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Review of the Toshiba Satellite S50D

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18.03.2014

Advantages:
Great storage capacity, sleek and cool design, affordable price

Disadvantages:
Bad touch pad, slower internet connection

Recommendable Yes:

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Value For Money

Memory / capacityExcellent

Ease of useEasy

Range of Extra FeaturesSatisfactory

Instruction manualVery useful

Manufacturer SupportGood

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Toshiba is known for the highest survival rate among laptop companies, as well as for its reliability and reasonable price. The satellite S50D offers just this and more.
The satellite S50D specifications include 8gb RAM, 1TB hard drive, AMD A Series Quad-Core Mobile Processor A10-5745M, and a 15.6-inch TruBrite LED backlight HD display. For $500, these specifications are pretty amazing. So when I came across this laptop in Future Shop, I knew I couldn't pass up a deal as great as this.
Along with the amazing specs, I also loved the sleek silver design. It looks as if it is covered completely in metal. And the laptop itself looks very sturdy despite the fact that it is very slim. The screen is not floppy unlike many other thin laptops you see on the market today. If you've bought an ultrabook, you'll understand what I'm talking about.
When I first brought it home, it started up really quickly (I had already gotten it set up at Future Shop for me) and I was extremely excited. I had Windows 8 at the time, not Windows 8.1 (not that I see a difference). It looked pretty neat with the apps popping up just as you start the laptop, and you can go straight to the desktop which looks like the Windows 7 interface. From there, I gave the internet connection a try and voila! It worked perfectly. I finally had a vastness of room for all of my music and games as opposed to my old netbook.
However, there are slight drawbacks to this laptop. First off, the touch pad is extremely sensitive, and if you want to right or left click using the touch pad, you will have to press pretty hard in order for it to work. Also, I am doubting the laptop's reliable internet connectivity, because my brother's laptop seems to work pretty quickly with the internet we're using, however this laptop seems to have slight glitches when using the internet. On top of that, I'm not a huge fan of Windows 8, and its overcomplexity seems not to serve the user any justice whatsoever. I prefer the simple Windows 7 template and I just jump to the desktop, ignoring the apps when the computer starts up. However, I heard from Future shop that you can change the template to look like Windows 7, although I haven't figured out how to yet.
Is it the best laptop out there? No. However, it's a pretty decent laptop that will allow you to do light gaming, and decent internet browsing. It really is a computer for students. And considering the fact that I got this laptop for $500 about five months ago. I consider it a pretty good deal for those specifications and I would recommend buying this for a student.


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The 39.6 cm (15.6") Satellite S50 series has an ice brushed metal slim chassis that is less than 25 mm thin. A larg...

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MPN PSKKWE-00Q008EN
System Type Notebook
Operating System Windows 8.1 64-bit Edition ( preloaded )

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CPU AMD A series A10-5745M / 2.1 GHz
Max Turbo Speed 2.9 GHz
Number of Cores Quad-Core

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