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Toshiba Satellite C855 - Screen, Performance and Value

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

6

User Score:

Screen

The Toshiba Satellite C855 has a 15.6in screen of 1,366 x 768 resolution. Performance is solid, but still subject to the limitations of most budget laptops. There's loss of brightness when viewed from an off-axis horizontal angle of around 30 degrees or more, contrast shift is apparent when the screen is tilted back and colours are not all that vivid.

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It uses a glossy finish, which is problematic if you want to use the laptop outside, but in its favour maximum brightness is decent for a cheaper model.

Performance

The Toshiba Satellite C855's entry to the market is a little ill-timed - just as the next-generation of Intel processors is being rolled-out. Instead of using the latest Ivy Bridge chipset, this laptop is stuck with last year's Sandy Bridge model, running a 2.5GHz Core i3-2350M.

PCMark Vantage

General: 2086

Entertainment: 2126

In our tests, it came out with a respectable score given its CPU thanks to its 6GB of RAM - where most at the price will offer 4GB. However, its 500GB hard drive still spins at the bog-standard speed of 5,400rpm.

C855

Although it's ageing rapidly, the Core i3 processor here is more than capable enough for all basic day-to-day tasks including HD video and keeping a fistful of applications open at once. If gaming is a concern, though, you're much better off seeking out either a laptop with a dedicated graphics card or a next-gen chipset model - whether packing Intel Ivy Bridge or AMD Triton. The integrated HD 3000 graphic chipset used here can handle basic games, but struggles with anything more challenging. It managed 44.7fps in our Trackmania test.

Battery Life

MobileMark

339 minutes

Toshiba claims that the 4200mAh battery of the Satellite C855 will last for up to five and a half hours, and according to our test they're spot-on. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth disabled and brightness set to 40 per cent, it lasted for five hours 39 minutes. This is above average, outlasting the Acer Aspire 5750, but is roughly matched by the Samsung Series 3 and soundly beaten by the HP DM4 - if you're willing to spend a little more.

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Value

Right now, the Toshiba Satellite C855 fares pretty well on a performance-per-pound basis, but once more entry-level Ivy Bridge laptops start appearing within the next few months, it'll start looking pretty slow. Battery life is decent and the design doesn't make any series mis-steps, but the keyboard and internal speakers are poor. For an at-home solution, we'd tend to pick the Samsung Series 3 over this for its better keyboard. And for out-and-about use the Acer Acer Aspire Timeline U M3 is a much better choice - its performance may be slightly worse, but it offers much greater portability and higher battery life.

Verdict

The Toshiba Satellite C855 is a solid-but-uninspiring laptop. Its design is inoffensive but unlikely to excite and build quality is a little patchy. What turns us off the most, though, is the mediocre keyboard. The C855 has enough power for most casual tasks, but it's not the best if you're going to be doing a lot of typing.

Overall Score

6

Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 8
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 6
  • Screen Quality 6
  • Value 6

Alexandru

January 5, 2013, 2:39 pm

Hello! Can someone answer at my question? So: I bought a Toshiba Satellite C855 with W7 but I hate it and I want to go on Windows Xp, does it accept Xp?

simInvasioner

January 15, 2013, 1:08 pm

i dont see why it wouldn't.

seymour buttz

January 18, 2013, 8:34 am

Well, I'll tell you why it doesnt' SimInTheButtInvader.
Cause XP is obsolete, and Toshiba didn't pay Asus morons to write drivers for an obsolete OS.
If that guy asked you if it was possible to install Windows95 you probably would've said yes and just as quickly since it has been about that long since you've experienced a romantic relationship with anything more than a rest stop glory hole.
Eventually your cousin will return to your lovun arms and you along with your expired EnZyte prescription and just as useless expertise will have some value.
For Alex, you'll have to virtualize that XP cause lack of drivers makes it installable in bare form with no audio and almost as bad 800 x 640 video, and that is as nearly as useless as herpes and almost as badd SlimeButtLove and his livin in mommas basement uselessness.
I hate forum queens.

Okkarator

January 20, 2013, 12:05 pm

Windows XP will be supported till April 2014. It'll come more and more unstable and unsafe. Better start now to accustom with Windows 7.
And yes, XP was a fantastic system but it's time has come ;-)

Terri

January 20, 2013, 2:46 pm

Does the sims 3 work well on this laptop?

JT

February 12, 2013, 12:56 am

Hi, you can always update and go forward ie w8 but what ever o/s you have you cant go backwards - plus there is no support for xp anymore :0((

Miki Maine

March 14, 2013, 1:33 pm

hi i have buy Toshiba Satellite c850-f01p dose it support 8gb ram expantion?

Tiggersbeautyteam

March 28, 2013, 4:41 pm

I run my own business from home would this lap top be good enough for documents office pictures and doing business newsletters etc thanks in advance x

hidflect

August 10, 2013, 9:03 am

What an utter POS this laptop is. The "uh-oh" moment started when I noticed the keyboard bending in the middle as I typed. The speakers are the nastiest I've ever encountered, and I've owned laptops since 1998. The speaker jack is duff, forcing me to push with enormou effort to get it in. Now it randomly shuts down all the time and the damn thing creaks and squeaks when I pick it up to look at the bottom to read the serial number. I was a big Toshiba (Dynabook) fan but this Satellite blows. I bought it sight unseen presuming some level of quality above Total Sh1t. I hope I haven't suffered in vain. Heed my warning. A plasticy thing of cr@p with no redeeming qualities. AVOID AVOID AVOID.

John Scott

September 1, 2013, 8:17 pm

I bought a C855-S5245 and believe me its every bit as cheap. Keyboard flex is bad and have experienced missing key strokes too. WiFi with the Realtek is dreadful with poor range and widely variable connect speeds. Its a cheap notebook for sure and it makes you wonder if its simply a mistake to go under that $500 mark for a laptop? I also must note that the hard drive is mounted to the right of the touch pad in the chassis and the right palm rest gets very warm. Not sure this is a problem? But heat is never a good thing in electronics.

CTS

September 26, 2013, 8:27 pm

it will run xp but microsoft will stop supporting windows xp in April of 2014. So you might as well get use to windows 7. However I don't think anything will run good on this model of laptop.

Andre

September 30, 2013, 4:44 pm

The Hinge on my C855 Toshiba Satellite laptop broke within 6 months of purchase. Toshiba claimed it's not covered by warranty. Junk.

Jenna

October 19, 2013, 8:55 am

I have this laptop which I mostly use for gaming. It works fine on Minecraft, Assassins Creed etc.I have noticed that the keyboard bends a bit but it still works.
If I use the mouse pad for too long it hurts my finger due to the texture.

Arturo Paz

October 19, 2013, 8:01 pm

I HAVE A C855 WITH AN INTEL CORE I3 3120M 2.5GHZ 2.5GHZ IM LOOKING AT THE SPECS AND I SEE THAT IT COMES WITH BLUETOOTH BUT I CANT SEEM TO GET BLUETOOTH WORKING OR EVEN JUST VERIFY IF IT HAS BLUETOOTH ON IT. CAN SOMEONE HELP? THANKS

stijn

May 2, 2014, 1:22 pm

i have this laptop now for 6 and a half months and I don't like it.

It's a good laptop for easy programs and 2D games (such as The Darkness, Southpark and COD WAW at very low settings).

I bought it for 550 euros($762, - £452)

I can buy much better pc for less the price, and I only see one big difference.
you can't just take your pc with you but you can with your laptop.

i'm thinking of selling it, and buy an better pc.

Ariana

May 22, 2014, 12:20 am

I'm looking for it too.

Ariana

May 22, 2014, 12:24 am

My fan is running hot all the time, my touchpad doesn't work anymore although it says it does, so I'm using a usb mouse, and now I only have one usb port that works and it isn't working well. I have to use my other hand to position the connection just right for it to work. And since the usb ports are connected to the motherboard, I'll have to spend for that to fix it. But if I was going to do that, I might as well buy another laptop. Which I can NOT afford :(

Tell-it-like-it-is

April 22, 2015, 10:14 am

Mine does the same even doing barely anything.

Grant

October 24, 2015, 1:47 am

I have a C855D (the AMD version) and they all say they have bluetooth - they dont. i am running an upgraded AMD A10 4600M (3.2 GHz) with a 1TB toshiba HDD and 1TB Crucial SSD. i was going to upgrade the ram to 16GB when i realized that there is a network card i could pick up for $25 on amazon with higher speeds and bluetooth for now instead. installed that and the proper drivers and now i have bluetooth 4.0 and download/upload speeds up to 400Mbps, even though verizon FiOs only supports 350 Down/Up - which i have. so i basically built the overkill Satellite.

Moral of the story - I now have bluetooth.

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