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Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 Review – Core i5-480M

January 23rd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


The Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 is a 15.6 inch laptop powered by Intel’s moderate performance core i5-480M processor. More about the processor later, but for now note that it is a dual core processor clocked at 2.66 GHz, and supports turbo boost which can raise its frequency to 2.9 GHz for a brief period if there is an increase in the demand of processing power.

The Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 can be categorized as a moderate performance notebook and is priced at $839, according to the MSRP ( Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) on Toshiba website. The notebook is being exclusively marked to be sold by Newegg. A quick price check reveal that newegg has the Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 at a $799. Does the notebook worth this price ? Read on ….

As part of the the Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 Review, we present you the quick specification taken from the detailed specification from Toshiba. We have chafed out the less relevant things from the specification, so we can focus on key features

Intel Core i5-480M dual core processor 2.66 GHz, turbo boost to 2.9 GHz
– 4 GB DDR3 RAM and 500 GB Hard Disk
– 15.6 inch screen, 1366 x 768 resolution, graphics engine ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
– HDMI Output
– Two USB ports and one eSATA / USB combo port
– Wired and Wireless 802.11b/g/n networking
– Integrated Webcam
– Memory Card Reader

From the key parameters, it is obvious that this machine has everything that you need for most of your computing needs. Additionally, the Intel core i5-480M is a relatively robust processor, that will take care of your moderate to high end computing needs. If you plan to play some high end gaming the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 will let you do that to a great extent ( Example Fallout 3: Game of The Year Edition and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2). We have not checked out the gaming performance of this graphics card, so we can not comment more precisely on this front.

Here are descriptions of the individual components of the Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165.

Processor

Intel core i5-480M that powers the Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165, is a dual core 2.66 GHz processor, that also supports hyperthreading giving superior performance in multithreading environment. Its nominal clock frequency at 2.66 GHz is better than the highest clocked core i3 processor – the core i3-380M ( 2.53 GHz). Additionally, the core i5-480M supports the turbo function, which can lead to better performance for processes that demand more processing power for short duration of time.

RAM and Hard Disk

Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 comes with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 500 GB of hard disk. Pretty much standard values.

Display

The Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 comes with 15.6 inch LCD display that has a resolution of 1366 x 768. The display id driven by ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650, which will give you moderate graphics performance. The exact details of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 is beyond the scope of this review. The Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 also has HDMI output, so, you can display the contents of the screen on an external HDTV LCD.

Other Features

The Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 comes with other common features that comes in all the notebooks that come today. It has integrated webcam, that can be used for web chatting. The wired and wireless connectivity features are obviously part of it.

Bottomline

The Toshiba Satellite L655-S5165 is appropriately priced for the features that it posses. if you do not need higher processing power you may like to settle with some Intel core i3 or the Pentium P6200 or the Athlon ii P340 based L655 notebooks, that will save you $150 to $200.

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