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Laptops have become common household items in the last few years. Many options are available in the market, catering to just about any kind of requirements, fitting into a huge range of budgets, and providing optimum performance at affordable price points. So what do you look for in an entry level laptop? Is it the design and style? Ease of use? Enhanced performance? It would not be surprising if you would want all that and more. The Toshiba Satellite C50-A-15L is one product that comes close to ticking off all these desirable qualities of an affordable machine for daily use.
The Satellite series from Toshiba caters to all kinds of users and each of its alphabetically named series focus on different segments in the market. While the L, P and S series are geared more towards the premium user, the C series provides affordable options for an entry level laptop with a little bit of everything in it to keep you busy. The C50 serves up a neat looking matte finished casing with a black keyboard. The uniformity in colour is a defining factor for many. Contrasting colours inside and outside and complete mismatches to just look “cool” does not really cut it for most discerning customers. The laptop is made using the hairline pattern and aesthetically it looks functional and sturdy. Unless you are one of the design freaks with eyes only for outward beauty, the C-50 will keep you satisfied.
The C-50-A-15L comes with a standard 15.6 inch display. Toshiba is known for its quality display screens and on C-50 as well it provides a non-reflective screen bundled with LED back lighting and 16:9 screen aspect ratio. A 100Hz refresh rate coupled with a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels will give you crisp and vibrant image quality and make surfing and media viewing a treat on this machine.
At its price point, the C-50 has a very capable chipset inside to make little of any heavy duty computing you might throw at it. At its core, the laptop has a 2.4 GHz, 2020M Intel Pentium processor. With 4 gigs of RAM which can be expanded to 16, this machine is more than able and willing to take up multimedia and CPU heavy applications for you. Like everybody else, you always have loads of data to store and just can’t get enough space. The C-50 provides ample space for you with a 500GB SATA rotating at 5400 rpm for quick read write speeds and long lasting shelf life.
The Satellite C-50 comes bundled with the operating system creating waves currently. Yes, you guessed it, Windows 8, 64 bit is standard fare on this machine and it only gets better with the slew of software that comes loaded with it. McAfee Internet Security which you can use for free for a month is an integral part of the laptop and you are advised to renew or replace the anti-virus software for full protection. Since Microsoft makes just about everything under the sun when it comes to software, it is no surprise that the bread and butter of office utilities – Microsoft Office 2013 is preloaded with the machine. This is however, a month long trial only for Microsoft 365 customers so make sure you get hold of the full version before it expires. Toshiba provides the rest of the arsenal with various utilities like Desktop Assist, Display, Function and Eco Utility to name a few.
The keyboard on the C-50 is tightly packed together and might create problems for all those with podgy fingers. The positioning of the direction keys and absence of any relief areas around the keys can take some time getting used to. The track pad is standard and not very different from others found in the same segment. Connectivity is where this machine really stands out. With 3 USD ports, one 3.0 and the other two 2.0, it gives enough slots for attaching peripherals.
The Multi card reader supports all sorts of memory cards so it’s convenient for you to have a single point of reference for different media storage devices. A HDMI slot is also provided so that you can show off this beast’s features at the next movie marathon you have with friends. Bluetooth, wireless LAN and Ethernet are all part of the standard package. With video conferencing and chatting becoming the buzzword of the virtual world, the C-50 provides a capable 0.9 megapixel HD web camera with a built in microphone for the best possible Skype or other web cam experience. Although a dying medium, the super multi-optical drive is also provided for catering to any DVD magnets out there.
The Satellite C-50 is a great investment for first time users and those with limited usage and low budgets. It’s affordable, packs in some great performance and gives you a battery life of three and a half hours at a stretch. This is an ideal companion for college kids or professional moving up the corporate ladder. The attention to detail, like provision of a numeric 10 keypad for quick data entry is proof that Toshiba is concerned about customer experience. That concern translates beautifully into this power horse of a machine.
|Hard Drive Type||2.5 SATA 5400rpm With 8MB Cache|
|Hard Drive Capacity||500GB|
|Screen Size (in)||15.6|
|Processor||Intel Pentium Dual-Core|
|Processor Model Number||2020M|
|Processor Speed (GHz)||2.4|
|Memory Speed||PC3-12800 (1600 MHz)|
|Memory Slots (Total)||2|
|Card Reader Type||3 in 1|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Home edition 64 bit|
|Number Of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number Of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Output||HDMI (HDCP compliant)|
|Battery Life (hrs)||3.5|
Some people don’t require high end laptops and the Toshiba Satellite C50 is one of them. It is a decent device that processes the gaming and work related tasks quite effectively. It has a solid CPU and a good inbuilt graphics card. If you are looking for a midrange laptop with well-balanced features and all round specs, the Toshiba Satellite C50 should be one of your first choices.
Build quality is fantastic and the processor is solid and capable of running essential tasks. The keyboard although not back-lit, is respectable. The keyboard, processor, body and other specs make it a very well rounded machine that provides excellent value.
Negatives? The batttery life is not all that impressive. The body is strong but the design is too simple – very similar to the Dell Latitude series. The default speakers and audio output is lacking too.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.