Review: Toshiba C50 C1870/C1871

It’s time to check out another pair of Toshiba’s entry-level notebooks. They share more than a few features, differing chiefly in the processor lineup, so we thought it best to check them out together.

We are referring to the Toshiba C50, which can be split into the C1870 and C1871 models. Both of these notebooks use the same 15.6-inch WXGA display and they are fitted into the same chassis but as we were often taught as youngsters: it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

And the innards are near identical as well. Both models pack 4GB of system RAM, as well as the same storage allocations (1TB each, FYI) and both make use of Intel’s HD Graphics 4400 integrated card for video rendering thingies.

The big difference? The processors. The C1870 model comes with Intel’s Core i3 4005U processor, while the C1871 scales things up a notch with the Intel Core i5 5200U. Quite a difference and that explains the differences in cost, regardless of the other similarities.

Of which there are still a few. Both machines have WLAN and Bluetooth, Ethernet (10/100) as well as a full keyboard/numpad setup. They both weigh in at 2.3kg, give or take a few grams, and both will be shipping with a SanDisk Cruzer Blade 8GB stick. Just because Mustek can arrange it, it seems. Not that we’re complaining.

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