Hands-on review: Toshiba Satellite S50 review

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Toshiba seems to be opting for the scattergun strategy by introducing 5 series of Satellite notebooks to satisfy a selection of requirements. It’s billing its S series as slimmer devices that offer a choice of Intel’s 4th generation Haswell CPU or a quad core AMD processor.

The S50 measures 24mm thick and includes a 15.6-inch TN panel. At first look this produced weak viewing angles, and its 1366×768 pixel resolution panel didn’t have the spark and clearness of a full-HD display. The display itself did not wobble when opened, which was easily feasible with one hand, and we found no flex from the facility’s large base.

Satellite S50

The S50 features an appealing brushed aluminum design on the bottom half, which houses a roomy buttonless trackpad that offers multi-touch control. You can likewise go with a touchscreen if you wish, providing an alternative approach of navigating the delivered Windows 8 OS.

The keyboard itself offers appropriate spacing in between the keys and need to serve well for typing out prolonged files.

In regards to graphical selections, the S50 offers the option of shared Intel HD 4000 graphics, or committed NVIDIA graphics with approximately 2GB VRAM. Storage sensible, it’s offered with an option of a 1TB HDD or a hybrid configuration that combines a 1TB HDD with an 8GB SSD to speed up boot times. Our demo space was nippy and responsive when browsing around the OS, with apps taking no more than a second or more to appear.

S50

Connectivity options are present in the form of a single USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out and optional Bluetooth 4.0.

The Satellite S50 is available at a cost of ₤ 299 for the base setup.