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Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE Notebook Review

Andreas Kilian (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 03/09/2016

Average Joe? The Toshiba Satellite C55-C is an entry-level notebook designed for word processing and multimedia tasks. The spec sheet lacks any real highlights - but maybe there are hidden surprises we have yet to discover?

Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE Teaser Image

For the original German review, see here.

According to Toshiba, the C55-C-series consists of affordable notebooks designed for word processing, web surfing, and multimedia tasks. Toshiba's starting MSRP price for the review notebook of 699 Euro (~$770) isn't exactly a bargain though for an entry-level machine with Core i3 CPU, platter-based hard drive, and the lowliest (but up-to-date) GeForce GPU. There's also a less expensive version of the notebook that starts at 550 Euro (~$605).

Our review notebook faces a slew of competitors. The Asus F555LJ-XX110H and the Dell Inspiron 15-5558, for example, both come equipped with a dedicated GeForce GPU as well, but the Asus F555LJ (GeForce 920M) Notebook ReviewLenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD and the Medio Akoya E6417-MD99248 only have the integrated graphics processor at their disposal. Competition from within is the sibling  Satellite C55D-C-10P, which is equipped with AMD components and also sells for 699 Euro (~$770).

Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE (Satellite C55 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 920M - 1024 MB, ForceWare 353.54, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3L (1600 MHz)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, 156AT37-T01 (SDC4141), TN, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Baseline)
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABD100, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 882 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant SmartAudio HD
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo-jack, Card Reader: MMC/SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I), TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Broadcom BCM43142 (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SU-208GB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.5 x 380 x 259.9 ( = 0.93 x 14.96 x 10.23 in)
Battery
44 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4 cells, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 7.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 65 watt power adapter, McAfee Internet Security (trial), App Explorer, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Get Dropbox, MS Office (trial), Spotify, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.18 kg ( = 76.9 oz / 4.81 pounds), Power Supply: 249 g ( = 8.78 oz / 0.55 pounds)
Price
699 EUR

 

Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE

Case & Connectivity

Unlike the Satellite C55D-C-10P, which we've reviewed already, our test subject is made of white - instead of black - plastic. Most surfaces are textured and feature a "hairline" design, which reminds us of brushed metal. Only the sides feature glossy elements. Fingerprints are barely noticeable even after frequent use thanks to the chosen color scheme.

 The C55-C fails to impress when it comes to build quality as well as rigidity: the base unit in particular is easy to twist and emits creaking sounds in the process. The left display hinge doesn't sit quite flush with the rest of the unit and makes itself heard with occasional crackling sounds. The sharp transitional edge between the palm rest and the bottom shell also doesn't feel great to the touch.

The integrated Broadcom WLAN module only transmits using the 2.4 GHz band and connected to our test router ASUS RT-AC56U at only 72 Mbit/s; the range was also only average.

Toshiba only offers a 12-month standard warranty, which can be extended to 3 and 4 years if so desired.

Input Devices

Input devices C55-C-1NE
Input devices C55-C-1NE

The keyboard of the Satellite C55-C features - considering this is a 15-inch notebook - very shallow key travel. The stroke is fairly stiff, but the keyboard tray itself gives a little and doesn't feel very solid. Even though the keys make a hollow sound when typing, noise isn't really an issue. As shipped, the keys in the F-row are used to control functions like volume control or the media player. Both the num lock as well as the caps lock key feature designated green LEDs.

The integrated touchpad works well most of the time, although the rough surface doesn't allow fingers to glide that easily. The two buttons below the pad failed to impress: not only do they tilt slightly towards the touchpad during use, they also feel quite spongy.

Display

Unlike the sibling Satellite C55D-C, which is equipped with a panel made by LG, the review notebook features a Samsung display panel with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The maximum brightness of 251 cd/m² in the middle of the screen compares well to the competition, but neither the contrast nor the color accuracy are worth getting excited about: we measured a color temperature of 27039K and the panel has a distinctly bluish hue.

Outdoors, the Satellite does surprisingly well: the panel utilizes incoming light and is able to compensate for some of the annoying reflections. The user should sit right in front of the notebook, since shadows really make it difficult to decipher the display (see photos). In regards to the viewing angle stability, the display falls in line with other panels based on TN technology: viewed from above, the display washes out quickly; from below, colors invert. 

Our review notebook was also characterized by a noticeable screen flicker at the upper right hand portion of the display. As soon as we disconnected the C55D from the outlet, the problem disappeared. Although this behavior was reproducible at first, it disappeared in the following days. At this point we think the flicker was an isolated case just affecting our particular test sample.

AdobeRGB coverage: 35 %
AdobeRGB coverage: 35 %
sRGB coverage: 56 %
sRGB coverage: 56 %
Subpixel array
Subpixel array
238
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
225
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 251 cd/m² Average: 236 cd/m² Minimum: 18 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 207 cd/m²
Contrast: 570:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 14.58 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 16.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
56% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 35% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.33
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
1366x768 px 15.6'' (TN)
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
1366x768 px 15.6'' (TN)
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
1366x768 px 15.6'' (TN)
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
1920x1080 px 15.6'' (IPS)
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
1920x1080 px 15.6'' (IPS)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
1366x768 px 15.6'' (TN)
Response Times
-74%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
22 (12, 10)
48 (26, 22)
-118%
Response Time Black / White *
20 (8, 12)
26 (9, 17)
-30%
PWM Frequency
200 (90)
Screen
-1%
25%
24%
22%
15%
Brightness middle
251
225
-10%
245
-2%
177
-29%
227
-10%
216
-14%
Brightness
236
246
4%
236
0%
176
-25%
237
0%
220
-7%
Brightness Distribution
85
86
1%
86
1%
78
-8%
85
0%
85
0%
Black Level *
0.44
0.46
-5%
0.31
30%
0.15
66%
0.29
34%
0.28
36%
Contrast
570
489
-14%
790
39%
1180
107%
783
37%
771
35%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
14.58
13.57
7%
6.6
55%
8.52
42%
6.06
58%
10.46
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
24.59
22.91
7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
16.8
15.07
10%
6.96
59%
9.72
42%
5.65
66%
11.5
32%
Gamma
2.33 103%
2.27 106%
2.35 102%
1.85 130%
2.51 96%
2.29 105%
CCT
27039 24%
22046 29%
8450 77%
5036 129%
7122 91%
12724 51%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35
34
-3%
43
23%
39
11%
38
9%
40
14%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56
53
-5%
66
18%
61
9%
59
5%
62
11%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-38% / -13%
25% / 25%
24% / 24%
22% / 22%
15% / 15%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN -  Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 200 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 200 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 200 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Display outdoors in the sun
Display outdoors in the sun
Display content - direct sunlight
Display content - direct sunlight
Display content - shade
Display content - shade

Performance

The Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE features a Broadwell-generation Intel Core i3-5005U CPU for processing, while graphics duties are handled by the Nvidia GeForce 920M GPU. 8 GB of RAM are quite generous in this class; the 1 TB conventional hard drive promises lots of storage, but not a lot of performance, as it's lacking SSD cache. The installed hardware should still allow for word processing and web surfing without any caveats, however. Most current gaming titles would likely prove to be too much for the entry-level GeForce GPU.

Processor

Our review notebook is equipped with an Intel-Core-i3-5005U processor. The dual-core Broadwell chip has a maximum clock speed of 2.0 GHz. Thanks to Hyper Threading, the CPU can handle up to four threads in parallel. When we ran the Cinebench benchmark tests, the Satellite C55-C-1NE delivered adequate performance given the hardware. Similarly-priced competitors with faster Intel processors - for example the Dell Inspiron 15-5558 and the Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248 - are definitely faster though. The sibling Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P, which is based on AMD's Carrizo L platform, trails the C55D-C-1NE in all areas.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3134 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
6936 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5267 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5089
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6897
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3113
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
21.93 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.28 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.92 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
27.61 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
206 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
81 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
81 Points ∼39%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
82 Points ∼40%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
85 Points ∼41%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
108 Points ∼52%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
98 Points ∼47%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
52 Points ∼25%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
206 Points ∼7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
210 Points ∼7%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
217 Points ∼7%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
261 Points ∼8%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
259 Points ∼8%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
174 Points ∼6%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
0.92 Points ∼39%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
0.96 Points ∼41%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.97 Points ∼41%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.26 Points ∼54%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.16 Points ∼50%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
0.6 Points ∼26%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.28 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2.27 Points ∼8%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2.32 Points ∼9%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.8 Points ∼10%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.44 Points ∼9%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.57 Points ∼6%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3113 Points ∼29%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3151 Points ∼29%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3114 Points ∼29%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4137 Points ∼38%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2818 Points ∼26%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6897 Points ∼14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6953 Points ∼14%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
7222 Points ∼15%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8642 Points ∼17%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4665 Points ∼9%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
136.3 ms * ∼3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
164.3 ms * ∼4%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
160.3 ms * ∼4%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
115.6 ms * ∼3%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
108.5 ms * ∼3%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
293 ms * ∼7%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The PCMark tests confirm as well that the review notebook is just average when it comes to performance. The hardware components do work as they should, but some Intel-based notebooks costing the same simply score higher. Subjectively, the notebook could run more smoothly: the conventional hard drive sometimes needs a little time when opening programs and system starts are comparatively slow.

PCMark 7 Score
2520 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2752 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2969 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3410 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2520 Points ∼29%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2574 Points ∼30%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2736 Points ∼32%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3022 Points ∼35%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1878 Points ∼22%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3410 Points ∼52%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3512 Points ∼54%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3613 Points ∼55%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3609 Points ∼55%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2868 Points ∼44%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2969 Points ∼31%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3047 Points ∼32%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3102 Points ∼33%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3225 Points ∼34%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2752 Points ∼45%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2720 Points ∼45%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2972 Points ∼49%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2830 Points ∼46%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1958 Points ∼32%

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Storage Devices

The C55-C-1NE ships with the Toshiba MQ01ABD100 - the same conventional hard drive the sibling Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P is equipped with. The benchmark results are as expected for platter-based drive in this category. 

We also took a closer look at the integrated card reader using our reference SD card Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II. We recorded maximum transfer rates of 89.2 MB/s when using larger data blocks and an average speed of 57.8 MB/s when we copied 250 5 MB jpeg-files to the hard drive. These results show that the card reader interface is fairly speedy.

Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Transfer Rate Minimum: 47.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 114.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 87.7 MB/s
Access Time: 17.9 ms
Burst Rate: 170 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.3 %

GPU Performance

The review notebook comes equipped with the entry-level dedicated Nvidia-GeForce-920M GPU. Our benchmark results reveal nothing out of the ordinary, as the performance is comparable to other competitors with similar hardware. Noteworthy is the fact that the Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248, which relies on the integrated Intel Iris Graphics GPU, offers almost identical performance.

3DMark 11 Performance
1748 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
47293 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5045 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1056 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1748 Points ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1045 Points ∼3%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1766 Points ∼6%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1793 Points ∼6%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1754 Points ∼6%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
815 Points ∼3%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1056 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
545 Points ∼2%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1045 Points ∼4%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1050 Points ∼4%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
900 Points ∼3%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
522 Points ∼2%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5045 Points ∼10%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3989 Points ∼8%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5142 Points ∼10%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5193 Points ∼10%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5746 Points ∼12%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3024 Points ∼6%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
47293 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
39323 Points ∼4%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
53548 Points ∼5%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
44189 Points ∼4%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
53919 Points ∼5%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
28617 Points ∼3%

Gaming Performance

Although gaming can utilize the GeForce GPU, the fact that this is the least powerful member of the GeForce graphics card lineup means that the C55-C-1NE doesn't even remotely approach the performance of dedicated gaming notebooks. Older games, like BioShock Infinite from 2013 are playable at the native resolution and medium settings, but newer games - which tend to put a heavier load on the GPU - are often out of the question. For additional information on the performance of GeForce 920 GPU, please take a look at our gaming benchmark comparison.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 62.4235.3129.89fps

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

Noise levels during operation
Noise levels during operation

The Satellite C55-C remains unobtrusive most of the time. During idle, only the hard drive is audible; the fan activates gradually if needed. Even during the stress test, we only measured a maximum of 37.7 dB. High-frequency noises are thankfully absent so the users' work environment isn't compromised at all.

Noise Level

Idle
32.1 / 32.1 / 33.1 dB(A)
HDD
32.3 dB(A)
DVD
36.3 / dB(A)
Load
37.8 / 37.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31.3 dB(A)

Temperature

The Satellite C55-C-1NE during the stress test (plugged in)
The Satellite C55-C-1NE during the stress test (plugged in)

Even though there are a few competing notebooks with even lower surface temperatures, the Satellite C55-C remains fairly cool as well. At idle, the observed temperatures are only slightly above ambient; under load we measured 37,9 °C near the exhaust, which isn't very hot at all.

To see if these low temperatures are a result of throttling, we ran our stress test. We use the tools Prime95 and Furmark to push the notebook to its limits for a at least one hour. The C55-C wasn't affected: both the CPU as well as the GPU maintained their respective maximums for the entire time no matter if the notebook was plugged in or running on battery power.

Max. Load
 24 °C
75 F
33 °C
91 F
36 °C
97 F
 
 23.9 °C
75 F
32.6 °C
91 F
37.3 °C
99 F
 
 23.8 °C
75 F
24.1 °C
75 F
30.2 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 37.3 °C = 99 F
Average: 29.4 °C = 85 F
37.2 °C
99 F
28.7 °C
84 F
24.6 °C
76 F
37.9 °C
100 F
28 °C
82 F
24.5 °C
76 F
28.9 °C
84 F
26 °C
79 F
24.4 °C
76 F
Maximum: 37.9 °C = 100 F
Average: 28.9 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.4 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 22.3 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket

Speakers

speaker response
speaker response

The stereo speakers are located above the keyboard and get adequately loud at 68 dB. In line with most notebooks, the bass response is almost non-existent. For an entry-level notebook, the performance is acceptable: while music sounds tinny at times, voices are quite easy to understand. At high volume levels we could occasionally hear vibrations coming from the chassis.

Our pink noise measurements clearly show that the lack of low-end response - above 350 Hz, the frequency response is relatively linear, however.

Power Consumption

As far as the power consumption is concerned, the Satellite C55-C doesn't stand out from the crowd of competitors. The Asus F555LJ - which features similar hardware - uses slightly less power, but the difference is really pretty marginal. The sibling with AMD processor sans dedicated GPU has a much lower power draw during idle. The review notebook also requires more power under load because of the additional graphics card.

The included power adapter supplies 65 watts, which is more than enough for trouble-free operation.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.25 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.2 / 6.6 / 7.5 Watt
Load midlight 36.3 / 36.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Thanks to the low power consumption and a relatively large 44 Wh battery, the review notebook finally makes its mark thanks to its surprisingly long battery life. During the WLAN browsing test, which simulates real-life conditions closely, the Toshiba kept going for 6 hours and 7 minutes. Particularly astounding is the gap between the review notebook and the AMD-based Satellite C55D-C, which shut down a full two hours earlier.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
6h 07min
Battery Runtime - WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
367 min ∼144%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
255 min ∼100%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
345 min ∼136%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
337 min ∼133%
Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248
Iris Graphics 6100, 5157U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
228 min ∼90%
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
254 min ∼100%

Pros

+ long battery life
+ quiet
+ low surface temps
+ fast card reader
+ no CPU/GPU throttling during the stress test

Cons

- chassis is not very stable
- build quality could be better
- keyboard with shallow key travel
- touchpad buttons are spongy
- only 2.4 GHz WLAN
- TN display with low color accuracy

Verdict

In review: Toshiba Satelilte C55-C-1NE. Test model courtesy of cyberport.de
In review: Toshiba Satelilte C55-C-1NE. Test model courtesy of cyberport.de

The Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE garners sympathy points in particular with its long battery life. Another positive aspect is the fact that the performance doesn't take a hit even under extreme load scenarios and that the system remains cool and quiet. The hardware is sufficient for simple gaming and word processing, although the perceived performance suffers somewhat because of the conventional hard drive.

Although the glossy display is surprisingly easy to read outdoors and even though the brightness is comparatively high, the panel is hampered by a very noticeable bluish cast and the - at least by today's standards - very low resolution. Competing notebooks in this price range like the Medion Akoya E6417-MD99248 show that more is possible, as this competitor comes with a superior FullHD IPS panel.

The chassis is less impressive. Although the white exterior isn't prone to fingerprints thanks to the color, its drawbacks are the less-than-sturdy construction and the lack of build quality. Both the keyboard and the touchpad should offer better feedback, given that the Satellite carries an MSRP of almost 700 Euro (~$770). 

The biggest highlight of the Toshiba C55-C-1NE is without a doubt the long battery life. In all other areas, the notebook is just average. 

Users who want a notebook with a dedicated GeForce 920M GPU and Intel processor, but can do without extended battery run times, should take a look at the competition. For the price of the Satellite C55-C-1NE, which at the time of writing can be found for a street price of about 550 Euro (~$605), the buyer could also opt for the identically-equipped ASUS F555LJ with Core i5 CPU. 

Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE - 02/29/2016 v5
Andreas Kilian

Chassis
54 / 98 → 55%
Keyboard
69%
Pointing Device
67%
Connectivity
39 / 80 → 48%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 89%
Battery
88%
Display
70%
Games Performance
59 / 68 → 86%
Application Performance
54 / 92 → 58%
Temperature
94%
Noise
88%
Audio
48%
Camera
31 / 85 → 37%
Average
63%
72%
Office - Weighted Average

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Andreas Kilian, 2016-03- 9 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).