Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H


Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10HNotebook: Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H (Satellite S50 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4700MQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2048 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 2.4kg
Price: 949 euro
Average Score: 75.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 89%, features: 69%, display: 67% mobility: 81%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 79%

Reviews for the Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H

81% Review Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H Notebook | Notebookcheck
Compact all-rounder. The Satellite S50 wants to be a high-performance all-round laptop for home usage. Toshiba installs a Haswell processor and a GeForce GPU in the laptop and completes the bundle with a high-capacity hard drive. Whether the computer is compelling is revealed in our test report.
Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Positive: timeless and appealing body; acceptable weight; good workmanship and choice of material
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/25/2013
70% Leistungsstark, aber mit Display-Schwäche
Source: German DE→EN
Positive: high performance; large port variety
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%



The Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H is an all-round machine built for performance in a compact and portable 15.6 inch body. Due to a mix of plastic and aluminum, the construction is also sturdy with a small amount of flex in some areas. It is a good looking sleek device with a nice backlit keyboard, which is comfortable to use for prolonged periods. The touchpad is responsive and pleasant to use. It sports an impressive Core i7-4700MQ fourth generation Haswell quad core processor with a clock rate of 2.4 GHz and both Intel's HD Graphics 4600 graphics unit and Nvidia's GeForce GT 740M. The Nvidia only kicks in when graphically demanding tasks are running. So, even demanding games can be played on this machine, albeit at medium settings.

The matte 15.6 inch screen with a disappointing resolution of 1366x768 is the biggest disadvantage of the Toshiba S50-A-10H. Brightness and contrast leave much to be desired, which makes it difficult to use outdoors or in very bright environments. The viewing angles are rather dismal. Considering the performance, the screen is not suitable. But, the battery life (4 hours during light web browsing) is decent for a device with that much performance. While the Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H delivers plenty of performance for most tasks, the screen perform most tasks, the screen is disappointing. There are much better options available for this price range.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M: Mid-range graphics card of the GeForce GT 700M series. Based on the Kepler architecture and manufactured by TSMC in a 28nm process.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

4700MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.6": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.4 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Japan. The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and Electronic devices and components. Toshiba-made Semiconductors are among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Toshiba is one of the biggest international notebook-manufacturer. There exist many reviews for Toshiba models.

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75.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-09- 4 (Update: 2013-09- 4)