Toshiba has made several different cheap laptops, including the Toshiba Satellite L455-S5009 Laptop. This small computer doesn’t feature any of the most up-to-date hardware or specs, but it’s still a decent computer for the money. However, from a gaming point of view, decent doesn’t always cut it. There are some points in favor of the L455 as a gaming computer, but there are also some drawbacks.
The processor is an Intel 2.2 GHz 64-bit dual-core Pentium T4400 model processor. It’s a pretty common budget laptop processor, and it’s not top of the line at all. It has 1 MB of L2 cache on it. It’s going to get the job done, but don’t expect miracles. The hard drive is 320 GB and spins at 5400 RPM. That’s also fairly standard for a budget laptop and is sufficient, even for gaming. The laptop comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. This is actually a little above average; many cheap laptops only have 3 GB.
Rounding out the basic features are a DVD+/- RW drive with dual-layer support, integrated b/g wireless, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and a multiformat media card reader. Note that there is no n-band wifi support, which is bad for online gaming. The L455 runs Windows 7 Home Edition Premium 64-bit. It does not have a webcam or mic built-in, but it does have a full-sized keyboard with numerical keypad. There is a VGA out but not HDMI out.
The graphics card is somewhat of a letdown. The laptop has a 15.6” display with a 1366 x 768 native resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. While the display supports 720p resolutions and the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M card can handle some games, you’re not going to get amazing, hi-definition graphics. The card dynamically allocates between 128 and 1759 MB of memory for graphics, but this is shared RAM, so it comes out of the 4 GB of system memory. That’s going to slow down your games considerably.
As you can see, this is really not a great gaming laptop. While it will run some games, especially if you lower the graphics settings, it’s not a machine to really game on. The battery will probably last you an hour and a half or so while running games, which isn’t horrible. It’s just that the graphics and system can’t really keep up. It can be found for less than $450, though.