Toshiba Tecra A50 2018 (8550U, 16GB) 15 Inch Laptop Review

Toshiba secretly upgraded their Tecra A50 series with 8th generation processor line up. While, they do not make any improvement in term of performance, I am seeing the hardware upgrade as worth to take a look since they put it at the same price level. For just under 700 dollars, you are offered a fully high performance laptop with Core I7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD. I really find the specification as very surprising high considering how affordable the price is. Unfortunately, we also need to accept the fact that Toshiba makes some adjustment to the rest of things in order to fit the budget.

Started with the display, they put only an HD resolution panel with poor brightness support and mediocre color accuracy. The same impression found on its design as the entire chassis looks very plain and just created from plastic. You can just upgrade the panel and replacing it with any full HD panel for around 90 dollars, but we cannot do anything to its design. We are going to take a look at it further and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Looks

There is nothing to expect from its design and overall looks bad in my opinion. The entire chassis is designed from plastic and finished in some kind of texture finishing. I personally do not like this finishing since its making it like an old laptop from 2007. It should be much better if they add of matte finishing like any mid-range systems we see so far. One thing I should appreciate here is the fact they put of removable battery inside. Yeah, users can just take it off the battery anytime they want and swapping it with new one without forcing you for bringing to their after sales support. They do the same case last year and seem worth as mentioning here.

Toshiba usually puts of MIL STD 810G durability certificates on their every Tecra devices, but since this is a cheap or budget laptop, they need to completely remove it and just making it standard at all. Overall, I have no complaint at all for this case considering we do not really know what kind of test they do there, but I personally want them to improve the design with much better approach and material. Well, I guess we won’t see it coming soon, so better to accept anything it has so far.

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Display and Input

Toshiba Tecra A50 2018 2 Like I said before, the 15 inch panel looks bad especially if you always get used with 1080p panel for such a long time. The color accuracy is relatively standard and having poor brightness distribution. 200 nits brightness and 65 % SRGB color are something common found in many laptops for under 400 to 300 dollars and just put your expectation pretty low in multimedia consumption here. You can always upgrade the screen by buying the screen replacement for like 90 dollars. Just ask any person you know which capable to do it or users can just replace it by their own since there are so many good tutorials on YouTube for how manually replace the screen.

As for the input experience, the keyboard is surprisingly good for long typing although I feel the keys as very loud here. Overall, the keyboard features of nice travel distant and even coming with numeric keys. There is a small trackpoint placed at the center of keyboard and allowing you to use it as the touchpad replacement during some cases. I still find the touchpad works better here, but you might give different opinion about it. One thing I really want to see is backlit support considering I often forced to type in low condition in some cases.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:57:38

Toshiba Tecra A50 2018 15 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel Kaby Lake R Core I7-8550U 1.8 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size15.6 Inch 1366 x 768 (HD)
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 1GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 512GB SSD

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Performance and Battery

The specification is really the biggest selling point to expect especially with 8th generation CPU inside. The Core I7 8550U seems to be lot more powerful than its predecessor thanks to its quad core CPU. There are four CPU works together at 1.8 GHz base clock. With proper temperature and thermal management, the processor manages to maintain higher clock for some amount of time. The 16G RAM and 512GB even make the system runs better and smoother. I never notice any lags or stuttering even with some kind of heavy usages. Users could expect of impressive performance from this laptop.

I personally expect of similar good battery performance, but for most all of time the battery only lasts for maximum at 7 hours. The 6 hours and 35 minutes is the common result you see here and goes shorter if you do more intense usage. I really recommend you to always carry its charger since it’s the only way to charge its battery. But, by how easy you can just replace the battery, having an additional battery is not a bad solution here. People can buy the battery replacement from their website.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:57:38
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Final Thought

I find the Tecra A50 2018 as the best options for users who look only for performance and have nothing to complaint for the rest of parts. While the performance feels impressive here, the rest of things like design, display, connectivity, and more are considered as bad. Like I said before, they really sell the hardware specs without much thinking anything for anything besides than it. You are not seeing of I7 8550U processor for around 600 dollars, so better to take a look at it and see how it works on you. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind shares your comment below for further assistance regarding the article.

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