Our Verdict
Powerful speakers can’t save the Satellite L55-C5340 from mediocre performance, pitiful battery life and useless bloatware.

For
Great speakers
Lighter than competitors
Against
Tons of bloatware
Washed-out screen
Lackluster keyboard
Middling performance
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Toshiba Satellite L55-C5340

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These days, you may get a really solid notebook computer for under $600. That is why Toshiba’s L55-C5340, which starts at $599, is such a disappointment. While its Skullcandy speakers provide strong audio, its washed-out 15.6-inch display and narrow viewing angles lead to a distressing movie-watching experience. You may well be in a position to be productive on the device; however the keyboard is uncomfortable, and there’s a huge pile of bloatware onboard. Most of these flaws make the L55-C5340 a hard notebook computer to recommend.

Design

There is no kind way to say this: The Satellite L55-C5340 isn’t a lot of a looker. Its champagne-colored lid and sizable hinge appear and feel like cheap plastic. Toshiba’s logo is emblazoned on the bottom-left corner of the lid, which is otherwise unadorned.

Inside, the deck may be the same champagne gold color as the lid. You’ll locate a full island-style keyboard, filled with a complete number pad, in addition to a Skullcandy-branded music bar located just underneath the hinge. The screen is surrounded by a thick, black bezel that’s noticeable however, not offensive.

At 4.8 pounds and 14.96 x 10.2 x 0.89 inches, the L55-C5340 isn’t accurately portable. It requires up a good amount of room on a desk and is way better suited to participate a everlasting workstation than to be carried around in a briefcase or bag. Still, it’s lighter and smaller than some competing machines, like the 5.9-pound Dell Inspiron 15 7000 and the 5.2-pound Lenovo Ideapad 500. If you have to carry among those three around, the L55-C5340 could possibly be your very best bet. If you are ready to take the step right down to a 14-inch laptop, you can get lighter notebooks, such as for example Lenovo’s Ideapad 300S, which weighs just 3.6 pounds.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Satellite L55-C5340’s keyboard includes a full number pad, but Toshiba had to create several keys — like the number, Function and Ctrl keys — smaller to match that in. Additionally, the island-style keyboard feels shallow, with just 1.3 millimeters of key travel and 60 grams of actuation force necessary to depress the keys. I could type at 99 words each and every minute with a 1 percent error rate on the 10FastFingers.com typing test (both are about average for me personally), however the typing experience was uncomfortable; I wouldn’t want to utilize the keyboard for a protracted period of time.

The touchpad is rather roomy, at 4.2 x 2.6 inches, and frequently left room to spare when I navigated with the mouse. Gestures like swiping between programs, scrolling in the net browser and hiding active windows were all accurate.

Display

A marketing sticker on the Satellite L55-C5340’s palm rest describes the laptop’s “brilliant display.” Toshiba gives itself somewhat too much credit for the reason that regard.The notebook’s 15.6-inch display includes a low resolution of 1366 x 768 and produces inaccurate, washed-out colors. When you reach a 45-degree viewing angle, it’s extremely difficult to start to see the screen for the reason that images are so beaten up and the panel is indeed reflective.

I watched the trailer for The Angry Birds Movie on the display and could see a good amount of detail, including each of the birds’ feathers and the stunning, computer-generated island’s flora. Unfortunately, it didn’t look particularly colorful; the screen was on the cool side, washing out images which should have already been brighter. I watched the trailer again on other monitors and was impressed by just how much brighter all the colors were on those displays.

The L55-C5340’s display registered an extremely poor 151 nits of brightness on our light meter, which is well shy of the mainstream notebook computer average of 249 nits. Competitors including the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (222 nits), the Lenovo Ideapad 500 (216 nits) and the Lenovo Ideapad 300S (225 nits) were substantially brighter. Toshiba’s similar laptop, the touch-enabled Toshiba Satellite L55T-C5388, was also brighter, at 192 nits.

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If you are looking for a variety of accurate colors, this is not the display for you personally. The L55-C5340’s screen can produce just 63.4 percent of the sRGB color gamut (completely is excellent; higher is better still) and had a Delta-E color accuracy score of 4.37 (nearer to zero is way better). Dell’s Inspiron 15 covers 70 percent of the colour gamut and has astounding color accuracy, with a Delta-E score of 0.4.

Audio

Toshiba is using Skullcandy technology in its speakers, and the email address details are music to my ears. I holed up in a conference room and played the first earworm of the entire year, Adele’s “Hello.” The speakers produced clear vocals as Adele’s ballad filled the area when she belted the chorus. When I switched songs to Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” the notebook computer showed off its proficiency at playing songs with an increase of bass.

The computer includes DTS sound software to modify the audio, including options for surround sound, maximum volume and a bass booster. I’d recommend leaving everything specifically as it comes out from the box, because music sounded drastically worse without those options enabled.

Performance

Our test model was included with a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i5-5200U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 5,400-rpm 1TB HDD. It performed admirably as a daily driver — something you need to use for Web browsing, text editing plus some other office work. I downloaded the Chrome Browser and were able to open 11 tabs (among that was streaming HD video from YouTube) before noticing any slowdown. The fans started up when I opened my ninth tab.

In conditions of raw performance numbers, however, the L55-C5340 struggled against all of those other pack. On Geekbench, a benchmark used to measure system speed, the computer notched a score of just 5,564. The Lenovo Ideapad 500’s Intel Core i7-6500U achieved a score of 6,128; the Satellite L55T-C5388’s i7-6500U reached 6,888; and the Dell Inspiron’s i5-6300HQ blew them out from the water, with 8,800. Only the HP 15t Touch’s i3-4005U did worse, with a score of 3,420.

This Toshiba was toward the trunk of the pack for hard disk drive speeds. The notebook took 2 minutes and 59 seconds to transfer 4.97GB of mixed media files — including videos, photographs and text documents — for an interest rate of 28.4 MBps. The Ideapad 500 hit 31.42, however the HP 15t Touch was slower, at 25.6 MBps. Dell’s Inspiron arrived in the front, at a speed of 34.62 MBps.

The L55-C5340 took five minutes and 10 seconds to complete our OpenOffice spreadsheet test, which pairs 20,000 names with their addresses. The Dell Inspiron (3:58) and the Lenovo Ideapad 500 (4:04) were faster, although category average of 5:19 is slower.

Ports and Webcam

A DVD drive and heat vents privately of the L55-C5340 limit just how many ports can fit using the pc, but you will still get each of the essentials. On the left side of the notebook, you will discover the energy port, Ethernet jack, a USB 2.0 port and these DVD SuperMulti drive. The proper side houses the Sdcard slot, a headphone/mic combo jack, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port.

I tried the 720p camera inside our well-lit Manhattan office, and it produced a grainy but serviceable picture (like the majority of webcams you’ll find nowadays). The lights behind me were totally blown out, but I was in focus and the facts in my own face were preserved.