on 28 August 2014
Impressive specifications and game performance
Excellent sound output
Built in DVD / Blue ray drive
Good quality keyboard
Harman Kardon speakers
Lack of SSD makes it feel less responsive than it should
Poor battery life
Imperfections on the monitor display (lines & dots)
5400 rpm hard drive
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4700MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.
With almost identical specifications to the HP Envy and Dell XPS15, SATELLITE P50T-A-125 sadly falls into a number of traps: the screen viewing angles suffers from a lack of sharpness. It's missing a Solid State Drive. It does have a good keyboard and track pad, but that advantage is neutralized by the weaker performance and its poor battery life. Impressive specifications but a 5,400rpm hard drive and disappointing screen hold this laptop back from greatness. Toshiba is certainly challenging and making headway with their Kira, Qosmio, Tecra, Satellite P and S range but there is still a way to go to catch up with MacBook.
on 16 December 2014
Not so keen on Windows 8 (now 8.1) and the touchpad can be a bit of a pain sometimes, having an area in the top left to switch off the TouchPad that works like a double tap button which I'm slowly getting better at avoiding. Couldn't work out what was going wrong with it in the early days. I didn't need a Touchscreen and hardly ever use it, but it was there in the price and apart from leaving visible finger marks on the screen, it works OK. As for the rest of it, it's nice. Lighter than my old Dell XPS15, less power hungry, runs a lot cooler and weighs less (which is better for travelling), but it doesn't have the same quality feel that the Dell still has (now my BackUp Laptop). Swapped the disk for a smaller but faster SSD, which makes a huge difference, especially to boot up & shutdown times.