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Toshiba Satellite M50D-A-10D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Toshiba Satellite M50D-A-10D. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the screen and design are on the whole positive. The performance and portability are also appreciated. Comments about the keyboard and size are mixed, and there are some negative views about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba Satellite M50D-A-10D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Stephanie Bruzzese (cnet.com)

Toshiba Satellite M50 review

 

Toshiba Satellite M55

Reasonable price; double-layer DVD burner; multimedia controls; can play music and videos without booting up the operating system; exceptionally quiet, comfortable keyboard.

Colored lids are a bit garish; small mouse buttons.

The colorful Satellite M55 will satisfy your craving for a well-rounded, affordable thin-and-light.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Stephanie Bruzzese (cnet.co.uk)

Toshiba Satellite M50 review

 

Toshiba Satellite M55

Reasonable price; double-layer DVD burner; multimedia controls; can play music and videos without booting up the operating system; exceptionally quiet, comfortable keyboard.

Colored lids are a bit garish; small mouse buttons.

The colorful Satellite M55 will satisfy your craving for a well-rounded, affordable thin-and-light.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Asher Moses (cnet.com.au)

Toshiba Satellite M50 (14-inch, 1.4GHz)

 

Despite its extremely affordable price and logical design, the M50 fails to stand out in terms of performance, features or battery life.

Highly affordable ; Attractive chassis design ; Fairly light at 2.4kg ; Convenient multimedia buttons ; Instant-on media playback function ; Impressive Harman Kardon speakers

Extremely poor battery life ; Paltry 256MB of memory ; Comparatively small hard drive ; No Firewire port ; No memory card reader

All in all, it's difficult for us to recommend the M50 purely due to its sub-par battery life. This wouldn't be as much of an issue if the notebook leapt ahead in other areas such as performance or feature-set, but unfortunately this isn't the case. If...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Asher Moses (zdnet.com.au)

Toshiba Satellite M50 (14-inch, 1.4GHz)

 

Despite its extremely affordable price and logical design, the M50 fails to stand out in terms of performance, features or battery life.

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: cammyg (cnet.com.au)

Toshiba Satellite M50 (14-inch, 1.4GHz)

 

had mine for about 2 years, and the battery never lasted more than 60minutes without a power outlet

design, dvd playback looks good, lightweight

BATTERY, and really slow startup and performance

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: jessiepuff (cnet.com.au)

Toshiba Satellite M50 (14-inch, 1.4GHz)

 

Great laptop! Except it doesn't have a webcam and when you click the 'Play' button it goes to Windows Media Player when i want it to go to iTunes.

Good speaker, great colour and style, Bluetooth, WLAN

Battery life is terribly bad, useless keys on keyboard, no webcam

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: tim87 (cnet.com.au)

Toshiba Satellite M50 (14-inch, 1.4GHz)

 

Laptop seems to be quite powerful. However, I often have problems with it. My M50 is 2 years old now and wow I've had SOO many problems with the cooling fan, the bluetooth module, hard disk..... I guess my problems were due to the inapt technicians at...

Pentium M 740 (1.73GHz) ; 768MB DDR RAM ; ATI MOBILLITY RADEON X600SE (256MB + 128MB ext Video RAM) ; Integrated Bluetooth, 5-in-1 card reader

Absolutely lousy battery life! (Being only 2 years old, it lasts for just 40 minutes!)

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: gregzeng (cnet.com.au)

Toshiba Satellite M50 (14-inch, 1.4GHz)

 

Wish I had waited. Very unconventional keyboard.

Light weight

Hate the misplace WINDOWS key (top right corner)

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: anonymous (cnet.com.au)

Toshiba Satellite M50 (14-inch, 1.4GHz)

 

I've had this laptop for a while now and its been very good. Mine came with 512MB of RAM not the 256MB it says that review. I have even gotten it to run Vista Ultimate with the transparent aero theme turned on with the same performance as XP without...

Great Performance for such low specs ; Light wight ; Loud, clear speakers ; Wireless built-in ; Nice look ; Is able to run older games like Halo 1

Extremely poor battery life ; Is not able to run the newer games

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: blacker (cnet.com.au)

"good computer for what i need it for"

 

i personally like it it is a neat setup good for students

speakers at the front, clear screen

to slow for games

Sep, 2006
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:24-bit / DTS / DTS Sound / HD / Realtek ALC2802-CG
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Audio system direct sound: Yes
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Audio system maximum sampling rate:48
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:10.8 / 4000 / 50
Battery capacity (Watt hours):50
Battery life (max):3.5 / 6 / 7.15 / 7.25
Battery performance:10.8 / 4000
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3

Camera

Front Camera:N / Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.9

Certificates

Certification:CE
Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: No

Design

Color of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product type:Notebook

Disk Drive

Hard disk height:0.374
Hard disk number of plates:1 / 2

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 5:3
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:14 / 15.6
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 768 / 1366 x 768
Display response rise/fall:27
Display surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LCD brightness levels 1-8:39
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:TFT
Pixel Pitch:0.00939 x 0.00939
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.37 / 3.42 / 5
AC adapter output voltage:15 / 19
AC adapter power:45 / 65 / 75
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon Xpress 200M / No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.064 / 0.128 / 1.75 / 1.792
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 2
Maximum Resolution:1920 x 1200 / 1920 x 1440 / 2.048 x 1.536 / 2048 x 1536
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 8000 / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.75
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 8330 / Intel HD Graphics 4400
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Hard Drive

Hard disk height:0.374
Hard disk number of plates:1 / 2

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard key pitch:0.752
Keyboard key stroke:0.106
Keyboard language:Dutch
Keyboard number of keys:102 / 86
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Clickpad / Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:0.5 / 1 / 4 / 6
Internal memory expansion module sizes:128 / 256
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM / DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 2
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
4G LTE: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
SIM card support: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150 / 300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: No

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-2362.2 - 393.7 / -2362.2 - 393700.8
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):10 - 95
Non-operating thermal gradient (max):20
Operating altitude:-2362.2 - 118.1 / -2362.2 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Operating thermal gradient (max):15
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 65

Optical Drive

CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW write speed:4
CD/DVD drive buffer size:2
Disc types supported:CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW / CD-ROM, DVD-ROM
DVD read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:2
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW write speed:4
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:2.4
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:4
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-ROM / No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:24-bit / DTS / DTS Sound / HD / Realtek ALC2802-CG
Bytes per sector:512
Dimensions (WxDxH):13.5 x 9.53 x 1.14
Display:TFT
Drive device, buffer size:2048 / 8.192 / 8192
Graphics adapter family:AMD / ATI / Intel
Hard disk number of heads:2 / 3 / 4
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Internal modem:No / Yes
Internal video mode, resolution:1.280 x 768 / 1366 x 768
L2 cache:1 / 2 / 32
Memory bus:64
Modem Speed:56
TV in port: No
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless communication data transfer rate:2
Wireless communication version:2

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes

Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port:N
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:N
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
Number of SATA III connectors:4
PS/2 ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
TV out:N / Y
TV out port:No / S-Video
TV-out:N / Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1 / 2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.37 / 3.42 / 5
AC adapter output voltage:15 / 19
AC adapter power:45 / 65 / 75
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / FSB
Cache internal:0.03
Chipset:Intel 910GML Express / Intel 915GM Express / Intel 915PM Express / Intel HM86
Conflict Free processor:No / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):13
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Motherboard chipset:Intel 910GML Express / Intel 915GM Express / Intel 915PM Express / Intel HM86
Number of Processing Die Transistors:144
PCI Express configurations:1x4, 2x4 / 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:87
Processor:740 / A4-5000 / i3-4010U / i5-4200U
Processor boost frequency:2.6
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Dothan / Haswell
Processor cores:1 / 2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / AMD A / Intel Celeron Mobile / Intel® Pentium® M
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.73 / 1.86
Processor front side bus:1600 / 400 / 533
Processor lithography:22 / 90
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:740 / A4-5000 / i3-4010U / i5-4200U
Processor operating modes:32-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Pentium M 700 series / Intel® Core™ i3-4000 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA1168 / Socket 479
Processor threads:1 / 4
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 27
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:No / Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):32
Processor ARK ID:27590 / 75107 / 75459
Processor code:SL86B / SR16Q / SR170
Processor package size:35 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes
UART:Y

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:HDD, Supervisor, User / User
Password protection type:HDD, Supervisor, User / User

Software

Bundled software:30.1 x 30.3 x 82.7 / DTS Sound\nTOSHIBA Desktop Assist\nTOSHIBA Display Utility\nTOSHIBA Eco Utility\nTOSHIBA Function Key\nTOSHIBA Media Player\nTOSHIBA PC Health Monitor\nTOSHIBA System Settings / DTS Studio Sound, TOSHIBA Desktop Assist, TOSHIBA Display Utility, TOSHIBA Eco Utility, TOSHIBA Function Key, TOSHIBA Media Player by sMedio TrueLink+, TOSHIBA PC Health Monitor, TOSHIBA System Settings / DTS Studio Sound\nTOSHIBA Desktop Assist\nTOSHIBA Display Utility\nTOSHIBA Eco Utility\nTOSHIBA Function Key\nTOSHIBA Media Player\nTOSHIBA PC Health Monitor\nTOSHIBA System Settings
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows XP Home Edition
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Office / McAfee LiveSafe, Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office 2013, McAfee Internet Security

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MiniSD, MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, MS PRO, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDIO
Hard disk rotational speed:4200 / 5400
Hard Drive Capacity:500 / 750 / 80
Hard Drive Interface:EIDE/ATA / Serial ATA / Ultra-ATA/100
Hard drive speed:4200 / 5400
Host interface:EIDE/ATA / SATA / Ultra-ATA/100
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:40 / 500 / 60 / 750 / 80

Video

External video modes max. refresh rate:100 / 85
External video modes maximum refresh rate (non interlaced):60
External video modes non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate:1.600 x 1.200 / 1024 x 768 / 1600 x 1200
External video modes refresh rate (max):100 / 85
Internal video modes maximum number of colors:16.7

Weight & Dimensions

AC adapter weight:10.8 / 13.1
CD/DVD weight:7.05
Depth:9.53 / 9.8
Drive device weight:7.05
Height:0.827 / 0.839 / 1.14 / 13.5
Height (front):1.14
Height (rear):1.5
Weight:4.85 / 4.98 / 5.29 / 5.31
Width:1.14 / 13.5 / 14.9