Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P Notebook Review

Oliver Moebel (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/31/2016

Conservative in a positive sense. TThe Tecra Z50 keeps up the virtues of classic premium office laptops: An outstanding screen alongside very good input devices, extensive security features and a decent battery life - the system is quite capable of competing with well-known leaders.

For the original German review, see here.

Buyers looking for a reliable office laptop without having to accept compromises in connectivity often first think of Lenovo and HP. And considering their omnipresence, they might even fall subject to the belief that the market does not hold much more than ThinkPads and EliteBooks.

However, a look beyond these brands would not hurt in terms of "higher-quality" office laptops as Toshiba proves. The Tecra series might not reach the fame of dominating competitors, but that does not reveal much if anything about their quality.

With Toshiba's Tecra Z50 C-10P, a slim laptop with modern Skylake innards comes to us. At a first glance, it could pass as a consumer Ultrabook - therefore, externally it does not exhibit any major changes compared with the 2014 Tecras, such as the Z50 A-12K. The details infer business qualities; to be precise, the fingerprint scanner, SmartCard slot or even the TrackPoint in the keyboard area that quasi fulfills the role of a figurehead in relation to high-quality office laptops.

Of course, such an image necessitates a comparison with present ThinkPad models by Lenovo. We have opted for the ThinkPad T560 (1400 Euros/~$1557) and its "smaller brother" L560 (900 Euros/~$1001). The ProBook 450 G3 priced at around 800 Euros (~$890) represents HP in this race. All rivals have the same processor configuration (Intel Core i5-6200U) and screen size (15.6-inches) in common with our review sample.

Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P (Tecra Z50 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 300 MHz, Memory: 1600 MHz, DDR3,
8192 MB 
, DDR3L-1600 MHz, single-channel, one of two memory banks filled, max. 32 GB
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LP156WF6-SPP1, IPS panel, glossy: no
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU, 256 GB 
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combo mic/line-out, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: accelerometer HDD
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
height x width x depth (in mm): 24 x 380 x 258 ( = 0.94 x 14.96 x 10.16 in)
44 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 10 Pro (64 Bit)
Webcam: 1080p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet with dedicated keypad, Keyboard Light: yes, Microsoft Office 365 trial, 12 Months Warranty
2.136 kg ( = 75.35 oz / 4.71 pounds), Power Supply: 225 g ( = 7.94 oz / 0.5 pounds)
1500 Euro


Case & Connectivity

Although the exterior is not absolutely identical to those of former models, Toshiba fundamentally sticks to its distinctive design: Not only does the silver-gray chassis of the Z50 C-10P look stylish and high-quality, it also feels that way. The casing's upper side and the input device area hardly yield under pressure, the display bezel is robust, and the display hinges are pulled tightly enough to prevent even the slightest rocking. The 300 grams (~10.6 oz) of additional weight compared with the (already very robust) predecessor have obviously benefited the overall stability, although it takes its toll on mobility. However, the system is still belongs one of the lighter members of its kind with a weight of 2.1 kilograms (~4.6 lb).

The review sample's connectivity is generous. Four USB 3.0 ports are present, but modern ports such as USB 3.1 or DisplayPort have been omitted in favor of the "classic" HDMI and VGA-out. DisplayPort can be added via a port replicator that is connected to the docking port on the underside. The 200-Euro (~$222) expansion also offers four additional USB 3.0 ports and monitor outlets among other things.

Left: Kensington, GBit Ethernet, DVD multi-burner, 2 x USB 3.0, SmartCard reader, combo audio
Left: Kensington, GBit Ethernet, DVD multi-burner, 2 x USB 3.0, SmartCard reader, combo audio
Right: DC-in, VGA-out, HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, SD card reader
Right: DC-in, VGA-out, HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, SD card reader

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The Tecra can connect to the outside world with either a cabled Gbit Ethernet or wireless via a Wi-Fi adapter provided by Intel that enables a maximum gross data speed of 867 Mbps. Thanks to the 2x2 antenna configuration, the signal remains strong, even over longer distances to the router.

Our Z50 comes with all security features that can be expected from a premium office laptop. A SmartCard reader, fingerprint scanner, TPM module version 2.0 and the compulsory Kensington lock slot are present. An oddity: An accelerometer that detects drops and shocks is installed. In conjunction with the "HDD Protection" tool, the hard drive's read/write head is placed in a safe position to prevent data loss resulting from a head crash - however, no system features a conventional hard drive in the latest Z50-C series.

The preloaded Windows 7 Professional does not seem as outdated on closer examination. The extended support for Windows 7 (i.e. update availability) will continue until 2020, and the operating system will probably be used in many companies until then. Their IT departments will be just as pleased about the installed classic operating system as some users. Buyers who want to be a bit more up-to-date can simply install Windows 10 Professional that is on the included DVD (and also allows downgrading to Windows 7).


The user can basically maintain the Tecra Z50 - however, for this, the base plate has to be removed and no less than 25 screws keep it in place. Furthermore, some are guided through screw holes in single components to keep them in position. The board, right-hand in screenshot below, holds two USB ports and the audio port is only connected to two thin data cables without the screws. Maintenance-friendliness was apparently not a criterion while designing the device.

To be fair, we have to add that apart from expanding the working memory (one empty DIMM socket is present), or perhaps cleaning the fan, there will hardly be any reason for opening the laptop.

Input Devices

The keyboard seems to have been adopted without change from the former generation - and that was by and large a good decision. The keyboard with 102 keys has a dedicated keypad and an optional white backlight. The typing feel is very good for a chiclet keyboard, but the key drop and tactile feedback are rather mediocre for construction-related reasons. Nevertheless, typing is very pleasant and smooth in practical use.

The ClickPad has apparently been reworked a bit. The tester of the Z50 A-12K criticized the inaccuracy, but we did not notice that in our review sample. The pad's upper third does not implement a mouse click even under higher pressure, and thus drag and drop functions impeccably in this area. The TrackPoint (in the keyboard on the center line of the touchpad) that is yet another and usually even more precise option of mouse control in practice is also present.


Pixel grid
Pixel grid

A matte, 15.6-inch FHD panel with the model name LP156WF6-SPP1 by LG is installed in our review sample. Compared with the very good former model found in, for example, Tecra Z50 A-12K, the screen in the Z50 C-10P is even better in almost all sub-categories. The high contrast ratio of 1067:1 in particular is compelling, and outshines the direct rivals.

Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 308 cd/m² Average: 277.4 cd/m² Minimum: 16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 288 cd/m²
Contrast: 1067:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.7 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.5
ΔE Greyscale 3.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
90.3% sRGB (Argyll) 61.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.7
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
IPS-Panel, 1920x1080
Toshiba Tecra Z50 A-12K
IPS-Panel, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
IPS-Panel, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
AH-IPS, 1920x1080
HP ProBook 450 G3
TN LED, 1920x1080
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
20 (9, 11)
58 (23, 35)
39.2 (18.8, 20.4)
41.2 (22.4, 18.8)
Response Time Black / White *
26 (13, 13)
36 (11, 25)
28 (12.4, 15.6)
28 (10, 18)
PWM Frequency
50 (40)
220 (50)
Brightness Distribution
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.7 89%
2.58 93%
2.35 102%
2.37 101%
2.82 85%
6603 98%
6016 108%
6115 106%
6300 103%
10890 60%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-18% / -18%
-1% / -18%
-48% / -44%
-61% / -63%

* ... 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
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 13 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. » 42 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.3 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 50 Hz40 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 50 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 40 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 50 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8582 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
sRGB coverage
sRGB coverage
AdobeRGB coverage
AdobeRGB coverage

The screen covers almost 90% of the sRGB color space, making it potentially suitable for image editing (as long as the user does not do prepress or similar work; the AdobeRGB coverage of 62% is quite inadequate for this).

The color aberration ex-factory is DeltaE 3.1 (grayscale) and 4.7, which is very close to the ideal (less than 3). The measured color temperature of approximately 6600 Kelvin can be called "neutral” and white looks white without shifting into blue or yellow.

The screen's high average brightness of 288 cd/m² is available in battery mode. Alongside the screen's tremendous contrast ratio, outdoor use is almost unconditionally possible. IPS-typical viewing angle stability is almost a matter of course. All in all, the screen of Toshiba's Tecra Z50 C-10P can be called a true highlight. High brightness, rich colors, deep black - what more could the eyes want?

The low PWM frequency of 50 Hz was not perceptible throughout the test, and did not cause any discomfort.

Tecra's screen from different viewing angles
Tecra's screen from different viewing angles
Tecra Z50 outdoors
Tecra Z50 outdoors


The combination of an i5 ULV CPU, 8 GB of working memory and strong SSD offers enough power for most typical office software and stands for always smooth, lag-free working in practice. Users who need more computing power could alternatively opt for Toshiba's Z50-C-108 that is the "biggest" member of the series with a Core i7-6500U and 16 GB of RAM. We would note here that installing a second memory module could retrieve a bit more power from our review sample via dual-channel mode.


The installed Intel Core i5-6200U is a frugal ULV dual-core processor (TDP: 15W) from Intel's latest Skylake generation. It has a base clock of 2.3 GHz and can boost both processor cores simultaneously up to 2.7 GHz in Turbo mode (2.8 GHz when only one core is used). The CPU's performance that we measured using Cinebench is exactly on par with identical processors in other systems.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G3
116 Points ∼58% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
116 Points ∼58% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
113 Points ∼57% +8%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
105 Points ∼53%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
290 Points ∼14% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
290 Points ∼14% +4%
HP ProBook 450 G3
288 Points ∼13% +3%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
280 Points ∼13%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
105 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
280 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
28.88 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.9 %

System Performance

We determined the overall system performance with PCMark 8 where the laptop is examined via different practice-relevant tests (image editing, VoIP conferencing, etc.). The scores are again absolutely within the expected range. Systems based on the Core i5-6200U only score measurably better when they operate in dual-channel mode.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2991 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3842 points
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
4091 Points ∼63%
HP ProBook 450 G3
3901 Points ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
3861 Points ∼59%
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
3842 Points ∼59%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
2991 Points ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
2928 Points ∼49%
HP ProBook 450 G3
2910 Points ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
2886 Points ∼48%

Storage Device

The 256 GB SSD inside the Tecra Z50 C-10P is Toshiba's proprietary development - and quite a decent one. The drive's scores ascertained in AS SSD and CrystalDiskMark confirm an overall performance on the level of the evidentially strong 850 EVOs by Samsung.

Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
Sequential Read: 511.6 MB/s
Sequential Write: 415.8 MB/s
512K Read: 404.4 MB/s
512K Write: 382.2 MB/s
4K Read: 24.05 MB/s
4K Write: 87.61 MB/s

Graphics Card

It is a known fact that CPU-integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 has not been optimized for performance, but that will probably not be important for a purebred office laptop - it is enough for smooth video playback in any case. The 3DMark outcomes certify that the Tecra achieves a slightly above-average graphics performance compared with other single-channel systems based on the same CPU. Devices with two memory modules that we have tested, such as HP's ProBook 640 G2, can achieve 50% higher performance, especially in more demanding scenarios such as "Fire Strike Extreme".

3DMark 11 Performance
1260 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
39250 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4807 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
579 points
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
HD Graphics 520
579 Points ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
HD Graphics 520
552 Points ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
HD Graphics 520
616 Points ∼69%
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520
574 Points ∼64%
HP ProBook 640 G2 T8T61EA
HD Graphics 520
897 Points ∼100%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
HD Graphics 520
4807 Points ∼82%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
HD Graphics 520
4304 Points ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
HD Graphics 520
5038 Points ∼86%
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520
4847 Points ∼83%
HP ProBook 640 G2 T8T61EA
HD Graphics 520
5838 Points ∼100%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
HD Graphics 520
39250 Points ∼73%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
HD Graphics 520
35672 Points ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
HD Graphics 520
41900 Points ∼78%
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520
40691 Points ∼75%
HP ProBook 640 G2 T8T61EA
HD Graphics 520
53915 Points ∼100%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
HD Graphics 520
1260 Points ∼81%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
HD Graphics 520
1219 Points ∼78%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
HD Graphics 520
1339 Points ∼86%
HP ProBook 450 G3
HD Graphics 520
1260 Points ∼81%
HP ProBook 640 G2 T8T61EA
HD Graphics 520
1565 Points ∼100%

Gaming Performance

Anyone who seriously wants to play a game on the Tecra Z50 might just achieve playable frame rates by installing a second RAM bar - of course, only in the lowest possible settings. A few FPS would still be needed for smooth display of, for example, the latest "Tomb Raider" on the present configuration. Naturally, it looks better with older games although the native FHD alongside a high detail level will probably still be too much for the weak iGPU.

low med. high ultra
GRID: Autosport (2014) 78.130.516.912.5fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 12.4fps

Emissions and Energy


System Noise

The fan in our review sample is inactive in idle mode, and no noise is heard. The noise increases by just one decibel during full load - consequently, fan noise is virtually inaudible in practice.

Furthermore, the fan always spins at a consistent speed in the load scenarios. Therefore, the ambient noise should drown out its noise in many cases.

Noise Level

32.4 / 32.4 / 32.4 dB(A)
32.1 dB(A)
38.1 / dB(A)
33.5 / 33.5 dB(A)
30 dB
40 dB(A)
50 dB(A)
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31.2 dB(A)


Tecra in the stress test
Tecra in the stress test

Toshiba's engineers have done quite a good job in terms of temperature management. The idle temperature is only slightly above room temperature. The Tecra gets fairly hot in the vent area (rear right) during forced full load over a prolonged period (which is unlikely to be reached in "normal" use). The wrist rest and most parts of the keyboard do not heat up as much - thus, the temperature development should not be a problem if the device is to be used on the lap under full load.

The Z50 fared well in the stress test. The CPU reached a maximum of 60 degrees Celsius (~140 degrees Fahrenheit), and can thus permanently clock at the specified base rate of 2.3 GHz as well as in Turbo mode. The clock rate fluctuated between 2.4 and (in dual-core mode) maximum 2.7 GHz - i.e. no sign of throttling.

Max. Load
 25.5 °C36 °C35 °C 
 25 °C32.74 °C32.4 °C 
 24.4 °C25 °C26.2 °C 
Maximum: 36 °C
Average: 29.1 °C
50 °C38.9 °C26.1 °C
40.3 °C31.8 °C26.3 °C
25.5 °C25.1 °C25.2 °C
Maximum: 50 °C
Average: 32.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  52.7 °C | Room Temperature 22.6 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket


Pink Noise
Pink Noise

The stereo speakers in the Tecra are functional - but no more. By default, the sound is tinny and almost completely void of basses. The sound can be clearly improved via the software equalizer and a little experimenting, but it remains "forceless". Connecting good headphones or external speakers to the audio jack is a must for pleasant music enjoyment.

Power Consumption

OOur review sample is throughout energy saving, but no more frugal than its direct rivals. The power supply delivers 50 watts and also recharges the laptop quickly when it consumes its full load maximum of 32.6 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.15 / 0.39 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.7 / 8 / 9.8 Watt
Load midlight 29.7 / 32.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

The Tecra Z50 presents a decent outcome of 6 hours in our practical Wi-Fi test - no more and no less. The 44 Wh battery can be replaced, making it possible to extend the battery life via secondary battery. "Extra-large" batteries such as those some other manufacturers offer as optional accessories are not available.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Internet Explorer 11)
5h 54min
Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P
44 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH001FGE
67 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
48 Wh
HP ProBook 450 G3
44 Wh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3


+ premium screen
+ good connectivity
+ extensive security features
+ useful input devices
+ low power consumption
+ low noise and temperature development


- no USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3
- weak speakers
- 12-month warranty only


In review: Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P. Test model courtesy of Toshiba Europe.
In review: Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P. Test model courtesy of Toshiba Europe.

Toshiba has launched a great success with its Tecra Z50-C10P: The laptop has really earned a place in our top list of premium office laptops.

The Z50 presents an above-average performance in almost all sub-categories - starting with the superb screen over the good input devices and extensive connectivity up to the consumption rates.

The computing and overall system performance as well as the battery life are still on a good average level. There is not much to criticize - the mediocre speakers, lack of state-of-the-art ports such as USB 3.1, and the too short standard warranty of 12 months for a professional device (which can be extended to 3 years for a small surcharge).

Keyword "price": Almost 1400 Euros (~$1557; street price) is absolutely acceptable in view of the configuration. Simply put, currently the Tecra Z50 C-10P is one of the best 15-inch office laptops. At most, Lenovo's ThinkPad T560 with a hybrid drive rather than SSD and less working memory is on par, but it costs roughly just as much as the Z50.

Toshiba Tecra Z50-C-10P - 05/26/2016 v5.1
Oliver Moebel

94 / 98 → 96%
Pointing Device
66 / 80 → 82%
62 / 67 → 89%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 80%
Application Performance
75 / 92 → 82%
68 / 85 → 79%
Office - Weighted Average


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