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Toshiba Satellite C655D AMD E-240 Fusion APU Notebook Review

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Toshiba
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Introduction and Specifications

The processor inside the Toshiba Satellite C655 is just one reason why this laptop is interesting. The other is the laptop’s size. Yes, laptops with 15.6” displays are the most common sold today, but Intel has made sure to keep Atom processors out of them. The company has been understandably guarded about the idea of placing such an inexpensive part into the most popular category of laptops.

Netbooks have been solid Intel territory since their rise to popularity in 2008. Intel won the category virtually by default; AMD had no alternative to offer. Even AMD’s most power efficient models have never been capable of providing battery life comparable to Atom. The debut of the Nile platform late last year finally gave AMD the ability to compete in the ultraportable market, but that was a long way from the power efficiency Atom could provide. AMD needed a new architecture, one made with power efficiency as a primary goal.

Now, after much anticipation and some delays, AMD has delivered. The new Fusion processors, which combine the CPU and GPU into a single processor architecture known as an APU, are filtering into production laptops. With them comes opportunity. AMD is rolling out low-end, power efficient components first, which means Atom finally has a competitor. Intel has done very little to update the performance and functionality of Atom since its introduction because there was no reason to make changes. With no competition from AMD, and the margins on Atom products small, Intel has had little incentive to substantially revise or improve the processor. AMD’s E-240 APU may finally spark a battle that has been absent for far too long.

The processor inside the Toshiba Satellite C655 is just one reason why this laptop is interesting. The other is the laptop’s size. Yes, laptops with 15.6” displays are the most common sold today, but Intel has made sure to keep Atom processors out of them. The company has been understandably guarded about the idea of placing such an inexpensive part into the most popular category of laptops. If consumers suddenly decided that an Atom was really all they needed (which I think is unlikely, but a possibility) Intel’s entire mobile processor business could be throw into a blender.

The Satellite 655 is simultaneously one of the least and most unique laptops on the market. Let’s see what (besides the APU) makes it tick.

Nothing here is surprising besides the processor and the price. While it is not unusual for 15.6” laptops to sell for $349, laptops that sell below $450 are usually stripped models, clearance products, or loss-leaders that stores hope can be attached to profit-fat extended warranties and peripherals. The Satellite C655 has an MSRP of $349, however – it would not be surprising to see this laptop sell for $325 or even $300 after a few months on the market.

Inexpensive pricing doesn’t excuse poor quality, however; the Toshiba Satellite C655 needs to be pleasant to use even if it is inexpensive. This is a place where many netbooks stumble, and even 15.6” bargain laptops sometimes have hidden flaws. Can the Satellite C655 cut costs without cutting into your experience?

 
 

 

June 12, 2011 | 08:49 PM - Posted by liconta (not verified)

i need drives toshiba c655d-s5130

June 28, 2011 | 08:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

what is the expected battery time when fist used? im at 92% battery life and have 3hours and 30 min left is that bad???

November 10, 2011 | 06:17 AM - Posted by Tudor (not verified)

This is the exact model that I have.It works great;the only thing I would exchange it for is a toshiba satellite a215.
I recommend both models to everyone.They're great laptops.

May 5, 2012 | 04:09 AM - Posted by cleangreen (not verified)

My 8 month old Toshiba C665 has got a loose left hinge, similar to your right hinge, and when I try closing it it is reluctant to close.
I am a certified electrician and electronic technician, (40yrs) NZ, and believe this type with the new deep set hinges have an error in manufacture, where I am told the brass seat that is moulded into the base plastic cover works loose with use, and I have always been very careful when using this model as from new it feels very unstable around the hinge are, when you open it up, it feels floppy and bends, so much I believe it it not rigidly fastened, and the movement loosens the plastic around the brass insert that the holding screws for the hinge eventually come loose or tear away.
Toshiba should recall these models as the earlier models with straight hinges like the Tecra M9 had no such problems.
Software works fine.

July 8, 2012 | 10:39 AM - Posted by nithin (not verified)

sir my laptop is TOSHIBA C665-P5010 ...I GOT SAME PROBLEM THE PLATIC BASE FOR SCREW IS BROKEN AND THE LEFT HINGE IS DAMAGED WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW...HOW MUCH IT WILL COST? OR SHALL I TAKE IT TO A SERVICE CENTRE WHERE HE WILL FIX A SMALL PLATIC HOLDING BASE AND THEN THE SCREW CAN BE FITTED INTO IT..IS THIS FINE....PLEASE REPLY ME FAST SIR..

September 5, 2012 | 03:22 PM - Posted by bryan (not verified)

I have the same laptop and after about 8 months the right side of the bottom base cover screw base broke from hinge stress. i think there should be more support screws in that area.

April 9, 2014 | 07:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You are so right!

July 8, 2012 | 10:40 AM - Posted by nithin (not verified)

THE HINGE IS NOT AT ALL FITTING INTO THE PLASTIC BASE...I THINK THE PLASTIC SCREW COVER IS BROKEN AND THERE IS NOTHING TO HOLD...PLEASE HELP ME

September 5, 2012 | 03:23 PM - Posted by bryan (not verified)

have to replace bottom base cover

February 28, 2013 | 02:34 PM - Posted by Ozijohn (not verified)

Same model satellite c665 left hinge plastic mount broken after 13 months. We have four other toshiba laptops and I will stop buying Toshiba as there is no customer service contact or care.

September 10, 2013 | 07:08 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

hello my laptop recently stopped turning on, i plug in the charger but the charging light on the laptop doesnt turn on or charge and my laptop doesnt turn on at all any ideas on what is wrong

April 9, 2014 | 07:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have a similar problem with the hinges on my C655D-S513,and I am in total agreement with the comment by the certified technician. Don't think I will be recommending this product to anyone.

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