Dynabook Tecra A50-J-11X review: A robust 15-inch business laptop with excellent connections Review

Dynabook’s Tecra vary of company laptops spans a few products: the 13.3-inch A30, 14-inch A40 and fifteen.six-inch A50. These are no-nonsense typical laptops — there are no contact screens or 360-degree rotating hinges below. But they are huge on connections — and in the circumstance of the Tecra A50-J-11X reviewed below, huge on sizing. This entry-amount A50-J design is light-weight on the wallet as well: in the Uk you may spend £789 (ex. VAT £946.80 inc. VAT), though in the US the A50-J vary commences at $939.ninety nine. 

A fifteen.six-inch laptop computer is not likely to be ultraportable, and you may surely recognize the Tecra A50-J’s one.65kg excess weight in a bag or backpack. And even so you have it, this laptop computer will need a good deal of space as it measures 358.2mm huge by 236.9mm deep by 19.9mm thick. 

While there is some flex in the lid, the chassis feels reliable. Dynabook claims the Tecra A50-J meets MIL-STD-810H, so it should really take care of drops, higher and very low temperature, humidity, vibration and shock. The chassis is Mystic Blue, a colour that lies someplace in between deep blue and black. 

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Dynabook’s fifteen.six-inch Tecra A50-J sequence operates on 11th-technology Intel Main processors with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage. It weighs one.65kg.


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As noted, the Tecra A50-J-11X has a sizable footprint, and the skill to rotate the display screen a hundred and eighty degrees to lie flat on the desk, though probably practical, may possibly challenge people with cluttered desks.  

The display screen sits in pretty narrow quick-edge bezels, but the bottom bezel is sizeable. The upper bezel is just deep sufficient to dwelling the webcam, which has a sliding privateness go over, and IR aid for Windows Hello there experience authentication. If you you should not want experience login, you will find a fingerprint sensor in the touchpad. Added stability functions contain an optional smartcard slot, which was existing on my evaluate device on the front correct side.  

The fifteen.six-inch IPS display screen is not contact-responsive (none of the a few Tecra A50-J products out there in the Uk are) and has a matte finish, which will please individuals who you should not like seeing their possess reflection though they work. Its FHD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels, 141.2ppi) is great for usual crafting, e-mail and internet browsing responsibilities, while viewing angles are not excellent in possibly horizontal or vertical planes. The sixteen:nine aspect ratio tends to make it attainable to have two performing documents side by side. Movie is rendered moderately nicely, but if you might be searching for higher-high-quality entire-display screen video playback, appear elsewhere.  

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The stereo speakers sit on the front of the chassis, with grilles on the underside wherever the chassis curves upwards marginally. Sound percolates up by way of the keyboard quite nicely, and audio high-quality is satisfactory at very best. Quantity goes up moderately higher and does not distort, but it’s light-weight on bass and hefty on treble. 

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The backlit keyboard has a bouncy motion, and may possibly be noisy if you might be a hefty-handed typist. The fifteen.six-inch chassis supplies room for a separate number pad on the correct side.


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The keyboard place is huge sufficient to include a separate number pad, but not huge sufficient for the number pad keys to be entire sizing, or for there to be a crystal clear separation in between it and the key QWERTY area. It took me pretty a though to hit the Enter essential precisely every single time somewhat than jabbing the 7 or 4 essential instead. 

The essential motion is bouncy, but you need to implement substantial force to depress every single essential. Typing generates a uninteresting ‘thunk’ that receives louder the heavier the typing motion. This may possibly turn into annoying for other individuals in tranquil spaces. Compared with in Dynabook’s Portégé vary, you will find no AccuPoint stick as an choice to the (responsive and productive) touchpad. 

The Fn keys are fairly modest. There are no assigned next features for F10, F11 and F12, still Dynabook puts volume command as 3rd Fn-essential-managed steps on the 3 and 4 keys, and a zoom operate as a Fn essential motion on the one and two keys (this will, for example, zoom in and out of internet webpages, or boost/decrease textual content measurements in a term processing application). This arguably creates some unnecessary overcrowding. 

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Still left side (top rated): electricity, 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI two., USB 3.two, 3.5mm audio in/out. Right side (previously mentioned): smartcard reader, MicroSD card slot, USB 3.two, RJ-45 Ethernet (flip-open up).


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There is an expansive vary of connections. On the remaining edge the 3.5mm audio in/out jack is joined by a pair of USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a entire-sizing HDMI port, a USB-A port and a spherical-pin electricity input. The edge of a devoted electricity jack is that equally USB-C ports are usually obtainable. There are two lights on this edge: one lets you know the electricity jack is plugged in, though the other tells you the machine is driven on (useful if you just shut the lid with no switching off, but only obvious if you materialize to be on the lookout at the laptop’s remaining edge).  

The smartcard slot is in the direction of the front of the correct edge, though in the direction of the back again you will find a MicroSD card reader, a further USB-A port and an RJ-45 Ethernet port. The chassis is just not pretty deep sufficient to accommodate the latter with no offering a hinged flap at the foundation, but that flap pushes down with no influencing the laptop’s equilibrium on a desk. If you opt for LTE cellular broadband, the SIM slot is also on this edge.

This array of connections is remarkable taking into consideration that numerous laptops offer no extra than a few of USB-C / Thunderbolt ports and a USB-A port, and that one of the USB-Cs is usually out of motion when the gadget is getting billed. Bravo, Dynabook. 

There are a few configurations of the Tecra A50-J out there off the shelf in the Uk. My Main i5-primarily based evaluate device was the entry-amount design: 

Tecra A50-J-11X (as reviewed) 
Intel Main i5-1135G7, Home windows ten Pro, fifteen.six-inch one,920 x one,080 pixel IPS non-contact display screen, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD 
£789 (ex. VAT) 

Tecra A50-J-151 
Intel Main i7-1165G7, Home windows ten Pro, fifteen.six-inch one,920 x one,080 pixel IPS non-contact display screen, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD 
£839 (ex. VAT) 

Tecra A50-J-13W 
Intel Main i7-1165G7, Home windows ten Pro, fifteen.six-inch one,920 x one,080 pixel IPS non-contact display screen, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD 
£949 (ex. VAT) 

There are 5 preconfigured Tecra A50-J products in the US, starting off at $939.ninety nine and rising to $one,329.ninety nine. There is also a configurable develop-to-order possibility. 

Dynabook costs the Tecra A50-J-11X’s 4-cell 53Wh battery as good for up to nine several hours of lifestyle. My typical take a look at, primarily based on an daily workload of crafting, streaming and browsing, will involve performing from a fully billed battery for a few several hours. Following that period the battery experienced fallen to sixty five%, suggesting battery lifestyle of all-around eight.5h on a linear extrapolation. On other instances I accomplished 6h and 7h performing periods from a fully billed battery. So, relying on what you might be undertaking, you may possibly or may possibly not get a entire day’s work from this laptop computer on battery electricity. 

Dynabook claims the battery will arrive at 40% capacity in thirty minutes. Tests this on one situation when the battery experienced fallen to 40%, I put it on demand and soon after fifteen minutes the battery experienced risen to fifty five%. A further fifteen minutes took it to sixty seven%, and soon after a total of 45 minutes of charging the battery was at seventy seven%. 

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Conclusions 

The Dynabook Tecra A50-J-11X is a fairly cumbersome and hefty fifteen.six-inch laptop computer. It’s a no-nonsense company gadget, whose exhibit and audio subsystems are not up to buyer pursuits this kind of as gaming or video viewing. But it has realistic battery lifestyle and a myriad of connections, which include an Ethernet port. If you price a significant display screen for performing with words or spreadsheets, recognize a separate number pad, and you should not need a contact display screen or top rated-high-quality audio, it could be worth taking into consideration.  

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