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Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z Notebook Review Update

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 02/05/2015

Long-lasting and cool. Toshiba's 15.6-inch laptop is powered by an AMD APU. The Satellite achieves good battery runtimes owing to its relatively low power requirement, operates quietly, and it barely heats up.

For the original German review, see here.

Toshiba adds another model to its lineup of affordable laptops with the Satellite L50D-B-127. The laptop is powered by an AMD APU from the Beema generation. Regular Notebookcheck readers might recognize the Satellite since we have tested two higher-priced models from the Satellite L50-B line (Satellite L50-B-1TDSatellite L50-B-182). Our report discloses whether the lower-priced Satellite L50D-B-12Z is compelling.

Laptops with an equally low price, such as the Asus X555LD-XX283HLenovo IdeaPad Z50-75HP 355 G2 or Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4, belong to the Satellite's contenders.

Since the Satellite L50D-B and the two Satellite L50-B models that we tested feature identical builds, we will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices or speakers. Corresponding information can be found in the review of the Satellite L50-B-182.

Case & Connectivity

The Satellite L50D-B and Satellite L50-B are based on the same casing. However, different colors are used. While the models of the L50-B lineup are silver-gray, the casings of the L50D-B series are black. A printed pattern (dashed lines) additionally adorns the casings of both lines.

Toshiba installs a chiclet keyboard (picture: Toshiba)
Toshiba installs a chiclet keyboard (picture: Toshiba)
The casing is very susceptible to fingerprints (picture: Toshiba)
The casing is very susceptible to fingerprints (picture: Toshiba)
The Satellite L50D-B-12Z (picture: Toshiba)
The Satellite L50D-B-12Z (picture: Toshiba)

Display

The Satellite is equipped with a glare-type, 15.6-inch screen that has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Unfortunately, the screen can only offer a low brightness. A rate of 183.4 cd/m² is no longer contemporary. We expect a minimum rate of well beyond 200 cd/m² even in the low-cost sector. Though neither the contrast (455:1) nor black level (0.4 cd/m²) are outstanding, they are still acceptable.

183
cd/m²
176
cd/m²
174
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
182
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
181
cd/m²
178
cd/m²
191
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP156WHB-TLA1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 197 cd/m² Average: 183.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 182 cd/m²
Contrast: 455:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.5 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 13.24 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
40% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.01

The screen exhibits a clear color shift in state of delivery. The DeltaE 2000 rate is 12.5. A rate less than 3 would be the target. The screen also has a bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
The Satellite outdoors
The Satellite outdoors

As expected from a laptop from the low-cost sector, Toshiba installs a TN screen in the Satellite. Consequently, the screen only has limited viewing angles. The laptop is not really suitable for outdoor use. The low brightness and reflective screen prevent that.

Performance

Toshiba's Satellite L50D-B-12Z is a basic, 15.6-inch office laptop. It has enough power for applications from the office and Internet fields, and for playing videos. Our review sample costs around 430 Euros (~$493). Toshiba has countless other configurations available.

Processor

The Satellite sports an A6-6310 (Beema) APU from AMD. The APU includes a quad-core processor that clocks with a base speed of 1.8 GHz. Its speed can be boosted up to 2.4 GHz via Turbo. The Turbo is utilized in both AC and battery modes. The single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks were processed with 2 to 2.4 GHz, and the processor ran the multi-thread tests with 2 GHz. The processor's multi-thread performance is roughly on par with Core i3 processors from the ULV Haswell generation. Intel's processor clearly has a lead in single-thread performance.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5612
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3049
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1840
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.93 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.57 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
15.03 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
16.53 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
157 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
47 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
47 Points ∼22%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
65 Points ∼30% +38%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
40 Points ∼18% -15%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
49 Points ∼22% +4%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
88 Points ∼40% +87%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
105 Points ∼48% +123%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
83 Points ∼38% +77%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
56 Points ∼26% +19%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
98 Points ∼45% +109%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
67 Points ∼31% +43%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
157 Points ∼4%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
163 Points ∼4% +4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
126 Points ∼3% -20%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
164 Points ∼4% +4%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
237 Points ∼5% +51%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
239 Points ∼5% +52%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
236 Points ∼5% +50%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
169 Points ∼4% +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
230 Points ∼5% +46%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
168 Points ∼4% +7%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.57 Points ∼23%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.69 Points ∼28% +21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
0.54 Points ∼22% -5%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.6 Points ∼25% +5%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.14 Points ∼47% +100%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.18 Points ∼48% +107%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.13 Points ∼46% +98%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.68 Points ∼28% +19%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
0.94 Points ∼39% +65%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.12 Points ∼46% +96%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
0.76 Points ∼31% +33%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.93 Points ∼4%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.76 Points ∼4% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1.97 Points ∼4% +2%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.04 Points ∼5% +6%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2.57 Points ∼6% +33%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2.58 Points ∼6% +34%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.54 Points ∼6% +32%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.89 Points ∼4% -2%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.51 Points ∼6% +30%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2.5 Points ∼6% +30%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.81 Points ∼4% -6%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1840 Points ∼17%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2345 Points ∼22% +27%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1471 Points ∼14% -20%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1850 Points ∼17% +1%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3809 Points ∼35% +107%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3871 Points ∼36% +110%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1943 Points ∼18% +6%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3768 Points ∼35% +105%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2469 Points ∼23% +34%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5612 Points ∼9%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5194 Points ∼8% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
4165 Points ∼6% -26%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5785 Points ∼9% +3%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
7799 Points ∼12% +39%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
8044 Points ∼12% +43%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5369 Points ∼8% -4%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
7637 Points ∼12% +36%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5517 Points ∼8% -2%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3565 Points ∼4%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3421 Points ∼4% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
3319 Points ∼4% -7%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3792 Points ∼5% +6%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4641 Points ∼6% +30%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4668 Points ∼6% +31%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4085 Points ∼5% +15%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3647 Points ∼5% +2%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1237 Points ∼25%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1693 Points ∼35% +37%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1487 Points ∼31% +20%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1287 Points ∼26% +4%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2362 Points ∼48% +91%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2391 Points ∼49% +93%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1760 Points ∼36% +42%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1767 Points ∼36% +43%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
251.1 ms * ∼3%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
203.6 ms * ∼2% +19%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
253 ms * ∼3% -1%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
116 ms * ∼1% +54%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
113.8 ms * ∼1% +55%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
176.9 ms * ∼2% +30%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
192.8 ms * ∼2% +23%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1088 Points ∼18%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1531 Points ∼25% +41%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1136 Points ∼18% +4%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1660 Points ∼27% +53%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5575 Points ∼11%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
7213 Points ∼14% +29%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6074 Points ∼12% +9%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
12317 Points ∼24% +121%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8302 Points ∼16% +49%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
7672 Points ∼15% +38%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6468.4 ms * ∼11%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4164.3 ms * ∼7% +36%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6200.1 ms * ∼10% +4%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2643.7 ms * ∼4% +59%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4430.4 ms * ∼7% +32%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4061 ms * ∼7% +37%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The laptop did not cause any problems, and the system ran smoothly. The PCMark benchmarks scores correspond to the installed APU's capabilities. The Satellite's scores are just a bit lower than those of comparable Core i3 laptops, such as Acer's Extensa 2510-34Z4.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1933 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2001 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2743 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1933 Points ∼32%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2092 Points ∼34% +8%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2101 Points ∼34% +9%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2261 Points ∼37% +17%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2335 Points ∼38% +21%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2451 Points ∼40% +27%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2685 Points ∼44% +39%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2945 Points ∼48% +52%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2974 Points ∼49% +54%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3088 Points ∼51% +60%

Storage Device

Toshiba treats the laptop to a company own hard drive. It has a capacity of 500 GB and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. The drive's transfer rates are good and correspond to the performance of modern 5400 rpm hard drives.

Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Transfer Rate Minimum: 46 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.6 MB/s
Access Time: 18 ms
Burst Rate: 131.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.8 %

Graphics Card

The Radeon R4 (Beema) graphics core in the Satellite also comes from AMD. It supports DirectX 11.2 and clocks with speeds of up to 800 MHz. The 3DMark benchmark scores place the GPU somewhere between Intel's HD Graphics 4200 and HD Graphics 4400 graphics cores. Installing a second working memory will not result in a higher graphics performance in the Satellite. The incorporated memory controller only supports single-channel mode.

3DMark 11 Performance
788 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
32665 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
2856 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
460 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
788 Points ∼2%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1349 Points ∼4% +71%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1857 Points ∼5% +136%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1640 Points ∼5% +108%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1536 Points ∼4% +95%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1383 Points ∼4% +76%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2327 Points ∼7% +195%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1899 Points ∼5% +141%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1885 Points ∼5% +139%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1302 Points ∼4% +65%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1353 Points ∼4% +72%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
460 Points ∼2%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
829 Points ∼3% +80%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
518 Points ∼2% +13%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
843 Points ∼3% +83%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
785 Points ∼3% +71%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
843 Points ∼3% +83%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1350 Points ∼5% +193%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1207 Points ∼5% +162%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1209 Points ∼5% +163%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
720 Points ∼3% +57%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
829 Points ∼3% +80%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1849 Points ∼3%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2872 Points ∼4% +55%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1722 Points ∼3% -7%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1780 Points ∼3% -4%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2359 Points ∼4% +28%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2987 Points ∼5% +62%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5069 Points ∼8% +174%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4117 Points ∼6% +123%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2892 Points ∼5% +56%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2856 Points ∼5%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3954 Points ∼6% +38%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2663 Points ∼4% -7%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4032 Points ∼7% +41%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4322 Points ∼7% +51%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4594 Points ∼7% +61%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5634 Points ∼9% +97%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4561 Points ∼7% +60%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
5433 Points ∼9% +90%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3899 Points ∼6% +37%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3942 Points ∼6% +38%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
32665 Points ∼3%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
42918 Points ∼4% +31%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
26540 Points ∼2% -19%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39458 Points ∼4% +21%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
42536 Points ∼4% +30%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
52303 Points ∼5% +60%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
59788 Points ∼5% +83%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
35590 Points ∼3% +9%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
50492 Points ∼5% +55%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
44899 Points ∼4% +37%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
45538 Points ∼4% +39%

Gaming Performance

The Satellite is not a laptop for gamers; it only manages to render some games smoothly in a low resolution and low quality settings. The lower the hardware requirements of a game are the sooner it can be played. Current smash hits like The Crew or Far Cry 4 are not among them, though.

low med. high ultra
Dirt 3 (2011) 52.5 30.4 22 fps
Batman: Arkham City (2011) 31 25 12 fps
Alan Wake (2012) 14.6 8.4 fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 23.9 17.9 fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 29.2 21.1 16.4 fps
Dishonored (2012) 26.4 26.3 19.2 fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 31.7 17 11.7 fps
GRID 2 (2013) 41.7 23.2 17.8 fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 21.9 13.3 5.9 fps
Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) 15.2 11.8 5.4 fps
Watch Dogs (2014) 10.7 6.9 fps
Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) 7.1 4.6 fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 12.6 8.4 fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 16.1 9.9 fps
The Crew (2014) 15.5 10.9 fps
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Tomb Raider
128%
125%
78%
76%
127%
233%
149%
174%
45%
128%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x
11.7
24.4
109%
25.5
118%
19.7
68%
18.8
61%
24.6
110%
29.5
152%
30.7
162%
30.8
163%
16.9
44%
24.6
110%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
17
39.6
133%
39.7
134%
30.4
79%
29.8
75%
40
135%
59.9
252%
45.2
166%
45.5
168%
25.8
52%
39.7
134%
1024x768 Low Preset
31.7
76.6
142%
70.7
123%
59.6
88%
60.7
91%
74.8
136%
125.2
295%
69
118%
92.6
192%
43.9
38%
75.7
139%

Emissions

System Noise

The fan is occasionally inactive in idle mode, and only the hard drive's noise is audible. The fan does not speed up excessively during load. We measured a noise level of 37.1 dB in the stress test, which is a very moderate rate.

Noise Level

Idle
32.7 / 32.9 / 32.9 dB(A)
HDD
33.4 dB(A)
DVD
38.6 / dB(A)
Load
32.9 / 37.1 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)
The Satellite in the stress test
The Satellite in the stress test

Temperature

The Satellite processed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) in AC and battery modes in the same manner. The processor clocked with a speed of 1.4 GHz, and the graphics core work speed fluctuated between 653 and 800 MHz. The temperature of Toshiba's laptop increases only moderately. The casing's temperatures remain below 40 °C even in the APU cooler area.

 22.3 °C
72 F
26.3 °C
79 F
26.7 °C
80 F
 
 21.9 °C
71 F
26.2 °C
79 F
27.4 °C
81 F
 
 21.5 °C
71 F
21.6 °C
71 F
26.1 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 27.4 °C = 81 F
Average: 24.4 °C = 76 F
30.1 °C
86 F
23.7 °C
75 F
22 °C
72 F
28.5 °C
83 F
26.1 °C
79 F
21.8 °C
71 F
28.5 °C
83 F
24 °C
75 F
21.3 °C
70 F
Maximum: 30.1 °C = 86 F
Average: 25.1 °C = 77 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.3 °C = 83 F | Room Temperature 21.2 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 27.4 °C / 81 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.7 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.6 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.4 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.8 °C / 80.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (+1.3 °C / 2.4 F).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Satellite is very restrained in idle mode. The power requirement is below 10 watts. The power consumption does not skyrocket during load, either. We measured a rate of 24.3 watts. The maximum power consumption will likely be approximately 30 watts if the processor and graphics core were not throttled.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.5 / 6.9 / 8 Watt
Load midlight 19.4 / 24.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds in the real-world Wi-Fi test. The energy-saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Satellite achieved a runtime of 5:45 hours - a good time.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
5h 45min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
345 min ∼93%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
155 min ∼42%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
254 min ∼68%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
256 min ∼69%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
262 min ∼71%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
266 min ∼72%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
272 min ∼73%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
283 min ∼76%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
301 min ∼81%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
344 min ∼93%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
371 min ∼100%

Verdict

AMD's APU in Toshiba's Satellite L50D-B-12Z provides enough computing power for dealing with everyday requirements. At the same time, the laptop usually operates quietly and barely heats up. Beyond that, the input devices are compelling, and the buyer does not have to waive good battery runtimes. The low price level of around 430 Euros (~$493) takes its toll, though. Toshiba only installs a dark, viewing-angle dependent screen, and it only includes a one-year warranty.

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In review: Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z. Test model courtesy of Toshiba
In review: Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z. Test model courtesy of Toshiba

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z (Satellite L50 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema), Core: 800 MHz, single-channel, Catalyst Omega 14.12 (14.501.1003.0)
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, LG Philips LP156WHB-TLA1, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB 
, 420 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Hudson-2 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: combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit/s), Broadcom BCM43142 (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SU-208GB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.5 x 380 x 259.9 ( = 0.93 x 14.96 x 10.23 in)
Battery
44 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 193.7 g ( = 6.83 oz / 0.43 pounds)
Price
499 Euro

 

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Pros

+Barely heats up
+Mostly quiet noise
+Good battery life
+Decent input devices
 

Cons

-Dark screen
-12-month warranty only

Shortcut

What we like

The low temperatures and decent battery life.

What we'd like to see

A brighter screen with a matte surface.

What surprises us

Nothing.

The competition

Asus X555LDLenovo IdeaPad Z50-75Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EWLenovo IdeaPad G50-70HP 355 G2HP 350 G1Acer Aspire E1-572G.

Rating

Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z - 02/02/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 81%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 89%
Battery
89%
Display
69%
Games Performance
60 / 68 → 88%
Application Performance
56 / 92 → 61%
Temperature
93%
Noise
88%
Audio
80%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
72%
77%
Office - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2015-02- 5 (Update: 2015-02- 5)