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Toshiba A50

Toshiba A50 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 2.7GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 2.7GHz 4GB Aug 2015
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Built for professionals, this 15.6 notebook boasts an impressive business class performance for faster, smarter and more efficient productivity. The ergonomic backlit and spill-resistant A4... More
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Average Expert Reviews

Based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including Techradar, notebookcheck.net, Chip.de and notebookcheck.biz the average expert rating of this Toshiba laptop is 77%.

Toshiba Has Good Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

We calculated the average reviews for all Toshiba notebook PCs and also specifically for Toshiba medium processor core notebook PCs and found that in both cases Toshiba had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of people who bought this laptop thought it was quiet. Notebookcheck.net mentioned “Quiet demeanor” in their review of the Toshiba A50. Last year Techradar wrote in their review “Small and quiet system fan, quiet keyboard”.

Robust

One person considered that the Toshiba A50 was well made.

Good Connectivity

One Toshiba A50 owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was ethernet compatible. Last year expert review site Techradar.com mentioned in their Toshiba A50 review “The Toshiba Tecra A50-C is a fit for on-the-go businesspersons who need a solid laptop with an Ethernet jack, optical drive” yet they gave this laptop a rating of 60 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who purchased it said that it was good value for money. Notebookcheck.net gave the product a rating of 4 stars and wrote in their review of this laptop “Toshiba has refreshed its affordable Tecra A50 lineup with the thinner”.

Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of portable PCs of this type and age is 8GB and the biggest is 32GB. When compared to other notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the A50, the maximum internal memory supported by processor of the Toshiba A50 of 32 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Toshiba A50 has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago. This portable PC is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) laptop compared to most of the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the A50 which only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

Across all the notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the A50 the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.1. With a PCI Express slot version of 3, the Toshiba A50's PCI Express slot version is one of the newest amongst portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the A50.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the A50 is 950MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,300MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,250 megahertz, the Toshiba A50 has a very fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the A50.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At 400 megahertz, the Toshiba A50 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the A50. The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the A50 range from 100MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 290MHz.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

Portable PCs of this age and type have processor clock speeds of between 0.8GHz and 3.3GHz. At 2.7 gigahertz, the Toshiba A50 has a very fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the A50.

If this notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the MSI GP72 2QD (£795.28) (2.9GHz).

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Toshiba A50 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most laptops of this type and age support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Toshiba portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz to 1,866MHz.

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

The Toshiba A50 has a better processor family than most laptops of this age and type. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i5 processor family, whereas most comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. The worst processor family of all comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the A50 is AMD E and the best is Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Has a Front Camera

The Toshiba A50 has a front camera. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the A50 also have a front camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative notebook PCs with a front camera currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the DELL Latitude 14 E5450 (£589.16), the Asus UX301LA (£679.00), or the HP ProBook 650.

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L3 Processor Cache

This portable PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the A50 that we have assessed, the maximum turbo frequency of the Toshiba A50 of 3.4 gigahertz is one of the fastest. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago have maximum turbo frequencies of between 1.8GHz and 3.7GHz.

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Fairly Fast Hard Drive Speed

The hard drive speeds of similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the A50 range from 5,400 RPM to 7,200 RPM. The Toshiba A50 has one of the faster hard drive speeds (7,200 revolutions per minute) amongst portable PCs of this age.

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802.11g WiFi Standard

The Toshiba A50 has a better Wi-Fi standard than most notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to it. This portable PC has an 802.11g WiFi standard, whereas most portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as it have an 802.11n WiFi standard. This Toshiba portable PC also have an 802.11a and 802.11ac WiFi standard. Medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the A50 WiFi standards range from IEEE 802.11a to 802.11n.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of laptops that have been on the market for more than a year range from 23Wh to 120Wh. At 67 watt-hours, the Toshiba A50 has a very big battery capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the A50.

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Six Battery Cells

Most laptops of a comparable age and type to the A50 have between two and eight battery cells, including the Toshiba A50 which has six battery cells.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

At 5,700 milliamperes * hour, the Toshiba A50 has a quite big battery capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the A50. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the A50 have battery capacities of between 37mAh and 8,700mAh, and the average battery capacity is 3,600mAh.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year.

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14 Reasons Against

Only Not Supported HD Type

The HD type of this laptop is Not supported, which is the most frequently found HD type on portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Toshiba A50 does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the A50 do have a full-size keyboard.

Other laptops which also have a full-size keyboard that you might want to consider include the DELL Latitude 14 E5450 (£589.16), the Acer Aspire V3 (£675.89), or the Lenovo L540 (£668.30).

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Very Short Battery Life

The Toshiba A50 has a quite short battery life (only 4.5 hours) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the A50. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago have battery lifes of between 2.5h and 24h, and the average battery life is 8.6h.

If you want a longer battery life then you might also want to consider the Lenovo T440 (£665.28) (8.6h and higher rated), or the Asus UX303LA (9h and higher rated) or the Lenovo B50-80 (£491.12) (6.2h and cheaper).

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other portable PCs that have an HDD storage media currently available including the MSI CX61 (£630.00), or the DELL Latitude 14 E5450 (£605.99) which is cheaper.

If the storage medium of this portable PC is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the LG 13Z940 (SSD), the DELL Latitude 14 E7450 (£879.00) (SSD), or the HP ZBook 14 G2 (£630.00) (SSD) which is also cheaper.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on laptops of this age and spec.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most laptops of this age and type do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Toshiba A50 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of other portable PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might want to look at including the Acer Aspire V3 (£675.89), or the DELL Latitude 14 3000.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The average discrete graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago is 2.1GB. With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 1,024 megabyte, the Toshiba A50 has a fairly small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the A50.

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Very Small Operating Shock

The average operating shock of medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago is 77G. With an operating shock of only 10 gravity, the Toshiba A50 has one of the smaller operating shocks amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Quite Low Front Camera Resolution

The Toshiba A50 has one of the lower front camera resolutions (only 0.9 megapixels) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the A50 have front camera resolutions of between 0.3MP and 2MP, and the average front camera resolution is 1MP.

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Heavy

The lightest portable PC of a similar age and type to the A50 is 940g heavy and the heaviest is 3.8kg. The Toshiba A50 is quite heavy (2.6 kilograms) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

Portable PCs with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the L540 (2.5kg), or the L540 (£668.30) (2.6kg) both from Lenovo or the Acer Aspire V3 (£675.89) (2.6kg) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

The hard drive capacity of laptops that were released more than a year ago range from 5GB to 2TB. The Toshiba A50 has a quite small hard drive capacity (only 500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Small Operating Vibration

At only 0.5 gravity, the Toshiba A50 has a quite small operating vibration compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the A50. The smallest operating vibration of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the A50 is 0.5G, the biggest is 1.1G, and the average operating vibration is 0.67G.

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Thick

The average height of portable PCs that were released more than a year ago is 27mm, and the heights range from 11mm to 2,400mm. When compared to other portable PCs of this age and type that we have assessed, the height of the Toshiba A50 of 34.9 millimeters is one of the thickest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Toshiba A50

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Toshiba A50 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the A50.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 15.6" laptops currently available including the 15 (£552.20), or the ProBook 450 (£624.36) both from HP or the MSI CX61 (£630.00) which is cheaper.

Laptops with a bigger screen size that might be worth considering include the MSI GP72 2QD (£795.28) (17.3").

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Toshiba A50 has a pretty typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the A50.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Lenovo B50-80 (£491.12) (1TB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Toshiba A50 has a pretty standard internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the A50.

We compared all the other 4GB internal memory notebook PCs to this portable PC and we think cheaper laptops such as the HP 15 (£552.20), and the Lenovo ThinkPad E550 (£459.00) is also worth considering.

If this Toshiba portable PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the MSI GP72 2QD (£795.28) (8GB), the Asus UX301LA (£799.99) (8GB), or the HP ZBook 14 G2 (£710.98) (8GB).

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
ESATA/USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Operational Conditions
Operating Vibration
Operating Shock
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology

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