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Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182 Notebook Review

Manuel Christa, Sabine Kückemanns (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/27/2014

Multimedia machine. The spec sheet of the L50 is quite impressive. Toshiba's Satellite seems to absolutely satisfy private users with a strong CPU, a 1 TB hard drive, a graphics card from AMD, and a DVD burner. All that is available for a reasonable street price of 1000 Euros (~$1263). Where is the catch?

For the original German review, see here.

Multimedia laptops are usually all-rounders that are not inevitably focused on computing power - a sufficiently sized screen of 15-inches or more, a generous hard drive, and ideally a DVD drive are enough to make the desktop computer superfluous for private users. At first glance, Toshiba's Satellite appears to be an unseemly laptop without any special bells and whistles that lets it stand out from the mass of 15-inch laptops, and which allows browsing on the couch after work, excessively consuming YouTube videos or watching a DVD.

Nevertheless, the computing performance supplied by Intel's Core i7-4500U, AMD's Radeon R7 M260 graphics card and 8 GB of RAM sounds decent, and it gives hope that applications will always run smoothly. The hard drive's capacity of 1 TB is also absolutely suitable for using the laptop as a data tomb for music or video collections. Since digital video discs are not yet extinct, the DVD burner still makes a lot of sense.

There are quite a few contenders in this sector. The not as tech-savvy private user can easily lose the overview among the details in the multimedia category. We will attempt to make a direct comparison between devices with an identical configuration and price point anyway.

For example, Acer's Aspire E5-571G-536E only has a weaker i5 CPU, but it has a stronger and thus gaming suitable Nvidia GeForce 840M graphics card. We also compared Toshiba's Satellite with the IdeaPad Z50-70 from Lenovo. Its price is identical, but it has a stronger CPU/GPU combination.

Case

Unlike other manufacturers who try to imitate brushed aluminum on plastic casings, Toshiba's Satellite L50-B-182 does not make the glossy finished plastic a secret. The lid's back and the area around the keyboard feature a restrained, stylish pattern that somewhat relativizes the cheap glossy looks. Only the underside and the rim on the display's hinges are matte. Although everything is shiny, the casing is not susceptible to fingerprints so that the wrist rest is not perpetually smudged like on some other devices.

Although the Satellite's stiffness cannot compete with high-priced aluminum casings, it does not have any major flaws. The hinges allow opening the display to approximately 135 degrees and always keep it firmly in position even on shaky surfaces. It can be opened easily with one hand. Some areas on the surfaces dent a bit under pressure, but that at most makes a slightly cheap impression on the keyboard.

Connectivity

Right: audio, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, fan, Kensington lock
Right: audio, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, fan, Kensington lock
Left: AC, LAN, USB 2.0
Left: AC, LAN, USB 2.0

Although the connectivity includes everything that a multimedia laptop needs, it is not exactly lush - it is at best middling. Only three USB ports are installed in form of one USB 2.0 on the left and two USB 3.0 ports on the right. The HDMI and VGA out at least enable using two external monitors simultaneously. Only one jack is available for a microphone or headphone. Users who want to use both at the same time will either need a combo plug, a Y adapter or use Bluetooth from the outset. Additionally, a full-sized Gigabit LAN socket is installed, as well as the compulsory slot for a Kensington lock. Solely the SD-card reader is on the front.

Communication

In addition to the mentioned Gigabit LAN, Intel's Wireless-AC 7260 module supports wireless communication with current Wi-Fi standards and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. We did not observe any weaknesses in the Wi-Fi range in the tester's personal settings. The connection was still unbroken even over one story away. The webcam incorporated into the display bezel has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, which is rather common. It is nevertheless sufficient for occasional videoconferencing via Skype.

Accessories

Apart from the compulsory power supply, Toshiba does not include any additional accessories for the Satellite L50-B-182 in the standard configuration. The manufacturer does not offer any model-specific accessories either.

Maintenance

Users who want to access the innards will first have to remove several screws before lifting off the entire base plate. A bit of caution is needed to release the cover's fixtures. Though an expert will not be needed, there are more user-friendly systems, for example, those that have an extra and easy to remove cover for frequently used components, such as the working memory or hard drive.

It is not possible to remove the battery without tools because it is fastened to the casing with two screws. Removing the battery manually via a spring mechanism in a laptop of this size was still customary a few years ago. Nowadays, users apparently have to accept non-removable batteries - not only in the Satellite.

Warranty

Toshiba's Satellite L50-B-182 is shipped with a two-year manufacturer warranty including pick-up service in Germany and Austria. According to Toshiba's website, the claim has to be registered via the laptop hotline in advance. Beyond that, the manufacturer also offers various warranty extensions to three or four years. However, they cannot be purchased via Toshiba's website where only a retailer search box is provided.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard in the multimedia laptop is a chiclet style model. The level, angular keys with a gap of a few millimeters have become popular in most laptops and are likely the most commonly found keyboard units. They allow fast typing, and that is also well possible in this case. The keys feature a clear, crisp and short drop, so there are no quality deficiencies. The surrounding keys yield slightly while typing, which makes the keyboard seem a bit cheap. However, that will at most affect the aesthetic sense, but not impair the functionality.

A bit unusual: The F keys have to be triggered via the function key, for example FN + F1. They are mapped with basic laptop functions, such as screen brightness, volume or Wi-Fi on/off, when pressed alone. The reversed key mapping is quite useful for private users and is thus also becoming more common in multimedia laptops.

Touchpad

As described above, the wrist rest is made of glossy plastic, but the touchpad is matte. Consequently, it provides a pleasant feel, allows the finger to glide smoothly and control the cursor accurately. Standard multi-touch gestures, such as two-finger scrolling or pinch-to-zoom, are implemented immediately and without problems. Besides that, mouse buttons are hidden under both lower corners of the touchpad. The touchpad is disabled automatically when an external USB mouse is connected by default. However, the touchpad can be turned on and off as required via a function key.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

The image is displayed on a glare-type IPS screen with a size of 15.6-inches (39.6 cm) and a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The brightness rates of the screen are above average. 378 cd/m² is an outstanding rate that implies outdoor suitability. A direct comparison with the contenders also shows that Toshiba's Satellite also clearly outshines the other devices.

330
cd/m²
339
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
378
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 378 cd/m² Average: 340.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 323 cd/m²
Contrast: 1042:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 2.24 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
54% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.46
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182
Radeon R7 M260, 4500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Screen
-87%
-58%
-142%
Brightness middle
323
202
-37%
236
-27%
212
-34%
Brightness
340
192
-44%
229
-33%
217
-36%
Brightness Distribution
84
78
-7%
85
1%
91
8%
Black Level *
0.31
0.37
-19%
0.75
-142%
1.1
-255%
Contrast
1042
546
-48%
315
-70%
193
-81%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4
10.23
-156%
5.49
-37%
12.4
-210%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.24
10.04
-348%
5.48
-145%
13.94
-522%
Gamma
2.46 89%
2.2 100%
2.32 95%
3.08 71%
CCT
6353 102%
10347 63%
7328 89%
17672 37%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
54
35
-35%
46.8
-13%
49.2
-9%

* ... smaller is better

The screen's other rates are also excellent. The contrast ratio of 1042:1 and the resulting rich black level of low 0.31 cd/m² speak for a very good image quality and are surprising for a laptop from the mid-price range. Toshiba's L50-B-182 also has a clear lead in the comparison here.

While the color accuracy analysis with CalMAN makes a bluish cast in many screens in mainstream laptops, we did not ascertain this here. The average DeltaE 2000 shift of 4 speaks for a good color reproduction. We are quite used to higher shifts in this price range.

CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps

Although the distracting reflections ruined the outdoor suitability a bit in the practical outdoor test, it is quite possible to use the laptop in the open air owing to the outstanding maximum brightness. The user can even work outdoors on bright, sunny days as long as the sun does not shine directly onto the screen.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

An IPS screen always provides good viewing-angle stability - and the Satellite L50-B-182 is no exception. Only the brightness suffers when viewing the screen from slanted angles. Thus, the multimedia laptop is very suitable for spontaneous video nights with several people who do not imperatively look at the screen in a right angle.

Performance

Intel's Core i7-4500U processor is installed in Toshiba's Satellite L50-B-182. Intel's HD Graphics 4400 is integrated into the CPU. The laptop additionally sports AMD's Radeon R7 M260 dedicated graphics card. This graphics chip is, however, from the lower mid-range, and it only conditionally allows smooth gameplay. However, the 8 GB of working memory is very satisfying, just like the relatively large hard drive with a capacity of 1 TB.

The laptop should be more than aptly equipped for solely routine office applications. Thus, demanding image processing, occasional video editing or slightly older games will unlikely be a problem for the multimedia device. 

System information: Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182

Processor

Intel's Core i7-4500U is an energy-efficient ULV processor that is frequently installed in ultrabooks due to its maximum power loss (TDP) of 15 watts. Of course, a standard-voltage processor offers a wider performance range that many private users would not necessarily need. They would more likely want the benefits of a longer battery runtime that results from the lower power consumption.

Despite ultra-low voltage, it is a strong dual-core processor from the current Haswell generation. The two cores support Hyper-Threading and can therefore process a total of four threads. The CPU's clock rate ranges between 800 MHz and up to 3.0 GHz via Turbo Boost depending on the performance requirement. Performing a Cinebench benchmark in battery mode did not result in any significantly different score. Consequently, the CPU's full power is also available without an external power source.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6661 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
11329 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5794 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6322
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8615
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4385
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
44.55 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.75 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.29 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
36.65 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
248 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
116 Points
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Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182
1.29 Points ∼53%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
1.37 Points ∼56% +6%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
1.32 Points ∼54% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
1.19 Points ∼49% -8%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
1.18 Points ∼48% -9%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
1.11 Points ∼45% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15-5547
1.03 Points ∼42% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182
2.75 Points ∼10%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
2.89 Points ∼11% +5%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
2.85 Points ∼11% +4%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
2.38 Points ∼9% -13%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
2.59 Points ∼10% -6%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
2.48 Points ∼9% -10%
Dell Inspiron 15-5547
2.11 Points ∼8% -23%

Legend

 
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182 Intel Core i7-4500U, AMD Radeon R7 M260, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
 
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656) Intel Core i7-4510U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
Asus X750LN-TY012H Intel Core i7-4500U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
 
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E Intel Core i5-4210U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
 
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng Intel Core i5-4210U, NVIDIA GeForce 840M, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
 
Asus X550LD-XX023H Intel Core i5-4200U, NVIDIA GeForce 820M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
 
Dell Inspiron 15-5547 Intel Core i5-4210U, AMD Radeon R7 M265, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0

System Performance

We routinely use Futuremark's PCMark to ascertain the total performance. A comparison based on the scores reaped in by equally-priced contenders shows that the model with the higher-performance GeForce graphics card offer a clear plus. Lenovo's Z50-70 is at the very front because it benefits from its SSHD.

PCMark 7 Score
2932 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated
3002 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182
Radeon R7 M260, 4500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2932 Points ∼34%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2913 Points ∼34% -1%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2525 Points ∼29% -14%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2809 Points ∼33% -4%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2533 Points ∼29% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15-5547
Radeon R7 M265, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
3022 Points ∼35% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4023 Points ∼47% +37%

Storage Devices

HD Tune
HD Tune

A standard-sized 2.5-inch storage device with a capacity of 1 TB is installed. It is dubbed HGST HTS541075A9E680. The hard drive spins with 5400 revolutions per minute and thus does not break any records in read or write speeds. However, users who are looking for this should prefer an SSD from the outset.

The benchmark using the HD Tune tool delivered a slightly below average transfer rate of 66 MB/s. A strong fluctuation can be inferred here when considering the minimum of only 2 MB/s. This did not look different even after several runs. Nevertheless, it cannot be said that the drive is too slow or leads to perceivable performance losses. There is no question that flash drives provide a higher performance, and the difference was explained under System Performance.

 

HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
Transfer Rate Minimum: 2.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 99.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 66.2 MB/s
Access Time: 17.5 ms
Burst Rate: 190.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.3 %

Graphics Card

Toshiba's Satellite L50-B-182 sports the dedicated AMD Radeon R7 M260 graphics card. Its performance is roughly located in the lower midfield of current laptop graphic chips. Though it is a bit superior to CPU-integrated solutions, it is only conditionally suitable for gaming, as can be seen in the following benchmarks. Nevertheless, Radeon's graphics unit has a dedicated memory of 2 GB and supports DirectX 11.2.

Intel's Core i7-4500U also provides the integrated graphic unit Intel HD Graphics 4400. Depending on the load, the system switches between both graphics chip for energy efficiency reasons. This function has become standard for both AMD and Nvidia modules in laptops.

Contending devices, such as Lenovo's IdeaPad Z50-70 or HP's Pavilion 15-p008ng, feature a higher-performance GeForce graphics. That is evident in the benchmarks performed with 3DMark below: The GeForce 840M, for example, achieves a 40% higher score in contrast to our Radeon graphics unit.

3DMark Vantage P Result
5275 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1963 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
44395 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4404 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
940 points
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3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182
940 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
1312 Points ∼5% +40%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
1387 Points ∼5% +48%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
1346 Points ∼5% +43%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
1319 Points ∼5% +40%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
763 Points ∼3% -19%
Dell Inspiron 15-5547
908 Points ∼3% -3%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182
4404 Points ∼7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
5934 Points ∼10% +35%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
6087 Points ∼10% +38%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
5477 Points ∼9% +24%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
5543 Points ∼9% +26%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
4225 Points ∼7% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15-5547
4013 Points ∼7% -9%

Gaming Performance

Benchmark: Metro Last Light
Benchmark: Metro Last Light

The 3DMark benchmarks already indicate that the Radeon graphics does not provide the highest gaming quality. As expected, that is reflected in the gaming benchmarks. The Satellite will struggle with brand new, graphic-intensive games. However, some major compromises will also have to be made in resolution and graphics details in games from a few years ago. That can be seen in the random tests we performed using the role-play classic Skyrim and the performance-devouring story shooter Metro: Last Light from last year. Neither game is fun in the native Full HD resolution. The user will have to massively turn down these settings and reduce the graphics details to at most medium to achieve a smooth gameplay. Other gaming benchmarks that we performed with AMD's Radeon R7 M260 presented the same results.

low med. high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 43372616fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 2416136fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 5540337fps

Emissions

System Noise

Fortunately, the fan is virtually always inactive when basic office tasks are performed or the user only browses on the Internet. It only starts up occasionally, runs at a low speed, and it is barely audible - let alone distracting.

Quiet noises are occasionally produced when the hard drive is accessed, but they are hardly worth mentioning. The same is true for the DVD drive. The fan is only audible in load, but it is not in any way unpleasant.

Noise Level

Idle
31.6 / 31.7 / 31.7 dB(A)
HDD
32.3 dB(A)
DVD
37.6 / dB(A)
Load
41.7 / 41.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The Satellite L50-B-182 stayed relatively cool during practical use. This is likely owing to the ULV processor's fairly low power loss. The base unit reached a quite high temperature of up to 50 °C only in the stress test. That was, however, only measured in the upper parts; the wrist rest remained pleasantly cool even during full load.

Our stress test is not a scenario that will likely occur in real-life anyway. The laptop is put under full load via the FurMark and Prime95 tools to ascertain the maximum temperatures and their impact on the maximum performance. There was no sign of throttling. The CPU stably clocked with its base speed of 2.4 GHz. According to the internal sensors, the CPU reached over 90 °C, which would only be critical when it remains at that level even without full load.

Max. Load
 28.4 °C
83 F
31.3 °C
88 F
43.3 °C
110 F
 
 27.2 °C
81 F
31.2 °C
88 F
46.6 °C
116 F
 
 26.6 °C
80 F
27 °C
81 F
21.9 °C
71 F
 
Maximum: 46.6 °C = 116 F
Average: 31.5 °C = 89 F
53.5 °C
128 F
33.6 °C
92 F
28.9 °C
84 F
48.1 °C
119 F
40.7 °C
105 F
28.7 °C
84 F
33 °C
91 F
29.6 °C
85 F
28.4 °C
83 F
Maximum: 53.5 °C = 128 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  57.8 °C = 136 F | Room Temperature 24.4 °C = 76 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.5 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 46.6 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 53.5 °C / 128 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.6 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 29.6 °C / 85.3 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-0.5 °C / -0.9 F).

Speakers

The stereo speakers from Onkyo are underneath a narrow, almost invisible bar above the keyboard. Although they are not supported by a subwoofer, the sound quality is quite feasible for occasionally watching videos, and they meet the claim of a multimedia laptop. An audio jack is installed for connecting active speakers for higher demands, such as extensive music enjoyment.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The laptop's minimum consumption is a modest 4 watts. That roughly corresponds to contending devices with the same CPU. However, the Satellite consumes as much as 55 watts during load. Since the power supply has an output of almost 10 watts more, it is absolutely sufficient for that. All consumption rates are completely within an unspectacular average in comparison with similar laptops. Therefore, there is no reason for either complaint or praise.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 8.6 / 9.3 Watt
Load midlight 46.7 / 55 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Minimum runtime
Minimum runtime
Browsing via Wi-Fi
Browsing via Wi-Fi

Surprisingly, the laptop only achieves a short runtime despite its frugal ULV processor. The reason is found in the relatively low battery capacity of 45 Wh for a 15-inch device. We ascertained a maximum runtime of 7 hours and 36 minutes using Battery Eater's Reader's test. The screen was set to minimum brightness and all communication modules were off for this. The Satellite did not last for even half the time in the practical Wi-Fi browsing scenario: only 3 hours and 27 minutes was achieved using a script that opens different websites in regular intervals, medium screen brightness and enabled Wi-Fi. The contenders based on the same CPU, such as Asus' X750LN or Lenovo's IdeaPad Z50, last considerably longer. The minimum runtime of less than 2 hours under load again corresponds to similar devices.

Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182
456 min ∼93%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
464 min ∼95%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
416 min ∼85%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
672 min ∼137%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
521 min ∼107%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
651 min ∼133%
Dell Inspiron 15-5547
489 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182
207 min ∼55%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
242 min ∼65%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
244 min ∼65%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 (59427656)
281 min ∼75%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
285 min ∼76%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
335 min ∼90%
Dell Inspiron 15-5547
373 min ∼100%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 36min
WiFi Surfing
3h 27min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 48min

Verdict

Throughout middling: Toshiba's Satellite looks rather ordinary, solid - it might even be called almost boring - in all details at first. The looks and the spec sheet suggest that it is an unseemly laptop from the multimedia category for private users. This impression is confirmed at a second glance. The laptop has everything that is needed for home use: enough computing power, large screen with an acceptable resolution, DVD drive, and lastly feasible sound. Thus, the device is aptly equipped for the old DVD movies, YouTube and the now increasingly becoming important streaming services.

A few details were, however, noticed during the lab assessments though - both positive and negative. The latter was the case with the graphics card. It is simply too weak to supply an adequate gaming performance, which can be expected from a graphics unit in a multimedia laptop. The contenders from Asus, Lenovo and Acer prove that a somewhat stronger graphics card, which does not demand as many performance compromises and considerably expands the application range, is possible without gigantic price jumps.

The screen's outstanding brightness and contrast rates surprised us positively. We would actually expect such rates in higher-quality devices beyond 1000 Euros (~$1263). It is aggravating that the screen's reflective surface slightly debases these great properties. 

However, those are just details that do not ruin the device's round and balanced total impression. Toshiba's Satellite L50-B-182 is a solid multimedia laptop with a good value-for-money ratio for private users who do not have special requirements.

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In review: Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182 (Satellite L50 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R7 M260, Core: 940 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, atiumdag 13.351.1001.0, Enduro
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3 SDRAM, 1 of 2 slots filled
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, LG Display LP156WF4 SPJ1, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Storage
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 850 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: line-out, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SU-208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24 x 380 x 260 ( = 0.94 x 14.96 x 10.24 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.4 V, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1280 x 720 pixels
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, CyberLink PowerDVD, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 150 g ( = 5.29 oz / 0.33 pounds)
Price
899 Euro

 

In review: Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182.
In review: Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182.
It features a 15-inch, glare-type screen.
It features a 15-inch, glare-type screen.
The back looks plain and unobtrusive.
The back looks plain and unobtrusive.
The manufacturer's logo on the display bezel.
The manufacturer's logo on the display bezel.
The Skullcandy brand stands for good sound.
The Skullcandy brand stands for good sound.
Almost invisible: the webcam above the screen.
Almost invisible: the webcam above the screen.
Stickers on the wrist rest.
Stickers on the wrist rest.
Solely the SD card reader is on the front.
Solely the SD card reader is on the front.
Reversed mapping of the function keys.
Reversed mapping of the function keys.
The keys enable typing quickly.
The keys enable typing quickly.
The power button lights up in white when on.
The power button lights up in white when on.
Interfaces on the right.
Interfaces on the right.
The laptop has Gigabit LAN.
The laptop has Gigabit LAN.
The DVD drive is on the left.
The DVD drive is on the left.
The laptop's underside.
The laptop's underside.
View of the innards.
View of the innards.
The fan in the device.
The fan in the device.
DDR3 working memory.
DDR3 working memory.

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Pros

+Screen's very good brightness
+Full HD resolution
+Immaculate build
 

Cons

-Glare-type screen
-Not suitable for gaming

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What we like

Toshiba's Satellite is an allover solid multimedia laptop without real shortcomings.

What we'd like to see

A higher performance graphics card wouldn't hurt the device.

What surprises us

The screen's outstanding brightness and contrast.

The competition

Asus X750LN, Lenovo IdeaPad Z50, Acer Aspire V7-582PG-74508G52tkk.

Rating

Toshiba Satellite L50-B-182 - 09/21/2014 v4(old)
Manuel Christa

Chassis
73 / 98 → 74%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
65 / 81 → 80%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 89%
Battery
82%
Display
85%
Games Performance
74 / 85 → 87%
Application Performance
73 / 92 → 79%
Temperature
85%
Noise
85 / 95 → 89%
Audio
80%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
74%
80%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Manuel Christa, 2014-09-27 (Update: 2018-05-15)