's Tears of the Phoenix says:
    941 of 1,001 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Thorough Investigation Reveals RAM **CAN** Be Expanded to 16GB, Which Improves Multitasking, Gaming, and More! **UPDATED Win10**, May 17, 2015
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    CircaRigel’s Tears of the Phoenix (Colorado) –
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    ~Highlights~
    !!!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 are eligible for the Windows 10 upgrade
    ***** 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. HOWEVER, is not available with Windows 10. If you are simply doing the upgrade, though, your applications and settings will automatically be incorporated, and I’ve yet to find any of my old applications to be nonfunctional in Windows 10.
    ***** 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.
    *****Should you have Windows 10 questions, feel free to ask.

    ~~*UPDATES*~~ have been added to include information about the 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). 6/29/2015- 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 (but my personal background is microbiology, genetic engineering, and primary care medical practice), 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, but avoids some of the specifics. If you don’t like Windows 8. or Windows 10, it’s no reason to bash the system. Toshiba doesn’t make the OS. The reality is, you won’t find much better than this within the price range this is set at. I have now upgraded to Windows 10, and after a couple of minor hiccups (errors in the update log- did searches on them and found fixes, which worked), Windows 10 is now running smoothly.

    The Toshiba C55 C5240/41 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, and at a price point that really can’t easily be beat, given the broad range of features it comes installed with OEM.. 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- which I was delighted to discover was significant. This laptop has now replaced my failing Lenovo G575. I have use it both at home, and at work, where I’m responsible for data management. It has had zero issues with gaming, and I have 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 can be purchased with Windows 8.1 OR Windows 10. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that ALL computers (and phones and tablets) running Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 are ready and eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 for one year after the July 29, 2015 release.

    Battery:
    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.

    RAM (upgradeability):
    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…

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  2. Overkill0084 says:
    351 of 375 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Heck of a deal., May 21, 2015
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    Overkill0084 (Utah) –

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    For the money when purchased ($449 shipped), it has to be one of the best deals going. I’ve been paying attention and I have yet to see anything come very close aside from refurbs with older processors. Performance is snappy with a processor (Core i5-5200) that benchmarks better than the AMD A6 in the desktop I am replacing with this. Is it equivalent to a $1600 top of the line model? No, of course not, but nothing I’ve seen at this price point can touch it. Normally at this price point, you are sacrificing much more. This thing comes with a DVD drive as well. Considering how thin it is, that’s something of an accomplishment for the money as well. I should point out that I’m not a power user, but I do prefer to err on the side of more processor power vs. less. If for no other reason, you simply get more life out of a more powerful computer. This thing will do fine unless your very demanding.
    Negatives?
    Constuction – Tuffbook this isn’t. the display seem a bit flimsy to the touch as does the case on the bottom. If your a tinkerer, you will need to remove the entire bottom cover to access the memory or the drives, rather than the typical access panels many of us are accustomed to. The flip side of this is that the entire thing is quite light to tote around.
    I’ll admit to not being a huge fan of the keyboard. It does ok, but my 5 1/2 YO HP laptop has a far better keyboard. Admittedly, it’s not terrible, but when docked, I use a proper Logitech. The touch pad, I like the fact that it has the older style buttons still. The newer style “floating” touchpads aren’t terrible, I simply prefer the buttons, I’m sure opinions vary on this.
    Speakers – not great, but better than I expected considering cost and form factor. They are far superior to the gawd-awful speakers built into my Acer touchscreen monitor. Of course proper speakers are still a step up.
    It should be pointed out that it’s actually a decent looking product as well. Sure there are prettier, but it could have been an eyesore for what I paid and I’d still be relatively happy. The fact that it actually looks decent is a nice bonus. That said, one review pointed out that the edges were a bit on the sharp side. I haven’t had an issue with it myself, but if it becomes a problem, I’ll simply put a bit of tape on the edges in question.
    Some people might consider this a negative, but I feel it’s a positive: No Shovelware to speak of. It comes with Windows, McAffee Anti virus, the odd DVD and other such software and some Toshiba utilities. That’s pretty much it. No introductory, trial, free for 90days office suites or other such clutter. All computers should come like this. I tend to be a bit minimalist when it comes to software. No delete-athon was required to get rid of all the unneeded crapware that some builders dump in, cough, cough HP, cough cough.

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  3. C. Moretti says:
    176 of 191 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid computer for the money!, October 21, 2015
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    C. Moretti
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    This review is from: Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8 GB, 1TB HDD), Black (Personal Computers)

    I just received my new laptop and have gone over all of the complaints people had about this computer and here is my
    assessment. First I must say that I did add RAM before even starting it up so I will not talk about performance except
    to say that I bought this to play WoW and it does that beautifully with 16 GB of RAM. For those that complain about it not
    having a backlit keyboard or 1080P screen or any other feature that is doesn’t come with, stop complaining that you bought
    a computer that doesn’t have what you need. All of the specs are there for you to read. Your problem if you bought it
    without what you need.

    This computer is solid. Not flimsy or creaky as some say. I opened it up and grabbed each side and gave it a twist in each
    direction. I also picked it up with one hand as another user said it felt flimsy. Solid as can be. It is also super thin!
    It is as thin as my netbook without a CD/DVD drive yet this comes with one!

    Sharp edges: when I first opened the computer I was shocked at how sharp the edges are! After investigation and knowing
    that there is no way anyone would sell a product that would intentionally hurt someone I investigated. There is protective
    plastic tape around all of the sides of both the monitor and the base. Once removed the issue resolved itself. I am not
    really sure how anyone could have cut themselves typing unless the keyboard is above chest level. I have huge hands and
    even if I rest them on the base (which is very bad form) they don’t come near the edges.

    Location of touchpad. It is located in the center of the keyboard where it belongs. This is the same location for all
    laptops. If it bothers you then you should buy a laptop that doesn’t have a number keypad on the right side. As I type
    it sits nicely between my hands, mostly out of the way. If it was centered to the base instead of the keyboard it would
    sit under my right hand while typing and cause all kinds of problems.

    Function of touchpad. I have different issues than others. My issue is that the touchpad required a hard tap to register
    a click. I am used to a very sensitive touchpad. I delved into the settings and found WAY more settings than I have ever
    seen on a laptop before. I could easily change the sensitivity, the click area and starting area and many other features.
    I still don’t have it quite right but It is very close to being what I want. Playing with the settings and fine tuning
    it is all it will take. The detailed settings seem hidden. To get to it type in the search bar “touchpad” (or double click
    mouse in the hidden icons area) and select mouse and touchpad settings. After setting those as you wish click “additional
    mouse options.” The mouse properties opens. Make your way through each tab ending with Device Settings. Once in the device
    settings tab click on settings button. (see photos) Here is where things get very detailed. You can click on each setting and it gives a small
    video about what that setting allows you to do. Once the setting is highlighted there will be a gear and ? on the right
    side of the highlight. Select the gear and it will allow you to customize that setting. The “Smart Sense” setting is the
    one for sensitivity and the one you want to adjust if you are having trouble with the mouse selecting stuff while typing
    etc. Check the features you want to use and uncheck the ones you don’t. Play with them until you are getting the responses
    you want.

    Keyboard. The keyboard misses the space bar frequently and it doesn’t seem to matter if I am typing hard or soft. I may
    just need to find the groove because it doesn’t happen all the time. Since this is used mostly for gaming for me It will
    not be a deal breaker but if it were my main computer it would. I will see if time and my typing style learn to accommodate
    this without me having to retype things. I do agree that the nubs on F and J are too small so finding the home keys without
    looking are an issue too.

    Speakers. These are hands down the best speakers I have ever heard in a laptop. They are loud enough to watch a full
    feature film. It was so loud my husband yelled at me from another room to turn it down. Don’t compare it to your home sound
    system because they are tiny speakers but for a laptop they can only be beat with external hookup speakers.

    Camera. I do not use the camera on computers and tend to disable them for security purposes.

    Windows 10. First, you know it comes with it so don’t complain about the software when the review should be about the hardware. Personally, I was so happy to download windows 10 and see all of the terrible windows 8.1 issues are gone! Windows 10 starts faster, changes between users faster and actually works with all of my software…

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