Toshiba Satellite S855D-S5148 ReviewToshiba Satellite S855D-S5148 ReviewAndrew
The Toshiba Satellite S855D-S5148 is one of those laptops witch offers very high performance in a very stylish package. It is finished inside and out in light blue brushed aluminum, it has a raised-tile keyboard with numeric keypad, and a chrome bordered touchpad. This finish will ensure that this laptop is not the fingerprint magnet that other models with glossy finishes are. Also because it’s brushed aluminum, eventual scratches will be harder to spot.
Inside this very good looking outside lies a very powerful AMD A-Series Quad-Core A10-4600M processor, running at 2.3 GHz most of the time, but it can boost itself all the way up to 3.2 GHz if needed. It also has 8 GB of DDR3 RAM at 1600 MHz, more than enough for anything you can throw at it. On top of these already amazing stats, it also has the AMD Radeon HD 7660G graphics card, capable of running any of today’s games without a problem. The storage capacity of 1 TB is also a very good addition to the whole package.
It comes preinstalled with Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft® Office 365 (30-day Trial), Norton™ Internet Security(30-day trial subscription), Norton™ Online Backup (30-day Trial), Norton™ Anti-Theft™ (30-day Trial) and a lot of Toshiba software to ensure your system is up-to-date and running smoothly. Most of the third party software is on a 1 month Trial period after witch the software requires you purchase it, if you like it. I really don’t agree with the whole trial idea, but having an antivirus and a firewall installed the first time you connect to the internet is very important with everything that’s online now. At least you have 30 days time to find the antivirus and firewall you think is best.
The only thing actually, and surprisingly, missing for a laptop at this price is the Bluetooth. Considering that most WiFi chips today also contain integrated Bluetooth connectivity, it’s a real shame Toshiba didn’t install one on this laptop. In case you need Bluetooth to synchronize with your mobile devices you can buy an USB Bluetooth micro adapter at the cost of keeping one of your USB Ports occupied. They are really compact and are barely noticeable.
Other than that the Toshiba Satellite S855D-S5148 has everything you need weather you are a gamer, power user, or even a student with a demanding major. I think it’s a perfect all-rounder and a really good buy.