Toshiba Satellite C655D review: Toshiba Satellite C655D

The AMD 6130 HD graphics on the E-240's APU are technically the same as those on the E-350, but because of the lower-powered CPU they resulted in lower graphical performance in our gaming benchmarks. Unreal Tournament III ran at a paltry 21.4 frames per second in native 1,366x768-pixel resolution. That's an old game. If you want another perspective, consider this: Bejeweled 3, using its standard 3D graphics effects, caused massive slowdown and stuttering on the C655D-S5130. This just isn't a laptop that can handle any sort of 3D gaming. Depending on the streaming video source, it can't even handle that well, either: Netflix and ABC.com videos looked fine in full-screen, but Hulu got choppy.

Juice box
Toshiba Satellite C665D-S5130 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.44
Sleep (10 percent) 0.64
Idle (25 percent) 7.16
Load (5 percent) 17.96
Raw kWh 26.42
Annual energy cost $3.00

The six-cell battery on the C655D-S5130 lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes using our video playback battery-drain test. That's the lone advantage of adopting AMD's E-240 processor over CPU options such as the Celeron, and it at least puts this laptop a step up on cheap large-screen models that typically tap out a lot sooner.

Toshiba backs the Satellite C665D-S5130 with an industry-standard one-year warranty. Support is accessible 24-7 via a toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and a Web site with driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Gateway EC5809u
1,783 
HP Pavilion dm1-3005
2,314 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Annual energy consumption cost
Gateway EC5809u
$3.11 
HP Pavilion dm1-3005
$3.20 

System configurations:

Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5130
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.5GHz AMD Fusion E-240; 3,072MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6310; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Gateway EC5809u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 ULV; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1695MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite C655-S5049
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Celeron 900; 2,048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated)/829MB (Total) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dm1-3005
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz AMD Fusion E-350 Dual-Core; 3,072MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6310; 320GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Compaq CQ62-215DX
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.19GHz AMD Sempron V120; 2,048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250; 250GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

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    • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
    • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    • Installed Size 3 GB
    • Color trax texture in black
    • Weight 5.5 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed
    • Graphics Processor AMD Radeon HD 6250
    • CPU AMD C-50 1 GHz
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