$348 Toshiba Satellite L355 Reviewed: It’s a Steal

toshiba_satellite_l355_sh04It has a Celeron processor. And there’s no Webcam, HDMI, or memory card reader. Guess what? For $348, we could care less. In fact, it’s easy to see why the  Toshiba Satellite L355 (S7915), a 17-inch desktop replacement that will go on sale at Walmart this Sunday, gets our Editors’ Choice Award. Check out the full review here. Value, you see, is relative. While the L355’s design is a bit plain, and it’s missing some premium features, the performance is better than you’d expect. This machine is certainly good enough for people who just want to check e-mail, surf the Web, do word processing, and watch movies or Hulu on a larger screen. And…did we mention it’s $348? The price of the L355 is about $250 less than what you can expect to pay for entry-level 17-inch notebooks from companies such as Dell and HP. And its specs are better, too. It has a Celeron processor, yes, but a generous 3GB of RAM and a roomy 250GB hard drive. For about $600, Dell and HP will give you a Pentium processor, 1GB of RAM (a  no-no if you’re running Vista) and a smaller, 160GB hard drive. Walmart recently sold out of a 15.6-inch Compaq it priced at an ultra-agressive $298, and we expect this notebook to fly off the shelves just as fast.

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  1. Joelio Says:

    It’s a craptop.

  2. evets Says:

    ” 1. Joelio Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    It’s a craptop.

    Just love folks who have nothing but negative remarks, and no factual basis.

    When every dime is like a dollar, getting this much value for such a low price, and made by a reputable OEM, is a like hitting the office pool on the game.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I like the casing. The rest of the specs are mediocre as far as laptops go. It seems like a model that wasn’t selling, so they dropped the price to get it off their shelves.

  4. Chardley Says:

    Would this be okay for Microsoft Office apps, some photo use (not editing, but downloading, viewinf ets) and web/email?

  5. K. T. Bradford Says:

    Chardley: yes, it would be. :)

  6. S. May Says:

    What if you want to use it to edit photos, play music (how are the speakers), read downloadable books, communicate with skype over the internet (no webcam) and how does it measure up in terms of weight (to carry around) and speed? How many USB ports?

  7. Harry M Thompson Says:

    can this laptop be adapted to access the internet via telephone? I understand it has no telephone jack/port on it.

  8. Jim Baldwin Says:

    I just got out of the US Army (after six years) and I bought the Toshiba to start college. On the limited income I have, the L355-S7915 works just fine. It is not heavy and fits in my backpack. The battery lasts about 2 1/2 hours so I carry the charger with me

  9. Travis Hudson Says:

    I just got one of these a couple of days ago and installed Slackware Linux on it immediately. I like it; it’s fast enough, and (I think)it’s a crazy deal for the price.

  10. Nese Arnold Says:

    Purchased the laptop on the 15th and had to return it on the 27th. Was surfing the web and it cut completely off. Took it back to Wal Mart and they said that the power cord had a defect in it. I just 13 days. How could it have a defect or go out that quickly. I enjoyed it for the time that I had it. Wonder how many more will go out?

  11. Jim Baldwin Says:

    Just type usb modem into google and you will find lots of modems that work on a usb port.

  12. someone you know Says:

    would this possible be good for gaming?????

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