Dynabook Tecra A50 EC 11H, arms on: A 15.6-inch enterprise workhorse with all-day battery life Evaluation

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The Tecra vary of laptops from Dynabook — lately rebranded from Toshiba — is designed for mainstream enterprise productiveness. With each 14-inch and 15.6-inch screens there aren’t any ultra-light, ultra-portable fashions right here. As a substitute, these are properly made, stable laptops with sufficient display dimension to show sizeable spreadsheets or to have two paperwork open aspect by aspect. 

The Tecra A50 is without doubt one of the bigger laptops, sporting a 15.6-inch display. It is available in a number of configurations, with our Core i5-based A50-EC-11H overview unit costing £799 (ex. VAT). Listed here are the configurations of all of the A50 fashions accessible within the UK:

  • Tecra A50-E-1LJ
    Intel Core i5-8250U, Home windows 10 Professional, 15.6-inch 1,366 x 768 pixel non-reflective non-touch display, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
    £769 (ex. VAT; £922.80 inc. VAT)
  • Tecra A50-EC-11H (reviewed right here)
    Intel Core i5-8250U, Home windows 10 Professional, 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,zero80 pixel non-reflective non-touch display, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
    £799 (ex. VAT; £758.80 inc. VAT)
  • Tecra A50-EC-144
    Intel Core i7-8550U, Home windows 10 Professional, 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,zero80 pixel non-reflective non-touch display, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD
    £879 (ex. VAT; £1,054.80 inc. VAT)
  • Tecra A50-C-218
    Intel Core i7-6500U, Home windows 10 Professional, 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,zero80 pixel non-reflective non-touch display, Nvidia GeForce 930M graphics with 2GB devoted VRAM, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD
    £1,259 (ex. VAT; £1,510.80 inc. VAT)
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The £799 (ex. VAT) A50-EC-11H mannequin we reviewed had a Core i5 processor and built-in graphics. If you need a Core i7 CPU and a discrete GPU (Nvidia GeForce 930M), you will have to spend £1,259 (ex. VAT) on the A50-C-218 mannequin.


Photos: Toshiba/Dynabook

The 15.6-inch display calls for a sizeable chassis, however broad bezels make it bigger than it arguably ought to be. At 379mm broad by 258mm deep by 24.05mm thick, it’s going to be too huge for smaller backpacks. It is also not significantly mild, with a beginning weight of 2kg. However it’s stable with a lid that had only a slight flex in it and a base that felt robust. It ought to journey properly.

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The benefit of a bigger chassis is that the keyboard has room for a barely compressed however nonetheless very usable quantity pad. The keys haven’t got an enormous quantity of journey, however are springy sufficient. They make virtually no sound when pressed, so they need to swimsuit open-plan workplaces and different quiet working areas. Toshiba consists of its AccuPoint pointing stick for cursor management, and there are a few bodily buttons above to be used along side it within the trackpad, which additionally homes a fingerprint sensor.

The display has a matte end, so you should not have any issues with reflectivity. The display suggestions again to an angle of about 120 levels, so it will not lay flat on a desk. Viewing angles are fantastic, and the decision of 1,920 by 1,zero80 pixels is nice sufficient. Nonetheless, word that the entry-level mannequin within the vary affords simply 1,366 by 768 pixels, which is under par.

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The Tecra A50 has a wide variety of ports, together with Ethernet (RJ-45) and legacy VGA.


Picture: Toshiba/Dynabook

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Dynabook usually offers a superb vary of ports and connectors for workplace use, and the Tecra A50 isn’t any exception. It is uncommon to see a legacy VGA adapter right here, however these are nonetheless utilized in some workplaces, and those that want VGA will welcome its inclusion. Equally there’s an RJ-45 Ethernet port for these instances when a wired connection is critical. In case your exterior display connectors have moved on, there are each HDMI and USB Sort-C with DisplayPort (and energy supply). You additionally get three USB three.1 ports, an SD card reader and a three.5mm headset slot.

The battery is rated nearly as good for as much as 10.5 hours. I labored with the laptop computer on a number of events, and in my judgement a full day’s doc creation work is completely inside its attain.

The Tecra A50 is not a ‘particular’ laptop computer in any manner. It is neither ultra-thin nor ultra-light, and it has a humdrum Full-HD 15.6-inch display. It is designed to do a job, and to try this successfully. The inclusion of a quantity pad on the keyboard, legacy and forward-looking ports, and a stable construct are all important plus factors. Simply watch out for the low display decision on the entry-level mannequin.

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