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Toshiba Satellite L655-S5156 Review – Notebook

January 17th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


Toshiba Satellite L655-S5156 joins the list of the several new notebooks that have been powered by the Intel Pentium P6200 processor. The Toshiba L655-S5156 has 15.6″ LCD Screen and comes with 4 GB RAM. Toshiba suggests a MRSP price of $579 on its Toshiba website. Does it worth it ? Read on …

Key Specification at a glance
– Intel Pentium P6200 processor ( 2.13 GHz, dual core, 3 MB L3 Cache)
– 4 GB RAM
– 320GB Hard Disk Drive
– 15.6″ LCD Screen
– 2 USB 2.0 port, HDMI

Here are some detailed description of the individual components.

The Processor

The Pentium P6200, that powers the Satellite L655-S5156 is dual processor at 2.13 GHz. The Pentium P6200 is based upon the Arrandale architecture, which means that it inherits exotic properties of the core i3 and core i5 processors. It has 3 MB of L3 Cache and most importantly it has an integrated memory controller, similar to the core i3 processors. The Pentium P6200, however, does not support hyperthreading. The processor is slightly stripped down version of the core i3 processor. You should still get some decent performance out of it.

RAM and Hard Disk

Beyond a certain point increasing the amount of the RAM does not increase the performance much ( except for special cases when several programs with large memory footprints are running in parallel. The 4 GB RAM in the Satellite L655-S5156 should give you enough room for even larger programs. The Hard disk comes with 320 GB.

Display

The Satellite’s 15.6″ screen gives out bright screen with good quality display. It has 1366×768 resolution and the backlight is lit by LED. The Toshiba L655-S5156 also comes with an external HDMI connector which you can use to display the contents of the notebook on an External LCD TV or a projector.

Connectivity and Other Feature
Besides the HDMI connector, the machine comes with wired and wireless connectivity features. It has 2 USB 2.0 port and a USB/eSata combo port. The webcam and the microphone is built into the LCD bezel at the top center. It does have a DVD writer that you can use to watch movie or burn DVDs.

Bottom Line
Starredreviews believe that the notebook itself is decent. It has everything to make up a decent entry level machine for home and office computing. If you are looking for higher processing power you may like to take a look at some of the core i5 based machines. Even some of the core i3-370M ( or even better core i3-380M) based machines, that have slightly better performance should be available in around the same price. If you can get this machine in under $500 it should be a decent deal. Otherwise, you may have some other good optoins.

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