Toshiba Satellite, L855

An excellent, cheaper alternative to the plethora of laptops on the market today

Toshiba Satellite, L855-12T; an excellent, cheaper option to the plethora of laptops on the market today

Toshiba Satellite, L855-12T; an excellent, cheaper option to the plethora of laptops on the market today

Several years ago I completely switch to Apple starting with an iPod and culminating, some months later, with an iMac, a 13″ MacBook and, finally, with a QuadCore i7 MacBook Pro. Still very happy with may MBP, and things got better and better with each OSX release. Now, with Mountain Lion cannot be more satisfied.

I am not a brand addict and I have no affiliation with Apple whatsoever, but they managed to create a culture of trust for a line of products that work and can be used as for their scope: reliable tools. Moreover, Microsoft did some blunders on their OS line that culminated with that Vista failure. I remember I had to use Vista for a brief period of time at the office and each day I pressed the power on button I regretted. A nightmare. Windows 7 was a pleasant surprised, seems to be more polished and a clear evolution from previous failed attempts. Soon, for my little DIY projects I felt the need to use a PC. Many software packages for embedded programming are available only on PC, examples most frequently built around PC, major instrumentation vendors scarcely support Macs etc.

Yesterday I bought a Toshiba satellite, given very good past experience with Toshiba products, and I have to say this laptop is a winner. 500 GB HDD, Core i5 @ 2.5 Ghz, 3 MB Cache, USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, GigaEthernet and a 2 GB Radeon 7670 GPU → excellent package for 600 euros.

So, I have already installed AVR Studio 6 and starting first programming tests. More to come.

Update, October 15th, 2013

I have more than a year using this and still very satisfied. Updated the RAM to 16 GB, works like charm. I am using it mainly for my electronics projects and still have no major complaints on this cheap, entry-level laptop. Excellent.

Update, October 7th, 2018

Six years after the date of purchase — still extremely satistfied with it. Absolutely no issues. Updated the HDD to SSD. Works like charm.

JFET Circuit Analysis – great tutorials on YouTube

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XCode 4.3.3 – how to edit build settings

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2 responses to “Toshiba Satellite, L855”

  1. Theodore says:

    I read your comments on Amazon and I’d like to thank you for the GREAT advice on microphones 🙂
    Yeah, I bought it.

    Where did you learn English? Wish I could speak well as you do and I live in the US.

    Get in touch, we may have something to talk about. You have my e-mail.


    • Thank you, Theodore.
      The mic is quite cool, at least for me. And with a very good price tag.
      I learned english in family, with my father. And listening to country music. 🙂



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