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Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 (Core i5-8250U, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM) Laptop Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Alex Alderson), 12/11/2018

Simple but modern. The Toshiba Tecra A50 is a sleekly designed and modern looking 15.6-inch laptop that Toshiba has equipped with modern hardware. Read on to find out for whom the A50 is suited and what performance buyers can expect from this quad-core laptop.

Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110

The Toshiba Tecra series is no stranger to our offices. We reviewed the Tecra X40-E in July this year, a 14-inch laptop that scored highly for its case design, its long battery life and its two Thunderbolt 3 ports among other things in our review. However, the equivalent US configuration to our test device retails for almost $1,400 at the time of writing, which makes it a comparatively expensive laptop and one which many buyers may overlook for other more popular and competitively priced alternatives.

By contrast, the Tecra A50 is much cheaper than its smaller sibling but is equipped with comparable hardware. The Tecra A50 currently starts at $899.99, but this comes with an outdated Core i5 7200U processor. Our test device is named the A50-E-110 and is equipped with a quad-core Core i5-8250U processor that integrates an Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Toshiba currently sells the equivalent US configuration on its website for $986.99, which is named the A50-E1524. The company ships the A50-E1524 with a DVD drive, which is increasingly rare for devices released in the last few years. However, the DVD drive is a $20 upgrade for Tecra A50 models that do not come with it as standard. Our test device is one such configuration.

The Tecra A50 has plenty of comparably priced competition against which to assess it. We have chosen to compare our test device against the Dell Inspiron 15 5579, the Fujitsu LifeBook E558, the HP ProBook 650 G4 and the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB.

Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 (Tecra A50 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4 SDRAM, Single-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, TOS508F, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ, 256 GB 
, Samsung MZNLN256HAJQ-00000, 200 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant CX8400 @ Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 379 x 258 ( = 0.91 x 14.92 x 10.16 in)
Battery
45 Wh, 2800 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2.1 MP, 16:9, 1,920 x 1,080
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 36 Months Warranty, TPM 2.0
Weight
2 kg ( = 70.55 oz / 4.41 pounds), Power Supply: 220 g ( = 7.76 oz / 0.49 pounds)
Price
900 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case & Connectivity

The display case and the top frame of our test device are made from a robust material that Toshiba has finished in a metallic-looking silver/grey. The company has contrasted this colouring with a black plastic display frame, underside and keyboard keys. All ports can be found on the left-hand or right-hand sides of the device, with the former being dominated by the slot where the DVD drive would have been.

There is also a Toshiba Hi-Speed ​​Port Replicator III docking port on the underside of the device, while the battery is removable should you need to swap in additional batteries throughout a long working day. Our test device weighs 2 kg (~4.4 lb), which is on par with our comparison devices. The Tecra A50 is as large as most of our comparison devices with the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB being the exception. The latter is noticeably smaller thanks to its narrower display bezels.

There is an SD card reader on the right-hand side of the device that is a few millimetres longer than full-sized SD cards, so they do not protrude when they are connected to our test device. It is worth noting that the SD card reader achieved comparatively poor transfer speeds with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card and finished bottom of our comparison table in both tests that we conducted.

The integrated Wi-Fi adapter supports Bluetooth 4.2 and all modern Wi-Fi standards up to IEEE 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. Our test device also finished bottom of our comparison table in the iperf3 Client (receive) Wi-Fi test in which it averaged 295 MBit/s. By contrast, the Dell Inspiron 15 5579 averaged over double that speed with 612 MBit/s. However, the Tecra A50 averaged a more respectable 568 MBit/s in the transmission test, which put it third in our comparison table and around 100 MBit/s behind the Fujitsu LifeBook E558 in first place.

Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110

Size Comparison

379 mm / 14.9 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 23.9 mm / 0.941 inch 2 kg4.5 lbs381.9 mm / 15 inch 253.1 mm / 9.96 inch 20.2 mm / 0.795 inch 2.1 kg4.6 lbs379 mm / 14.9 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs377 mm / 14.8 inch 257 mm / 10.1 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 244 mm / 9.61 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.9 kg4.12 lbs

Connectivity

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
68.1 MB/s ∼100% +185%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=280)
62.8 MB/s ∼92% +163%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
60.6 MB/s ∼89% +154%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.7 MB/s ∼44% +24%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.3 MB/s ∼39% +10%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.9 MB/s ∼35%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=255)
79.4 MB/s ∼100% +198%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
78.6 MB/s ∼99% +195%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76.5 MB/s ∼96% +188%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.7 MB/s ∼37% +12%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.6 MB/s ∼34%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
612 MBit/s ∼100% +107%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
557 MBit/s ∼91% +89%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
527 MBit/s ∼86% +79%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
305 MBit/s ∼50% +3%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
295 (min: 186, max: 388) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
663 MBit/s ∼100% +17%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
657 MBit/s ∼99% +16%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
568 (min: 553, max: 591) MBit/s ∼86%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
483 MBit/s ∼73% -15%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
315 MBit/s ∼48% -45%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø295 (186-388)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø568 (553-591)

Input Devices

The Tecra A50 has a full-width keyboard with keys that offer a soft pressure point, which should still be firm enough for frequent typists. Moreover, the keys are grippy and provide a pleasant typing experience thanks to the well-designed keyboard layout. The function keys are too small for our liking though, mainly as there is enough space for larger keys.

Toshiba has integrated a classic trackpad that has dedicated mouse buttons. We would have preferred a larger surface area, but it is easy to use, and it worked reliably throughout the testing. The trackpad has a slightly roughened finish too, which makes multi-finger gestures such as drag-and-drop movements difficult. The two dedicated mouse buttons have crisp pressure points and reliably trigger clicks onscreen.

A look at the keyboard deck on the Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
A look at the keyboard deck on the Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

Our test device has a 15.6-inch IPS display that runs at a 1,920x1,080 native resolution. Please bear in mind that the cheapest configuration has a 1,366x768 display, with the 1080p variant being a $60 upgrade. Our test device achieves an average maximum brightness of 249 cd/m² according to X-Rite i1Pro 2, which is on par with the IdeaPad 330S-15IKB and is slightly brighter than the displays in both the Inspiron 15 5579 and the LifeBook E558. By contrast, the ProBook 650 G4 averages 270 cd/m², but all devices have dark displays compared to consumer-focused laptops such as the Dell XPS 15 9570 and the Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017. Our test device also has a 78% evenly lit display, which is lower than many of our comparison devices.

Unfortunately, the Tecra A50 uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate display brightness, which can cause eye strain and headaches for some people. We measured a 20,000 Hz PWM frequency at 90% brightness and below, which should be high enough not trouble even those who are PWM sensitive; we cannot guarantee this though. The lower resolution display may use PWM too.

260
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
TOS508F
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 290 cd/m² Average: 248.9 cd/m² Minimum: 25 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Center on Battery: 290 cd/m²
Contrast: 763:1 (Black: 0.38 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.35 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 3.01 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
86% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 56% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.44
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
TOS508F, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
BOE0700, , 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
CMN15D3, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
AUO, B156HW01, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
LG Philips LP156WFB-SPB1, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
109%
-15%
5%
18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 (23, 21)
44 (21, 23)
-0%
31 (14, 17)
30%
41 (19, 22)
7%
36 (18, 18)
18%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (19, 11)
31 (17, 14)
-3%
24 (14, 10)
20%
29 (17, 12)
3%
25 (15, 10)
17%
PWM Frequency
20000 (90)
86000 (90)
330%
1000 (90)
-95%
Screen
-8%
6%
1%
5%
Brightness middle
290
283
-2%
305
5%
251
-13%
231
-20%
Brightness
249
252
1%
270
8%
240
-4%
227
-9%
Brightness Distribution
78
75
-4%
80
3%
84
8%
88
13%
Black Level *
0.38
0.63
-66%
0.39
-3%
0.2
47%
0.16
58%
Contrast
763
449
-41%
782
2%
1255
64%
1444
89%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.35
4.02
8%
3.26
25%
5.25
-21%
4.83
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.06
8.77
21%
6.84
38%
10.04
9%
8.42
24%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.01
0.8
73%
1.98
34%
3.28
-9%
3.49
-16%
Gamma
2.44 90%
2.35 94%
2.38 92%
2.15 102%
2.54 87%
CCT
7198 90%
6552 99%
6540 99%
6502 100%
6233 104%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
56
38
-32%
40
-29%
35
-37%
34
-39%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
86
58
-33%
63
-27%
55
-36%
53
-38%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.03
Total Average (Program / Settings)
51% / 19%
-5% / 1%
3% / 2%
12% / 7%

* ... smaller is better

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 21 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. » 65 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

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 20000 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 20000 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 20000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

56% AdobeRGB colour space coverage
56% AdobeRGB colour space coverage
86% sRGB colour space coverage
86% sRGB colour space coverage

Our test device has a 0.38 cd/m² black value, which combines with the low display brightness to yield a 763:1 contrast ratio. Only the IdeaPad 330S-15IKB has a worse contrast ratio of our test device, while the Inspiron 15 5579 and LifeBook E558 have a 1,255:1 and 1,444:1 contrast ratio respectively. In short, colours will seem more vibrant, and blacks will look deeper on the latter two devices than on the Tecra A50 with the 1080p display. Our test device reproduces colours accurately though, as demonstrated by the CalMAN analysis screenshots that we have included below. The display covers 56% of the AdobeRGB colour space and 86% of the sRGB colour space, which are both higher than what any of our comparison devices can achieve.

The Tecra A50 is easy to use outdoors on a cloudy day as demonstrated by the photo below. However, we struggled to read the display in direct sunlight as it cannot get bright enough to compensate for reflections.

The IPS display has strong viewing angles though. We did not notice any brightness, colour or image distortions even at acute viewing angles, which means that you will be able to use the device at practically any angle without any display-related issues.

CalMAN: Colour Accuracy
CalMAN: Colour Accuracy
CalMAN: Colour Saturation
CalMAN: Colour Saturation
CalMAN: Greyscale
CalMAN: Greyscale
Using the Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 outdoors
Using the Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 outdoors
Backlight bleed
Backlight bleed
Viewing Angles
Viewing Angles

Performance

LatencyMon
LatencyMon

The Tecra A50-E-110 is equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor that integrates an Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The combination of components makes the Tecra A50 powerful enough for all major office applications and even some simple image editing. The SSD is fast enough to provide smooth system performance, while the system can be connected to a compatible external dock with the Toshiba Hi-Speed ​​Port Replicator III connector if needed, which is located on the underside of the device.

Processor

The Core i5-8250U is a quad-core processor based from Intel’s Kaby Lake Refresh generation. The CPU has a 1.6 GHz base clock speed that can clock up to 3.6 GHz when required thanks to Intel Turbo Boost technology. The processor also supports Intel Hyper-Threading, which allows it to execute up to 8 threads simultaneously.

The degree to which the CPU can maintain its peak performance depends on the effectiveness of the Tecra A50’s cooling system. We subjected our test device to a looped Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark to test this. The Tecra A50 initially scored 508 points, but dropped to 480 points in the second benchmark loop, which corresponds with a 5% performance loss. Our test device then consistently scored around 480 points for the remainder of the benchmark loop. In short, you should not experience any thermal throttling in daily use.

Please see our CPU benchmark page and our Core i5-8250U page for more information about the processor and how well it compares against other CPUs.

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: Ø480 (477.83-508.65)

Our test device finished bottom of our comparison table in the single-core benchmark loop, but this does not tell the whole story. All devices are separated by only 4%, so the Tecra A50’s single-core performance is on par with our comparison devices. However, it finished second last in the multi-core loop and 16% behind the ProBook 650 G4. Likewise, it also finished around 10% below the average of Core 8250U powered devices that we have currently tested. Overall, the Tecra A50 does not get the most from its processor, but it is more powerful than the average of office laptops that we have tested to date. Overall, the device should work smoothly in daily use.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼67% +4%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼66% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (81 - 147, n=94)
141 Points ∼65% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
Intel Core i5-8250U
140 Points ∼64% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
Intel Core i5-8250U
140 Points ∼64% +1%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Intel Core i5-8250U
139 Points ∼64%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 199, n=538)
112 Points ∼51% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
605 Points ∼14% +19%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (320 - 730, n=98)
568 Points ∼13% +12%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
Intel Core i5-8250U
557 Points ∼13% +10%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel Core i5-8250U
548 Points ∼13% +8%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Intel Core i5-8250U
508 Points ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
Intel Core i5-8250U
480 Points ∼11% -6%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1103, n=545)
346 Points ∼8% -32%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
139 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
508 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
44.52 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

This impression corresponds with our PCMark 10 benchmark results, in which our test device finished third behind the IdeaPad 330S-15IKB and the ProBook 650 G4 of our comparison devices, but the PCMark 8 test is slightly worse. The Tecra A50 finished bottom of our PCMark 8 comparison table, but this should be nothing to worry about. The Tecra A50 feels snappy in daily use with program loading quickly. We could access files without delay too and experienced no system or program crashes.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2901 Points ∼24% +4%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
2778 Points ∼23%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2688 - 3082, n=65)
2734 Points ∼23% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
2723 Points ∼23% -2%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
2677 Points ∼22% -4%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 5520, n=155)
2673 Points ∼22% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
2656 Points ∼22% -4%
Productivity
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
5777 Points ∼60% +5%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5763 Points ∼59% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3851 - 6653, n=65)
5731 Points ∼59% +4%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5600 Points ∼58% +2%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
5505 Points ∼57%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 7964, n=155)
5488 Points ∼57% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
4811 Points ∼50% -13%
Essentials
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
8110 Points ∼74% +16%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
7410 Points ∼67% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5855 - 9289, n=65)
7400 Points ∼67% +5%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
7021 Points ∼64%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9790, n=155)
6984 Points ∼64% -1%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
6735 Points ∼61% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
6349 Points ∼58% -10%
Score
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
3609 Points ∼46% +6%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3574 Points ∼46% +5%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
3407 Points ∼44%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3338 Points ∼43% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3407 - 4081, n=65)
3292 Points ∼42% -3%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 5009, n=156)
3282 Points ∼42% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
2208 Points ∼28% -35%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
3621 Points ∼59% +16%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2986 - 4458, n=68)
3592 Points ∼59% +15%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3566 Points ∼59% +15%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3464 Points ∼57% +11%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
3370 Points ∼55% +8%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
3113 Points ∼51%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=411)
3059 Points ∼50% -2%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3113 points
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Storage Devices

Toshiba has equipped our test device with a 256 GB Samsung SSD. The drive’s CrystalDiskMark results confirm that it is a SATA III SSD, which is on par with the drives in most of our comparison devices. The giveaway that it is a SATA III SSD is its sequential read speed, which averages around 528 MB/s. SATA III SSDs can only achieve around 500 MB/s sequential speeds, which are considerably slower than what their NVMe counterparts can achieve. The SSD in the ProBook 650 G4 is an example of the difference between technologies as its drive averages close to 2,000 MB/s sequential read speeds. In practice, this should make the ProBook 650 G4 feel faster than the Tecra A50, but the latter is no slouch either with the OS and programs loading quickly in daily use.

Please see our HDD/SSD benchmark page for more information and comparisons among different HDDs and SSDs.

Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
 
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
SK hynix SC311 SATA
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Average Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
3%
87%
-13%
-6%
-2%
59%
Write 4K
80.14
89.72
12%
48.25
-40%
80.51
0%
78.1 (55.4 - 89.7, n=7)
-3%
95.4 (0.217 - 204, n=159)
19%
Read 4K
32.05
30.73
-4%
23.77
-26%
26.14
-18%
26.8 (16.7 - 36.6, n=7)
-16%
33.6 (0.176 - 166, n=159)
5%
Write Seq
505.4
158.1
-69%
385.3
-24%
444.9
-12%
356.6
-29%
439 (384 - 505, n=7)
-13%
706 (21.4 - 2714, n=158)
40%
Read Seq
527.9
892.2
69%
1986
276%
497.5
-6%
467.1
-12%
479 (436 - 528, n=7)
-9%
996 (74 - 2827, n=158)
89%
Write 4K Q32T1
204.9
162.2
-21%
339.9
66%
223.5
9%
257.2
26%
244 (205 - 321, n=7)
19%
268 (0.222 - 701, n=160)
31%
Read 4K Q32T1
226.6
320.4
41%
241.7
7%
171.8
-24%
243.3
7%
245 (182 - 340, n=7)
8%
287 (0.647 - 773, n=160)
27%
Write Seq Q32T1
532.7
160.2
-70%
345.2
-35%
510.9
-4%
437.4
-18%
521 (483 - 534, n=7)
-2%
900 (56.5 - 3280, n=160)
69%
Read Seq Q32T1
550.7
932.6
69%
2759
401%
552.8
0%
525.5
-5%
545 (535 - 551, n=7)
-1%
1621 (78.6 - 3561, n=160)
194%
Write 4K Q8T8
4.686
310.2
864 (4.69 - 2067, n=16)
Read 4K Q8T8
452.5
349.5
901 (247 - 1525, n=16)
AS SSD
-195%
42%
-12%
-4%
5%
-268%
Copy Game MB/s
286.07
231.61
234.84
324 (236 - 415, n=4)
311 (17.5 - 1424, n=241)
Copy Program MB/s
246.73
166.43
154.55
280 (137 - 614, n=4)
183 (12.8 - 609, n=241)
Copy ISO MB/s
369.5
301.27
302.18
497 (285 - 816, n=4)
498 (21.1 - 2830, n=241)
Score Total
971
262
-73%
1303
34%
910
-6%
841
-13%
1017 (759 - 1114, n=7)
5%
1365 (21 - 5169, n=366)
41%
Score Write
284
179
-37%
459
62%
330
16%
376
32%
369 (284 - 423, n=7)
30%
460 (8 - 2668, n=366)
62%
Score Read
448
55
-88%
592
32%
383
-15%
305
-32%
425 (305 - 459, n=7)
-5%
605 (6 - 2251, n=366)
35%
Access Time Write *
0.046
0.045
2%
0.054
-17%
0.075
-63%
0.059
-28%
0.05 (0.04 - 0.069, n=7)
-9%
1.066 (0.021 - 34.1, n=394)
-2217%
Access Time Read *
0.129
2.127
-1549%
0.079
39%
0.142
-10%
0.093
28%
0.1037 (0.07 - 0.148, n=7)
20%
1.481 (0.025 - 32, n=391)
-1048%
4K-64 Write
156.1
116.58
-25%
327.56
110%
246.99
58%
270.88
74%
260 (156 - 314, n=7)
67%
305 (0.23 - 2280, n=395)
95%
4K-64 Read
366.77
43.28
-88%
408.49
11%
309.7
-16%
236.03
-36%
352 (224 - 379, n=7)
-4%
451 (0.34 - 2072, n=395)
23%
4K Write
78.8
54.93
-30%
94.94
20%
47.64
-40%
71.85
-9%
70.6 (50.9 - 84.5, n=7)
-10%
74.7 (0.21 - 182, n=395)
-5%
4K Read
30.36
2.25
-93%
29.81
-2%
23.71
-22%
24.6
-19%
26.8 (14.1 - 32.5, n=7)
-12%
30.1 (0.4 - 112, n=395)
-1%
Seq Write
493.27
78.87
-84%
362.69
-26%
356.2
-28%
333.76
-32%
392 (246 - 493, n=7)
-21%
504 (41.5 - 2531, n=396)
2%
Seq Read
512.88
95.9
-81%
1541.71
201%
497.48
-3%
445.03
-13%
465 (433 - 513, n=7)
-9%
839 (42.5 - 2978, n=396)
64%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-96% / -125%
65% / 61%
-13% / -12%
-5% / -5%
2% / 2%
-105% / -130%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
Sequential Read: 530.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 510.8 MB/s
512K Read: 465.5 MB/s
512K Write: 297.3 MB/s
4K Read: 31.45 MB/s
4K Write: 72.25 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 266.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 188.6 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 handles the graphics and is powerful enough for simple image processing or video streaming. The integrated GPU can also play old or casual games smoothly, but it is easily overpowered by complex 3D games. The Tecra A50 finished slightly below average in 3DMark 11 for devices equipped with a Core i5-8250U processor but it scored 6% and 9% higher than the LifeBook E558 and the Inspiron 15 5579 respectively.

Please see our GPU benchmark page for more information on the UHD Graphics 620 and comparisons against other GPUs.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1805 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=173)
1716 Points ∼95% +3%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1686 Points ∼93% +1%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1672 Points ∼93%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1573 Points ∼87% -6%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1529 Points ∼85% -9%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 11542, n=661)
1335 Points ∼74% -20%
3DMark 11 Performance
1804 points
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Gaming Performance

As mentioned in the previous section, the UHD Graphics 620 is only powerful enough for older or more casual games. The integrated GPU averages 18.3 FPS at minimum graphics in "Bioshock Infinite", which makes for an unpleasant gaming experience. Simpler games downloadable from the Windows Store are playable, but overall the UHD Graphics 620 is mostly unsuitable for modern gaming.

Please see our games database for more information on what games the UHD Graphics 620 can play smoothly.

The Witcher 3
1366x768 The Witcher 3 medium
Average of class Office
  (5.8 - 94.1, n=58)
19.5 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (8 - 10.9, n=16)
9.71 fps ∼50%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 high
Average of class Office
  (3.1 - 54.8, n=50)
11.9 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4.2 - 8.8, n=12)
5.74 fps ∼48%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 ultra
Average of class Office
  (1.9 - 30.8, n=30)
8.09 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2.97 - 5.2, n=5)
3.45 fps ∼43%
3840x2160 The Witcher 3 4K
1024x768 The Witcher 3 low
Average of class Office
  (8.3 - 155, n=91)
25.6 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (9.59 - 19.7, n=38)
15.3 fps ∼60%
3840x2160 The Witcher 3 4K ultra
1280x800 Lightsmark - 1280x800
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (122 - 122, n=189)
122 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (122 - 122, n=1033)
122 ∼100%
1280x800 Lightsmark - 1280x800
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (123 - 123, n=189)
123 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (123 - 123, n=1033)
123 ∼100%
1280x720 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x720
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (148 - 148, n=189)
148 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (148 - 148, n=1033)
148 ∼100%
1280x768 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (149 - 149, n=189)
149 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (149 - 149, n=1033)
149 ∼100%
1366x768 3DMark 06 - Standard 1366x768
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (229 - 229, n=189)
229 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (229 - 229, n=1033)
229 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 High
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (230 - 230, n=189)
230 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (230 - 230, n=1033)
230 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 Med
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (231 - 231, n=189)
231 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (231 - 231, n=1033)
231 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis CPU - 1600x900 Low
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (232 - 232, n=189)
232 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (232 - 232, n=1033)
232 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 High
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (233 - 233, n=189)
233 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (233 - 233, n=1033)
233 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 Med
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (234 - 234, n=189)
234 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (234 - 234, n=1033)
234 ∼100%
1600x900 Crysis GPU - 1600x900 Low
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (235 - 235, n=189)
235 ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (235 - 235, n=1033)
235 ∼100%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 18.3 11.5 8.1 4.5 fps

Emissions & Power Consumption

Fan Noise

Fan noise characteristics
Fan noise characteristics

Our test device runs quietly, although the fans do run continuously. The fan noise is barely audible even when the machine is being subjected to sustained load. In short, the fan noise is pleasant and generally blends into the background noise.

Noise Level

Idle
31.4 / 31.4 / 31.5 dB(A)
Load
31.9 / 31.4 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: 30.6 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203332.133.931.833253233.633.330.7323133.733.232.832.933.74033.130.331.730.233.15029.63131.53029.66328.226.929.927.828.28027.227.627.827.427.210026.126.326.326.526.112526.726.325.725.826.716024.425.423.925.324.420024.324.323.322.724.325023.122.222.522.723.131522.721.322.22222.740022.321.621.42122.350020.620.320.320.120.663020.220.120.119.820.280019.919.519.518.919.9100020.619.920.518.320.6125021.319.3201821.3160020.819.719.718.120.8200019.618.918.917.919.6250018.918.318.318.118.9315018.518.318.318.118.5400018.418.518.318.318.4500018.718.618.618.418.7630018.818.618.618.618.8800018.918.818.918.818.9100001918.818.918.8191250018.918.718.918.618.91600019.618.920.218.719.6SPL31.931.431.530.931.9N1.51.41.41.31.5median 20.2median 19.5median 20median 18.8median 20.2Delta2.12.22.11.72.1hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseToshiba Tecra A50-E-110

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The Tecra A50 also manages its surface temperatures well. Surface temperatures on our test device remain below 30 °C (~86 °F) at idle and rise to a maximum of 41.5 °C (~107 °F) under load. Overall, the machine is suitable for use on a lap even when the system is being pushed hard.

The cooling system also does an excellent job at keeping the CPU from overheating too. Core temperatures reach a maximum of 62 °C (~144 °F) during a stress test, which is around 40 °C (~104 °F) from its maximum operating temperature. The CPU briefly clocked below its 1.6 GHz base clock speed during our stress test, but it broadly operated above or at that threshold while we pushed the system to its limits.

Moreover, our stress test is an extreme scenario that will rarely occur in daily use. Hence, the Tecra A50 should run cooler and more quietly during general tasks such as web browsing or video streaming than it did during our tests. The machine should not thermal throttle either.

Max. Load
 27.5 °C
82 F
40.9 °C
106 F
41.5 °C
107 F
 
 26.8 °C
80 F
35.2 °C
95 F
37.6 °C
100 F
 
 24.2 °C
76 F
27.1 °C
81 F
27.5 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 41.5 °C = 107 F
Average: 32 °C = 90 F
40 °C
104 F
35.2 °C
95 F
27.1 °C
81 F
36 °C
97 F
28.6 °C
83 F
26.1 °C
79 F
26 °C
79 F
24.3 °C
76 F
25 °C
77 F
Maximum: 40 °C = 104 F
Average: 29.8 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  47.6 °C = 118 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 29.5 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.5 °C / 107 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 40 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.5 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 29.5 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.5 °C / 81.5 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 (+0.6 °C / 1.1 F).
Heatmap of the top of the device at idle
Heatmap of the top of the device at idle
Heatmap of the bottom of the device at idle
Heatmap of the bottom of the device at idle
Heatmap of the top of the device under load
Heatmap of the top of the device under load
Heatmap of the bottom of the device under load
Heatmap of the bottom of the device under load

Speakers

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

The Tecra A50 has unimpressive speakers. Generally, the sound produced is unbalanced and is dominated by high mid-range tones, which makes music sound tinny. Worse still, the speakers do not get that loud either, which limits their use to only in quiet environments. We would only recommend connecting external speakers or headphones for listening to music or watching videos and using the speakers as a last resort. The 3.5 mm jack by comparison reproduces audio cleanly.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.931.830.92531.930.731.93134.932.934.94030.330.230.35031.63031.66328.127.828.18027.727.427.710025.826.525.812525.725.825.716025.325.325.320023.922.723.925023.222.723.231527.32227.340045214550054.620.154.66305519.85580056.618.956.6100054.418.354.4125055.31855.3160071.718.171.7200071.817.971.825006518.165315065.618.165.6400062.518.362.5500058.218.458.2630055.518.655.5800060.318.860.31000058.918.858.91250055.618.655.61600051.418.751.4SPL77.430.977.4N30.71.330.7median 55.3median 18.8median 55.3Delta10.31.710.335.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.433.732.734.133.635.739.230.53237.631.128.732.226.227.42627.126.728.124.835.623.64223.246.822.65622.758.8205319.359.218.771.618.171.21868.617.972.51869.817.967.318.268.518.567.718.669.218.761.518.9601961.419.158.419.458.83180.41.443.2median 19median 601.910.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseToshiba Tecra A50-E-110Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzDell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.84 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.8% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (16.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (32.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 95% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 93% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 5% 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
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72.48 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 66% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 66% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Consumption

The Tecra A50 is an economical device and consumed a minimum of 3.8 W at idle. Our test device consumes a maximum of 34.6 W under load, which is within tolerances for its 45-W power supply. In short, the Tecra A50 should charge from its power supply regardless of how hard you push it.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.38 / 0.18 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.8 / 7.7 / 9.3 Watt
Load midlight 31 / 34.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

The Tecra A50 has a 45-Wh battery that is easily replaceable. Toshiba currently sells additional 45-Wh batteries for $99.99 on its website. Our test device has a disappointing battery life and only lasted 4:51 hours in our Wi-Fi battery life test, which puts it at the bottom of our comparison table. By contrast, the ProBook 650 G4 lasted for an extra 3:20 hours in the same test with a 3-Wh larger battery, while the Inspiron 15 5579 achieved a 7:15 hours runtime with a 3-Wh small battery. Overall, the Tecra A50 will need to be recharged during a working day unless it is connected to a dock.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
491 min ∼19% +69%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
435 min ∼17% +49%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
429 min ∼16% +47%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 1104, n=356)
417 min ∼16% +43%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB-81F500N5GE
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 52 Wh
350 min ∼13% +20%
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
291 min ∼11%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 51min

Pros

+ removable battery
+ good input devices
+ optional DVD drive

Cons

- short battery life
- meagre system performance

Verdict

The Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 laptop review. Test device courtesy of Toshiba Germany.
The Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 laptop review. Test device courtesy of Toshiba Germany.

The Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 is a solid 15-inch business laptop that is powerful enough for all standard office programs. Our test device performs slightly below what its hardware could achieve, but the machine feels snappy in daily use. The optional DVD drive and the replaceable battery are rarities for modern computers, although the device has a terrible battery life, so an additional battery may become an essential companion when you are working away from a desk.

The Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 is a powerful office laptop which harks back to a different time with its replaceable battery and DVD drive.

The included 256 GB SATA III SSD is underwhelming compared to its NVMe counterparts, but it should still prove fast enough for daily office use. Overall, there are fancier office laptops than the Tecra A50, but it is a rock-solid device that will integrate into most office setups well. The machine has its downsides such as its lacklustre speakers, its lack of a maintenance cover and its short battery life, but the Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 would be a reliable office companion for most people.

Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 - 12/10/2018 v6(old)
Mike Wobker

Chassis
83 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
53 / 80 → 66%
Weight
63 / 20-67 → 91%
Battery
81%
Display
85%
Games Performance
44 / 68 → 65%
Application Performance
83 / 92 → 90%
Temperature
93%
Noise
93%
Audio
57%
Camera
43 / 85 → 51%
Average
72%
83%
Office - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-12-11 (Update: 2018-12-11)
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