The Toshiba L855-S5405 Satellite is a 15.6-inch Windows 8 laptop PC, which is a part of the current Best Buy Laptop, Internet Security Software, Sleeve, Mouse, Flash Drive & Microsoft Office Package for $520. The package with Office excluded is $400.
The L855-S5405, as a part of the budget Satellite L-series from 2012, delivers decent processing power, thanks to the Intel Core i3-3120M dual-core processor at 2.5GHz. The CPU is from the 2012 “Ivy Bridge” or officially 3rd Generation Intel Core family, with the Intel HD 4000 graphics processor on it. In benchmark tests, the i3 is significantly faster than the Pentiums and Celerons found in sub-$400 notebooks. However, it doesn’t have Intel TurboBoost technology for dynamic overclocking for faster computing, which is included in the i5 and i7 chips. As a result, it’s slower than them, but for everyday student and office tasks and multimedia, the i3 is perfectly fine. 3D gaming is an exception, since it mostly requires a dedicated video card.
Toshiba’s L855-S5405 stands out among affordable notebooks with its 750GB hard drive, up from usual 500GB, so you’ll have more space for storing your work and multimedia files. 4GB RAM is average but sufficient for all tasks, and buyers are also provided with a built-in DVD writer.
In outward appearance, the notebook sports textured glossy plastics is silver color on palmrests and lid. The keyboard has black tile-style keys and incorporates a dedicated numeric pad on the left for easy input of numbers. The trackpad has physically isolated left and right click buttons, as opposed to seamless trackpads.
Around the sides you’ll find three USB ports, HDMI, VGA, a media card reader, headphone and mic jacks, and wired LAN network jack. For wireless connectivity, the L855-S5405 has 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The whole system weighs 5.5 pounds and has a height of 1.3″. Both values are average for the budget notebook category and the laptop is rather meant to sit on a desk than carried around much.
Official info on battery life hasn’t been provided, but we known the L855-S5119 model with the same specs except a smaller 640GB HDD has a run time of up to four hours and eight minutes. Again, the battery life is a kind of standard for the category the L855-S5405 belongs to.
From the standpoint of the whole package, the price of $520 is an excellent one, considering you get Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 with the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, as well as access to Office apps on the web. This office package costs $139 as a standalone product. If you add to that the Logitech M185 wireless optical mouse, a Targus debossed laptop sleeve, a PNY Attache 8GB Flash memory stick, and Webroot Anywhere Security Plus 2013 anti-virus, this bundle is a real bargain.
If you don’t need Microsoft Office or all of these extras you can get for instance an Intel i5-based laptop with aluminum finish and keyboard backlight for $500. Furthermore, you can check out all systems listed in our Cheap Laptops category.
Toshiba L855-S5405 Satellite Specifications
- Display: 15.6-inch 1366-by-768 glossy display
- Processor: 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3120M dual-core at 2.5GHz, 3MB cache
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000 IGP
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 RAM at 1,600MHz, expandable to 16GB
- Storage: 750GB HDD at 5,400rpm
- Optical drive: DVD burner
- Webcam: Yes, 720p
- Audio: Stereo speakers, SRS Premium Sound HD technology
- Network: Wireless-N (802.11n Wi-Fi), Ethernet LAN
- Input: Keyboard with tile keys and number pad, multi-gesture trackpad with physical buttons
- Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x 6-in-1 media card reader
- Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion 48Whr
- Dimensions: 1.3 x 15 x 9.5 inches
- Weight: 5.5 lbs
- OS: Windows 8 OS
- Warranty: 1-year