Toshiba Satellite C655-S5068: $399 Budget Dual Core Notebook

Best Buy has the Toshiba Satellite C655-S5068 Intel Pentium dual core powered notebook available for the back to school season at $399. This particular Toshiba Satellite is a Best Buy Exclusive notebook that is part of the Toshiba Satellite C600 line of notebooks we recently looked at in our Toshiba Back to school notebooks roundup.

The Toshiba Satellite C655-S5068 features a 2.3GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor, a large 15.6″ screen, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard and Dual Layer DVD Writer which pairs together well to form a low-priced, budget notebook that would fulfill the needs of many students. Thanks to the larger screen and case the keyboard also has a dedicated number pad which will be appreciated by students or users who use Excel often. The Toshiba Satellite C655-S5068 is only $30 more than the Toshiba Satellite C655-S5049 but offers a much better value.

This notebook is classified as a budget, or value, notebook because it is using an older Intel processor as well as an older graphics solution and lacks a webcam. What separates a budget notebook from a cheap notebook or a bad buy is that a budget notebook like the Toshiba Satellite C655-S5068 has a dual core processor, plenty of RAM and a large hard drive which will meet the needs of many average users.

This processor and hardware combo will handle tasks like surfing the web, light photo editing, working on homework in Word, Excel and Powerpoint as well as offering enough storage for many pictures and the ability to watch a DVD or movie on Netflix.

This value oriented notebook isn’t fit for playing modern games, though it should be able to handle some casual games. One missing feature that students may miss is a webcam, though an external webcam can be purchased for around $20.

Even though the Toshiba Satellite C655-S5068 is under $400 it still weighs in at 5.5 pounds and according to some reviews offers a 4 hour battery life. One common complaint is that the lid attracts a lot of fingerprints.

If oily fingerprints on the case or the lack of a Blu-Ray drive and webcam are an issue you should take a look at the new HP Pavilion notebooks similar to the HP Pavilion dv6z which have a metal ally cover to prevent fingerprints or look for a higher spec’d notebook like the Gateway NV5933u which features a newer Intel processor, webcam and a Blu-Ray drive for about $150 more.

Toshiba Satellite C655-S5068 From BestBuy Detailed Specs:

Brand Toshiba
Model Satellite C655-S5068
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Processor / Graphics Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2.3GHz

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M

Memory 4 GB DDR3 RAM
Hard drive 320 GB HDD 5400 rpm
Display / Resolution 15.6-inch HD 1366×768 High-definition LED-backlit
Removable Storage DVD±RW – Dual Layer 6x
Wireless Support Wireless-B+G+N
Input Devices Full-size keyboard with Number pad, Multi-touch touchpad
Power 6-cell battery
Memory card reader Yes
Ports Headphone/speaker/line-out jack, Microphone-in jack, DC-in jack for AC adapter, Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0
Audio Internal speakers
Weight 5.5 lbs.
Dimension 15.1 in x 1.5 in x 11 in
Webcam None
Warranty 1-Yr Parts and Labor

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