If you need a good portable laptop, the Toshiba Satellite C655-S5119 15.6 inch laptop is certainly a good choice. If you need a good gaming laptop, then its qualifications come into question. The C655 does have some things that make it worth using for gaming on the go, but it also has some drawbacks. Of course, for a gaming laptop under $1000, you’re always going to have to make some sacrifices.
Looking under the hood, the C655 features a 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium P6100 processor. It’s not a dual core, but it’s capable of running many games. It has 3 GB of DDR3 RAM, which is less than the standard four. However, it can be upgraded to 8 GB, which is more than enough to run games. Its hard drive is a 320GB 5400 RPM drive, which is on the smaller side. However, it’s still large enough to hold more than a few games. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium, the 64-bit version of Windows 7, which is very solid.
The laptop features an 8x DVD drive, two USB ports (which is a bit on the slim side), a card reader, Ethernet port, VGA video out, and Wi-Fi. There’s no HDMI out, so while you can use an external monitor if you like, you’re not going to get incredibly hi-def graphics out of it. The cC655 does have a built-in webcam for chatting, plus it has a full sized keyboard. It has a battery life of 4.5 hours under normal operation, so it will give you about two hours of gaming life.
Speaking of graphics, let’s take a look at the graphics card. It’s an Intel HD Graphics card with 64 MB of graphic memory. However, it can be upgraded to a card with 1 GB of video RAM, which is a necessity for gaming. The screen is 15.6 inches wide and is widescreen in a 16:9 ratio. Its native resolution is 1366 x 768, which is pretty good. It can support 720p content—not incredibly high definition, but fairly good.
Is this a great gaming laptop? Well, if you upgrade the RAM and graphics card, it’s not too bad. Since the basic model generally retails for $450, you can still upgrade these features and probably keep it under $1,000.