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Review: Dynabook Tecra A50-K-11L

Dynabook’s new Tecra A50-K-11L is a lightweight laptop that comes certified with the MIL-STD-810G standard for durability. The design and build quality is quite good – something you might expect from a brand such as Dynabook. The body of the laptop has been made using Polycarbonate ABS with an anti-bacterial coating.

Upon opening the lid of the laptop, you are presented with a 15.6-inch Full HD Anti-Glare IPS display that offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. On top of the display, you get a built-in HD camera with Dual Mic for Cortana and Skype for Business, though a variant with an IR-camera Dual Mic for Windows Hello and Intel Authenticate is also available.

The laptop also comes with stereo speakers, which offer an enhanced audio experience, thanks to the DTS Audio processing capability. The A50 comes packed with a lowered frameless full-size matt black tile keyboard with a separate numeric keypad. The click-pad is also big enough to be used comfortably.

In terms of I/O ports, you get two USB 3.2 Type-C Gen 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports which support data transfer, power delivery, and a display port. You also get two USB 3.2, one Gigabit LAN, one HDMI 2.0, one audio combo jack, one micro SD card slot, and the power port.

The laptop is powered by a 53Whr battery with quick charge technology that promises four hours of battery life with a 30 minutes charge. Inside the box, Dynabook also includes a 19V 65W adaptor, along with the quick start guide.

For security, the Tecra A50 is certified for Microsoft Secured-Core PC and comes packed with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v2.0, a spill-resistant keyboard, Intel Authenticate support, Webcam Shutter Slider, and a security lock slot. A fingerprint reader and an Infrared (IR) camera for face authentication, are offered as optional.

Under the hood, the Tecra A50 is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P Processor running at a clock speed of 1.7GHz. You also get 16GB of RAM, but only 256GB of onboard storage. I wonder why Dynabook skimped on the internal storage capacity.

Performance-wise the Tecra A50 does a great job. Packed with a Core i5-1240P processor and 16GB of RAM, the Tecra A50 delivers solid performance for multitasking. The laptop was very speedy and responsive and was able to handle all tasks we threw at it, with ease.

The audio performance on the A50 was also very good. The speakers produce good-quality audio, with the low, mid, and high tones being clear of any sort of deviation. In order to test the battery life, we test it by keeping the Windows Better performance setting turned on and the screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits. We also turn all the applications off, except for the one we are testing the laptop with.

During our tests, the A50’s 53Wh battery lasted for 11 hours and 20 minutes of Web browsing, and around 8 hours of video playback. So, it’s quite clear that the battery life offered by the A50 is very good.

For a price of $960, which translates to about AED 3570, the Dynabook Tecra A50-K-11L comes across as highly recommended if you are into multitasking and need a super quick and responsive laptop.

Price: $970 (AED 3570 approx.)

Dynabook Tecra A50-K-11L $970 (AED 3570 approx.)
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

Performance-wise the Tecra A50 does a great job. Packed with a Core i5-1240P processor and 16GB of RAM, the Tecra A50 delivers solid performance for multitasking. The laptop was very speedy and responsive and was able to handle all tasks we threw at it, with ease.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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