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Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L Notebook Review

Sebastian Jentsch, 08/21/2015

Extortionate price? Toshiba charges a steep price for a simple 15-incher which does not even feature a dedicated graphics card. What are the advantages of the C55D? Does Carrizo-L change things in favor of the AMD APU?

Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P with AMD Carrizo-L top model A8-7410
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P with AMD Carrizo-L top model A8-7410

For the original German review, see here.

A reliable all-round notebook; that's what Toshiba says about the Satellite C55D-C-10P. Stylish design, optimized performance, optionally also with SSD and even high-end stereo speakers with Toshiba sound optimization might sound appealing to buyers. Are these only grandiose promises or real buying incentives? The following test will show which.

The test model comes with the brand new AMD A-Series A8-7410 (Carrizo-L). The top model is processed in 28 nm, belongs to AMD's entry-level segment and is supposed to compete with Intel's Pentium (Haswell, Bay Trail M) or Core i3 processors. As usual, the Radeon R5 (IGP) is important here. Can it outperform the HD Graphics? We have already scrutinized Carrizo-L in a dedicated article.

A plethora of office or multimedia laptops for low demands compete in the 400 to 500 Euros (~$454 to ~$568) price range. Currently, Toshiba charges an RRP of 699 Euros (~$794). The street price is 630 Euros (~$715) at the time of writing. Thus, the 15-incher must have something appealing to win out over laptops with AMD Kaveri and Intel hardware. In our opinion, the three most promising contenders in the following list are the Asus X555LD, since it features a Core i3 and an Nvidia GeForce 820M for 400 Euros (~$454). The rock-solid HP 350 G1 with Haswell Pentium 3558U is available for 300 Euros (~$340). The Acer Aspire E5-521 is a cheap alternative with a Beema predecessor APU, matte display and very good battery life.

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Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L (Satellite C55D Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), Core: 847 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, Catalyst 15.7
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1x DDR3L (1600 MHz) up to 16 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, LG Display LP156WHB-TPA1, TN, glossy: yes
Mainboard
AMD K16.3 IMC
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABD100, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, , 835 GB free
Soundcard
HD Audio
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Mic+Line combo, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I, MMC
Networking
Realtek RTL8101 (10/100MBit/s), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0 + LE
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, screwed but removable, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 6 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD 1280x720
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet 102 keys, numeric keypad, quick access button for Cortana, Keyboard Light: no, Windows 10 update included, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.15 kg ( = 75.84 oz / 4.74 pounds), Power Supply: 186 g ( = 6.56 oz / 0.41 pounds)
Price
699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Sharp edges on the base unit
Sharp edges on the base unit
Plastic, brushed look - beware of fingerprints
Plastic, brushed look - beware of fingerprints

"The sleek, elegant design looks simply good everywhere." These ambitious words are far from reality. Even Toshiba offers significantly more high-end, stable, and elegant mid-range and premium notebooks. Base and lid are completely from plastic. The latter has a brushed finish. The surfaces of the lid and the keyboard side are not smooth, but grippy. Unfortunately, especially the lid attracts fingerprints and smudge. The C55D is available in two colors: matte black or matte white.

The C55D does not appear high-end in use - quite the contrary. The thin base easily twists and creaks. When you grab the notebook at the optical drive, you'll notice that the top and the bottom sides give way. The underside deforms from pressure. Upon opening, the hinges pull at the base unit so much that the latter even slightly deforms. The lid bounces heavily. Thus a bumpy car or train ride is not fun with the C55D. The weak hinges are beneath a cover. As with most laptops, they cannot be called massive.

The sharp edges of the base (right, left, front) are inconvenient. They separate the matte surfaces from the high-gloss strip on the sides. The sharp edge is not that disturbing when typing but rather when opening or closing the C55D.

 

 

Connectivity

It is a pro that the laptop has many kinds of interfaces like USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, HDMI as well as a multi-format card reader, which supports the fast UHS-I standard. Sounds good, doesn't it? No, the Toshiba only offers the minimum standard. Only one of the three USB ports is USB 3.0.

The card reader achieved a throughput of 20-40 MB/s during copying 22 GB of images and videos (SD to hard drive, min. 10.5, max. 78 MB/s). The copying took 10:30 minutes. Copying to the memory card requires 11:30 minutes at 20-30 MB/s (min. 10, max. 64 MB/s). The difference between big (video) and small files (image) is considerable. Big videos are written to the SD card at 65 MB/s, the read rate is even up to 78 MB/s when copying to the hard drive.

The Satellite C55 (D)-C is available with or without optical drive. The optical drive supports M-DISC. These is a form of media which is supposed to be non-aging.

 

 

Card reader, Mic+Line combo, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, Kensington lock
Card reader, Mic+Line combo, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, Kensington lock
Power-in, RJ45 Ethernet, USB 2.0, DVD multi-format burner
Power-in, RJ45 Ethernet, USB 2.0, DVD multi-format burner
Quick-start guide & warranty information
Quick-start guide & warranty information
Toshiba hardware settings
Toshiba hardware settings
Change preset of the F-keys
Change preset of the F-keys
Few BIOS settings
Few BIOS settings
Typical for consumer devices
Typical for consumer devices

Communication

Two modules from Realtek are responsible for network connections. The RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n does not support Wireless-AC, but Bluetooth 4.0. The connection was stable, yet not high range. The 15-incher could not reach the 45-meter checkpoint by far. In a distance of 15 meters outside the building, Windows displays 4/5 bars. Websites open just as fast as directly beside the router in the home office. The RTL8101 (10/100MBit) does not support Gigabit-LAN, which is the current standard for cable networks - a poor performance.

Webcam

The 0.9 MP webcam (1280x720 pixels) in the display frame performs very poorly. The images provide few details, faded colors and heavy noise. In addition, bright light is quickly too much for the sensor. In contrast, the dual array microphone performs well - see speakers.

Accessories

Our C55D neither comes with driver CDs nor with other accessories. Certainly, there is a handy 45-Watt power adapter and warranty information in the box. Windows 8.1 is on a recovery partition. The free upgrade to Windows 10 is available for all owners of a Windows 8 or Windows 7 license and therefore also for our test model.

Maintenance

The Toshiba C55D does not have a maintenance hatch and the battery is screwed. Does Toshiba follow the unfortunate trend to sealed notebooks? No, the battery can easily be removed after unscrewing two Phillips screws. The manufacturer simply did not go for the usual mechanism with two separate locks. This could be advantageous, since the latter can break. However, the battery does not sit firmly in the base. It wobbles in its mounting.

The underside can be completely removed. Even laymen can manage this. After loosening all the screws, the plate can be lifted. In doing so, no hooks broke and we did not require a putty knife for loosening. It is possible to replace the hard drive, the RAM modules (two slots, one used), the fan (cleaning) or the optical drive. The APU is soldered. In view of the motherboard layout, there could be models with dedicated GPUs. There is an empty solder joint beside the APU.

Warranty

As usual for the C series, the C55D only includes a 12-month warranty. It is a bring-in manufacturer's warranty including on-site pick up service in Germany and Austria. You have to register the service case via Toshiba's notebook hotline. A warranty extension to 3 years (including pick up service in Germany and Austria) is available from 57 Euros (~$64) in the small version. The 3 years "no matter what happens" warranty including warranty extension costs 89 Euros (~$101). Thus, the one-year warranty is increased by two years. The "No matter what happens" service e.g. includes a replacement notebook from Toshiba in case of theft or repair in case of accidental damage. It's a kind of comprehensive insurance for the notebook. You have to activate the service within 30 days of purchase.

It is not difficult to remove the bottom panel
It is not difficult to remove the bottom panel
View: a speaker
View: a speaker
Upgrade: two RAM slots
Upgrade: two RAM slots
Wired: The APU is soldered
Wired: The APU is soldered
0.9 MP webcam (1280x720 pixels)
0.9 MP webcam (1280x720 pixels)
Reference: Canon EOS 1100D
Reference: Canon EOS 1100D

Input Devices

Keyboard

"The frameless keyboard with isolation keys provides high typing comfort." This statement is hardly explicable. The rickety keyboard has a weak feedback because of a short key travel and a springy surface. The flat keys have a rough surface and bright, white labels. A keyboard light is not yet usual in this price class. There is a lot of space due to the isolated cursor keys and the full size number block. Even for big hands it is not difficult to hit the right keys. The function keys can be configured in the system settings. By default, the F1 to F12 keys are only available in combination with the FN key.

Touchpad

While almost all manufacturers also incorporate ClickPads in low-cost notebooks, Toshiba uses a conventional touchpad with two separate buttons. The latter have a short travel and a difficult to trigger pressure point. Alike for the keys, the feedback is unsatisfactory. Since high force is required and the travel is short, using the touchpad is not fun and slow in usage. The touchpad has a relatively dull surface. We expect that it will be rubbed off after a while. Such worn shiny parts do not affect functionality but the look suffers.

Keyboard: springy and short travel
Keyboard: springy and short travel
Keys in a depression
Keys in a depression
Conventional touchpad
Conventional touchpad

Display

The glossy TFT has a resolution of 1366x768 (HD) pixels, i.e. a pixel density of 112 ppi. The manufacturer does not offer other options. The LG display (LP156WHB-TPA1) with TN technology does not knock anybody's socks off. It is a low-cost model. However, the contrast is somewhat surprising. With 771:1, it is significantly higher than the competitors'. In particular the matte TFTs from the Aspire E5-521-60Y6 and the Extensa 2510-34Z4 perform poorly in this aspect. Combined with the glare-type finish, colors appear crisp and vivid.

Alike most of its competitors, the HD display performs poorly in brightness (210 cd/m²). HP's 350 G1 F7Z01EA is brightest. An even brightness distribution without disturbing clouding is important, and the Satellite delivers it. A brightness distribution of 85% is above average among the test models.

 

 

234
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Display LP156WHB-TPA1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 243 cd/m² Average: 220.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 216 cd/m²
Contrast: 771:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.46 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 11.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
62% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 40% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.29
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Screen
3%
-30%
-26%
-26%
-29%
Brightness middle
216
188
-13%
250
16%
185
-14%
203
-6%
190
-12%
Brightness
220
167
-24%
234
6%
174
-21%
209
-5%
183
-17%
Brightness Distribution
85
74
-13%
88
4%
85
0%
85
0%
89
5%
Black Level *
0.28
0.34
-21%
0.75
-168%
0.64
-129%
0.65
-132%
0.7
-150%
Contrast
771
553
-28%
333
-57%
289
-63%
312
-60%
271
-65%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.46
5.4
48%
13.31
-27%
8.84
15%
11.01
-5%
10.18
3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.5
4.39
62%
13.24
-15%
11.04
4%
11.57
-1%
10.62
8%
Gamma
2.29 96%
2.16 102%
2.48 89%
2.49 88%
2.09 105%
2.31 95%
CCT
12724 51%
7246 90%
15975 41%
10890 60%
12849 51%
12766 51%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
40
43.7
9%
33
-17%
40
0%
39
-2%
38
-5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62
52
-16%

* ... smaller is better

The test model covers 62% of sRGB and only 40% of AdobeRGB. Professional graphics and image editors will not like this display. In addition, the colors are imprecise. The DeltaE is just under 12 with a peak value of 14 (see gray levels). This is usual for cheap TFTs and the competition does not perform better. The Asus X555LD-XX283H has the lowest DeltaE, since Asus preinstalled a color profile out-of-the-box, but the 15-incher also comes with a TN panel. A color profile and calibration reduces the blue tint of the TN panel and ensures warmer and more precise colors (lower DeltaE). The DeltaE shift should be smaller than three.

The blue tint typical for TN displays is especially pronounced in the Satellite and even instantly noticeable to the untrained eye (see gray levels). We linked our color profile in the box above. It significantly reduces the blue tint.

Color space sRGB 62%
Color space sRGB 62%
Color space AdobeRGB 40%
Color space AdobeRGB 40%
Gray levels
Gray levels
Gray levels after calibration
Gray levels after calibration
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
Saturation
Saturation
 

The low maximum brightness makes use in the sun more difficult and the glossy surface makes things even worse. Users will inevitably have to look for a shady place. Otherwise, the display is too dark and too reflective. The C55D does not feature an ambient light sensor for automatic brightness adjustment.

Glossy and modestly bright -
Glossy and modestly bright -
- not a good idea in the sun
- not a good idea in the sun

The HD panel uses TN technology. This is the cheap mainstream variant for laptop TFTs. IPS and PLS panels are gradually replacing TN displays in the mid-range and high-price segments. In the consumer range, otherwise simple laptops already feature IPS TFTs from 500 Euros (~$568). These have wider viewing angles and usually more precise colors. Our test model notably suffers from contrast shifts and image inversions if viewed from the sides or from an angle below.

Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P 15.6-inch 1366x768 glare
Viewing angles: Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P 15.6-inch 1366x768 glare

Performance

With the APU A8-7410 (2.2 GHz) from AMD's A series, the Satellite C55D-C-10P belongs to the entry-level laptops. But, the A8-7410 is the top model of the A-series and should be able to cope with moderate to medium user requirements. A special feature of the Carrizo-L-APU is that the TDP is manufacturer definable from 12 to 25 Watt. The OEM can adjust the energy consumption depending on whether the APU is used in a slim 13-incher or a heavy 17-incher. Models with A6-7310 (4x 2.0 GHz) and Radeon R4 are also available for about 530 Euros (~$602).

A Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (1000 GB) is used for storage. 835 GB of the 5400 rpm HDD is available to the user due to a recovery partition. One 8 GB RAM module is plugged in onto the motherboard. A second module could be added. Due to a single-channel memory controller adding a second RAM module does not bring a performance gain for the graphics card. Only moving to the fast memory might bring a small performance gain.

Systeminfo CPU-Z CPU
Systeminfo CPU-Z Cache
Systeminfo CPU-Z Mainboard
Systeminfo CPU-Z Memory
Systeminfo CPU-Z Memory
Systeminfo CPU-Z SPD
Systeminfo CPU-Z Graphics
Systeminfo GPU-Z
Systeminfo HWinfo Summary
Latency Monitor
 

Processor

Cinebench R15 Multi @2.2 GHz (rarely)
Cinebench R15 Multi @2.2 GHz (rarely)
Cinebench R15 Multi @1.6 GHz (almost always)
Cinebench R15 Multi @1.6 GHz (almost always)
Cinebench R15 Single @1.6 GHz (5 s) @2.4 GHz (1 s)
Cinebench R15 Single @1.6 GHz (5 s) @2.4 GHz (1 s)

In terms of TDP, the AMD A8-7410 (12-25 Watt) is a direct competitor of Intel's Core i3-5005U with HD 5500 (Broadwell, 2x 2.0 GHz, no Turbo, Hyper-Threading, TDP of 15 W). However, in view of the price point, the Pentium N3540 (Bay Trail-M, 4x 2.16 GHz, Turbo, no Hyper-Threading, TDP of 7.5 W) comes into consideration.

We use Cinebench R14 to check the Turbo when constant load is applied. The four cores of the APU should clock at up to 2.5 GHz or at least higher than the base clock of 2.2. GHz; at least during single-core load. Our Satellite C55D-C-10P is different and clocks almost constantly at just 1.6 GHz. The clock rate only jumps to 2.2 GHz for short times.  In the single-core test, the defensive Turbo only changes in that it repeatedly jumps to 2.4 GHz for about a second, then it falls to 1.6 GHz for about five seconds and so on. This is not caused by thermal limits as we will show in the stress test section below.

The poor usage of the Turbo range is probably the result of the manufacturer having limited the TDP to 15 Watt. As a result the performance is disappointing compared to the predecessor APU and the Intel competition. The A6-6310 is about 24% faster in the Cinebench R11.5 Multi. We have repeated the benchmarks with similar results. The single-core test is not affected (R11.5). The A8-7410 performs just better than the A6-6310 here. In the R15 multi test, our test model is 10% faster than the A6.

The latest Broadwell Core i3 (ThinkPad Edge E550) is the clear leader with 40%. It is faster in the multi and single-core tests. The Core i3-4030U (Extensa 2510-34Z4) is about +7% (R15 Multi) and +35% (R15 Single) better. The i3-4010U is slightly weaker and sometimes, yet not always, falls behind in the multi-core tests. Overall, Intel's Haswell Core i3 processors perform about 10 to 20% better.

The Pentium 3558U (1.7 GHz), a dual-core 22 nm processor, performs worse in almost all multi-core benchmarks but almost always faster in single-core tests. Overall, they are on par (+2%). The newer Pentium N3540 quad-core (Bay Trail) performs 12% worse (Aspire E15 ES1).

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
52 Points ∼24%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
65 Points ∼30% +25%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
67 Points ∼31% +29%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
47 Points ∼22% -10%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
48 Points ∼22% -8%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
70 Points ∼32% +35%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
82 Points ∼38% +58%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
42 Points ∼19% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
174 Points ∼4%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
163 Points ∼4% -6%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
129 Points ∼3% -26%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
157 Points ∼4% -10%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
140 Points ∼3% -20%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
187 Points ∼4% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
208 Points ∼5% +20%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
157 Points ∼4% -10%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
0.6 Points ∼25%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.69 Points ∼28% +15%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.74 Points ∼30% +23%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
0.57 Points ∼23% -5%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
0.56 Points ∼23% -7%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.79 Points ∼32% +32%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.96 Points ∼39% +60%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.5 Points ∼20% -17%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.57 Points ∼4%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.76 Points ∼4% +12%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.45 Points ∼3% -8%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.94 Points ∼4% +24%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1.55 Points ∼4% -1%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.01 Points ∼5% +28%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2.27 Points ∼5% +45%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.92 Points ∼4% +22%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2818 Points ∼26%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2345 Points ∼22% -17%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2510 Points ∼23% -11%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1858 Points ∼17% -34%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1287 Points ∼12% -54%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3116 Points ∼29% +11%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1379 Points ∼13% -51%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4665 Points ∼7%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5194 Points ∼8% +11%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4852 Points ∼7% +4%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5575 Points ∼9% +20%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
4103 Points ∼6% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
6837 Points ∼10% +47%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4750 Points ∼7% +2%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1746
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4665
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2818
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.57 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
16.24 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.6 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
52 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
17.77 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
174 Points
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System Performance

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4K playback with image errors

As a modern laptop, the Satellite should be able to play high-res videos and smoothly handle several browser tabs. But, the A8-7410 does not run a 4 K video without stuttering and the load of the four APU cores reaches about 90%. In addition, image errors occur frequently. Nevertheless, it was possible to work with other applications at the same time if not more than web surfing is required.

The PCMarks 7 and 8 determine the system performance as a whole. GPU, hard drive and RAM matter here. Laptops with an SSD have a significant advantage. These are not in our comparison chart since they are not yet usual in the Toshiba C55D's price range.

The Pentium 3558U system (HP 350 G1) takes the lead with 5%, although it performs 16% worse in PCMark 8. The PCMark profits from the slightly more powerful GPU, which we will show in the following section. Core i3 systems perform slightly better. In PCMark 8, the Asus X555LD's performance is sometimes on the same level. Despite poor Turbo usage, the Satellite shows an appropriate performance here, which does not need to hide from Intel i3 systems.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2868 Points ∼44%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2758 Points ∼42% -4%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1693 Points ∼26% -41%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2759 Points ∼42% -4%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2970 Points ∼46% +4%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1958 Points ∼32%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2101 Points ∼34% +7%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2151 Points ∼35% +10%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1946 Points ∼32% -1%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2092 Points ∼34% +7%
PCMark 7
System Storage (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1471 Points ∼21%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1465 Points ∼21% 0%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1517 Points ∼21% +3%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1908 Points ∼27% +30%
Computation (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5809 Points ∼20%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
10860 Points ∼38% +87%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
10749 Points ∼38% +85%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
4829 Points ∼17% -17%
Creativity (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3687 Points ∼26%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4547 Points ∼32% +23%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4698 Points ∼33% +27%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3926 Points ∼27% +6%
Entertainment (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1757 Points ∼16%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2171 Points ∼20% +24%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2055 Points ∼19% +17%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1941 Points ∼18% +10%
Productivity (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1019 Points ∼9%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1121 Points ∼10% +10%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1098 Points ∼10% +8%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1337 Points ∼12% +31%
Lightweight (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1434 Points ∼20%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1683 Points ∼23% +17%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1771 Points ∼24% +24%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1772 Points ∼24% +24%
Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1878 Points ∼21%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2148 Points ∼23% +14%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2113 Points ∼23% +13%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
2150 Points ∼23% +14%
PCMark 7 Score
1878 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1958 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2868 points
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Storage Solution

Alike in many low cost laptops, the Toshiba MQ01ABD100 houses a usual 5400 rpm hard drive. According to our table, the transfer rates are slightly below average, but they are on a usual level for such HDDs. The hard drive of the Lenovo ThinkPad E555 performs slightly better because of its 7200 rpm. However, such HDDs are usually louder.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-6%
7%
10%
39%
33%
Write 4k
0.776
0.732
-6%
1.019
31%
1.033
33%
0.961
24%
1.392
79%
Read 4k
0.358
0.363
1%
0.428
20%
0.357
0%
0.581
62%
0.517
44%
Write Seq
98.25
89.63
-9%
90.21
-8%
105.4
7%
134.1
36%
103.2
5%
Read Seq
105.8
95.24
-10%
90.31
-15%
106
0%
141.2
33%
110.7
5%
HD Tune Transfer Rate Average
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89.1
77.6
-13%
80.8
-9%
83.8
-6%
108.5
22%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-10% / -7%
-1% / 4%
2% / 7%
31% / 35%
33% / 33%
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Transfer Rate Minimum: 39.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 117 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 89.1 MB/s
Access Time: 17.9 ms
Burst Rate: 131.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.5 %

Graphics Card

The Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L) chipset GPU was already used in the A8-6410 and delivers the basics. In our test model 128 shader units (GCN architecture with two Compute Units) work at up to 800 MHz.

Several 3D benchmarks attest the Radeon R5 quite a poor performance. The iGPU does not stand a chance against Nvidia's smallest dedicated solution, the 820M (+63%). Overall, the integrated Intel HD 4400 (+3%) is on par. The HD Graphics (Bay Trail-M) is easily outperformed by about 2 to 32%. Thus the Intel graphics of the Pentium N3540 cannot rival the Radeon R5 (Carrizo/Beema). However, it does not need to, since it has a lower TDP of only 7.5 Watt. 

It's a pity that the Radeon R4 (Beema) proves to be about equally powerful. This again hints on the fact that Toshiba does not completely use the potential of the APU. The restricted R5 is even outperformed by a faster Radeon R4 in games (Tomb Raider). The weak performance appears to be a bottleneck here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
744 Points ∼1%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1266 Points ∼2% +70%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
509 Points ∼1% -32%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
716 Points ∼1% -4%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
901 Points ∼2% +21%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
713 Points ∼1% -4%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3479 Points ∼2%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
6086 Points ∼3% +75%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3423 Points ∼2% -2%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3326 Points ∼2% -4%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3959 Points ∼2% +14%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4738 Points ∼3% +36%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3024 Points ∼5%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3954 Points ∼6% +31%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2426 Points ∼4% -20%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2853 Points ∼5% -6%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
2594 Points ∼4% -14%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3581 Points ∼6% +18%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
35815 Points ∼5%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
63645 Points ∼8% +78%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
40515 Points ∼5% +13%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
36127 Points ∼5% +1%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
36559 Points ∼5% +2%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
40370 Points ∼5% +13%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
28617 Points ∼3%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
42918 Points ∼4% +50%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
27941 Points ∼3% -2%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
31626 Points ∼3% +11%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
24924 Points ∼2% -13%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
33875 Points ∼3% +18%
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
16.24 fps ∼10%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
26.07 fps ∼15% +61%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
12.77 fps ∼7% -21%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
14.98 fps ∼9% -8%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
16.32 fps ∼10% 0%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
15.07 fps ∼9% -7%
3DMark 06 Standard
5181 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
2698 points
3DMark 11 Performance
815 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
28617 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3024 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
522 points
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Gaming Performance

The Satellite C55D-C-10P cannot be called gaming capable, which is shown by the very red chart with six test games. Only the not that hardware demanding Tomb Raider from 2013 runs smoothly at lowest details, which is 1024x768 and not the native 1366x768 pixels. The details for Tomb Raider show a faster Radeon R4 (+12 and 51%). The higher the details, the more the restricted APU slows down the game.

The charts also list the Radeon R5 M240 (HP 355 G2, A8-6410), i.e. AMD's smallest dedicated GPU. It performs much better than our Satellite with a performance gain of 80 to 90% depending on the game. Those who want to run games smoothly for lowest cost should consider the R5 M240 in the price range below 400 Euros (~$454). The HP 355 G2 only costs 280 to 350 Euros (~$318 to ~$397), but beware of slower AMD A4-6210 variants. While the GeForce 820M performs better in games, devices with this GPU cost at least 400 Euros (~$454), since they usually come with Intel SoCs. Information about the requirements of many other games is available in our tech section.

Dota 2
1366x768 Medium / On, Render Quality: 70 % (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
16.3 fps ∼14%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
31.7 fps ∼26% +94%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
24.5 fps ∼20% +50%
1024x768 Low / Off, Render Quality: 40 % (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
23.4 fps ∼16%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
42.6 fps ∼30% +82%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
42.2 fps ∼29% +80%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
13.4 fps ∼3%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
31.5 fps ∼7% +135%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
16.8 fps ∼4% +25%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
26.5 fps ∼6% +98%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
26.23 fps ∼6% +96%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
23 fps ∼4%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
55.3 fps ∼10% +140%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
31 fps ∼6% +35%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
45.9 fps ∼9% +100%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
45.85 fps ∼9% +99%
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
24.4 fps ∼5%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
8.4 fps ∼2%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
11.7 fps ∼2%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
12.9 fps ∼3%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
10.5 fps ∼2%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
11.9 fps ∼2%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
19.7 fps ∼4%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
19 fps ∼4%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
14.9 fps ∼3%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
39.6 fps ∼7% +166%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
14.6 fps ∼3% -2%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
22.5 fps ∼4% +51%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
18.4 fps ∼3% +23%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
18.1 fps ∼3% +21%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
17.8 fps ∼3% +19%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
30.4 fps ∼5% +104%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
26.9 fps ∼5% +81%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
27.8 fps ∼4%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
76.6 fps ∼12% +176%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
31.8 fps ∼5% +14%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
31.2 fps ∼5% +12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
35.9 fps ∼6% +29%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
36.6 fps ∼6% +32%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
34 fps ∼5% +22%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
59.6 fps ∼10% +114%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
51.6 fps ∼8% +86%
Battlefield Hardline
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
17.3 fps ∼9%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
11.2 fps ∼6% -35%
1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
24.3 fps ∼12%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
15.9 fps ∼8% -35%
Alien: Isolation
1366x768 Medium, On (AA & SSAO Off), Shadow Map 1024 AF:4x (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
11.5 fps ∼4%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
12.9 fps ∼4% +12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
14.2 fps ∼5% +23%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
21 fps ∼7% +83%
1024x768 (Very) Low, Off, Shadow Map 512 AF:1x (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
18.4 fps ∼6%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
21.6 fps ∼7% +17%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
21.3 fps ∼6% +16%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
30.2 fps ∼9% +64%
Battlefield 4
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
10.6 fps ∼5%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
9.2 fps ∼5% -13%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
10.4 fps ∼5% -2%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
17.7 fps ∼9% +67%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
16.2 fps ∼8%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
12 fps ∼6% -26%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
15.5 fps ∼8% -4%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
22.4 fps ∼11% +38%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
22.5 fps ∼11%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
16.5 fps ∼8% -27%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
21.3 fps ∼11% -5%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
26.8 fps ∼13% +19%
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 27.8 14.9 fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 23 13.4 fps
Dota 2 (2013) 23.4 16.3 fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 22.5 16.2 10.6 fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 18.4 11.5 fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 24.3 17.3 fps

Emissions

System Noise

Fan is seldom off.
Fan is seldom off.

The fan of the Satellite runs almost permanently while idle. Thus, the device is not silent at all. At least the noise of the hard drive remains constant and produces 32.3 dB(A) according to our measurements. In view of the Satellite C55D-C-10P's poor performance, the 15-incher generates a loud noise of 44 dB(A). This is too loud for a notebook with a weak and, on top of that, restricted APU and without a dedicated graphics card. However, the maximum noise is only forced during the quite unrealistic stress test with Prime95 and Furmark running simultaneously. Here, the fan works at constant speed. During our 3DMark benchmarks, the cooling system gets only slightly louder with 34 dB(A). The competitors are similarly loud. The differences are only significant in the maximum stress scenario. Acer's Extensa 2510-34Z4 is exemplary. The simple 15-inch office laptop with its Core i3 is even just audible during the stress test and the fan is often switched off while idle.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Noise
-3%
2%
4%
-3%
10%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
32.3
31.4
3%
32.4
-0%
32.9
-2%
34.7
-7%
29.7
8%
Idle Average *
32.8
32
2%
32.4
1%
32.9
-0%
34.7
-6%
29.7
9%
Idle Maximum *
33.2
32.3
3%
32.4
2%
32.9
1%
34.7
-5%
30.4
8%
Load Average *
33.2
41.9
-26%
34.2
-3%
33.6
-1%
36.1
-9%
33.2
-0%
Load Maximum *
43.7
42
4%
38.9
11%
34.4
21%
37.9
13%
33.2
24%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
32.3 / 32.8 / 33.2 dB(A)
HDD
32.3 dB(A)
DVD
37.8 / dB(A)
Load
33.2 / 43.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test Prime95 & Furmark: Start @1.6 GHz
Stress test Prime95 & Furmark: Start @1.6 GHz
Stress test: End @1.6 GHz / 800 MHz (CPU / Radeon)
Stress test: End @1.6 GHz / 800 MHz (CPU / Radeon)

While idle, the test model remains quite cool. The average temperature is just 31 °C on the top side. However, this can vary depending on the room temperature. When high and especially permanent load is applied for several hours, we measure just under 40 °C (top side) and 43 °C (underside) at the hotspots. These are the stress test values, which show the maximum temperatures. Such high temperatures are not to be expected during normal home use.

During the stress test (Prime95 & Furmark 1h), the C55D behaves as follows in mains operation: First, the CPU clocks at 1.6 GHz, but the A8-7410 throttles immediately again. 64 °C at the APU is not critical. This cannot cause throttling. At the same time the Radeon clocks constantly at 800 MHz and does not throttle.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Heat
19%
23%
13%
1%
13%
Maximum Upper Side *
40
32.1
20%
31.8
20%
33
17%
39.2
2%
35.5
11%
Maximum Bottom *
43.1
37.9
12%
35.3
18%
43
-0%
37
14%
37.4
13%
Idle Upper Side *
32.6
26.8
18%
23.6
28%
27.5
16%
33.7
-3%
28
14%
Idle Bottom *
34.5
26.3
24%
25.7
26%
28.7
17%
37.5
-9%
29.3
15%

* ... smaller is better

 29.8 °C
86 F
32.4 °C
90 F
32 °C
90 F
 
 28.6 °C
83 F
32.3 °C
90 F
32.2 °C
90 F
 
 28.4 °C
83 F
28.3 °C
83 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 32.6 °C = 91 F
Average: 30.7 °C = 87 F
32.7 °C
91 F
33.1 °C
92 F
29.7 °C
85 F
33.5 °C
92 F
34.5 °C
94 F
28.8 °C
84 F
33.2 °C
92 F
31.2 °C
88 F
29.1 °C
84 F
Maximum: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Average: 31.8 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.7 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 25.1 °C = 77 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.3 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.1 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.7 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 36.5 °C / 97.7 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (-8.4 °C / -15.1 F).

Speakers

 "From strong bass to crystal-clear language - sound, every voice, each sentence and each melody are even more precise and realistic." What Toshiba speaks highly of does not match our impression of the audio quality in the test. The speakers sit above the keyboard. However, the sound is not worth listening to. The speakers rattle and roar especially at maximum volume. The Satellite comes with the usual mid-tone-heavy speakers. This might be sufficient for voice chats, but we would recommend using headphones or speakers in the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

In contrast, we were quite pleased by the recordings of the stereo mic (beside the webcam). While there is a significant reverberation, speech is recorded clearly. The speaker can be 50 cm in front of the Satellite or even at a distance of 2 m. The sound level is almost constant in the recording.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption is appropriately low for the category. However, we would have expected lower values in view of the above mentioned APU throttling to 1.6 GHz (stress test, normal load). For example, Acer's Extensa 2510-34Z4 is even more frugal under load. It also throttles (1.2 – 1.3 GHz), but throttling only occurs during the stress test and not during normal CPU load. The HP 350 G1 is about on par, although it is slightly more frugal with a TDP of 7.5 Watt.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Power Consumption
3%
9%
28%
-49%
27%
Idle Minimum *
5.9
4.4
25%
6
-2%
4
32%
10.9
-85%
4.2
29%
Idle Average *
9.1
5.8
36%
8.1
11%
6.5
29%
14.3
-57%
6.3
31%
Idle Maximum *
12.1
6.3
48%
8.3
31%
7.5
38%
14.9
-23%
8.6
29%
Load Average *
26.2
38.6
-47%
24.5
6%
19.9
24%
34.1
-30%
16.8
36%
Load Maximum *
28
41.5
-48%
27.8
1%
23.7
15%
41.5
-48%
24.6
12%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.9 / 9.1 / 12.1 Watt
Load midlight 26.2 / 28 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 960

Battery Life

With the screwed 45-Wh battery, the C55D achieves a good battery life of four hours in the Wi-Fi test and above eight hours while idle with minimum brightness and flight mode. The Intel competitors, the Asus X555LD (37 Wh), the HP 350 G1 (40 Wh) and the Acer Extensa 2510 (56 Wh) can keep up quite well or perform even better. Especially the Extensa stands out positively with 391 minutes in our previous WLAN test, which is due to its significantly higher battery capacity.

We usually test the battery life by playing a DVD video. This time, we ran a 1080p video from the hard drive. The looping video stopped after above four hours (281 minutes). The brightness was reduced to 150 cd/m² (dimmed 2 levels) and flight mode was active.

The battery is screwed, but it can be easily removed.
The battery is screwed, but it can be easily removed.
45 Wh capacity
45 Wh capacity
Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Battery Runtime
-18%
14%
-28%
Reader / Idle
498
468
-6%
404
-19%
H.264
281
248
-12%
193
-31%
WiFi v1.3
254
290
14%
Load
140
88
-37%
91
-35%
WiFi
262
427
238
391
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 18min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 14min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 41min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 20min

Pros

+ Long battery runtimes
+ Good contrast
+ Horizontal viewing angles
+ Good calibrated colors (linked profile)
+ Quiet, also during gaming
+ Usable microphone

Cons

- Sharp edges at the base unit
- Stability of the construction
- Weak keyboard feedback incl. touchpad
- Bad webcam
- Not apt for current games
- Steep price

Verdict

In review: Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P. Test model courtesy of Toshiba Germany
In review: Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P. Test model courtesy of Toshiba Germany

The Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P (Carrizo-L) is a simple 15-incher for 600 Euros (~$682), which is too expensive in our opinion. With Carrizo-L, AMD competes with Intel's Haswell Pentium, Bay Trail-M and simple Core i3. 15-inch laptops with these CPUs and without dedicated graphics cost between 250 and 450 Euros (~$284 and ~$511). In the end, the laptop houses a relatively weak APU which can only outperform the Haswell Pentium by a few percent. A Core i3 is significantly faster and its integrated HD 4400 is just as fast as the Radeon R5 in our test model.

Thus, Toshiba's Satellite C55D-C-10P is definitely too expensive, especially since the manufacturer does not use the maximum performance of the Carrizo L top model.

The performance of the Satellite C55D-C-10P is not suitable for its price segment, especially since the 15-incher also does not offer special components, interfaces etc. Apart from the quite decent contrast of the very glossy TN display with narrow viewing angles, the Satellite offers nothing which cannot be found in almost all significantly cheaper 15-inch notebooks for 350 to 400 Euros (~$397 to ~$454). In view of the current price, we would not recommend buying it. Competitors like the Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4, the HP 350 G1 or the Asus X555LD are more recommendable since they are significantly cheaper.

We are excited to see whether the next test models with Carrizo-L have the same Turbo flaw or whether Toshiba used the configurable TDP at the expense of performance. The review of the "bigger" sibling, the Satellite C70D-C-10N (A4-7210), will follow soon. An in-depth analysis of the Carrizo-L notebook platform is available here: Analysis and Benchmarks of the AMD Carrizo-L notebook platform.

 

 

Toshiba Satellite C55D-C-10P Carrizo-L - 07/27/2015 v4(old)
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
56 / 98 → 57%
Keyboard
65%
Pointing Device
67%
Connectivity
60 / 80 → 75%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 89%
Battery
86%
Display
73%
Games Performance
60 / 68 → 88%
Application Performance
54 / 92 → 59%
Temperature
87%
Noise
85%
Audio
50%
Camera
31 / 85 → 36%
Average
64%
70%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Jentsch, 2015-08-21 (Update: 2015-08-21)