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Toshiba Satellite C850/02D review: Toshiba Satellite C850/02D

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  • 352
    HP dm4 3114TX (Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7570M)
  • 353
    Asus K55V (Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 610M)
  • 378
    Acer Aspire V3-571G (Core i5 2450M, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 630M)
  • 380
    Toshiba Satellite C850/02D (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7610M)
  • 386
    Sony Vaio E SVE14A15FGB (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7670M)
  • 541
    HP Envy 6 1010TU (Core i5 2467M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 4GB SSD cache)
  • 763
    Dell Inspiron 13z 5323 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD)
  • 766
    Dell Inspiron 14z 5423 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 8GB SSD cache)

(Shorter bars indicate better performance)


No surprises for the hardware involved; the AU$899 C850/02D jostles shoulders with the similarly specced Sony Vaio E and Acer Aspire V3. Both of its direct competitors do offer better build quality and gigabit Ethernet, though.

Gaming performance

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Batman: Arkham Asylum
Playable on:
MEDIUM
settings
FPS
MaxAvgMin
1258646
1366x768, 4x AA, Detail level: Medium, PhysX off.
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Metro 2033
Playable on:
VERY LOW
settings
FPS
MaxAvgMin
59329
1366x768, DirectX 9, 0x AA, Quality: Low, PhysX: Off.
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The Witcher 2
NOT
PLAYABLE
FPS
MaxAvgMin
261912
1366x768, low spec.
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Skyrim
Playable on:
VERY LOW
settings
FPS
MaxAvgMin
604031
1366x768, low detail.

The low-level Radeon HD 7610M is well suited to the resolution involved, but it's not a gaming GPU by a long shot.

Battery life (time)

  • Heavy battery test
  • Light battery test
  • 4h 15m6h 11m
  • HP dm4 3114TX (Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7570M)
  • 3h 34m5h 10m
  • HP Envy 6 1010TU (Core i5 2467M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 4GB SSD cache)
  • 3h 25m5h 0m
  • Sony Vaio E SVE14A15FGB (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7670M)
  • 2h 37m4h 9m
  • Acer Aspire V3-571G (Core i5 2450M, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 630M)
  • 3h 13m4h 7m
  • Dell Inspiron 13z 5323 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD)
  • 2h 51m4h 3m
  • Asus K55V (Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 610M)
  • 2h 54m3h 49m
  • Dell Inspiron 14z 5423 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 8GB SSD cache)
  • 2h 36m3h 32m
  • Toshiba Satellite C850/02D (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7610M)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


This is where Toshiba comes undone — for just AU$100 more, Sony and HP offer significantly better battery life, not to mention build quality.

Conclusion

By itself, Toshiba's Satellite C850/02D does OK; however, AU$100 more will get you better battery life, build quality and gigabit Ethernet from its competitors.

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