Hey there everyone, I’m Eunes Harun from Gizmo Brief. Today I have a review of the Toshiba Satellite S55-A5257. It’s running Windows 8, but does it live up to the spec sheet? Let’s take a look. Starting out, it has a 15.
6 inch HD display with a resolution of 1366×768. While it’s a nice display, the picture is pretty washed out and in comparison to a Macbook Air, the colors on the Toshiba laptop can’t even touch it. The colors aren’t rich, and don’t show that much detail.
If you are a student and looking to get this laptop for college and will simply be using it for typing up reports and research, it isn’t a problem at all. I don’t want to make it sound like this display looks bad, because it isn’t.
Before doing a head to head comparison with different displays, I thought that the Toshiba display looked just fine – so don’t worry. Now looking at the sides, we see that we have a few ports. On the left side we can see there is the power port for charging, Gigabit ethernet, a USB 2.
0 port, and surprisingly a DVD drive for watching movies. Looking from the right side you can see fans, a VGA port for connecting to external source, HDMI for doing the same thing but in HD, 2 USB 3.0 ports and a microphone and headphone jack, which are notably separate.
And lastly, on the front, there is an SD card reader for viewing and moving pictures and videos from your camera onto the computer. The laptop weighs in at 5.2 pounds – so it is on the heavier side, but with a good backpack, you should be able to easily carry it for hours.
Being the ultrabook requirements call for a laptop under 23 millimeters thin, the Toshiba laptop just misses the cut at about 26 millimeters thin, which is just over 1 inch. As for the internals, the Satellite S55-A5257 runs an Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor clocked at 2.
4 GHz. As for the GPU, its running Mobile Intel HD Graphics. It also comes with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. All these features helps this Toshiba Laptop to perform well. If you want a more in-depth look at the speed, like benchmarks and boot up time, I made a dedicated video which you can view right here.
Moving on, when you want some storage space, this laptop delivers with 750 GB of internal hard drive space. That gives enough space for your movies, pictures and documents. While its not as fast as an SSD, it should do the job.
Now I’d like to talk about the lower half of the laptop. Let’s start off with the speakers. The S55 laptop is equipped with harman/kardon speakers. They in general sound good, and I don’t really have anything to complain about.
Now onto the trackpad – it just isn’t very good. It is buttonless, meaning you can click anywhere on the lower part of the trackpad to click. While I know you don’t have to press the mouse button down to click, I am just not used to that.
Clicking the trackpad down is not a great experience – it is pretty stiff and is uncomfortable to press down. Another problem I encountered is accidentally right-clicking when clicking in the right corner of the trackpad.
Since I am used to clicking with two fingers on the Macbook Air for my right-clicking, this was something I had to get used to. But, if you aren’t coming from a computer with that feature, you shouldn’t encounter any problem.
Scrolling with two fingers is nice, and natural. And finally the webcam – as long as you keep it to just some video chatting on Skype or Google Hangouts, you’ll be fine. But, if you are looking to use it to make videos, you definitely are going to be interested in investing in an external HD webcam.
While this webcam is HD, it is so noisy and grainy with little detail. But now, on the flip side, we have the keyboard. This is one of best parts of the laptop – it’s great! I primarily use the iMac wireless keyboard and the Macbook Air keyboard – the best keyboards I’ve used to date.
I’ve used many keyboards and the Toshiba can possibly be the next thing up there. I really like it – it is very similar to the Macbook/iMac keyboard with separated and backlit keys. So yes, if you need it to write essays, reports or even laptop reviews, this keyboard is fantastic.
Now, we can go over the heat and fans. This was asked by a few of our viewers including VivaLaKen and Alexis Zucco. The computer stays pretty quiet, and cool when browsing the internet. Continuing, when editing video and doing more intensive tasks, you can hear the laptop’s fans kick up.
Especially when exporting the video, I heard the fans go high and as soon as the video export was done, the fans went back down immediately. So if you are doing simple stuff like typing up essays or surfing the internet, you shouldn’t have a problem with heat and fans.
But, as soon as you do the more intense stuff, the laptop gets warmer on the right side especially and the fans kick up. And lastly, I’d like to cover battery for the Toshiba laptop. The battery that comes included with the machine is a 43 Wh, 4 cell battery rated to last just under 4 hours of usage.
Our tests indicate that this claim is mostly correct. We kept the power setting at the Toshiba preset of eco. We used the laptop for light browsing of the internet, and for typing of the script of this video for under 2 hours.
This also included some multitasking, exporting a video, and other small work in the Desktop sector of the laptop. Then we left the computer in standby for 6 hours, where we just closed the lid. After doing that, we came back to the computer with a battery reading of 56%.
In our testing, leaving the computer in standby uses lots of battery. So, when you are applying to the real world, if you are in a college type scenario, and you have the computer in standby a lot of the time when moving from class to class, this battery won’t always deliver for you.
Just remember, you should always have your charger handy with you just incase. When using it straight, we did get just about the 4 hours of usage it was promised. One thing to note is that the battery is not user replaceable, meaning if something ever goes wrong with the battery, you need to get a replacement laptop instead of just the battery.
While we have found some problems like the screen resolution, trackpad and webcam, the pros totally outweigh the cons. Toshiba has built a solid, well designed performance laptop that can multitask, entertain and also work hard for you, maybe as your new college laptop.
It’s a great laptop, and Gizmo Brief gives it a ⅘ star rating. You can find this system at Amazon for as low as $660. Prices do fluctuate, so please check the description for a link with the most up-to-date pricing.
We do have 2 other videos pertaining to this laptop, so if you’d like to check them out, just click on the video you’d like to see. We have the unboxing, and speed/boot up test. If you have any questions at all pertaining to this laptop, please leave me a comment down below, or if you’d rather contact me personally, send me an email at Eunes@GizmoBrief.
com. As always, don’t forget to check out our website at GizmoBrief.com. If you enjoyed the video, please leave a thumbs up, and if you’d like to see more videos like this, be sure to subscribe. That’s all for now, I’m Eunes Harun from Gizmo Brief and thank you for watching.