Toshiba Satellite U50D review: Toshiba Satellite U50D

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Respectable performance. Very compelling price tag.

The Bad AMD's GPU performance nowhere to be seen. Low res screen is disappointing.

The Bottom Line If you’re on the very tightest of budgets, this is a very solid offering that punches well above its weight class.

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Let's be honest here — Intel utterly dominates the laptop world as the dominant CPU supplier. Not only are its chips speedy, but they also require less power and throw out less heat, two factors of critical importance when building a PC inside a 15mm gap. Nearly every laptop we're supplied to review features Intel CPUs, which makes the Satellite U50D such an interesting proposition. Finally we get to see what AMD's CPUs can do.

Design and features

Before we delve under the hood, we should point out that this is a full-sized 15.6 inch behemoth.

This isn't too surprising given that AMD chips tend to pump out more heat, and are thus more likely to be found in laptops with larger cooling solutions. The 15.6 inch screen on offer here foregoes the touchscreen feature found on most other laptops, as the AMD APU used within means it doesn't need to abide by Intel's Ultrabook specifications. Based on the relatively low resolution of 1366 x 768, the screen is a bit grainy for our liking, but beggars can't be choosers.

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Where to Buy

Toshiba Satellite U50D

Part Number: CNETToshiba Satellite U50D

Typical Price: $799.00

See manufacturer website for availability.