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Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Martina Osztovits), 02/18/2016

All-rounder. Toshiba combines a Skylake processor with a GeForce GTX 950M graphics core and completes the bundle with a Full HD IPS display and the multimedia all-rounder for home use is ready. However, the computer has some weaknesses despite a price of just fewer than 1000 Euros (~$1113).

For the original German review, see here.

It is not the first time we have tested the Toshiba Satellite P50-C. We already came across a variant with weaker hardware in August 2015. In addition, the Satellite P50-A and P50t-B predecessors went through our tests. All representatives of the series are multimedia all-rounders in 15.6-inch format. On its web site, Toshiba advertises the P50-C models with "the best from the multimedia world". Our review will reveal whether this is actually true. The Satellite has many competitors including the Acer Aspire VN7-572G, the HP Envy 15, the HP Pavilion 15, and the Acer Aspire V5-591G.

Since the Satellite uses the same design as the Satellite P50-C-10G, we will not cover case, connectivity, input devices, display, and speakers in detail here. Information about these are available in our Satellite P50-C-10G review.

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Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188 (Satellite P50 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M - 4096 MB, Memory: 993-1124 MHz, DDR3, 128 bit connection, ForceWare 361.75 (10.18.13.6175), Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single channel, one of two slots used
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, LG Philips LP156WF6-SPA1, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABD100, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, , 890 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant CX20756 @ Intel Skylake PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: SD, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: brightness sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUB0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.5 x 380 x 259.9 ( = 0.89 x 14.96 x 10.23 in)
Battery
45 Wh, 2800 mAh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD web cam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Power DVD 12, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security (trial version), MS Office (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 403 g ( = 14.22 oz / 0.89 pounds)
Price
1099 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The Satellite features the same, bright, contrast-rich IPS display as its sibling already reviewed by us. The display never shows PWM flickering. It is a very good display. Many comparable laptops come with weaker models. For example, the HP Envy 15-ae020ng, which features a relatively dark display with narrow viewing angles.

315
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
349
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
295
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPA1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 349 cd/m² Average: 316.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 349 cd/m²
Contrast: 1026:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.55 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.77 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
84% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.51

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9347 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color Saturation
CalMAN - Color Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
27 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 54 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 23 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.4 ms).
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
IPS, 1920x1080
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
IPS, 1920x1080
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
TN, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
AH-IPS, Normally Black, Transmissive, 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
IPS, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
TN LED, 1920x1080
Response Times
5%
-14%
-9%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39 (16, 23)
50 (15, 35, Plateau)
-28%
48 (16, 32)
-23%
44 (25, 19, short plateau)
-13%
Response Time Black / White *
27 (6, 21)
17 (4, 13)
37%
28 (6, 22)
-4%
28 (11, 17, short plateau)
-4%
PWM Frequency
200 (90)
Screen
-6%
-55%
4%
-1%
-36%
Brightness middle
349
301
-14%
240
-31%
328
-6%
254
-27%
249
-29%
Brightness
316
301
-5%
226
-28%
310
-2%
241
-24%
240
-24%
Brightness Distribution
85
86
1%
88
4%
86
1%
78
-8%
86
1%
Black Level *
0.34
0.28
18%
0.48
-41%
0.33
3%
0.27
21%
0.48
-41%
Contrast
1026
1075
5%
500
-51%
994
-3%
941
-8%
519
-49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.55
6.31
-14%
12.14
-119%
4.74
15%
3.54
36%
10.15
-83%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.39
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.77
7.02
-47%
12.74
-167%
3.15
34%
2.29
52%
12.13
-154%
Gamma
2.51 88%
3.11 71%
2.49 88%
2.51 88%
2.5 88%
2.48 89%
CCT
6970 93%
7186 90%
15295 42%
6336 103%
6698 97%
13445 48%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
55
0%
38
-31%
54
-2%
41
-25%
74
35%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84
84
0%
59
-30%
82
-2%
64
-24%
100
19%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-6% / -6%
-55% / -55%
5% / 4%
-8% / -3%
-23% / -31%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

The Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188 is a multimedia all-rounder in 15.6-inch format. It delivers sufficient performance for everyday tasks and can smoothly run games. Our test model costs about 1000 Euros (~$1113). Variants with different configuration are available. The currently cheapest representative of the series (Satellite P50-C-147; Core i5-5200UGeForce 930M, HD display) costs about 700 Euros (~$779).

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

The Intel Core i5-6200U (Skylake) dual-core processor with a TDP of 15 watts used in the review unit does not require too much energy. It is Intel's current ULV mid-range model, which can be found in many notebooks. The processor is plenty for the requirements of most users. The base clock of the CPU is 2.3 GHz. Thanks to Turbo, the clock rate can increase to 2.7 GHz (both cores) and 2.8 GHz (single core). The Turbo is used in mains operation as well as on battery. However, it cannot keep the maximum clock in multithread applications. It clocks at 2.6 to 2.7 GHz in such. Overall, the processor performs better than its Broadwell predecessor (Core i5-5200U) by about 10 to 15 percent. This is due to improvements in the Skylake architecture and slightly higher clock rates.

Computers like the Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 and the HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng, which are equipped with more powerful quad-core processors, are alternatives to our Satellite. These CPUs do not really bring advantages in everyday tasks. Only CPU intensive applications profit from them.

CPU and GPU are soldered.
CPU and GPU are soldered.
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5668
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9533
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4366
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
36.02 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.18 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.32 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
58.93 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
283 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
115 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
115 Points ∼77%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
121 Points ∼81% +5%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
108 Points ∼72% -6%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
150 Points ∼100% +30%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
148 Points ∼99% +29%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
149 Points ∼99% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
124 Points ∼83% +8%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
132 Points ∼88% +15%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
106 Points ∼71% -8%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
283 Points ∼42%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
287 Points ∼42% +1%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
250 Points ∼37% -12%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
674 Points ∼100% +138%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
677 Points ∼100% +139%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
675 Points ∼100% +139%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
319 Points ∼47% +13%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
329 Points ∼49% +16%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
292 Points ∼43% +3%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.32 Points ∼78%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
1.39 Points ∼82% +5%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.28 Points ∼76% -3%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
1.69 Points ∼100% +28%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
1.68 Points ∼99% +27%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
1.68 Points ∼99% +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
1.45 Points ∼86% +10%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1.49 Points ∼88% +13%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.24 Points ∼73% -6%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3.18 Points ∼43%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
3.16 Points ∼42% -1%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.74 Points ∼37% -14%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
7.47 Points ∼100% +135%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
7.48 Points ∼100% +135%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
7.48 Points ∼100% +135%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3.55 Points ∼47% +12%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3.63 Points ∼49% +14%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3.24 Points ∼43% +2%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4366 Points ∼79%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4641 Points ∼84% +6%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4470 Points ∼81% +2%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
5510 Points ∼99% +26%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
5547 Points ∼100% +27%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
5475 Points ∼99% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
4871 Points ∼88% +12%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
4924 Points ∼89% +13%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4396 Points ∼79% +1%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
9533 Points ∼47%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
7806 Points ∼38% -18%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8369 Points ∼41% -12%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
19801 Points ∼97% +108%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
20433 Points ∼100% +114%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
20380 Points ∼100% +114%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
11004 Points ∼54% +15%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
11050 Points ∼54% +16%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
9842 Points ∼48% +3%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5607 Points ∼44%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
12829 Points ∼100% +129%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
12649 Points ∼99% +126%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
6092 Points ∼47% +9%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
6785 Points ∼53% +21%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5993 Points ∼47% +7%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2574 Points ∼73%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
3519 Points ∼100% +37%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
3469 Points ∼99% +35%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
2816 Points ∼80% +9%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3278 Points ∼93% +27%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2782 Points ∼79% +8%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
90.2 ms * ∼91%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
99 ms * ∼100% -10%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
74.5 ms * ∼75% +17%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
83 ms * ∼84% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
85.9 ms * ∼87% +5%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
83 ms * ∼84% +8%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
90.6 ms * ∼92% -0%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
187.32 Points ∼74%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
244.68 Points ∼97% +31%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
251.79 Points ∼100% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
189.6 Points ∼75% +1%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
186.9 Points ∼74% 0%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1316.5 ms * ∼100%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
1014 ms * ∼77% +23%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
969.1 ms * ∼74% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
1103.9 ms * ∼84% +16%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1081 ms * ∼82% +18%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1287.6 ms * ∼98% +2%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
27142 Points ∼70%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
37089 Points ∼95% +37%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
38945 Points ∼100% +43%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
29745 Points ∼76% +10%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
32544 Points ∼84% +20%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
27402 Points ∼70% +1%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2612 Points ∼79%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
3195 Points ∼96% +22%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
3322 Points ∼100% +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3055 Points ∼92% +17%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2597 Points ∼78% -1%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly without problems. Overall, the results are very good in the PC Mark benchmarks. The comparison diagram shows that the Satellite lags behind its competitors. They perform better as they come with more powerful processors and/or SSDs or hybrid hard drives. If the Satellite was equipped with an SSD, it would be on par with its competition.

Two RAM slots are available.
Two RAM slots are available.
PCMark 7 Score
2686 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2847 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3362 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3783 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2847 Points ∼77%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
3069 Points ∼83% +8%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
3719 Points ∼100% +31%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
3665 Points ∼99% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3595 Points ∼97% +26%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3447 Points ∼93% +21%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2686 Points ∼48%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
3923 Points ∼70% +46%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3760 Points ∼67% +40%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
4673 Points ∼83% +74%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
5628 Points ∼100% +110%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
5102 Points ∼91% +90%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3624 Points ∼64% +35%

Storage Device & Memory Card Reader

A 2.5-inch hard drive from Toshiba is used as the system drive. It works at 5400 RPM and features a capacity of 1 TB. Its transfer rates are usual for a 5400-RPM hard drive. It is simple to replace the hard drive with an SSD. The underside of the notebook can be removed easily after loosening the screws.

The memory card reader works quickly. When copying large data blocks, it achieves a maximum transfer rate of 86.9 MB/s. Moving 250 jpg files (5 MB each) is done at 64.7 MB/s. We always use our reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II) to test memory card readers.

It is easy to replace the hard drive.
It is easy to replace the hard drive.
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Transfer Rate Minimum: 16.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 81.7 MB/s
Access Time: 18.7 ms
Burst Rate: 165.5 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.1 %

Graphics Card

The Satellite comes with a GeForce GTX 950M GPU, which is upper mid-range. The maximum clock of the graphics core is 1124 MHz. Therewith, it works only insignificantly faster than its predecessor (GeForce GTX 850M; 1.084 MHz). Both cores are based on Nvidia's Maxwell architecture. Thus, their performance is hardly different. The GTX 950M core features 4096 MB DDR VRAM clocked at 1 GHz. The 3D Mark results are as expected for the CPU GPU combination used. Computers like the Acer Aspire V5-591G and the HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng use the same graphics card. They perform better due to their more powerful quad-core processors.

Apart from the GeForce graphics core, Intel's HD Graphics 520 GPU is also on board. Thanks to switchable graphics solution (Optimus), Nvidia's model is used in demanding applications (e.g. computer games) while Intel's GPU is used for everyday tasks and on battery. The graphics cards switch automatically, but manual intervention is possible.

3DMark 06 Standard
16739 points
3DMark 11 Performance
4108 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
45302 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8949 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2719 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4108 Points ∼73%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
2165 Points ∼39% -47%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3276 Points ∼58% -20%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
5620 Points ∼100% +37%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
4703 Points ∼84% +14%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
4644 Points ∼83% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
2689 Points ∼48% -35%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
4160 Points ∼74% +1%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2719 Points ∼67%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
1287 Points ∼32% -53%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2304 Points ∼57% -15%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
4032 Points ∼100% +48%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
2918 Points ∼72% +7%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
2761 Points ∼68% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
1654 Points ∼41% -39%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
2722 Points ∼68% 0%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8601 Points ∼81%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
10586 Points ∼100% +23%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
10597 Points ∼100% +23%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8949 Points ∼51%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
6200 Points ∼35% -31%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5196 Points ∼30% -42%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
17551 Points ∼100% +96%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
14828 Points ∼84% +66%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
14471 Points ∼82% +62%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
7083 Points ∼40% -21%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
9618 Points ∼55% +7%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
45302 Points ∼50%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
GeForce 930M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
39147 Points ∼43% -14%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
30956 Points ∼34% -32%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 80QK7709PB
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
91290 Points ∼100% +102%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
84441 Points ∼92% +86%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
76562 Points ∼84% +69%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
34736 Points ∼38% -23%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
44588 Points ∼49% -2%

Gaming Performance

The CPU GPU combination can run games smoothly. However, you often have to do with HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) and medium quality settings. Higher resolutions and quality settings are only possible in games with low hardware requirements, for example FIFA 16 and World of Warships. Notebooks with quad-core processors deliver slightly more gaming performance, for example the HP Pavilion 15-ak031ng for also just fewer than 1000 Euros (~$1113). This is a slightly less powerful variant (8 GB of RAM, 1 TB HDD) of the Pavilion 15-ak003ng reviewed by us. You need to select a notebook with GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 980M for significantly higher performance. These start from about 1300 Euros (~$1447).

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 196.3 114.3 71.1 33.6 fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 153.5 93.7 61.9 32.4 fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 161 77.4 44.3 21.6 fps
World of Warships (2015) 97.3 92.8 58.7 42.6 fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 70.5 41.8 19.6 8.9 fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 67.5 49 22.7 19.5 fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 43.7 39.5 24.8 21.7 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 42.6 28.8 16.9 14.8 fps
Tomb Raider - 1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
71.1 fps ∼99%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
63.9 fps ∼89% -10%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
71.8 fps ∼100% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
66.5 fps ∼93% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
42.7 fps ∼59% -40%
Just Cause 3 - 1024x768 Low / Off AF:2x (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
43.7 fps ∼63%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
69.5 fps ∼100% +59%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
63.1 fps ∼91% +44%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Lowest Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
42.6 fps ∼100%
Dirt Rally - 1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
44.3 fps ∼74%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
60.2 fps ∼100% +36%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
54.9 fps ∼91% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
25.6 fps ∼43% -42%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
43.11 fps ∼72% -3%
GRID: Autosport - 1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
61.9 fps ∼76%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
81.7 fps ∼100% +32%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
71.4 fps ∼87% +15%
Anno 2205 - 1366x768 Medium Preset AA:2x (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
41.8 fps ∼85%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
48.9 fps ∼100% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
19.8 fps ∼40% -53%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - 1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
49 fps ∼90%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
54.6 fps ∼100% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
28 fps ∼51% -43%

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

The Satellite does not get too loud. When idle, the fan occasionally stands still. When it runs, it is not audible, since the HDD noise is louder. The system will fall silent during everyday tasks if you replace the HDD by an SSD. Under load, the fan increases its speed. During the stress test, the system noise increases to 43 dB(A), an acceptable figure for this performance class.

Noise Level

Idle
33.8 / 34 / 34 dB(A)
DVD
40 / dB(A)
Load
43 / 43 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31.3 dB(A)
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
6200U, GeForce GTX 950M
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
5500U, GeForce 930M
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
5500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Noise
-0%
3%
3%
-6%
1%
off / environment *
31.3
Idle Minimum *
33.8
33.2
2%
32.9
3%
29.6
12%
34
-1%
32.6
4%
Idle Average *
34
33.2
2%
32.9
3%
32.1
6%
35
-3%
32.6
4%
Idle Maximum *
34
33.2
2%
36.7
-8%
32.8
4%
36
-6%
32.6
4%
Load Average *
43
44.7
-4%
37.2
13%
41.4
4%
44
-2%
42.7
1%
Load Maximum *
43
44.7
-4%
42
2%
48.4
-13%
51
-19%
45.5
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Satellite during the stress test
The Satellite during the stress test

The Satellite behaves the same way during the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) whether in mains operation or on battery. The processor clocks at 2.4 to 2.5 GHz. The graphics core runs at 797 MHz. The notebook gets slightly warmer near the heatpipes. We measured temperatures of about 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) there. Such high values are not expected during everyday tasks. Our stress test is an extreme scenario, which does not occur during normal use.

Max. Load
 26.85 °C
80 F
38 °C
100 F
48.7 °C
120 F
 
 26.6 °C
80 F
41.5 °C
107 F
47.1 °C
117 F
 
 25.9 °C
79 F
32.4 °C
90 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 48.7 °C = 120 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
54.4 °C
130 F
33 °C
91 F
26.2 °C
79 F
43 °C
109 F
39.4 °C
103 F
27.1 °C
81 F
36.2 °C
97 F
29.6 °C
85 F
26.3 °C
79 F
Maximum: 54.4 °C = 130 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  47.8 °C = 118 F | Room Temperature 23.1 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.1 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.7 °C / 120 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 54.4 °C / 130 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.1 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 37.4 °C / 99.3 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-8.3 °C / -14.9 F).
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
6200U, GeForce GTX 950M
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
5500U, GeForce 930M
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
5500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Heat
-6%
-2%
8%
-1%
-10%
Maximum Upper Side *
48.7
49.6
-2%
49
-1%
48.4
1%
59.3
-22%
67.7
-39%
Maximum Bottom *
54.4
53.3
2%
51.9
5%
46
15%
61.2
-13%
47.1
13%
Idle Upper Side *
29.2
32.6
-12%
31.5
-8%
28.9
1%
26.4
10%
34.1
-17%
Idle Bottom *
32
36
-13%
32.6
-2%
27.9
13%
25.6
20%
30.6
4%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption

When idle, we measured a maximum energy demand of 10.9 watts. During the stress test, the power consumption increases to up to 60 watts. This is about 20 watts lower than of comparable notebooks like the Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0. There are two reasons for this: First, the Aspire comes with a more powerful CPU. Secondly, its graphics core reaches higher clock rates during the stress test. In theory, the graphics core of the Satellite could run at full speed and the power adapter (90 watts) would be able to deliver the necessary energy. Presumably, the cooling system of the Toshiba computer has not been designed for simultaneously running CPU and GPU at maximum speed. However, this does not have an impact on everyday gaming. The frame rates and 3D Mark results of the Satellite are on par with the Aspire VN7-572G's.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.37 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.6 / 10.9 / 10.6 Watt
Load midlight 61 / 60 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
6200U, GeForce GTX 950M
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
5500U, GeForce 930M
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
5500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Power Consumption
13%
25%
-3%
-29%
-26%
Idle Minimum *
5.6
6.2
-11%
4.1
27%
5.2
7%
7
-25%
6
-7%
Idle Average *
10.9
9.4
14%
6.9
37%
9.4
14%
11
-1%
9.8
10%
Idle Maximum *
10.6
8.8
17%
9.2
13%
10.8
-2%
17
-60%
11.4
-8%
Load Average *
61
40.7
33%
45.3
26%
60
2%
69
-13%
84
-38%
Load Maximum *
60
51.3
14%
47.7
20%
80.9
-35%
89
-48%
113.5
-89%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Overall, the battery runtimes of the Satellite are decent. In our realistic WLAN test, the computer lasts 5:03 hours. In this test, we simulate web surfing. The profile "balanced" is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². In our video test, the device from Toshiba runs just under 5:05 hours on a single charge. We test the video battery life by running the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The Wi-Fi modules are disabled and the display brightness is reduced to 150 cd/m². Overall, the Satellite performs slightly better than its sibling.

The battery rated at 45 Wh is fixed by two screws.
The battery rated at 45 Wh is fixed by two screws.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 55min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
5h 03min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 05min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 27min
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
45 Wh
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-10G
44 Wh
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
56 Wh
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
53 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
48 Wh
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
56 Wh
Battery Runtime
-9%
38%
32%
-7%
5%
Reader / Idle
535
437
-18%
753
41%
761
42%
572
7%
715
34%
H.264
305
283
-7%
241
-21%
WiFi v1.3
303
282
-7%
308
2%
359
18%
304
0%
255
-16%
Load
87
84
-3%
148
70%
118
36%
62
-29%
108
24%

Pros

+ bright, contrast-rich IPS display
+ Full HD resolution
+ good system performance
+ easy maintenance
+ gaming capable

Cons

- glossy display
- no keyboard light

Verdict

In review: Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188. Test model provided by Toshiba Germany.
In review: Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188. Test model provided by Toshiba Germany.

With the Satellite P50-C-188, Toshiba delivers a multimedia all-rounder in 15.6-inch format. The computer delivers sufficient performance for all usual application scenarios and runs current games smoothly. During everyday tasks, the computer works quietly and does not heat up much. Thanks to its 1 TB hard drive, there is a good deal of space for computer games and/or other data. It is simple to replace the hard drive with a model with larger capacity or an SSD. The underside can be removed easily. The input devices appear good. The keyboard is better than required for home use being quite suitable for frequent typing. However, we would like to see a keyboard light - which should certainly be available in a notebook that costs nearly 1000 Euros (~$1113).

All things considered, Toshiba delivers a balanced multimedia all-rounder.

Once again, we have to criticize the less than perfect build quality and the stability of the case. For example, the base unit twists too easily in our opinion. This should also not happen in a device costing 1000 Euros (~$1113). The Satellite can score points with a bright, contrast-rich IPS display. Unfortunately, Toshiba used a glossy model.

Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188 - 02/11/2016 v4.1(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
65 / 81 → 80%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 89%
Battery
85%
Display
82%
Games Performance
86 / 85 → 100%
Application Performance
82 / 92 → 89%
Temperature
83%
Noise
77 / 95 → 81%
Audio
60%
Camera
45 / 85 → 53%
Average
74%
81%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-02-18 (Update: 2018-05-15)