This review covers my impression of the Toshiba Satellite C655 after owning the machine for a couple of weeks. I realize that problems may come up later that will cause me to revise my opinion. If any major problem happens I will try to update this review.
This is the first Toshiba I have owned. I bought this computer to replace a Dell laptop that was literally falling apart after just owning it one year. And when I say literally, I mean it-the hinges were completely broken. I use a laptop computer every day for both work and pleasure, so having something reliable was important to me. I don't travel often so while I didn't want something extremely heavy, weight was not a primary concern for me. I chose the Toshiba because it was a brand that people trusted. I decided on the Toshiba Satellite C655 notebook because it offered the features that I wanted at a price that I considered affordable.
Tech Overview of the Toshiba Satellite C655
The Toshiba Satellite C655D comes with a 320 GB SATA hard drive. It has two 2 GB DDR3 memory. It has two memory slots and can be upgraded up to 8 GB of memory. I recommend adding at least one more stick of 2 GB RAM. It has a 2.2 GHz AMD V Series processor. The graphics card is a ATI Radeon HD 4250.
Windows 7 Home Premium comes installed on the Toshiba Satellite C655. The 15.6 inch widescreen is an HD TruBrite display. It gets approximately three and a half hours of battery life. It weighs 5.5 pounds. The keyboard is full-sized, including a number pad on the right.
Beautiful and Bright Screen
One of the first things you will notice about this computer is how gorgeous the screen is. That is because it has an HD TruBrite display. Everything really seems to pop on this screen. It is great for watching videos or playing games. I have no complaints about the screen.
Awesome Full-Sized Keyboard
I've used a lot of computers in my life, and I usually don't care for the keyboards. But I really enjoy typing on the Toshiba Satellite CS655. The keys offer just the right amount of resistance, and typing is not a noisy affair. This keyboard is the largest I have ever owned on a laptop. In addition to full-sized keys, it has a number pad on the right. I tend to be slow when typing numbers on the top, so I appreciate the number pad even if I only use it occassionally.
Large Yet Lightweight
Looking at the computer, you can tell that it is sturdy. The 15.6" display means that it is one of the larger laptop models. But it looks heavier than it is. At only 5.5 pounds, I find it easy to set in my lap (on a small laptop table) without it weighing me down. If you travel occasionally, it won't be too much of a problem taking this notebook along with you.
This notebook runs quietly. I know it is still early on and it hasn't had much opportunity to accumulate cat fur, but I am still impressed with how quiet the fans are. This might have something to do with the fact that it is a single core rather than a dual core. It doesn't get extremely hot. So the Toshiba Satellite CS655 manages to be cool and quiet without having any performance issues.
When I needed to replace my computer, I wanted to spend as little as possible. I looked into getting a netbook, but decided that they weren't powerful enough for my needs. I also wanted to avoid brands that have proven to be untrustworthy, such as Dell. This model sells for about $400, and it would be hard to find a better notebook in this price range. It doesn't do everything, but it does all it needs to at an affordable price.
Headphone Jack Placement
I like the placement of the headphone jack on this computer. One of my biggest pet peeves in laptops is that most of them have the headphone jacks right under the mousepad. So if I wanted to play a game on my computer while listening to music through headphones, I would find that the cord would get in my way. On this computer the jacks are on the side so they don't cause any problems.
Not Best for Traveling
If you travel a lot you will probably want to focus more on portability. This computer is fine for the occasional trip but if you spend most of your time traveling you might want something smaller and more lightweight.
Needs More RAM
Two GB of RAM is too little. Fortunately, you can expand this yourself with few problems. I haven't added on to the RAM yet, but plan to in the future. I haven't had any problems because of the low RAM, but I am sure it will work faster when I add more.
No Built-In Webcam or Microphone
If you look online, you might see that this computer is listed as having a built-in webcam and microphone. It doesn't. While I never use these features, this is bound to be a negative for many. There is a microphone jack next to the headphone jack, so if you use an external mic for Skype or other applications you will be fine.
The sound on this computer is quite poor. I can barely hear a streaming YouTube Video even when the sound is turned all of the way up. So, if you enjoy listening to music on your notebook or like to watch Hulu, you'll want to hook up your computer to some external speakers.
The Toshiba Satellite C655 laptop does have a few flaws, but I think it was the best deal in its price range. I've had over fifty Firefox tabs open at once and it didn't complain. I have played a few games on it and it looked beautiful. None of these games were brand new or required a lot of resources. It isn't powerful enough to be a gaming laptop, but it is great for older and casual games, word processing, and internet browsing.