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Toshiba Satellite M50-A

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Toshiba Satellite M50-A. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the keyboard and design. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical opinions about the touchpad and screen.

portability, performance, usability, design, keyboard

durability, screen, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Toshiba Satellite M50-A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Toshiba Satellite M50-A from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the portability.


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This summary is based on the products: Toshiba Satellite M50-A-11N 15.6-inch Notebook (Intel Core i3-4005U 1.7GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 8.1)Toshiba Satellite M50-A-11N 15.6-inch Notebook (Intel Core i3-4005U 1.7GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 8.1)

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Mike Jennings (

Toshiba Satellite M50-A-11C review


A powerful mid-range laptop - but it needs a little more polish

Fast processor ; Discrete graphics card ; Reasonable battery life ; Good keyboard ; Affordable

Average build quality ; Poor-quality screen ; Unimaginative design ; Terrible speakers ; No SSD

The M50 impresses with its choice of components, but is let down by poor screen and build quality.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (

Toshiba Satellite M50-A-11Q review


The build quality is good too, with a firm, comfortable keyboard and trackpad, and the M50 certainly doesn't look or feel like a budget laptop.

The M50-A-11Q provides very respectable performance, battery life and build quality at a competitive price. It's not perfect, and the screen's limited viewing angles are a clear weakness. Even so, it's well worth considering if you're on a tight budget...

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : Katharine Byrne (

Toshiba Satellite M50-A-11C review


A powerful laptop with dedicated graphics and a superb battery life for £550, but its below average screen holds it back

Dec, 2013

Consumer review (

Toshiba Satellite M50-A-119


I have had sony,compac and mac mini, this is the best by far in every way.

I just cant think of any.

Oct, 2014

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Toshiba Satellite M50-A-119


Looks amazing Fast for multi-window gaming (that's what I use it for) Quiet

No DVD drive but has USB3 connections No Windows 8.1 backup USB stick

Apr, 2014

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Toshiba Satellite M50-A-119


Very good build quality

Touchpad is a pain. Preferred previous Toshiba laptop's separate left and right buttons and more controllable/deliberate arrangements.

Apr, 2014

Consumer review (

Toshiba Satellite M50-A-119


Beautiful design. Great performance

Touch pad over sensitive - takes you places you don't want to be

Apr, 2014

Consumer review (

Toshiba Satellite M50-A-119


It is slim and good battery.

No cd drive

Apr, 2014

Consumer review (

Toshiba Satellite M50-A-119


Just a really handsome looking machine with pretty good spec for the price.

None spring to mind at the moment.

Mar, 2014

Consumer review (

Toshiba Satellite M50-A-119


looks and feels premium, lightweight, great processor and plenty of memory

no optical drive

Mar, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio system:24-bit / DTS Sound / DTS Studio Sound / HD
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery life (max):7 / 7.15 / 7.25
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.9


Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: No


Colour of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black, Silver / Silver
Product Type:Notebook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:4 / 16:9
Display brightness:200
Display diagonal:39.6
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Full HD: No
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.75 / 1.792
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 2
Maximum Resolution:1920 x 1200
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 950
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.75
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3


Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard number of keys:102
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:ClickPad / Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
4G:No / Yes
4G LTE: No
4G standard:WiMAX
4G standards:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:24-bit / DTS Sound / DTS Studio Sound / HD
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Pouch: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Cables included:AC
Mouse included:N
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

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


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.37 / 3.95
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:75
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x4, 2x4 / 2X4 / 4x1, 1x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.6
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-4xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I3-4005U / I3-4010U / I5-4200U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:4
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):No / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75105 / 75107 / 75459
Processor code:SR16Q / SR170
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
UART:Y / Yes


Cable lock slot:N / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection: Yes
Password protection type:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User


Bundled software:143 x 74 x 126 / 230 x 100 x 265 / CVBS in / out, RGB \nCVBS in / out, Y/C \nAnalogue audio left / right out, Antenna IEC75 \nAudio left / right in, CVBS in, Headphone out, S video in / 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 / Microsoft Office 365\nDTS Studio Sound\nTOSHIBA Desktop Assist\nTOSHIBA Display Utility\nTOSHIBA Eco Utility\nTOSHIBA Function Key\nTOSHIBA Media Player by sMedio TrueLink+\nTOSHIBA PC Health Monitor\nTOSHIBA System Settings / TOShIBA Desktop Assist, TOShIBA Display Utility, TOShIBA Eco Utility, TOShIBA Function key, TOShIBA Media Player by sMedio \nTrueLink+, TOShIBA PC health Monitor, TOShIBA System Settings, DTS Studio Sound,
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8 / Windows 8.1
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Office / McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Office 2013 / McAfee Live Safe, Microsoft Office / McAfee LiveSafe / McAfee LiveSafe, Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office 2013, McAfee Internet Security / Microsoft Office, McAfee LiveSafe


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MiniSD, MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, RS-MMC, SD, SDIO / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDIO / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Height :2.1 / 2.13