CNET First Look
Toshiba Satellite S55t-A5277A rare slim gaming laptop, at a mainstream price.
I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a look at the Toshiba Satellite S55t. This laptop here comes so close to something I've been looking for, for a long time, but it's really frustrating that it misses it on just one or two points. Let me explain. If you want a laptop that can play games, you usually have to get a big, bulky desktop replacement or you have to make, do a very simple game so you can play on a smaller laptop. Very few people make a reasonably slimmish midsized mid-priced laptop that has a discrete graphics card and a touchscreen. You very, very, very rarely see a graphic card and a touchscreen in the same system even in the Windows 8 era. So, right here, we have got for 999 an Intel core i7 CPU, one of the new generation of Haswell CPU. So, that's great. We've got an NVIDIA GeForce 740M graphics card which is pretty good especially for a smaller laptop. You got a lot of RAM, you got a big one terabyte hard drive and of course you have a touchscreen. So, you have pretty much everything I'm looking for, here's where we go off the rails a little bit. The screen here, even though it's a pretty big 15.6-inch screen, only has a 1366 by 760 native resolution that's usually what you'll find a much smaller 11-inch or maybe 13-inch laptops and even then, only on the more budget side to get right around $1,000 and they ask people to settle for that lower screen resolution. I don't think it's really gonna work out for a lot of people especially if you're using the high-end CPU and the mid-ranged GP to play games, then you restrict it to paying it on this little resolution screen that's a little bit of a deal killer if you're interested in PC games, I solved the problem a little bit by outputting via the HDMI plugin here to a bigger display that was a full 1920 by 1080 display and I could play some games that way but as a portable gaming or even a multi media system because it's not even full 1080p HD, you know, this is a case where you have great components and [unk] body and reasonable price. But one thing that screen is really holding it back. I am Dan Ackerman and that is the Toshiba Satellite S55t.