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Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H


Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H
Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H (Satellite S50 Series)
Intel Core i7-4700MQ 4 x 2.4 - 3.4 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M - 2048 MB VRAM, Core: 1058 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, ForceWare 320.49, Optimus
8 GB 
, DDR3, dual-channel, two memory banks
15.60 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, Samsung 156AT30-501, TN LED, glossy: no
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 886 GB free
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD, MMC
Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit/s), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.95 x 377.5 x 244 ( = 1.02 x 14.86 x 9.61 in)
43 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.4 V, 2838 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
Webcam: HD-Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee Internet Security (trial), Microsoft Office 365 (trial), Toshiba Video Player, 24 Months Warranty
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds), Power Supply: 621 g ( = 21.91 oz / 1.37 pounds)
949 Euro



Average Score: 75.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 89%, features: 69%, display: 67% mobility: 81%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 79%

Reviews for the Toshiba Satellite S50-A-10H

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



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

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

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

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

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

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

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


15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate or technology group. The company was established in 1939 and in 1978 Toshiba became the official company name. The company's products and services include power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard drives, printers, batteries, lighting, logistics and information technology. Toshiba was one of the largest manufacturers of personal computers, consumer electronics, home appliances and medical equipment.

75.5%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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