Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Toshiba Satellite R850-127 Notebook Review

Toshiba offers a 15.6-inch laptop made with adequate performance, a wide range of interfaces, a matte screen and good battery life of around € 999. R850-127 The satellite can be considered as a multimedia notebook business.

The laptop is available in retail stores with the state of the art equipment. The popular Core Intel Core i5-2410M takes care of processing work and the graphics solution is rather unknown to the GeForce 6450M, AMD. The latter has a dedicated 1 GB of DDR3 RAM. An in-house, is 128 GB SSD installed in the configuration of the -127 mass memory.

The R850 Satellite is a light version of the Toshiba Tecra range of business and has a similar construction compared to the previous test Tecra R850-11P. However, all the features of the company have been removed and has a docking port, fingerprint reader, trackpoint or the Internet through a broadband connection integrated into the phone. The display port has been replaced with an HDMI port and 500GB hard drive was replaced by a SSD, in the case of our test device. In addition, an AMD graphics card is installed.

Specifications Toshiba Satellite R850-127 :
  • Processor : Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3 GHz
  • Mainboard : Intel HM65
  • Memory : 4096 MB, DDR3, 1.333 MHz
  • Graphics adapter : AMD Radeon HD 6450M - 1024 MB, Core: 600 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, DDR3
  • Display : 15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, glossy: no
  • Harddisk : Toshiba THNSNC128GBSJ, 128GB
  • Soundcard : Realtek ALC269
  • Connections : 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: headphone/microphone combo socket, Card Reader: card reader: 8in1 (SD, SDXC, SDHC, MS, MS-Pro, MMC, MMC+, xD-Picture Card)
  • Networking : Intel 82579V Gigabit Network Connection (10/1000MBit), Atheros AR9002WB-1NG Wireless Network Adapter (bgn), 3.0 + HS Bluetooth
  • Optical drive : TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-U633J
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 20.8 x 379 x 252
  • Weight : 2.5 kg
  • Battery : 66 Wh Lithium-Ion
  • Price : 999 Euro
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
  • Additional features : Webcam: VGA WebCam
The Toshiba R850 is matte black for the most part. Only the touch screen hinges and covered with bright silver paint. The palm rest and the screen has a double texture. Otherwise, only smooth, matte black plastic they are. They have a high print quality and provide fingerprints and grease stains a difficult time.

Provided by the manufacturer of the laptop is very stable because of the honeycomb structure contains, among other things. And indeed, the basic unit only raised a lot of power and the degree of melancholy creaking. Wrist Support, and behind the keyboard can not be depressed.

If you provide just a little more than one optical drive bay. Honeycomb structure does not seem to have kept a consistent basis. This may be due to the maintenance of the four covers that occupy about one third of the fund. Only moderate pressure sufficient to deform the plastic here. The battery is firmly in the holder.

The base station must be kept low to display 8 mm when you open the lid, it will also increase the contrast. We also need both hands to rotate the screen. Bridge screen can be just a little 'depressed, a modest force. The hinges are an extract from the screen, but usually leave a little shaken '. In general, stability is still mobile, however, are suitable.

Generously awarded Toshiba laptop interfaces. Therefore, in addition to two USB 2.0 ports and Ethernet port, there is also an eSATA / USB 2.0 combo port (right) with a function of the raw material. If you do not want or can not use very thin lids that will not be able to use all the USB ports as it is placed very close to each other. If you prefer to connect a USB 3.0 instead of eSATA hard drive, there is one on the other side of the laptop.

There is also a card reader (SD, SDHC, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card) and a VGA port, with enough space on the USB 3.0 port on the left. Unlike businesses R850 Tecra laptop, the display port has been replaced by HDMI. Toshiba just made cuts in the audio jacks, so now I have microphone and headphone jack to share the front right.

The location to the port could be very heavy. The usable space on the desk next to the laptop can be greatly reduced when multiple cables are connected.

Satellite offers WLAN b / g / n and Bluetooth 3.0 + SA, and wireless communication options. This, Gigabit LAN is also on board. Unfortunately, there is no option for the mobile Internet via UMTS, but there is a covered slot for a SIM card in the battery compartment.

The standard warranty of the laptop is limited to two years, including on-site service in Germany and Austria. It can be extended to four years of on-site next business across Europe for a maximum of € 190.

Input Devices

Toshiba has chosen two of many other manufacturers currently on a Chiclet keyboard design. So the keys are inserted individually into the base unit. Keys aircraft, it is hard not to bridge the gap between two buttons. The keypad is available for entering numbers quickly. Status LEDs for num lock and caps lock keys are a handy feature.

The decline of the keys is quite short, but the clear pressure point allows the keyboard to look good. Keys rattle a little when typing quickly, but the noise is still at an acceptable level. We noticed that negatively room key in our sample responded poorly in the front right corner in the test. This resulted in many spelling mistakes that could be corrected by pressing the center.

On the left side of the speaker opening, together with the power button, there are two shortcut keys. Eco Utility Toshiba opens showing the use of approximate power laptop and well-organized, advanced settings for power saving. The second key to open the display changes from Windows 7, which is also available via the key combination Windows + P. Allows you to change the combination of different monitor.

The touch pad has all the familiar multi-touch. You can zoom, rotate and scroll with two fingers. And 'tactile well separated from the niche than the rest of the wrist, and reflects closely the movements of the upper corners. In addition, the driver offers a wide range of additional features, such as moving back and forth in your browser.

In any case, it makes sense to take more software and remove all unnecessary functions like a laptop computer behavior may surprise you otherwise. The touchpad can be disabled, and there is a connection between the keyboard and the touchpad when external mouse is in use.

By replacing the mouse button is not reason to rave. Typing feel is not bad, but the key to radiate so hard, cheap-sounding noise that you quickly get used to clicking on the touchpad (tapping on your fingers). In addition, the keys are glossy and fingerprints very clearly.

Alternative keyboard and mouse are the same as the R850 Tecra - except for two things: The satellite does not have a trackpoint or a fingerprint reader.

The system works with a screen resolution of 1366x768 pixels. An unusual setting to see other manufacturers typically offer much more in this price range, for example, 1600x900 pixels. The matte screen is also from Toshiba, and is called TOS5091.

The average brightness of 250 cd/m2 is nearly well enough. 268 cd/m2 231 cd/m2 matters right, but to the naked eye is not able to see this. However, a large black book with a 121:1 contrast is painful to the device, which would also rely on an acute multi-media consumer.

AdobeRGB color spectrum is not about to be covered, as expected. That's almost the same with the sRGB less demanding. But probably not a problem for most users, who normally plays an important role in the professional image and video editing.

Unlike the R850 Tecra, Toshiba has opted for a different view. Fortunately, we notice an improvement in the screen age. The satellite screen is a bright light and is also much more homogeneous. As can be seen in the comparison range of colors, the color space of the satellite is also a little more.

Basically, the screen can be marked with a matte surface on the outside. To avoid unwanted reflections. In sunlight, the brightness is not enough to present the content readable. However, it is possible to work very well with the laptop when the position of the light source is selected wisely embarrassing.

Display viewing angle stability is not particularly good, but compared to other notebooks in its class, is not so bad. The image remains visible for a long horizontal deviations. But only a very distorted image can be seen in a vertical field of view in strong deviations.

Toshiba launches Satellite R850-127 with the state of the art equipment. Intel Core i5-2410M processor will be located in the upper medium, because it can work with a lot of power reserves due to Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost 2.0. AMD Radeon HD 6450M used as a graphics device. The graphics card entry level has a 1 GB video memory and clocks with a frequency of 600 MHz. Unfortunately, the graphics solution for AMD does not change internal graphics for the GPU built into the processor, which is known to Nvidia Optimus. Normally active at all times, energy consumption increases dedicated GPU and battery life is reduced.

Working memory is a module installed 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz. A second RAM-bar can be easily added via a maintenance cover on the laptop at the base. However, 4 GB of RAM is sufficient for most applications. As a special feature that uses Satellite R850-127 128GB SSD in a mass memory. The hard drive is also easily accessible via a maintenance cover. Its impact on system performance is given below.

Alternatively, to R850-127, there is also another model in the range of satellites R850: The R850-14T. However, this laptop has a conventional 500 GB hard drive and no dedicated graphics chip. In contrast, R850-14T available to start at 700 € in the various stores.

Cinebench show the race faster than the CPU in this laptop can not exploit its performance limits. Although it does not come to the dreaded bottleneck, CPU clock has a hard time exceeded 2.7 GHz and therefore not achieving the 2.9 GHz potential.

R850-127 Satellite There is thus the only field average CPU benchmark CPU Cinebench Cinebench R10 rendering R11.5 single and multiplayer. Graphics card rewards Cinebench R10 Cinebench R11.5 and OpenGL shading, and laptops without dedicated graphics units, such as the Toshiba Tecra R850 behind. However, the AMD Radeon HD 6450M I have to admit defeat in the face of popular Nvidia GeForce 540M (Aspire 4830TG) and his older brother, the AMD Radeon HD 6470M-Sony VAIO CA1S1E.

Toshiba laptop reaches a record of PCMark Vantage. It tops most notebooks with the same processor and graphics card 10 378 points. This is clearly due to the SSD as it also greatly accelerates the system subjectively.

The desktop appears after only 15 seconds after pressing the power button. All programs are loaded only 10 seconds later. The stop is about just as quickly see that the laptop is off correctly after 12 seconds. This proves again that the medium and the GPU processor can be greatly improved by a SSD and services subjective processing speed of more than one CPU or GPU upgrade.

We can not praise the installed AMD Radeon HD 6450M graphics card in 3DMark much. The score is less than laptops with Nvidia GeForce 540 in all cases and can not compete with laptops that have an Intel Core i5-2410M integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics solution. So one wonders if you use a dedicated graphics card makes no sense here.

Now we installed the SSD rating. It's solid state disk from Toshiba, the model number THNSNC128GBSJ. The user is reduced from 103 GB for a total of 128 GBS.

No wonder that the SSD hard left behind with a newspaper writing, respectively, the frequency reading of 170, respectively, 180 MB / s access time of 0.4 ms. But how the price compared to other flash SSD? The SSD is not as convincing. Speed ​​Reading and writing are not bad, but can not follow the popular 3 Series OCZ Vertex has an average transfer rate of 300 Mb / s. Memory is also behind competing products in critical tests 4K.

Gaming Verdict
Although Satellite R850-127 is not the typical gaming notebook with its equipment, on average, yet wide variety of connections and good quality, we will briefly address the laptop to suit involved here. We tested it in a card company Bad Thurs Battlefield 2, Call of Duty and Black Ops third Dirt In summary, most games run smoothly on low settings. But if it's still fun to play your favorite games with a resolution of 800x600 pixels and no graphical effects are attractive something you have to decide for themselves.


System Noise
The laptop also has the SSD quiet in terms of system noise. The laptop will remain constant at 31 dB (A) applications slowed and less demanding and is almost inaudible.

Significantly increase the fan speed under load and push the laptop to a field higher than noise. As a consolation, we can say that the fan remains constant and is not bothered by a button or permanently, turning on and off yourself. Fans quickly reduce the speed of his barely audible in the state as demand decreases.

The laptop remains pleasantly cool at rest and not to exceed 28ТАC. The rest of the doll is only 3ТАC warmer than room temperature and 22.4ТАC 21ТАC. The touchpad becomes abnormally hot, and can be subjectively confirmed 27.7ТАC measure temperature. Although it is irritating at first, not the use is of particular concern. The satellite reached a maximum load 25ТАC down. This rate may even use the device in your lap.

Laptop heats mainly on his left side during loading. While the wrist rest are pretty good 33ТАC, the R850-127 43ТАC heated to the left on the keyboard. Although it is highly unlikely that a hand to rest here is a high temperature for the summit. As in the bottom of the laptop is heated to about 41ТАC in the center. Here clearly feel the heat when the laptop is used in the knees. We recommend using the laptop on a solid surface in this state, to also ensure better cooling.

The stress test
The processor and graphics card are responsible for more than an hour in the stress test (Furmark, Prime95). The book makes a good show here. Measured temperatures remain well below a maximum 100ТАC 84ТАC (hwinfo estimate), and is in the green field. However, the manufacturer seems to have strangled the CPU a little and not exceeding 2.7 GHz

The two speakers are between the keyboard and the screen in the perforated design for them. Classical music and rock and pop songs are not pretty. The laptop can not play right technology and the house - but not down, which has, It should not have high expectations here, either. The R850 is preferably connected to an external audio system or used with headphones for movies and music.

The power consumption during normal use within the expected range. With 10.9 watts, barely higher than the R850 Tecra slowed to a maximum brightness and disabled the WLAN module. On the other hand uses 15-inch lot more power under load. The laptop needs an average of 48 watts in the 2006th Satellite 3DMark 64 watts to operate under the stress load test results.

Toshiba uses a removable lithium-ion 6-cell and a capacity of 66 Wh. It keeps R850-127 is more than half past seven in the most favorable conditions in BatteryEater test drives. The lifetime of laptop battery goes seven, Toshiba States. If, however, determined at the highest rate is only at idle with a reduced screen brightness without using the WLAN.

The notebook will be a little 'less than five hours of Internet browsing adapted practical brightness of the display and use of energy-saving operation. Portable DVD merger ends a maximum brightness of over 200 minutes. Star Wars - Episode III, did not even play for so long (140 minutes). But if you want to see The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (192 minutes), you should have a fully charged battery.

The satellite achieved a duration of 84 minutes in the conventional test BatteryEater full load and display their maximum brightness. Not a good time, but it is not surprising considering power consumption up to 64 watts. Unlike the R850 Tecra, the satellite must accept less than two hours due to the evolution of AMD graphics card. How long the load varies from a few minutes.

The Toshiba Satellite R850-127 is a laptop with minor flaws, but overall, it is quite feasible. You can make your case well and made it clear, and provides user input devices midfielder. The device is ahead of some of its rivals in terms of diversity of eSATA and USB 3.0, have already been installed in over VGA and HDMI. Although the screen is matte and glossy, and therefore suitable for outdoor use, can not be recommended for media players or the fans due to its low contrast and color levels.

Performance is sufficient for normal home use. The system is particularly was revalued in the SSD accelerates the startup and launch applications. If you wish, you can experiment with computer games with low settings, so. Noise and the development temperature is pleasantly a few simple steps, while the fan can be a difficult load. The battery life of 4-5 hours of browsing the wireless practice should be sufficient for most users.

Summary, the handset can be recommended. However, do not forget the part, much less expensive than the competition. However, if you are looking for a well-made laptop good equipment, you can find the correct device Toshiba R850-127.

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