|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1336 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||2.1 GHz AMD Sempron|
|RAM||2 GB DDR2|
|Memory Speed||800 MHz|
|Hard Drive||250 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Radeon 3100|
|Card Description||Radeon 3100|
|Wireless Type||802.11B, 802.11G|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
Toshiba Satellite L455D-S5976 15.6" (TruBrite) Notebook - AMD Sempron SI-42 2.10 GHz - Matte Silver
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Overall the reliability record of Toshiba Satellite machines has been quite solid, ranking alongside Asus and Sony in as the best terms of malfunction rates despite some of the lowest prices, so taken from that aspect this is a great budget machine that won't get too hot or eat too much power.
That said, the price is somewhat in line with sale prices you can find of machines one step above this in terms of specs (dual core processor's with 3 gigs of RAM).
If you can find it for $329 or less and don't have needs much heavier than web-browsing/word processing/maybe playing (if you purchase a pair of speakers or at least headphones) than this could be the perfect machine for you.
At $394 however you can probably do better, and if you want to be able to play games a couple years old, use photoshop, mutlitask, etc. then you are probably best of looking for a machine just a touch more powerful than this.
I see some of the reviewers bought this at Walmart (for $278-$300). I would NOT buy this laptop for that price. I strongly recommend a Toshiba Satellite, but this model was specifically made for Walmart & discount stores, with the cheapest possible chip.
The chip used here has a clock speed of 510, which is pathetic (CPUbenchmark-net). For LESS MONEY, you can get a Toshiba Satellite right here on Amazon with clock speeds of 800-1,200. If you've come here looking for a Toshiba Satellite, this is a good company and a good brand, just don't buy the "Walmart version".
There are plenty of options right here on Amazon for under $400 (just look at the processor type, and look it up at the CPUbenchmark site - 800-1,000 should be the minimum by today's standards). And, don't think that faster chips means it will cost more. Actually, it may cost less.
That said, let me proceed to the review:
-We tested a dozen models, and except for variations in speed, all the models were great.
-Screen is fine - no complaints. (I would not recommend the Toshiba models with the Trubrite screen - models with the TruBrite cost about $100 more & it picks up lots of reflections.)
-I'm fairly impressed with the battery. I also have a netbook with a 10 hour battery life, but for a full sized laptop these are great. For normal use (internet, some music, etc) I get 2-3 hours. If I'm just working on data offline, I get 4.5 hours.
-Stays very cool (even when playing videos), and the fan rarely kicks on.
-It's light weight & durable.Read more ›
ETA: Here we are 6 month later and out of warranty- the same hard drive failure as before,I was told "well you are out of the warranty we can change the drive but now you will have to pay around $250 for it" They will replace the TH- the drive is barely 6 month old but the warranty for it was only 30 days!! After a lot of back and forth Toshiba will replace the drive free of charge again for which I am greatful but I am saving up for a new laptop!
I finally received my laptop back- hard drive repaired but now the fan does not work!! After 2hours on the phone with several "Toshiba representatives". I have to send it in again so they "can get to the root of the problem". No telling how much longer this will take- Toshiba never again!!
I've tried netbooks and found them unusable because they are way too slow for my purposes, which includes using some pretty heavy and cumbersome programming IDEs in Java that themselves tend to be dog slow. This machine is fine with those. This machine is not super-fast or anything but good enough for those type of things, unlike the netbooks, which are brought to their knees weeping and stuttering by those aforementioned IDEs. ;)
Also the budget factor is a good thing, because it means this machine runs cooler because it only has one processor/core. I should not need multiple cores for web browsing, email and the like. I'm guessing the single processor core is why this thing is rarely hot to the touch.
For performance, it's nice for you readers to see hard numbers, and Windows 7 makes it easy to get these: In the Windows 7 STARTMENU+BREAK window mine has these RATINGS: 4.1 for calcs per second, 4.4 for memory ops per second, 3.1 desktop performance for Windows Aero, 4.4 for gaming and 3D business graphics, and 5.6 for disk data transfer rate.
I don't mostly care about desktop performance for Windows Aero, though mine has I think all of those features turned on, including right now I'm looking at the transparent glass effect, the start-menu+tab collation of windows, the vastly improved Mac-like taskbar of Windows 7 with pop-up miniature Windows. All that works fine here, so not sure what that 3.1 is about.
But for the rest, those are respectable numbers for this price.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this for my teenage son and he loves it! The seller Amazons Best Deals are really great. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aglenn
I bought this computer in December of 2010 from Wal-Mart. The processor is ok for the price I paid, but after time it really gets slow. I also have to nag about the fan. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Austin Hinson
This is one of the worst laptops I have ever had, it was always freezing and shutting off when it got real hot and could never figure out why, also it was slow, didn't have enough... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sean Spellman
The laptop is almost close to how it was described. The speed is slow, but other parts are good. Thanks! I can recommend. Its worth for what you spent!Published 22 months ago by Muhiddin
I did not install any programs to this used computer. I added a guest user that is when the Toshiba started to run slow unwanted pop ups started to happen. Read morePublished 22 months ago by kendra lucas
Arrived quickly. Power cord looked like someone tried to eat it. Battery wouldnt hold a charge. Had to update drivers. Which cost more money. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Jo
Although thiscomputher is the same style of computher that i have to be an replacemet. It do not have the networking card that is needed to carry the computher around. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by deborah
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