Toshiba Satellite P850-138 Review

Toshiba Satellite P850-138
  • Intel Core i3-330M (2×2.13 GHz)

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M

  • 8 GB RAM Size

  • 640 GB HDD Capacity

Detailed laptop analysis based on 3 expert reviews

Score: 40 /100

15.6 ''
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Our summary of all reviews

  • Performance

    29 /100

    With this good level of performance, office work, multimedia programs, and multitasking run smoothly. This laptop also supports games such as “Half Life 2” and “World of Warcraft” adequately. Potential users will be quite capable of running all tasks efficiently for a minimum of 2 years.

    • 3DMark 06 1024 x 768

      6794.26 #

    • PCMark 05

      6897.15 #

    • PCMark Vantage

      8256.21 #

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  • Design

    3.5/5

    The reviewers’ opinions tended predominantly towards moderate satisfaction concerning the laptop design. The notebook’s appearance was decently received and should prove to be at the taste of many users.

    • Display Panel

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      5.0/5

      The display panel is a prime example of excellence. When moving the display back and forth it does not bend the slightest bit. There are no color distortions on the screen, even when applying significant pressure to the back of the monitor.

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  • Display

    4.0/5

    The monitor provides good potential for professional designers and photographers. Gaming and multimedia users will be satisfied with this display. Looking at the screen both indoors and outdoors is a generally enjoyable experience. Therefore, even demanding business users will be satisfied with this great display.

    • Display Resolution

      1024 x 600

      This resolution is not high enough for fitting one window fully on the display. This makes multitasking and office work quite a hassle. Viewing highly detailed pictures requires a lot of zooming in order to see all the details on the picture. Low resolution picture and video editing is manageable yet quite unpleasant. This resolution is okay for online gaming, it is however an absurdity for high resolution games. Watching most movies will be accompanied by black bars at the bottom and the top of the display.

    • Brightness

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      3.0/5

      The maximum brightness of this computer is adequate for viewing the screen comfortably, even under bright ambient light. However, the users must be cautious to only push the brightness to its maximum in bright conditions, eg. outdoors. Setting the brightness to a high level will drastically decrease the battery life. In addition, using the notebook at maximum brightness in a dark room will be tiring for the eyes.

    • Viewing Angle

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      4.0/5

      You can see the screen comfortably even when looking from the side. Colors distortions will only happen, when the display is leaned backward or forward to its maximum. You can comfortably watch a movie with friends, or show the screen to a few people.

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  • Sound

    4.0/5

    The sound quality of this laptop can be rated as good compared to other notebooks on the market. While professional musicians will need a higher quality level for composition and recording, non-professional use of the internal speakers will be satisfactory. Watching movies and listening to music will be enjoyable, as the sound is clear and almost static-free. This laptop provides for a decent experience when watching action movies or playing games: The explosions are quite convincing and at maximum volume, the sound fills the room nicely.

    • Sound Clarity

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      5.0/5

      The sound is perfectly clear, even at maximum volume. You will enjoy sound effects from movies and games with a true to nature experience of sound. While watching a horror movie, you might at some point believe that the guy with the axe is slowly opening the door of your own room.

    • Lows

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      2.0/5

      Although this computer barely provides for an identifiable bass, low tones can still be recognized which, for some users might be sufficient. It is worth noting however that the sound experience will not be enjoyable at all when requiring deep/heavy bass for watching action movies, or playing violent war games.

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  • Keyboard

    3.0/5

    This keyboard will be valued by most users as convenient for frequent use. Be it for writing long emails, or surfing the net, most users will be satisfied with the comfort and the speed this keyboard provides for. If your professional life requires long typing hours, along with the highest levels of comfort, then you might want to consider a keyboard with higher rates.

    • Layout

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      2.0/5

      Many users will have a hard time readjusting to the layout of this keyboard. Some of the keys might be placed, shaped or sized differently compared to a conventional keyboard layout, leading to frequent typing mistakes and a decrease in typing speed. Overall users will not be satisfied with this layout, although with persistence it can still be manageable.

    • Keyboard Size

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      2.0/5

      The size of this keyboard might not be to the linking of some users. The keys are slightly small, which might result in some typos. The palm rest is designed for people with smaller hands. The keys might be too cramped resulting in frequent typing mistakes and quite a long readjustment time before distinctively improving your typing speed and reducing your typing mistakes.

    • Key Responsiveness

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      2.0/5

      Although some reviewers did not find this keyboard convincing when it comes to responsiveness, most users will still judge it as generally acceptable for typing. This keyboard could suffer from either too stiff or too soft individual keys, which generally causes a decrease in typing speed. Another problem that might be encountered with this keyboard is the level of feedback provided when typing. The individual keys would either take too long to jump back up or are impossible to push far down enough to get appropriate feedback. Users might find it too energy consuming or too annoying especially with long typing hours, yet this keyboard is still manageable from an overall perspective.

    • Keyboard Flex

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      2.0/5

      This keyboard may be for some users manageable, although for most it will be rated below average. The plastic below the keyboard sometimes flexes and the uncontrollable movement of the individual keys will throw you off your typing flow. Smooth typing is far from being an attainable reality, and will make users take some deep breaths to lower their levels of frustration and anger.

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  • Touchpad

    2.0/5

    Reviewers considered the trackpad of this laptop as falling a little bit below general standards. Problems with either the accuracy of the touchpad, its size, its slipperiness or its roughness might be at the origin of this rating. The touchpad button does not seem to rank high neither, and problems with either precision or smoothness will make extensive use a modest experience. Some users might already be thinking of having an external mouse within reach, thus making up for the shortcomings of this trackpad.

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All external reviews  Toshiba  Satellite P850-138

Language Source URL Review Date Author

English

www.pcadvisor.co.uk 2/1/13 Robin Morris

English

www.techradar.com 11/15/12 Nicholas Odantzis

English

www.techradar.com 7/2/12 Jeff Parsons
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Total number of reviews: 3