The laptop is amazing. It's very easy to use and quite handy when needed. I personally have purchased and consumed that specific laptop and the using experience is just outstanding. It's very easy to use, fast and quick response. Very needed when working on assignments or any kind of work. When it comes to the screen and the clarity of it, it's just outstanding. The HD screen is very clear and sharp which makes the user feels comfortable even on the use for more extra hours. It's a great product. Also, cheap price. Which makes it quite compatible to other products. The price is very suitable and the quality is just great. Which makes it the best in the market. I'm very satisfied with the quality of work I can produce with that laptop. It's more than just a laptop, it's something personal that you feel you're having with you. The battery is also amazing, it stays for longer hours. Great Ram speeds which makes the computer able to carry a lot of space and the speed remains fast no matter how much space you use, as it has a large memory system which makes it able to carry a large amount of information. Wether it's documents, photos, or anything that belongs to you and your daily life work. I highly recommend this product. It's the best laptop you can ever purchase! You shouldn't even think about it. I'm speaking for my experience here and I really recommend it to everyone who is thinking of buying a laptop that has good quality at an affordable price and something that is durable.
I have been using this laptop now for over 3 years and I must say it has not disappointed me with the usage that I have done with it. Admittedly, it as tough to use first of all as it is similar to using a tablet with all the apps on the front screen, but a little practise and you can master it quite easily.
I wouldn't recommend it for first time laptop users as it can be confusing. Luckily there are sites like youtube and what not, which will help explain how to use it. The memory inside the laptop is good and the graphics on it are pretty good also.
The laptop can be a bit annoying sometimes, especially if you slightly close the screen as it goes off into saving mode or locks. These can be changed though using the settings, download are fine with the laptop and as is browsing the internet with ease. The size of it is decent, not too big or small.
I started using this laptop for over four years and this is one of the greatest, except from the time that it broke (twice) but I believe if you look after it well, it shouldn't break. The laptop's speed is very fast and it's suitable for everyone, I used it as a student and it's so convenient. But it's a bit heavy but not very bad. The size of the screen is just right and if you want to zoom in, you need to use the touch pad and most importantly don't let it over heat it leave it there turned on because I strongly believe that they were the causes that made my laptop broke. I bought a fun just so that I can stop it from over heating. When I have first got this laptop, the speed was amazing and it takes about five seconds to login. It's easy to setup because all the instructions are all on the screen once you turn it on. I really like the keyboard, the keys are not once of those large think ones, they are quite thin and sensitive you only have to slightly touch it and it will work. After a few month the speed got slower and slower, and caused the first time of broken down. I still don't like the fact that Toshiba installed lots of useless apps on there, it just takes way too much space. Overall, I love this laptop, and it's so easy to use and so convenient to use as a student because the speed is amazing. I would strongly recommend this to any students.
The laptop is amazing, the speed is super fast. But it's quite heavy, so not so good if your are always on the way. The size is about 13' inch. To zoom in, all you have to do is use the touch-pad and change the size. The keyboards are sensitive, but very good and you don't have to press hard. The laptop takes about 1~2 hours to charge, and it can last for about eight hours. There are three USB-slots and when I first started using the computer, I have counted that it takes exactly five seconds to login. But as I used on, it takes longer and longer. The bit I'm really disappointed about this laptop is that it broker twice with in a year and half. And it took a few weeks to fix it. The first time, it takes hours to perform one function. The second time, it won't login and I have to buy a new hard drive. But since it's fix, it's very fast and convenient to use. The SD slot was very hard to find, it below the other slots. The laptop gets overheated quite easily and quickly. So I have to buy fan to keep it cool. The speed of download is very fast. The laptop is unpredictable, before when I open the lid, the laptop turns itself on. But now I have to physically press the start button which is confusing. However, the price is very good for a product like because the laptop can be very help and it can be very fast.
The Toshiba Satellite L50 B laptop has a simple sleek look, is light, has a great screen, very easy to set-up (even for a non-computer whizz such as myself), and overall is very user-friendly. I would say this laptop would be perfect for someone who mainly needs it for browsing the internet, watching movies or playing games, or simply office work. The … feels solid, and packs a nice keyboard and a fair amount of battery life (up to 6 hours). You will obviously need Wi-Fi connection; the Laptop runs a Microsoft browser-based Windows OS, and while the operating system has come a long way your options are still limited once you're disconnected. The Toshiba Satellite L50 B is cheap and a bit bland-looking, but its powered by a class Intel processor, with a high-resolution screen so you can see clearly .The Battery time is great, and it has an on-screen reminder of when to plug it in for charging or to plug out the battery when full charge is reached.
You could say the laptop is stylish too: there's a shiny little finish bordering the track pad, and the keyboard buttons are arrange in a modern style to give you that eccentric look and feel when using the laptop. The Toshiba Satellite L50 B is based on the cheaper end of the spectrum. It is made out of plastic and weighs at a total of 1.2kg, which is not bad for a laptop; its definitely not heavy in my hands or when carrying it in a bag, so very good.
I got this laptop sometime ago for my birthday and unfortunately it got stolen but I still miss it so I would like to write a few words about it. I is a really good and reliable computer, it was good for my needs anyway, It wasn't to expensive as well. The screen is very clear and the size is as it should be 15.6 inches I think its ok. When you do not overload it with rubbish it works fast and smoothly, I never took it out site to the park or whatever as it is a little bit to heavy and not comfortable to carry around it looks nice from the outside but remember it is not an expensive one so you get what you paid for:) The sound is actually very good for this type of laptop so I recommend for people who don't have a lot of expectorations and just need a simple laptop:)
i think this is the best laptop i can have in good budget
this year's recommended retail price has been lowered. In actual fact the price cut on this year's model is closer to £130, which means that it now ought to make a very decent budget laptop.
This year's model is slimmer and lighter, as it no longer includes an internal DVD drive. The 15-inch display chassis has slimmed down from 29 to 23.5 mm thick, while the weight has dropped from 2.5 to just 2.2 kg.
It's one of the slimmest and lightest 15-inch laptops we've seen recently, and far more portable than most budget Windows laptops.
Its build quality is unexceptional, as the casing – which is available in a variety of colours – has a distinctly plasticky feel to it. It seems reasonably sturdy and we wouldn't worry about it taking the occasional bump in a backpack.
There's flex in the keyboard panel, but the keys themselves feel firm and responsive and we felt comfortable enough typing up some notes on the Toshiba L50 during our test period. We were also pleased to see a gigabit ethernet port available on the left-hand edge for wired networks.
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DVBut while the external design has been updated the main components inside the L50 haven't changed much since last year.
Prices for the Toshiba L50 range start as low as £319 for model with ye olde Intel Pentium processor, or £399 with a newer Haswell-generation Intel Core i3. We tested one of the mid-range models that costs £519 with a Core i5 running at 1.6 GHz with a healthy 8 GB of memory and 1 TB hard drive. (See all budget laptops reviews.)
There's also an Intel Core i7 model available for £619, while £649 will get you an AMD Radeon R7 M260 graphics card thrown in as well.
The specification of our review unit was in essence unchanged from last year, and the 15.6-inch screen has the same low 1366 x 768 resolution. That's slightly more forgiveable at this new lower price, and while the viewing angles are still limited – around 120-degrees both vertically and horizontally – the image is bright and colourful enough for web browsing and streaming video.
What is it?
Catchy name eh? Toshiba are not one of the world's leaders when it comes to manufacturing computers but they have been making them for a long time and for the most part make some very very good laptops. The expensive Qosmio range of laptops are first rate and their more rugged, business laptops have given Dell a run for their money on occasion.
This laptop is neither of those; it is rather more humble than the metal clad Qosmio or the Land Rover esque business laptops. Rather, it is part of Toshiba's 'Satellite' range of laptops. These are the innocuous workhorses, the day to day computers designed for an average person doing average things and with an average budget.
The L series denotes that it is not the bargain basement of it's range of products (that would be reserved for the C). Instead this occupies a thoroughly mid range proposition with a mid range 15.6" 'full size' laptop form factor. The B-1N8 suggests that this is one of the more potent varieties available: L series laptops come with internals as outdated as Celeron processors up to latest Core i5s. The B-1N8 comes with one of last years i3 dual cores, the i3-4005U.
Why should I buy it?
The market for an average power, average build and average size laptop is utterly flooded. While they no longer draw the headlines (and arguably are no longer the focus of computer manufacturers) they are still volume sellers so there needs to be something fairly compelling that might sway you to the Toshiba.
Sure enough, Toshiba have gone to the trouble of brand dropping and there is a dubious certificate of 'Skullcandy' approved applied to this laptop. the branding on the machine itself is limited to a small name tag right next the power button.
It's a good looking laptop, that much can be granted. The machine is finished in a glossy white body with a matte white underside and a glossy, almost carbon fibre textured fascia around the keyboard. Given that laptops, by the very nature of their portability are likely to get scratched, the colour is very good at hiding any marks. It's also surprisingly resistant to finger prints which is pleasant.
It's a well priced machine as well. To buy one new you can pay around £330 on places such as Amazon though I bought mine from an Outlet store (because I'm a stingy sod!). This buys you a laptop with a 64 operating system, 1tb hard drive, a full size CD-DVD RW drive, 4 GB of DDR3 Ram and the latest wifi protocol. I'll explore the specification and performance a little later but safe to say it is quite lavishly equipped for the price tag.
Accessories and manual 8/10
The laptop comes in a minimalist cardboard box with large Toshiba branding adorning the front and sides. Contained within you will find the laptop (protected by a plastic sleeve), the charging cable, a quick start manual and some warranty documents.
The laptop is secured in place with large polystyrene moulds which do a good job of stopping the laptop jigging about. Unlike many computers I have bought in the past you do not need to be a bank robber in order to access the box. It's nice and easy to open. You don't get any particular extras but the packaging is tight and secure, you get the basics you need and it doesn't take up lots of room in the loft (I save everything. Just in case!).
The quick start manual is a trifle superfluous as I suspect almost everyone knows how to operate a windows computer now but having the warranty documents is helpful. Toshiba store the actual main user manual directly on the hard drive and, when the PC is set up, it comes up with all sorts of warranty registration programs etc.
Design, build quality and ports 10/10
This is arguably one of the main selling points for the L50 is how well thought out the laptop is. For a 15.6" laptop it is relatively light at 2.2kg and it folds reasonably flat making it more useful for travelling than your average larger laptop. I fully recognise that a netbook or a tablet is far more practical but the reasonably svelte dimensions and design make it a good compromise.
Toshiba has included three USB ports, 2x USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0. This in itself is something that drew me to it as USB 3 ports are infinitely faster than their older cousins making media and file transfers dramatically faster. Combine this with a 1tb HDD and you can easily use this as a media computer. Our families music library spanning 6 decades is around about 86gb worth which is easily dwarfed by this enormous hard drive.
The DVD drive is also a rewritable one further reinforcing this media usefulness. It will mean that music and DVDs can be written to your own CDs for those of us unlucky enough to have car's with old fashioned stereos in them!
The keyboard is a full Qwerty arrangement with a full size number pad to the side. The keys are chicklet style keys with a distinct gap between each key; the keys themselves are large and have a reasonable travel which enables you to type quickly and reasonably accurately. I am a touch typist and find myself making far less errors with this keyboard than my older netbook. On a proper desktop keyboard I can usually reach a speed of around about 80 words per minute; the Toshiba drops a little to 76 wpm but this is still a good keyboard for productivity at home. Having a full size number pad is extremely helpful too. Professionally I work in sales ledger management and the constant number input makes you fairly reliant on a keypad!
The hinge on which the screen sits wobbles very slightly when typing on your lap or some such but this is common among many laptops. When you hold the body of the laptop there is almost no flex or creak in the bodywork and the machine feels solid in hand. Toshiba have definitely got the design of this laptop right.
The only thing that strikes me as a little bit poor is the trackpad. While it works perfectly fine it is covered in a grainy matte plastic material that feels slightly unnatural if you are used to a smooth trackpad. Additionally the trackpad being canted to the left undoubtedly angles the device to right handed users. I am right handed but it is a shame there are not more options that are centralised so as not to be biased one way or another.
Usage, speed and endurance 9/10
The key to this particular laptop's strength for it's price is the Intel Core i3 processor that hides underneath it. It is at it's core a dual core processor clocked at 1.7ghz which sounds quite paltry; after all some modern smart phones, such as my own Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen, has a 2.4ghz quad core processor underneath. But the story isn't just in the numbers.
When Intel came up with the Core i processors they had introduced an ingenious feature to them which allows them to punch well above their weight: Hyper-threading (though I am aware some earlier high end Pentium systems were capable of it). Hyper-threading basically allows the windows to read a single processor as two distinct 'logical' cores; in essence it splits the workload of opening programs and running the system across separate parts of the processor. This allows a dual core processor to effectively run like a very lower power quad core meaning it can run lots of simple tasks simultaneously OR pool its resources together when doing something intensive. (this is a very basic explanation so those out there with far more technical knowledge feel free to judge!)
No longer did you need a chunking great quad core processor that took up more space and make PC's more bulky; there just wasn't any point unless you were doing really intensive tasks. Lighter, more power efficient processors could manage the same. And so we come to our little laptop.
the i3-4005U is 2014's baby i3 dual core processor. It's the weakest of them (but also one of the most power efficient) It's coupled to 4GB of RAM which means it comes with 64 bit windows. The entire laptop has been designed specifically to run several light weight programs in conjunction without issue. Opening up your web browser of choice, playing music, chatting via IM such as Skype, typing documents should all run in conjunction with minimal fuss.
The graphics are produced via Intel HD 4400 which is situated on the motherboard. In essence watching the odd movie or browsing the internet is no bother and neither will older games be an issue but anything remotely modern simply will not run on this computer. The screen, while very bright and crystal clear, only has a resolution of 1366*768 which is not conducive to the best games regardless. A casual facebook game or digging out the golden oldies in your steam library will not be an issue however.
The HDD spins at 5400prm which is the slowest variety available. It does not hinder progress particularly but becomes noticeable when transferring files to and from the hard drive. A faster 7200rpm hard drive would be better (or indeed a solid state drive) but both would push up the cost.
This all combines together to make an effective and usefully fast every day laptop. It can run day to day programs with absolute ease and is even up to a spot of casual gaming. Considering the price, it could feasibly replace an every day user's home PC. Battery life is reasonable as well with myself averaging about 5.5 hours with the power settings in balanced mode and the screen at half brightness.
Toshiba, in a bid to future proof this computer, saw fit to gift it with the latest wifi protocl 802.11.ac (as well as b/g/n). This means those of us with 5G wifi routers are able to use this 5G network with the Toshiba. This dramatically increases download speeds and generally makes internet life much easier. Without any shadow of a doubt the wifi card in this laptop is one of the best I have ever bought. We have several large RSJs in our home as well as a metal chimney which means wifi reception in my bedroom is patchy at best. This laptop has remained totally reliable with full signal even when I sit as far from the wifi as possible in my home. This will of course depend on a number of factors but it's definitely the best I have ever used.
The laptop also comes with bluetooth which enables you to connect to mobile phones and blue tooth speakers without a hitch.
Speaking of speakers, that Skullcandy branding turns out not to be a total gimmick. While not particularly bassy, the speakers are very loud and clear and do not crackle at high volumes. For the music obsessed teenager or video watching the speakers are perfectly adequate.
Overall, this is probably the best laptop I have bought in many years of computing. It isn't particularly posh, it doesn't have amazing specifications, it doesn't have the latest technology incorporated in it. But Toshiba have given it the modern adornments where it counts and made a convincingly good every day laptop. After all, not everyone needs a Porsche; some people only need a Ford. And what a Ford it is.
When I first saw toshiba satellite it was very and fast impressive. The L50B looks better than its rivals. Toshiba's own Satellite S50D-A-10G was saddled with dull, metal-effect plastic throughout, and the Lenovo Flex 2 15 didn't stand out because of its subtle brushed effect.
Toshiba's latest is more portable than the competition, too. Its 4.85lb (2.2kg) weight undercuts the 5.24lb (2.38kg) S50D and the 5.51lb (2.5kg) Lenovo, and the red-tinged Toshiba is 0.94in (24mm) thick – the same as the S50D, and a little thinner than the Flex.
There's one area where the L50B is only level pegging with its competitors, though, and that's build quality. There's only a little flex in the wrist-rest, which is good for this level of system, but the rest of the Toshiba isn't as sturdy – the underside is easy to depress, and the screen is unusually flexible, with too much wiggle-room across the whole panel and a dose of desktop distortion when we pressed the rear. It may not weigh much, but we wouldn't leave the house unless the L50b was coddled inside a sleeve or case.
The reasonable strength on the wrist-rest carries over to the keyboard, which has a sturdy base. The layout is decent, with a numberpad, and sizeable Return and spacebar keys. It's not all good news, however: the keys suffer from a drastic lack of travel, which means that typing feels distant and unsatisfying. The lack of responsiveness from the typing gear means that the L50's keyboard is only good enough for emails, IM and web browsing, rather than serious work.
The track pad suffers similarly. The surface is large and reasonably responsive, but the two buttons incorporated into the red plastic weren't light or responsive enough for us – they required too much pressure to click.
A standard selection of ports are scattered around the Toshiba's edges. Two USB 3.0 connections are joined by a slower USB 2.0 port, and display outputs are handled by HDMI and D-SUB. There's a card reader, but only one audio jack.
On the inside, the Toshiba is dominated by an Intel Core i5-4200U. It's got two cores and is clocked to 1.6GHz, which is 100MHz slower than the i5-4210U inside the Lenovo system. It doesn't sound able to keep up with the other Toshiba, either, which has an AMD A10-5745M APU that runs at 2.1GHz.
Elsewhere, Toshiba deploys 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk. That's 2GB more memory and double the amount of storage space as the Lenovo, and exactly the same amounts that are offered inside the AMD-powered Toshiba. There's little to shout about in terms of connectivity: dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet is now a conventional selection. the Processes is great, ram is pretty good, space is plenty, this is a good laptop BUT the screen size is small (res) and the keyboard is poorly mad BUT to be honest a laptop like this with good screen and good keyboard mean spending 400+ !
Firstly, I'm not a computer expert. Secondly, I bought this laptop for casual use. So please bear that in mind.
I like this laptop. It's thin, its extremely light and looks really good and expensive. The screen display is amazing, the keyboard is easy and comfortable to use and the track pad isn't too sensitive. I bought the Toshiba to replace my old Lenovo and I definitely prefer the Toshiba keyboard and track pad. With the Lenovo I was always hitting 2 keys at once and the trac kpad was so sensitive that it would double-click when all I wanted to do was move the cursor. No such trouble with the Toshiba. First time setup was easy enough and the wireless connection was simple too. For basic home use and some internet surfing this laptop has been great and I can't fault it.
I've seen other reviews on here and obviously everyone has their own opinions and experiences, I feel it preforms brilliantly and is fit for purpose. It is really easy to use and very self explanitory when it comes to setting it up and figuring out how it works is very simple, so if your looking for a lap top and your not a tech wiz you should invest in one of these as it's so simply and easy to use and with an Intel Core i5 this computer
is quite fast for normal usage. It's quite thin considering that it also has an optical drive and a very reasonable price for what you get from it.
When I first saw the specs of this machine I was quite amazed because it is quite impressive. This system seems to absolutely satisfy my needs and I can assume same for most private user.With a strong CPU, a 1 TB hard drive, a graphics card from AMD, and a DVD burner. All that is available for a reasonable street price, this is the joker.
Multimedia laptops are usually all-rounder that are not inevitably focused on computing power - a sufficiently sized screen of 15-inches or more, a generous hard drive, and ideally a DVD drive are enough to make the desktop computer superfluous for me. At first glance, Toshiba's Satellite appears to be an unseemly laptop without any special bells and whistles that lets it stand out from the mass of 15-inch laptops, and which allows browsing on the couch for me after work, excessively consuming my time with YouTube videos or watching a DVD easy and stress free.
This is one of the slimmest and lightest 15-inch laptops I’ve seen and used recently, and far more portable than most budget Windows laptops around.
Its build quality is unexceptional, as the casing – which is available in a variety of colors – has a distinctly plastic feel to it. It seems reasonably sturdy and we wouldn't worry about it taking the occasional bump in a backpack and high external forces on the body.
There's flex in the keyboard panel, but the keys themselves feel firm and responsive and we felt comfortable enough while typing. I was also pleased to see a gigabit Ethernet port available on the left-hand edge for wired networks, sounds great right?.
I also certainly notice the sluggish hard drive when turning the laptop on. Even when using the Windows 8 fast-start option the L50 takes up to35 seconds to boot into the Start screen, followed by about 15 seconds of cursor-spinning before it's really ready to start launching applications and get down to work.
Even so, those performance scores are still above average for a laptop in this price range, and once it's caught its breath the L50 is perfectly capable of handling web browsing and routine tasks like running Microsoft Office.
The 8GB of memory is also good for a budget laptop, and means that the L50 can handle the occasional spot of photo- or video-editing when required.
Gaming is probably out, though, as even at 1280 x 720 resolutions this machine could only manage 23 fps when I tried playing Call of Duty. Battery life was also disappointing as it tends to be shutting itself down after just 4 hours and 15 minutes which is very bad for a system of this caliber.
The Toshiba Satellite L50 B is a laptop designed roughly two years ago but is completely up to date with a windows 8 operating system and full compliment of apps and programmes for accessibility and entertainment.
I use the laptop at work and enjoy the sleek white design but what's under the lid is as impressive with super fast speeds both online and when working offline, all apps work well and open immediately upon selection.
McAfee anti virus keeps the laptop safe from malicious ware, this was included with the purchase and has been welcomed by my company as a way of keeping the IT costs down.
The brightness of the screen needs regular adjustment as it turns itself up, the setting to turn it back down is simple to find but that doesn't hide the fact this happens.
All processes are easier than many more modern laptops, programmes open instantly upon selection and the same is true of the apps that either came as standard or have been downloaded separately.
My only complaint about this laptop is the ease in which the lettering rubs off the keyboard, this happened alarmingly quickly and I had to purchase lettering transfers at company expense to replace them.
The screen is bright and vibrant with text, images and film being accurately represented in user function and appearance. All settings can be changed to suit your personal tastes with regards to laptops and computers, this is fully customisable right to choosing your own personal favourite photographs and snaps to grace the built in digital photo frame on the desktop.
I bought this Toshiba Satellite L50 B for my mother as a birthday gift a few year past. the value was £450 from a web store - it's slightly on top of the typical competition however I needed to shop for a high quality portable computer which might be appropriate for my mothers business functions. The Toshiba Satellite L50 B encompasses a Intel® Core™ i5 Processor with eight GB of RAM and extra large 1TB drive for storing additional documents. The portable computer encompasses a CD drive, three USB outputs, HDMI and VGA outputs and a typical three.5mm earpiece jack. the look is extremely fashionable, it provides terribly|a really|a awfully} fashionable and sleek look - it's very skilled. The screen is fifteen.6 inches and therefore the image is extremely clear (features junction rectifier back lightening as well). The touchpad works completely fine and reacts moderately sensitive to the touch. the problem what we have a tendency to had with this portable computer was the keyboard. The writing on the keyboard may be a bit of durable and doubtless if i'd write about that some larger comes i'd get when a jiffy to a small degree bit annoyed. but if you'd use it only for writing email, i'm positive there'll be no issues. My mother thought yet that the keyboard wasn't the simplest, but it had been not such an enormous issue for her within the finish.
The portable computer connects simply to WLAN and bluetooth works fine yet.
This portable computer has obviously some disadvantages, but my mother is extremely happy with it and continues victimisation it daily for her business.