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Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C (6006U, HD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 04/02/2017

Office worker. With its Satellite Pro R50-C-16V, Toshiba presents a quiet, 15.6-inch office device that hardly heats up. A Core i3 processor from the Skylake generation provides the necessary computing power. The Windows 10 Pro operating system boosts the laptop's price to almost 500 Euros (~$534).

For the original German review, see here.

Toshiba's Satellite Pro R50-C is the predecessor of the Satellite Pro R50-B that we have tested. The 15.6-inch laptop is aimed primarily at professionals. It can be categorized below the classic business laptops - and in the case of Toshiba, below the Tecra A50-C lineup. It rivals are found in models, such as Acer's Extensa 2520HP 250 G5Lenovo's B50-50, and Lenovo's E51-80. Since the transitions merge seamlessly, even the entry-level models of various competitors can be added to them. We would, for example name Lenovo's ThinkPad E570HP's ProBook 450 G4Acer's TravelMate P259-M, and Dell's Latitude 15 3570.

Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V (Satellite Pro R50 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 300-850 MHz, single-channel, 21.20.16.4590
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel 100 PPI, Toshiba, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075, 750 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 660 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUD0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.95 x 379 x 258 ( = 0.94 x 14.92 x 10.16 in)
Battery
44 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, McAfee LiveSafe (trial), MS Office 365 (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.1 kg ( = 74.08 oz / 4.63 pounds), Power Supply: 229 g ( = 8.08 oz / 0.5 pounds)
Price
625 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case and Connectivity

Toshiba uses black plastic exclusively for the casing of its Satellite Pro. The base unit's upper side and lid's back are textured to imitate brushed aluminum. The build is generally satisfactory, but slight burrs can be felt (lid back, base unit). The laptop does not present any major flaws in terms of stability. The laptop does not have a maintenance hatch. The battery is removable. In total, the Satellite strongly resembles its predecessor.

Toshiba is quite generous with USB ports. The laptop offers four Type-A ports (2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 Gen.1). Furthermore, two video outs are installed. The interface positioning could be improved. The left-sided USB port is on the same level as the wrist rest.

The memory card reader is sluggish. A maximum transfer rate of 26.6 MB/s is achieved when copying large data blocks. Transmitting 250 JPG image files (approx. 5 MB each) is performed at a speed of 22.7 MB/s. We test the memory card reader via a Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card.

The Wi-Fi module carries a chip (3167) by Intel. In addition to the 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi standards, it also supports the fast ac standard. The transmission rates that we determined under ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices in the vicinity, short distance between laptop and server PC) were good.

Size Comparison

384 mm / 15.1 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.1 kg4.64 lbs381.6 mm / 15 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 24.9 mm / 0.98 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 263 mm / 10.4 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.2 kg4.81 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 262 mm / 10.3 inch 24.7 mm / 0.972 inch 2.3 kg5.11 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 262 mm / 10.3 inch 24.7 mm / 0.972 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs379 mm / 14.9 inch 261 mm / 10.3 inch 25.4 mm / 1 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 23.25 mm / 0.915 inch 2.1 kg4.54 lbs379 mm / 14.9 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs379 mm / 14.9 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 23.95 mm / 0.943 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs

Connectivity

Left: Gigabit-Ethernet, DVD burner, 2x USB 2.0 (Type-A), combo audio
Left: Gigabit-Ethernet, DVD burner, 2x USB 2.0 (Type-A), combo audio
Right: Memory card reader (SD), 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), HDMI, VGA-out, power-in
Right: Memory card reader (SD), 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), HDMI, VGA-out, power-in
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
 
68.1 MB/s ∼100% +200%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
 
68 MB/s ∼100% +200%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
 
62.5 MB/s ∼92% +175%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
 
23.7 MB/s ∼35% +4%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
 
22.7 MB/s ∼33% 0%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
 
22.7 MB/s ∼33%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
 
22.24 MB/s ∼33% -2%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
 
15.35 MB/s ∼23% -32%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
 
81.71 MB/s ∼100% +207%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
 
27.7 MB/s ∼34% +4%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
 
27.5 MB/s ∼34% +3%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
 
26.6 MB/s ∼33%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
 
24.15 MB/s ∼30% -9%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
628 MBit/s ∼100% +103%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
495 MBit/s ∼79% +60%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
310 MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
583 MBit/s ∼100% +71%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
434 MBit/s ∼74% +27%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
341 MBit/s ∼58%

Input Devices

Toshiba equips the R50-C with an unlit chiclet keyboard. The flat, lightly roughened keys have a short drop and clear pressure point. The keyboard's right half yields slightly when typing on it. However, this is still within an acceptable range. Toshiba provides a relatively decent keyboard here, although it is not a top model. The multi-touchpad has a surface area of approximately 9.2 x 5.2 cm (~3.6 x 2.0 in). Thus, there is enough room for gesture control. The sleek surface facilitates gliding over it with the fingers. The pad still responds to inputs in its corners. Two dedicated mouse keys are below the pad. They have a short drop and clear pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The matte, 15.6-inch screen in Toshiba's laptop has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Both the brightness (216.7 cd/m²) and contrast (390:1) are disappointing. Beyond that, the panel exhibits PWM flickering at brightness levels of 90 percent and lower at a frequency of 217 Hz. This can cause headaches and/or eye problems in sensitive users.

226
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
206
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 226 cd/m² Average: 216.7 cd/m² Minimum: 12 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 226 cd/m²
Contrast: 390:1 (Black: 0.58 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.84 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 11.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
61% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.35
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
122%
6%
18%
28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
68 (32, 36)
52 (28, 24)
24%
58 (27, 31)
15%
47 (23, 24)
31%
40 (20, 20)
41%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (20, 6)
31 (14, 17)
-19%
27 (10, 17)
-4%
25 (8, 17)
4%
22 (6, 16)
15%
PWM Frequency
217 (90)
1000
361%
Screen
-35%
1%
-6%
-4%
-3%
Brightness middle
226
199
-12%
211
-7%
204
-10%
215
-5%
219
-3%
Brightness
217
182
-16%
200
-8%
198
-9%
208
-4%
222
2%
Brightness Distribution
91
76
-16%
83
-9%
85
-7%
90
-1%
85
-7%
Black Level *
0.58
1.47
-153%
0.43
26%
0.48
17%
0.45
22%
0.39
33%
Contrast
390
135
-65%
491
26%
425
9%
478
23%
562
44%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.84
9.74
1%
10.53
-7%
11.62
-18%
12.03
-22%
12.67
-29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
16.77
17.79
-6%
19.97
-19%
20.32
-21%
20.99
-25%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.1
11.26
-1%
11.85
-7%
12.3
-11%
13.06
-18%
13.82
-25%
Gamma
2.35 94%
2.62 84%
2.25 98%
2.22 99%
2.71 81%
2.63 84%
CCT
11979 54%
12294 53%
13758 47%
13244 49%
15959 41%
15633 42%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39
33
-15%
39
0%
36
-8%
35
-10%
35
-10%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61
61
0%
56
-8%
56
-8%
55
-10%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-35% / -35%
62% / 29%
0% / -4%
7% / -1%
13% / 2%

* ... smaller is better

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 detected 217 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 217 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 217 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9705 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The DeltaE 2000 shift is 9.84 in delivery state. A rate less than 3 would be desirable. The screen also displays a bluish tint.

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

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
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 6 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. » 45 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
68 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 32 ms rise
↘ 36 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. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (40.7 ms).

Toshiba installs a viewing angle dependent TN panel into its Satellite. Thus, the screen is not legible from every position. The laptop can at most be used in the shade or under overcast skies outdoors.

Satellite Pro oudoors (direct sunlight)
Satellite Pro oudoors (direct sunlight)

Performance

With the Satellite Pro, Toshiba has a 15.6-inch office laptop in its lineup that is aimed at professional users. Windows 10 Pro is the preloaded operating system. The installed processor has enough computing power for office and Internet applications. Our review sample costs approximately 500 Euros (~$534). Other configurations did not exist at test time.

Processor

The Satellite Pro is furnished with a Core i3-6006U (Skylake) dual-core processor. The processor clocks at a speed of 2 GHz. It does not feature Turbo. However, the processor supports Hyperthreading (one core can process two threads). The CPU always performed our CPU tests at full speed.

We check whether the CPU can permanently clock at full speed by looping the Cinebench R15 benchmark's multithread test for approximately 30 minutes. The outcomes were all on the same level, and thus performance losses are not an issue.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The processor clocks at the same speeds as its predecessor - Core i3-5005U. Thus, an exact comparison of both CPU architectures is possible. The diverse improvements made to the Skylake architecture only result in a very marginal increase in performance per MHz. A look at our comparison chart reveals that it is less than 5 percent.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5803
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7388
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3227
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
23.32 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.39 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.96 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
30.06 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
216 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
84 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
131 Points ∼60% +56%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
130 Points ∼60% +55%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼59% +54%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Z2Y44ES
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼59% +52%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼53% +38%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼53% +38%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
Intel Core i5-4210U
100 Points ∼46% +19%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
87 Points ∼40% +4%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Core i3-6006U
84 Points ∼39%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
Intel Core i3-5005U
82 Points ∼38% -2%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
82 Points ∼38% -2%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
81 Points ∼37% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Intel Core i5-7200U
330 Points ∼8% +53%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Z2Y44ES
Intel Core i5-7200U
330 Points ∼8% +53%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
329 Points ∼8% +52%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
312 Points ∼7% +44%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼7% +34%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U
288 Points ∼7% +33%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
261 Points ∼6% +21%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
Intel Core i5-4210U
236 Points ∼5% +9%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Core i3-6006U
216 Points ∼5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
Intel Core i3-5005U
210 Points ∼5% -3%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
208 Points ∼5% -4%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
206 Points ∼5% -5%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
4860 Points ∼45% +51%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
4841 Points ∼45% +50%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
3505 Points ∼32% +9%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Core i3-6006U
3227 Points ∼30%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
Intel Core i3-5005U
3151 Points ∼29% -2%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
3133 Points ∼29% -3%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
3113 Points ∼29% -4%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
11200 Points ∼23% +52%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
10908 Points ∼22% +48%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
9080 Points ∼18% +23%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Core i3-6006U
7388 Points ∼15%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
Intel Core i3-5005U
6953 Points ∼14% -6%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
6927 Points ∼14% -6%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
6897 Points ∼14% -7%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
6904 Points ∼22% +62%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
6179 Points ∼20% +45%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
5144 Points ∼17% +21%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Core i3-6006U
4265 Points ∼14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
Intel Core i3-5005U
4093 Points ∼13% -4%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
4075 Points ∼13% -4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
3239 Points ∼67% +67%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
2823 Points ∼59% +45%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
2228 Points ∼46% +15%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Core i3-6006U
1943 Points ∼40%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
1928 Points ∼40% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
Intel Core i3-5005U
1907 Points ∼40% -2%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
7550 Points ∼27% +60%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Core i3-6006U
4723 Points ∼17%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
3872 Points ∼67% +57%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Core i3-6006U
2468 Points ∼43%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Intel Core i5-7200U
208.94 Points ∼63% +47%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U
160.64 Points ∼48% +13%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
151.94 Points ∼46% +7%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel Core i3-6006U
142.55 Points ∼43%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
132.72 Points ∼40% -7%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
127.82 Points ∼38% -10%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
126.59 Points ∼38% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD
Intel Core i3-5005U
75.091 Points ∼23% -47%

System Performance

The system runs smoothly. We did not encounter problems. The good PCMark benchmark scores confirm that the laptop has been designed for office and Internet applications. The laptop's total performance can be increased. Firstly, replacing the HDD with an SSD would let the system respond faster and booting times would be shorter. Secondly, installing a second memory module (= dual-channel mode enabled) could improve the graphics performance.

PCMark 7 Score
2453 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2937 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3234 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3707 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
3823 Points ∼63% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
3550 Points ∼58% +21%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3509 Points ∼58% +19%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
3337 Points ∼55% +14%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
3317 Points ∼54% +13%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
2980 Points ∼49% +1%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2937 Points ∼48%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2834 Points ∼47% -4%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2173 Points ∼36% -26%

Storage Device

The system drive is a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive by Toshiba. It spins at 5400 revolutions per minute and has a capacity of 750 GB. The HDD's transfer rates are on a normal level for a 5400-RPM model.

TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Transfer Rate Minimum: 67 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 118 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 97.3 MB/s
Access Time: 16.4 ms
Burst Rate: 162.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.5 %
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-112
TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
10%
26%
27%
17274%
9490%
Write 4k QD32
0.706
0.734
4%
0.769
9%
0.645
-9%
300.1
42407%
228.5
32265%
Read 4k QD32
0.595
0.288
-52%
0.675
13%
0.987
66%
395.7
66404%
141.3
23648%
Write 4k
0.836
0.826
-1%
0.782
-6%
0.64
-23%
120.4
14302%
88.01
10428%
Read 4k
0.342
0.331
-3%
0.375
10%
0.426
25%
37.3
10806%
20.99
6037%
Write 512
19.83
31.01
56%
38.3
93%
35.65
80%
299.7
1411%
289.4
1359%
Read 512
20.82
28.27
36%
33
59%
32.58
56%
466
2138%
321.2
1443%
Write Seq
77.93
102.7
32%
95.72
23%
90.68
16%
302.2
288%
322.1
313%
Read Seq
96.48
102.5
6%
104.7
9%
102.5
6%
520.2
439%
508.9
427%

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 520 graphics unit takes care of video output. It supports DirectX 12 and, according to Intel, it clocks at up to 900 MHz. The maximum speed of the model in the Satellite Pro is, however, 850 MHz. The 3DMark benchmark scores are on a normal level for the GPU installed here. The graphics performance could be increased by installing a second working memory module. The then enabled dual-channel mode would utilize the graphics core more effectively.

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DXVAChecker
DXVAChecker
3DMark 11 Performance
1167 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
4243 Points ∼8% +289%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2821 Points ∼6% +159%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
AMD Radeon R5 M330, Intel Core i7-6500U
1756 Points ∼3% +61%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Z2Y44ES
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1412 Points ∼3% +30%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1273 Points ∼2% +17%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1257 Points ∼2% +15%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1162 Points ∼2% +7%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i3-6006U
1090 Points ∼2%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel HD Graphics 5500, Intel Core i3-5005U
968 Points ∼2% -11%

Gaming Performance

Toshiba's laptop can render a few games smoothly. This applies to games that do not have high hardware requirements. However, the user will have to be satisfied with low resolutions and low quality settings even in these games. Performance-driven smash hits, such as "For Honor" never achieve sufficiently high frame rates. Installing a second working memory module (= dual-channel enabled) could result in higher frame rates.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 28.919.416fps
For Honor (2017) 14.77.4fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 6.62.9fps

Emissions and Energy

System Noise

The fan in the Satellite Pro spins permanently in idle mode. However, it is barely audible because the hard drive's noise drowns it out. It is surprising that the fan is not disabled in idle mode though. A look at the casing and CPU temperatures shows that this would certainly be possible. The laptop's BIOS does not offer an option that could be blamed for the permanently active fan. The fan only increased its speed slightly in the stress test. In total, the laptop hardly produces noise over the entire load range.

Noise Level

Idle
31.8 / 31.8 / 31.8 dB(A)
HDD
31.9 dB(A)
DVD
37.8 / dB(A)
Load
31.9 / 31.8 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: 30.4 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.432.330.430.331.42531.93331.432.231.93136.536.835.335.136.54029.82828.728.329.8502828.828.531.428632726.726.627.5278031.431.631.225.831.410032.232.832.125.332.212525.324.92524.125.316024.424.623.923.524.420022.623.522.622.122.625022.322.221.821.722.331521.621.221.721.121.640021.321.42120.621.350020.119.819.52020.163019.319.319.519.419.380022.122.221.818.722.1100020.62120.918.620.6125020.420.120.91820.4160021.22120.81821.2200019.518.919.117.619.5250019.218.918.917.719.2315018.318.218.317.818.3400018.218.518.418.218.2500018.418.318.618.318.4630018.718.618.618.418.7800018.618.518.518.418.61000018.718.418.518.618.71250018.518.418.318.518.51600018.618.418.418.618.6SPL31.931.831.830.631.9N1.71.71.71.41.7median 20.1median 19.8median 19.5median 18.6median 20.1Delta1.82.42.11.71.8hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseToshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V

Temperature

Satellite Pro in the stress test
Satellite Pro in the stress test

The Satellite Pro performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in the same manner in both AC and battery mode. The processor (2 GHz) and graphics unit (850 MHz) always clocked at their full speeds. The laptop hardly heats up. 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) was only reached on one measuring point (in the area of the heat sink) during the stress test. The temperatures were considerably lower on all other points.

Max. Load
 23 °C
73 F
30.8 °C
87 F
30 °C
86 F
 
 23 °C
73 F
28.9 °C
84 F
30 °C
86 F
 
 22.6 °C
73 F
23.3 °C
74 F
28.7 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Average: 26.7 °C = 80 F
40 °C
104 F
27.5 °C
82 F
22.1 °C
72 F
30.2 °C
86 F
25 °C
77 F
22.6 °C
73 F
27.1 °C
81 F
26.4 °C
80 F
22 °C
72 F
Maximum: 40 °C = 104 F
Average: 27 °C = 81 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.2 °C = 99 F | Room Temperature 20.9 °C = 70 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 26.7 °C / 80 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 30.8 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.9 °C / 77 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 28.7 °C / 83.7 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.2 °C / 82.8 F (-0.5 °C / -0.9 F).
Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers are situated above the keyboard behind a perforated cover. They produce a thin, mostly bass-free sound. Using headphones or external speakers is recommended for a better sound experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.330.328.32531.232.231.23135.435.135.44028.728.328.75027.931.427.96326.327.526.38032.325.832.310033.625.333.612525.924.125.916024.823.524.820024.122.124.125023.321.723.331526.921.126.940045.320.645.350056.52056.563054.219.454.280055.318.755.3100052.718.652.7125055.21855.2160067.41867.4200070.217.670.2250064.517.764.5315062.417.862.4400058.418.258.4500059.118.359.1630053.218.453.2800058.218.458.21000057.118.657.11250055.818.555.81600052.918.652.9SPL74.930.674.9N28.41.428.4median 55.2median 18.6median 55.2Delta9.41.79.435.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseToshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16VApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.2% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (18.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (29.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 89% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 86% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 10% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off!)

Power Consumption

The laptop does not consume much power over the entire load range. We measured a maximum idle consumption of 9.2 watts. The rate climbed to 23.8 watts during the stress test, which is the maximum. The CPU and GPU both clock at full speed. The power supply has a nominal output of 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.12 / 0.35 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6 / 8.7 / 9.2 Watt
Load midlight 18.6 / 23.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

Our practical Wi-Fi test simulates the load needed for opening websites. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m², and the energy-savings functions are disabled. The Satellite Pro achieved a runtime of 5:56 hours on one charged battery.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
5h 56min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Dell Latitude 15-3570
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 65 Wh
542 min ∼21% +52%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 41 Wh
462 min ∼18% +30%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
6006U, HD Graphics 520, 44 Wh
356 min ∼14%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 41 Wh
347 min ∼13% -3%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 37 Wh
315 min ∼12% -12%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
5005U, HD Graphics 5500, 32 Wh
295 min ∼11% -17%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
6500U, GeForce 940MX, 41 Wh
280 min ∼11% -21%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
6500U, Radeon R5 M330, 31 Wh
279 min ∼11% -22%

Pros

+ matte screen
+ runs quietly
+ low temperatures
+ decent battery life
+ high storage capacity
+ AC WiFi

Cons

- dark, low-contrast, viewing angle dependent screen
- no maintenance hatch

Verdict

In review: Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

Toshiba delivers a basic, 15.6-inch office laptop that is aimed primarily at professional users with its Satellite Pro R50-C. The installed Core i3 processor has enough computing power for using office and Internet applications. The laptop hardly heats up and always runs quietly. However, Toshiba does not exhaust the frugal processor's potential. The fan could normally stay inactive in idle mode, but it spins permanently without need.

Thanks to the 750 GB hard drive, storage will not get tight. The casing has to be opened if the HDD is to be replaced with a solid-state drive. The laptop does not have a maintenance hatch. The installed keyboard made a decent impression. Toshiba's laptop achieved a runtime of 5:56 hours in our Wi-Fi test - an acceptable outcome. Like the screens in many laptops, the model in the Satellite Pro is not convincing. Toshiba relies on a dark, low-contrast, viewing angle dependent model. Only its matte surfaces speak for the panel.

The Satellite Pro R50-C-16-V is a solid office laptop.

The laptop is priced at about 500 Euros (~$534) - a lot of money for a simple Core i3 laptop. The Windows 10 license boosts the price. Comparable models from other manufacturers, which also sport a Core i3-6006U processor and are powered by Windows 10 Home, are available for 400 to 450 Euros (~$427 to $480). Models without a Windows operating system are sold for less than 400 Euros. These models have savings potential. Users who really rely on Windows 10 Pro could buy a used Windows 7 Professional license and install it on their laptop. It can then be upgraded to the still free and available Windows 10 Pro.

Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V - 03/29/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
43 / 80 → 54%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 90%
Battery
88%
Display
75%
Games Performance
52 / 68 → 76%
Application Performance
65 / 92 → 71%
Temperature
95%
Noise
92%
Audio
50%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
69%
78%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-04- 2 (Update: 2017-04- 4)