Toshiba Satel­lite P50t-B

Australian T3 - - RATED - $2,499, my­TOSHIBA.COm.au

The of­fice drone with the se­cret gam­ing habit and 4K screen

Ig­nore the unas­sum­ing, brushed metal fa­cade; the Satel­lite P50t-B is hid­ing some se­ri­ous clout be­neath that sleek, busi­nesslike ex­te­rior. It’s the only lap­top on test to em­brace 4K, with a 3840x2160 res­o­lu­tion dis­play that of­fers in­cred­i­ble de­tail and clar­ity. It’s also touchen­abled, mak­ing it eas­ier to nav­i­gate Win­dows 8’s tablet-op­ti­mised tile in­ter­face.

Don’t be blinded by the sheen of that 4K screen, though. For gamers, it’s not such a killer fea­ture. Play­ing games at that lofty res­o­lu­tion or up­scal­ing is ill-ad­vised, un­less you’re will­ing to play ev­ery­thing with the graph­i­cal de­tail set to low and at a frame rate that will of­ten drop down to sin­gle fig­ures. You’re best off stick­ing to 1080p and sav­ing 4K res­o­lu­tion for show­ing off your hol­i­day pics.

De­spite not quite con­tain­ing the grunt for 4K gam­ing, the AMD Radeon R9 M265X graph­ics card is per­fectly adept at run­ning 3D with­out the lag, while the pro­ces­sor, a quad­core num­ber clocked at 2.4GHz, is the cur­rent gam­ing stan­dard – in fact it’s favoured by ev­ery sin­gle lap­top on test. Per­for­mance­wise, AMD’s graph­ics lag be­hind that of ri­val Nvidia, so al­though ca­pa­ble the Satel­lite P50t-B’s vi­su­als are rarely awe-in­spir­ing. The dif­fer­ences are min­i­mal, but no­tice­able when play­ing the lat­est gam­ing ti­tles.

The key­board is both roomy and re­spon­sive, while the track­pad does its job ad­mirably. Itchy trig­ger fin­gers would be ad­vised to still in­vest in a proper gam­ing mouse, though. Con­nec­tions are thor­ough, with four US B 3.0 ports, a 4K-ready HDMI out and a multi-card reader.

Bat­tery life could be bet­ter at just over three hours of use, but the im­pres­sive sound ca­pa­bil­i­ties – it has se­ri­ously deep, boom­ing au­dio – and rea­son­able porta­bil­ity make this a great choice for people look­ing for a do-it-all lap­top that’ll fit in at work, but be ready to play. Se­ri­ous gamers should look else­where, though. Love Pin-sharp 4K touch­screen. Of­fice-ready de­sign Hate Graph­ics lag be­hind oth­ers on test. Most games won’t ac­tu­ally run at 4K. Bat­tery life could be bet­ter T3 Says Ready for the of­fice and the gam­ing arena, but its graph­ics let the side down

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