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The inexpensive 15-inch Toshiba SatelliteIf you're still considering an Intel Celeron processor for a midsize laptop in 2012, the Toshiba Satellite C655-S5542 at least turns on and surfs the Web, if slowly.
Hi. I'm Dan Eckerman and we are here taking a look at the Toshiba Satellite C655 a laptop that asks a very important question, just how little can you get away with spending on a mid size laptop? Well if you ask her, Shiva, the answer is $399 that usually what this guy cost. We've actually looked in versions of this C655 before the 2012 version. Pretty much the same except in the kind of Euro shows, and we've looked at this last we've seen a lot of low cost laptops specially the lowering ultra books that have really brought a lot of sort of design and materials and construction savvy in. So you almost expect something a little bit better that makes kind of the plastic body and the flexi sides, seem even little bit cheaper but then again you are spending $400 on this. Now of course there are a couple of other corners to be cut. The most important one of which is this is a laptop with an Intel Celeron processor. That's right, Intel still makes Celeron process. (??) Adams also is not gonna get a core i3 or i5 or anything like that in this particular laptop. Now you've got this older Celeron processor which is really frankly kind of hard to recommend for anybody except if you only have $399 and you need a 15-inch laptop. In that case you know, it'll go online, it'll surf the web, it'll do e-mail, little do all those things a little bit slower than maybe you're use to but it does pass the bare minimum level of functionality that you would expect from a laptop. You are gonna miss out on a few things as though Bluetooth and the wireless display, does actually not even an HTMI port which seems like a pretty big omission in any laptop you know in this day. but if you can get along without that and you really need a bigger screen, then you could take a look at this guy and set something like let's say an 11-inch ultra portable laptop with an AMD processor. Those usually around the same price and the smaller size and extra portability makes them feel a little more appropriate considering the performance and the size. So one thing this guy does have going for is actually a pretty decent battery life, a little bit over 4 hours. It's not extraordinary but for a $400 laptop that's 15-inches, that's actually pretty good. I am Dan Eckerman and that is the Toshiba Satellite C655.