We\’re a generation that may very well be exposed to the largest line-up of pixel-variant gadgets. Right from a 240p smartwatch to these huge TV\’s with 4K, we\’ve perhaps seen it all. But we\’re cramming more and more pixels in every type of display we can think of. So, we\’ve got Toshiba\’s new P50 laptop sporting a 4K display on a 15.6-inch screen. That\’s 221 pixels per inch, for those who are keen to know. It may not sound like a big number, but as far as laptops are concerned, this is the highest pixel density on any laptop. Plus, with really good specs packed into the new P50, it really looks like a winner. But, does it really shine where it matters most?
Build & DesignThe Toshiba team highlighted the ˜clean and elegant\’ design philosophy of the new range of the laptop series, which is certainly reflected well in the silver-grey aluminium body of the P50. The curved edges and balanced weight distribution feels just right, they keyboard feels spacious and the ports arranged on the sides are well thought out. The Harman Kardon logo above the keypad indicates the association of the two brands to ensure this laptop gives out great audio.Display Firing up the P50 for the first time gave me jitters, it\’s not every day you see a ˜first of its kind\’ product right in front of your eyes. The backlit keyboard and the light around the power button came alive, signalling the P50 was up and running. The display then came alive bright and brilliant. Once I got my essentials set-up, tinkering around this real estate was so much fun. With a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, everything looks exceptionally good. I tried out testing videos of different resolutions right from 4K to 1080p, to 720p and even 480p. Surprisingly, only the 480p video\’s resolution appeared too low, with 720p files performing rather admirably. The other thing you can do, with such a huge pixel count, is multi-task without compromise. Have 5 apps running simultaneously, with small windows of each open next to each other. The only issues I had were with native apps like Windows Media Player, whose bottom-most controls (Prev, Play, Next) were barely visible. The included Chroma Tune app lets you select just the right kind of colour saturation and contrast ratio you would like to use.PerformanceThe 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processor is ably supported with a 2GB GPU the AMD Radeon R9 M265X. With 16GB of DDR3 RAM rounding up the spec counter, we expected nothing short of blazing multimedia, gaming and editing performance. We were impressed with what we saw, with every benchmark proving just how capable this machine is to handle just about any task you throw at it.
With an asking price of 86K, this might feel a bit expensive, especially considering the lack of 4K content. But, with more and more pixel-intensive content being produced every day, it\’s only a matter of time when we such displays of a variety of laptops. The P50, however, will be the first and with excellent performance and a variety of connectivity options, it really won\’t disappoint its buyer.
- 15.6 4K IGZO Touchscreen Display
- 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700HQ Processor
- Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
- 16GB DDR3 SDRAM
- AMD Radeon R9 M265X GPU
- 1TB Hybrid HDD @ 5,400 rpm
- DVD R/W Optical Drive
- 4 USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, Ethernet & HDMI port