Toshiba Satellite C50 review

A powerful processor and terrific price point make this device a fine buy

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Toshiba's latest budget laptop clearly knows where its bread is buttered: it's bland on the outside, but it's a well-built machine that has a reasonable processor, decent battery life and a screen that's able to edge past its main rival when it comes to quality. If you're searching for a budget laptop and don't want a slimline machine, this is a capable mid-ranger.

If we had a little more money, though, we'd opt for the M50 – it's got better battery life, better looks, and a much better processor.

We liked

AMD's A6-5200 APU has enough power in its processing cores to handle web browsing, office applications and multi-tasking, and its Radeon GPU is capable of playing relatively modern games, albeit with lesser quality settings.

The rest of the specification includes 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard disk and a DVD writer, which helps solidify this machine's status as a good all-rounder.

The screen has better brightness, contrast and colour accuracy than the C50D's main rival, and it's got good ergonomics: a comfortable, well-designed keyboard and trackpad saw us quickly get up to rapid typing speed.

We disliked

The C50D has one of the most uninspiring exteriors we've seen for some time: the entire machine is coated with black matte plastic, and the lid and wrist-rest are barely decorated with a plain lined pattern – even the Toshiba logo on the lid is dull grey rather than shiny metal.

Its battery life is entirely average, and beaten by the M50, and Toshiba's more expensive machine also has more power than the C50D thanks to its A10 processor – that's the system to save for if you want to play top-level games rather than older or casual titles.

The speakers are particularly poor, with tinny output that makes games and music sound insipid, and we'd have preferred more than one USB 3 port on this machine.


This is a reasonable budget machine that will satisfy anyone looking for a mid-range laptop. It's got a 15.6-inch screen, a reasonable processor with Radeon graphics, comfortable ergonomics and decent battery life. Toshiba's own M50, though, illustrates the extra power, longevity and style that can be had for a bit of extra money – and we'd save up for that unless we were on the tightest of budgets.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySatellite C50
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Model1005M
ColourMatte Black
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed1.90 GHz
Processor TypeCeleron
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.30 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.70 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + LE
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height33.4 mm
Width380 mm
Depth242 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC50
Product ModelC50-A-146
Product NameSatellite C50-A-146
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSCG6E-03T001EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationDesigned for great everyday performance, Satellite range products are affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require. You can buy Satellite products through an extensive network of high street and online retailers.
Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite C50-A-146
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year