Toshiba Satellite L50D-C-13G review
Processor: Quad-core 1.8GHz AMD A10-8700P, RAM: 8GB, Dimensions: 380x259.9x23.5mm, Weight: 2.2kg, Screen size: 15.6in, Screen resolution: 1,366x768, Graphics adaptor: Radeon R6, Total storage: 1TB hard disk
Our Toshiba Satellite L50D-C-13G review sample came in a rather hard-to-ignore shade of purple, but there’s a raft of other colours if you don't want something quite so outlandish.
That said, the bold purple does help distract from the L50's truly woeful display. It's a 15.6in glossy TFT panel with a 1,366x768 resolution, which is in line with the budget price, but panel quality is dire. Black levels were incredibly high at 0.66cd/m2, meaning blacks appear closer to grey. Brightness was poor at 258cd/m2, meaning it was a struggle to use the L50 outdoors. A contrast ratio of just 393:1 is also terrible and a testament to the poor black levels. Everything appears disappointing and washed out. Usually, a glossy display can help with the illusion of contrast, but that's certainly not the case here.
^ Everything with the Satellite L50D-C-13G is incredibly glossy and reflective, from the chassis to the screen
Instead, all it did was cause unwanted reflections making the viewing experience even more frustrating. Colour accuracy was another area of concern, covering just 61.9% of the sRGB colour gamut, meaning this is certainly not a laptop for colour-sensitive work. Reds appeared closer to orange and incredibly washed out. Viewing angles are yet another area of disappointment, both on horizontal and vertical planes.
The chassis is standard fare for a budget laptop; decidedly plastic, quite heavy at 2.2kg, and hardly svelte at 23.5mm thick. The keyboard area is normally an area of concern for flex and bend, but there wasn't any give when typing. The edge of the frame below the keyboard is rather sharp and rough feeling, however.
The keyboard itself is capacious, with a full-size number pad on the right. Keystrokes have very little travel, which can be a bit jarring. Some of the punctuation keys are reduced-size, and the cursor keys have been crammed in with them. Once you get used to the limited travel, it's actually not a bad keyboard to type on, so we managed to build up to a reasonable speed.
The off-centre touchpad below the keyboard is a slightly different shade to the chassis. Your fingers glide across the slightly rough texture and it was decently responsive, even when using multi-touch gestures. Ideally it could have been a little larger, considering the size of the chassis, but it's still perfectly useable.