Toshiba Satellite L50-B is well built and offers good performance at a reasonable price. Cheaper than Lenovo Flex it is an attractive Touchscreen laptop to buy.
Luckily Intel based models outperform AMD laptops offering higher speed and quality at comparable price. The 4th generation Intel Core processor i5-4210U clocks at 1.7GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz.
Slightly dated design is still aesthetic and tempting compared with other laptops in its class like the Asus X551. Sound system tuned by Skullcandy is really good and makes the laptop useful for an outdoor entertainment. Especially when it is combined with a long up to 6 hours battery life. Also slim and light body add to portability.
Lack of optical drive is a norm in modern laptops and shouldn’t be a surprise anymore. Full Internet capability and USB ports provide different options for added data storage (except for internal hard drive).
Good quality 15.6-inch display is very functional in various conditions. The resolution 1,366 x 768 isn’t the best but at the price of the laptop it is acceptable.
It is much cheaper than Dell’s Ultrabook XPS 15 which offers 1920×1080 native resolution display.
Overall the Toshiba Satellite L55-B Intel Core i5 is a very good laptop in the class and may be considered for work and home use.
If you are interested in upgrading or repairing your laptop please read our disassembly instructions first. It will save you time and work guiding you step by step through the process.
CPU: Intel i5-4210U, 1.7GHz (Haswell)
CPU Turbo Boost Frequency: 2.70 GHz
Standard RAM: 8GB DDR3L Maximum RAM: 16 GB
Display: Glossy HD 1366×768
AMD Radeon R7 M260 (2GB)
Weight: 4.85 lb
Disassembly of Toshiba Satellite L50-B Core i5-4210U
Difficult level: Easy
#2 Phillips Screwdriver
#1 Phillips Screwdriver
Plastic and Metal opener tools
Using a #2 Phillips screwdriver, remove the two screws underneath the battery, as shown. This will enable you to remove the battery. After removal, the battery should slide right out.
Remove the remaining screws in the bottom case. Using an opener tool, pry between the bottom cover and the frame, the bottom cover should be easily removed. There is no adhesive or other clips holding it in.
You should now have access to the internals of the computer. Let’s start removing components!
Remove the RAM. Do this in the same way with all laptops, pinch “away” from the RAM.
First, I removed the hard drive. To do this, simply pull up on the blue rubber tab, then pull back, away from the motherboard. It should slide out of its connector easily. The hard drive caddy can easily be removed by simply slipping it off the hard drive.
Since we have already removed the screw that holds the DVD drive in, this should be easy to remove. Simply lift up and pull away from the motherboard, just like you did with the hard drive. If you are replacing your DVD drive with a new one, make sure to transfer over the mount, which is held in by one remaining screw.
To remove the SD card reader, remove the one screw, then lift up on the connector on the motherboard. Then disconnect the touchpad connector that is right next to it.
I’m going to use this moment to disconnect all the other cables that are connected to the motherboard to its various components.
To remove the power button board, simply pull up on the cable, the board should come right out.
To remove this ribbon cable from the motherboard, move the black bracket away from its connector. As shown in the photo. Then pull the cable out of its socket.
In order following the numbers stamped on the heatsink, remove the screws in the CPU cooler. Make sure all screws have been removed, then disconnect the cables that are restricting it. The heatsink and the fan should come off the motherboard easily now.
Now that the motherboard is removed, the speakers can be removed. Lift them away from the computer, making sure the cables are not snagged.
To remove the power connector, use a pry tool as shown to pry between the case and the connector. It should come up easily.
Remove the remaining screws holding in the LCD panel assembly. Open up the panel like you are opening the computer, and the assembly should separate from the rest of the computer.
That’s it! Thanks for reading.
By Aden Webster