Three Windows 8 Laptops for under $400 (Toshiba)


Toshiba is a very popular computer/laptop brand all over the world and they make affordable computing, a reality. If you look at the various applications that we use day-to-day, entry-level laptops are more than enough for most of them (Except maybe extreme gaming, etc.). I support the cause that encourages people to buy low-cost computers and laptops (albeit with decent hardware specs), for all the reasons mentioned here. Buying a good laptop powered by the latest Windows 8 operating system for less than $400 is a reality today and customers even have options to choose! Before I get to the laptop part, I will introduce you to a video that explains about getting started with Windows 8 (by Toshiba) and mention a few notable points about the new OS.

Getting Started with Windows 8

Some salient points you should know about Windows 8

  • There is no START button. Don’t cry, you can still do everything you were already doing and probably more.
  • As you might have seen in so many Windows 8 images, the default ‘start screen’ is not the blue cloudy windows that you are used to. It is now a page full of apps. Yes, Windows 8 is perhaps inspired by the mobile computing industry!
  • These apps are all placed in various square tiles (of different sizes, that adds to their glamor) all over the screen in front of you. Wait, the apps can even extend to your right (beyond your default screen) and you can scroll (using the scroll-bar on-screen or using an external scroll-mouse) to see all of them. Windows expects you to have many apps on your start screen!
  • Before you get nostalgic about the existing OS layout of icons and short-cuts, Windows 8 offers a desktop mode that allows you to have something similar. But the experience is still different!
  • The main reason for the difference is the presence of a ‘charm bar’. This vertical bar is invisible normally but when you hover your mouse to the right hand side of the screen, it suddenly appears before you. Like a wizard, yes.
  • The charm bar is the most important navigation aid that will help you do almost anything within Windows 8. Even the stand-by, restart and shut-down buttons are contained in it.
  • The specialty of the charm bar is, the functionality of the buttons within it changes based on the application running on the main screen. For example, when IE is opened, you get a print/save web-page buttons and buttons that are IE specific.
  • The applications themselves are controlled by another (normally invisible) bar that appears on the left hand side of the screen. You can invoke it by pressing and holding Windows key (on the keyboard) and choosing between applications using the tab key. You can open, close applications from here.
  • Hold your breadth – There is no URL bar in Internet Explorer (IE)! Your browser shows websites using the entire screen real estate. But you can get the URL bar (it will come in the bottom of the screen) by clicking on the top of the screen. Strange!
  • IE has a slightly different interface in the desktop mode and the charm bar is accessible in the desktop mode as well.
  • Alt+Tab allows you to toggle between open applications.
  • You can go back to the start screen (which is full of apps) by pressing the windows key on the keyboard.
  • There are a few more things about Windows 8 which you’ll know if you care to look at the above embedded video.

Now we come to the laptops. Toshiba is unveiling a few laptops with Windows 8 and I found three that are below $400. I would say that the price is extremely enticing to me. That’s an understatement, actually!

1. Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5339 Laptop

  • Processor: AMD E-Series Dual-Core E-300 (1.3 GHz)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics
  • RAM/HDD: 2 GB DDR3 RAM (Max: 16 GB) / 320 GB HDD (5400 RPM)
  • Screen: 15.6″, 1366 x 768
  • Networking: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n, Single Radio); 10/100 Mbps Wired LAN port
  • Multimedia: Optical DVD Drive, Stereo Speakers, Headphone/Mic jacks
  • Ports: USB x 3, VGA Out, Multi-Format Card Reader
  • Battery: 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery
  • Dimensions/Weight: 14.56″ x 9.53″ x 1.31″ / 5.5 Pounds

For further information and to buy the Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5339 Laptop in the United States, you can visit its Amazon page.

2. Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5340 Laptop

  • Processor: AMD E-Series Dual-Core E1-1200 (1.4 GHz)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
  • RAM/HDD: 4 GB DDR3 RAM / 320 GB HDD (5400 RPM)
  • Screen: 15.6″, 1366 x 768
  • Networking: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n, Single Radio); 10/100 Mbps Wired LAN port
  • Multimedia: 8x CD/DVD Drive, Stereo Speakers, Mic/headphone Jack
  • Ports: USB x 3, VGA Out, Multi-Format Card Reader
  • Battery: 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery
  • Dimensions / Weight: 14.96″ x 9.53″ x 1.31″ / 5.5 Pounds

For further information and buying it (if you live in the US), please check the Amazon page for Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5340.

3. Toshiba Satellite C855-S5346 Laptop

  • Processor: Intel Celeron T3500 (1.1 GHz), Dual-core, 2 MB L3 Cache
  • Graphics: Mobile Intel HD Integrated Graphics
  • RAM/HDD: 4 GB DDR3 / 320 GB HDD (5400 RPM)
  • Screen: 15.6″, 1366 x 768
  • Networking: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n, Single Radio); 10/100 Mbps wired LAN port
  • Multimedia: 8x CD/DVD Drive, Stereo Speakers, Mic/headphone Jack
  • Ports: USB x 3, VGA Out, Multi-Format Card Reader
  • Battery: 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery
  • Dimensions / Weight: 14.96″ x 9.53″ x 1.31″ / 5.4 Pounds

If you live in the US, you can get more information and buy the Toshiba Satellite C855-S5346 Laptop from Amazon.

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