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Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver)

B&H # TOS55A5279 Mfr # PSKK6U-00X00C
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Product Highlights
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell)
  • 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 1TB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M Graphics (2GB)
  • 15.6" TruBrite LED-Backlit Display
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated Webcam, Microphone & Speakers
  • Windows 8

The Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer from Toshiba features an ice silver finish with a brushed aluminum design. The 15.6" TruBrite LED-backlit display has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution, which is powered by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR3 discrete memory and has native support for 720p HD content. The screen also has a glossy finish for vibrant color.

The system is powered by a quad-core 4th generation Haswell 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor. It also has 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM, a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, a SuperMulti DVD burner, a multi-format media card reader, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an integrated webcam and microphone. There are also built-in harman/kardon stereo speakers with DTS Studio Sound technology.

Windows 8 (64-bit) is the installed operating system. Windows 8 replaces the traditional Start menu with a redesigned Start screen. The Start screen features tiles, which provide notifications in real-time. Windows 8 also focuses more on cloud storage as well as apps, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store. Windows 8 provides a unique user experience that differs from previous versions of Windows.

Toshiba Satellite S55

Quad-Core 4th-Gen Haswell Intel Core i7 Performance
This Toshiba computer houses a 4th-generation Haswell Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor. Its quad cores can reach a stock speed of 2.4GHz. The processor can also be overclocked up to 3.4GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. The fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor uses less voltage than its predecessor for improved battery life. With a dedicated 6MB L3 cache, 8GB of DDR3L RAM and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, you'll be able to experience smooth and seamless multitasking
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M Graphics
Using performance efficient NVIDIA Kepler architecture, the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR3 discrete memory provides efficient performance and high quality graphics. The SMS streaming multiprocessor is twice as efficient as the prior generation and the new geometry engine draws triangles twice as fast. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M utilizes DirectX with Shader Model 5.0 support designed for ultra high performance in GPU-accelerated tessellation. You won't have to deal with jagged edges and screen tearing because the NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M graphics card provides smooth visual effects and stunning HD quality
15.6" TruBrite LED-Backlit Display
The 15.6" TruBrite widescreen display of the Toshiba Satellite S55 features LED backlighting, a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution, which can play 720p HD content natively without upscaling. The screen also features a glossy finish for vibrant color. You can also output video to an external display via the HDMI port
Stay Connected
The Toshiba Satellite S55 can connect to a home or public wireless network via 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. If you require a more reliable Internet connection, you can utilize the 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 LAN jack. You can also utilize the Bluetooth 4.0 technology to wirelessly connect to Bluetooth-compatible devices such as a mouse
USB 3.0 & USB Sleep and Charge
USB 3.0 can provide data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well. The Toshiba Satellite S55 also has a USB 2.0 port with USB Sleep and Charge, which allows you to charge a USB device, such as a smartphone, even when the Toshiba Satellite S55 is shut down
Resolution+
With Toshiba Resolution+ Upconvert Technology for Media Player, you'll be able to upscale standard definition DVD content to HD quality for sharper picture and vibrant color. Please note that viewing enhancements may vary depending upon content quality and display device capability, functionality and settings
Eco Utility
Quickly adjust the settings and power plan of your Toshiba Satellite S55 and monitor your ongoing power usage with just a click

Windows 8

The Redesigned Start Screen
Windows 8 introduces a new Start screen, which has all the information you need in one place. The traditional Windows desktop screen has been replaced with a tablet style design featuring tiles. Tiles are customizable as well as update in real time. News, weather forecasts, sports, contacts, apps and more are available for you to use. It's all right there on the Start screen
To the Cloud
With Windows 8, when signed in using your Microsoft account, you'll have instant access to your personal Start screen, themes, language preferences, browsing history and browser favorites. You can also connect to services such as Microsoft Outlook, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and more
Windows Store
In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse thousands of apps. Choose from the featured apps or grab one of the most frequently downloaded apps to see what all the hype is all about. You can also see how other people rate apps. For certain apps, you can try it out before you buy it so you can make sure you absolutely want an app before you spend your hard-earned money on it
Performance
Processor 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ Quad-Core Haswell
Cache L3: 6MB
Memory Type: 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
Installed: 8GB
Capacity: 16GB
Graphics Card Type: Dedicated
Installed: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M with 2GB GDDR3 SDRAM
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 15.6"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Glossy
Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 1TB 5400rpm
Type: SATA
Optical Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 2x USB 3.0 (A)
1x USB 2.0 (A) (USB Sleep and Charge)
Display 1x HDMI
1x VGA
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input
Flash Media Slot 1x SD
1x SDHC
1x SDXC
1x MiniSD
1x Micro SD
1x MMC
Communications
Network 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Webcam Yes
General
Operating System Windows 8 
Security Kensington Lock Slot
Keyboard Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Features: LED Backlight, Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device TouchPad with Multi-Touch Control
Battery 4-Cell Built-In Lithium-Ion (43Wh)
Power Requirements AC: 100-240 V AC, 50-60Hz
Consumption: 120W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.9 x 1.2 x 9.6" / 37.8 x 3.0 x 24.4 cm
Weight 5.3 lb / 2.40 kg
Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    ToshibaSatellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver)
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (11)
    • Good power output (9)
    • Comfortable keyboard (8)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Quiet (7)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (5)

    Best Uses

    • Graphics (4)
    • Business use (3)
    • Web browsing (3)
    • Word processing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (4), Avid gamer (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Lots of power for the price

    I purchased this Toshiba laptop as it offered a lot of bang for the buck. Other laptops with this haswell processor and this type of graphics card cost lots more. I purchased this to...Read complete review

    I purchased this Toshiba laptop as it offered a lot of bang for the buck. Other laptops with this haswell processor and this type of graphics card cost lots more. I purchased this to replace my 9 year old desktop that although still works well, is too old to install any new type of photo software with.

    The Toshiba is very fast and with the latest CPU and graphics card will be more than good enough for my needs for the next few years as I tend to keep things forever. I've hooked it up with a new Dell ultrasharp monitor and I've never seen my photo's as well as I view them now with this new combination. The Toshiba's display is not the greatest if you intend to use it as your primary monitor but I don't mind as I intended to use it with an external monitor most of the time anyway. I don't think 15.6 inches of screen is great for photo editing purpose anyway. Even Retina macbooks inevitably get hooked up to bigger monitors. If and when I want to go mobile it does an adequate job as a quick reference of my images. For word documents or spreadsheet the display is more than enough.

    The battery life is about 3-4 hours as stated in the specs as this may or may not be important to you.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Weird port placements

    This seems to be a left handed computer. 2/3 USB ports HDMI and VGA ports are on the right side of the computer. Which makes it weird to use a mouse without running...Read complete review

    This seems to be a left handed computer. 2/3 USB ports HDMI and VGA ports are on the right side of the computer. Which makes it weird to use a mouse without running into cables.
    There is also no scrolling on the mouse pad so you have to click and drag in the window to go down the page.
    The screen does not tilt back far enough for some bed sitting positions.
    Also the battery is internal so it is impossible to remove without taking everything apart.
    I bought it for the technical specs.
    Also windows 8 is not a good OS.

    Reviewed by 14 customers

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    4.0

    Good price, Bad exterior design

    By Alvaro

    from Albuquerque

    About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Poor Exterior Design

    Best Uses

    • Intensive Computation

    Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

    I use this laptop for computational intensive simulations. The performance is awesome (x4 speed up) compared with the first generation i7 laptops.

    The nvidia graphic card is not supported on linux yet, but the internal intel graphics work well enough.

    I don't like the external design. The heat sink is on the right and my hand gets warm after 10 or 15 min. The LAN port is upside down, which makes hard to take it out. The touch pad is impossible to use for me, a mouse is a must.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    Great Laptop

    By Wendy

    from Michigan

    About Me Technically Challenged

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

        Great graphics, nice backlit keys, perfect for our needs

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good

        By Milos

        from Chicago

        Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

        Good performance-acceptable price.

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        5.0

        Very good

        By Milos

        from Chicago

        Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

        Good performance-acceptable price.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect

        By Ziema

        from Latvia

        Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

        The best option if you look for great performance and acceptable price. 4gen i7 Haswell processor, 8GB RAM, good graphic with 2GB dedicate and it is for really little money! LED lighted keyboard is amazing. So far no comment about battery and Windows 8 because no problem...

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Weird port placements

        By mrwright

        from Hoboken NJ

        About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Powerful
        • Quality Display
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

            This seems to be a left handed computer. 2/3 USB ports HDMI and VGA ports are on the right side of the computer. Which makes it weird to use a mouse without running into cables.
            There is also no scrolling on the mouse pad so you have to click and drag in the window to go down the page.
            The screen does not tilt back far enough for some bed sitting positions.
            Also the battery is internal so it is impossible to remove without taking everything apart.
            I bought it for the technical specs.
            Also windows 8 is not a good OS.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            4.0

            Excelente hardware calidad/precio

            By Galli diego

            from Buenos aires argentina

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Powerful
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

                excelente hardware en relacion calidad precio. No puse 5 estrellas, porq hubiese esperado mejor confeccion en los detalles. Tanto en el pad q al tocar los botones se siente como un boton. como en los filos de los bordes, q podria haber sido mejor pulido, ya q encontre 2 lados que raspan.
                Igual la volveria a comprar seguro, por ese precio es lo mejor que hay :)!!!

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                • Personal

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                4.0

                Lots of power for the price

                By internal auditor

                from Flushing NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Business Use
                • Graphics
                • Music
                • Video
                • Web Browsing
                • Word Processing

                Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

                I purchased this Toshiba laptop as it offered a lot of bang for the buck. Other laptops with this haswell processor and this type of graphics card cost lots more. I purchased this to replace my 9 year old desktop that although still works well, is too old to install any new type of photo software with.

                The Toshiba is very fast and with the latest CPU and graphics card will be more than good enough for my needs for the next few years as I tend to keep things forever. I've hooked it up with a new Dell ultrasharp monitor and I've never seen my photo's as well as I view them now with this new combination. The Toshiba's display is not the greatest if you intend to use it as your primary monitor but I don't mind as I intended to use it with an external monitor most of the time anyway. I don't think 15.6 inches of screen is great for photo editing purpose anyway. Even Retina macbooks inevitably get hooked up to bigger monitors. If and when I want to go mobile it does an adequate job as a quick reference of my images. For word documents or spreadsheet the display is more than enough.

                The battery life is about 3-4 hours as stated in the specs as this may or may not be important to you.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent and Powerful

                By Francisco G.

                from Chile

                About Me Multimedia Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Business Use
                • Graphics
                • Web Browsing
                • Word Processing

                Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

                It's good for photo edition!!!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Best Quality for the really best price

                By Todofotografia

                from Colombia

                About Me Avid Gamer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Business Use
                • Graphics

                Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

                Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer is a Lightweight, fast and truly efficient laptop. In addition it's great design and probably the graphics card.

                Ideal for running games, design programs and everyday use

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice laptop but needs more battery life.

                By Josh AP5

                from Reading, PA

                About Me College student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Graphics

                Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

                Uses include Mechanical Engineering Coarse software and other coarse requirements.
                It would be nice to be able to change the battery for longer battery life.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Powerhouse

                By Glenn

                from SC

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Photo processing

                Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

                Lightning fast, great display. I thought battery life would be better with the Haswell processor. I really like the backlit keyboard. I use primarily with Lightroom and photomatix. It zooms right through the work. I wish the HDMI port was on the left since I often use an external monitor and a mouse

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Love it so far

                By marco

                from nashville, tn

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Long Battery Life
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

                  My wife uses this computer for everyday web surfing, email, printing, scanning, etc, and she'll likely start using it to do some graphic work at some point. We like that it has the 4th generation i7 processor, as we've seen a lot of laptops with 2nd and 3rd gen i7s that cost the same or more. This computer is fast, and has plenty of RAM, with some room to add more if we need to in the future. We really feel like we got a great deal on this. Can't find anything bad to say about it so far!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Highly satisfied!

                  By Customer

                  from Houston, TX

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                  • Fast
                  • Powerful
                  • Quality Display
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Toshiba Satellite S55-A5279 15.6" Notebook Computer (Ice Silver):

                      Have not had any disappointment with the product so far!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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