Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC

by Siau Hen on November 24, 2013

The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC is the perfect PC for your family to browse the internet, stream music and movies, or to use for a small business. It is very inexpensive and a great value for the money. It is fast, even when multi-tasking.

If you want a laptop that is portable, look no further. This laptop is very portable. It only weighs about five and a half pounds, a full battery will last for up to 5 hours and, with its size finding a laptop bag for it would be easy.

This laptop is a great choice if you have a small business as well. Work in Microsoft Office Excel, Word and Power Point all at the same time.

Build and Design

The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC casing is flat black in color, making it resistant to dirt and smudges. The screen, itself, has a glossy finish, which could cause glaring. Aside from that, it has a nice bright display. The keyboard, keys and touch pad are also finished in a flat black. It has a plastic casing on top and bottom. Overall, it seems pretty sturdy, as long as it isn’t being slammed around, but that’s true with any laptop.

There is a plastic fan grille on the side to help ventilate the laptop. The speaker cover is also plastic. The plastic hinges are countersunk into the body of the laptop and appear to be very sturdy.

The keys on the keyboard are slightly raised and surrounded by plastic borders. This feature appears to make the keys less likely to get popped off and lost. The power button, on the other hand is slightly lower than the casing and less likely to come off.

Display/Touch Screen and Features

The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 has a 15.6″ wide screen display. The display features High Definition TruBrite LED Backlit Technology. The display supports 720p content, has an aspect ratio of 16:9, and it has a High Definition resolution of 1366×768. Unfortunately, this laptop does not come with a touch screen.

The C55-A5300 has a built-in microphone so you can talk to your friends online. It also has built-in stereo speakers so you can listen to the music you’re streaming. If you’re up late and everyone’s asleep, there’s a stereo headphone jack, as well. That way, you can listen to your music without waking anyone.

Ports and Features

This Toshiba has an RGB port, an HDMI output port, a memory card reader and 3-2.0 USB ports. It does not have a smart card reader.

It has such features as an HD Webcam, an 802.11b/g/n wireless network card, and 10/100 Ethernet LAN.

Keyboard and Touch pad

This computer has a US standard keyboard. It also has a dedicated 10-key number pad for easy calculating. There is also a multi-touch control, touch pad and pointing device. If you would rather use a mouse than the touch pad, it is possible to connect, via USB, either a wireless or a wired mouse.

Performance

The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC has a 500GB HDD that operates at 5400rpms over a SATA host adapter.

It has an Intel Celeron Processor 1037U, in which a graphics card is integrated. The graphics card is operated by Mobile Intel HD Graphics. It runs at approximately 1.8 GHz.

This computer also boasts 4GB of DDR3 memory with a speed of 1333MHz to keep you computing smooth.

For those of you who like to burn your own discs, the C55 has a double layer DVD-SuperMulti drive.

Battery Life

The 6 cell Lithium-Ion battery will operate the C55 for up to five hours.

Heat and Noise

The C55-A5300, even when used a lot, stays cool and runs quietly.

Pros

Price– At around $200-$250, this laptop is well worth the price.
Cool and Quiet– It doesn’t get hot, even with heavy usage, and it runs quietly.
Battery life–Battery last for up to 5 hours.
Screen– Screen is large and bright.
Speed–This computer is fast.

Cons

Sound–Speakers have a tinny sound to them, no base.
Storage–Not enough memory, but can be upgraded to 16GB.
Keyboard–Keys are not backlit.

This is For Who?

This computer is great for students to do their homework on. It is also good for people who just surf the net or visit facebook. If you just use the Internet to check your email or if you have a small business and use Microsoft Word, Excel, or Power Point during the execution of your business, this is a good computer for you. You can even multitask on it without sacrificing speed. This is not, however, a computer that a person would want if they are a gamer.

Why Should You Buy it?

This is a great computer for the price. If you need a new computer, but you can’t afford to spend much money, this Satellite could be the answer to your prayers.

In some of the product reviews, people said that they even chose this computer over more expensive ones when they were thoroughly prepared to pay upwards of $600 for a new laptop. As a matter of fact, more than 80% of people who bought a Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 15.6″ Laptop PC said that they would recommend it to a friend.

You may find a better computer, but you won’t find a better value for the price.

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UltraBook – The Future of Laptops?

by Siau Hen on November 5, 2013

Since the iPad, the future of laptops changed forever. Consumers now have their eyes set on smaller and more maneuverable mobile devices that provide an aesthetic look and unique convenience. To answer this demand, computer manufacturers are looking to produce laptop based computers that mimic the thin and sleek design of the iPad. Intel has coined the term ”UltraBook” to refer to this new generation of computing, and set specifications on what a practical UltraBook should offer potential customers in terms of performance as well as price.

The Goods of UltraBook

This ground-breaking generation of computers provide all the convenience of an iPad, but with higher performance and an affordable price-tag. As research and development continues to hone in on these innovative devices, many people are speculating the line between laptop computers and tablet computers will crease to exist completely. Below are some of the important aspects of the UltraBook computers that make them appealing to consumers.

1.) The cost of these computers, while still difficult for some, will veer sharply from the $4000 price-tag that many would put on a piece of a hardware that meets the same specifications. However, since the release of the newest MacBook Air that rivals
many of the hardware specifications for the UltraBook, which is priced at $999, Apple has proven it is possible to create this technology and offer it at an affordable price.

2.) The convenience associated with UltraBook computers is an extremely appealing aspect to the masses. Currently, the Asus UX21 is the only UltraBook that is set to be released, and is 7mm at its thickest point. A computer that meets these size specifications would not only be easy to carry around due to its phenomenal light weight, but also proves extremely easy to
store.

3.) The specifications set for the pioneer machine in Ultrabook technology; the Asus UX21, exhibit powerful performance that rivals some of the most top of the line laptops available. Through this development, people will not only have a lightweight and easy to store computer, but a powerful one as well.

The Bads of UltraBook

1.) The sleek size of the UltraBook is extremely appealing solution to the fast pace demands of modern society. However, the size of these innovative computers can also be their downfall. The UltraBook is extremely fragile in its micro-thin state, and while it can take a few occasional bumps and dings, it is much more susceptible to long-term damage than traditional laptops.

2.) While UltraBook contains specifications that are phenomenal for the size and compact environment of the casing, there are unfortunate limitations that result. Advances in computer hardware and components limit the peak performance capabilities of the current UltraBook due to the sleek design. Some people might be turned away by the fact there are higher performing laptops on the market that in some cases, are priced less than
the UltraBook.

Why Should you Consider Buying One?

There are many reasons that go into considering the purchase of a UltraBook. The most important of these reasons is the overall convenience that ties hand in hand with owning a powerful computer that is lightweight and easy to store. Students and professionals that are in need of consistent computer access will benefit greatly from UltraBook.

What to Expect in Buying One?

Currently, price specifications for the UltraBook are set under $1000. Look for them at popular online and brick and mortar electronics retailers in September, 2011.

To sum up

Ultrabook computers will set the bar higher for manufacturers in terms of convenience and overall performance. While this might prove a bad thing for the manufacturers themselves in having to continue building upon past accomplishments in innovation and performance, consumers are truly experiencing an electronics Renaissance.

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