|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Processor||2.4 GHz Intel Core i7|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||750 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
Toshiba Satellite S55-A5176 15.6" Laptop Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor 2.4 GHz/ 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory/ 750 GB HDD/ DVD-SuperMulti drive/ Windows 8.1/ Ice Silver
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Second - It's a laptop all right. Speakers are great. Windows 8 tiles seem pointless. Webcam is fine. Two weeks in and the computer already seems to lag a bit when downloading, starting applications, or loading webpages, but who knows where in the process it's being slowed down. All in all it's a good computer, but what gets me is the backlit keyboard. It doesn't have one! It's sold as having one, has a sticker right on the wrist-rest that says it has one, but the S55-A5176 does NOT have backlit keys. If it does (as some reviews have said) it's hidden so well that it might as well not exist. I've scoured the interwebs and found no cntrl key combo that works, no BIOS setting to flip at startup, nothing. It doesn't take away from the experience, but what's up with that?
The very first thing after I received it, I swapped out the HDD with a Samsung 500GB HDD.
It was a pleasure to turn it on and off. It take about 7 seconds from pushing the power button to the Windows login prompt.
Shutoff takes about 3 seconds.
When I had an issue with the SDD (after I installed FreeBSD, the firmware prevented the new OS from booting up), I replaced it with the original HDD to recover. It seems like it took forever for the Windows login prompt. And everything was slow.
This is a fast machine but I must use it with SDD.
I noticed that it is very difficult to get into the firmware config screen. When the Toshiba logo comes up, you need to press the escape key, but does not seem to work consistently.
I highly recommend this machine, but I also recommend spending another $250 for a SSD for an ultimate notebook solution.
Do yourself a favor and purchase another model: the L or C models, you can find parts easily for.
I received the laptop today, all the set up was fast, took me a little bit more than It should but because Im migrating from windows XP, and this is all new to me.
I cant complain, it looks gorgeous, has everything I need, didnt come with any problems, its very fast. I love this machine.
So why not 5 out of 5? Well, I really wanted to have the backlit keyboard and this one doesnt have one (despite that you even have a sticker that says it does), I knew that this one didnt have one but I sacrificed that because of the other great features I mentioned above. Also, the internal battery (non removal) was almost a deal braker to me, but then I thought that you cant have it all, I already have awesome features at a low price, so I sacrificed that too.
So my final veredict is 4 out of 5, I recommend this Laptop to everyone who wants a high performance machine at the lowest price possible, and of course, its a Toshiba.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unit arrived fine. I was a bit disappointed that the i7 processor in this doesn't perform as fast as my previous model, even with the same memory. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Julie Vigil
I purchased this laptop, for "occasional" use, and rarely, if ever turned on my desktop. It's quite fast for a laptop, great storage on the hard drive, and has great sound. Read morePublished 23 months ago by W. Miller
Very good laptop and I am really very satisfied with itPublished 23 months ago by Gonzalo Pazmay Ramos
The backlit keyboard isn't functional, but I've heard that that is a glitch the more tech-savvy can address with a Bios patch if needed, but it doesn't affect me. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Metropotamian
Great laptop for the price. I usually buy Dell, but their prices couldn't compete with this Toshiba in the same tech spec category. Read morePublished on August 21, 2014 by Crystal
This laptop did not totally meet the description it says. First the screen size of what I got is 17 and not 15.6 as stated. The processor speed is 2.4. Read morePublished on August 19, 2014 by Cathy E. Murray
The only downside I can say about my purchase was that there was no backlit keyboard, though the laptop itself states that it has that function. It's really a minor detail though. Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by Kristoffer Sturm