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Toshiba Satellite P50t-BST2N01: The first laptop to boast a 4K display

Michael Brown | May 23, 2014
Toshiba's Satellite P50t boasts two important firsts: It's the first laptop to feature a 4K display, and it's the first to be Technicolor Color Certified. You likely have at least a passing familiarity with 4K video, but I would argue that the latter claim to fame--which you might never have heard of--deserves more praise.

Toshiba's Satellite P50t boasts two important firsts: It's the first laptop to feature a 4K display, and it's the first to be Technicolor Color Certified. You likely have at least a passing familiarity with 4K video, but I would argue that the latter claim to fame--which you might never have heard of--deserves more praise.

It's easy to go gaga over the Satellite P50t's display, which boasts a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. The laptop is outfitted with a 15.6-inch screen, which means it offers an eye-popping pixel density of 282 ppi. But don't buy this laptop in anticipation of watching your favorite movies and TV shows in glorious 4K--there is almost no content available in that format right now. Yes, Netflix is streaming House of Cards in 4K, and the company plans to stream Breaking Bad episodes at the same resolution later this year. But Netflix recommends having a broadband connection of at least 25 Mbps to get it. I don't know about you, but my ISP tops out at about half that rate.

Toshiba Satellite P50t
Toshiba's Satellite P50t-BST2N01 is the first laptop to come equipped with a 4K (3840x2160) display. And it's every bit as beautiful as you'd expect. 

The Blu-ray format, meanwhile, will need to be overhauled before it can be used to distribute 4K movies. No one expects that to happen before the end of 2014. And the P50t is equipped with a DVD burner, not a Blu-ray player, so you can forget about the computer upscaling Blu-ray playback from 1080p to 4K. Even if it could, the P50t's battery will give up the ghost long before the credits roll on longer films. In our grueling battery-rundown test, Toshiba's machine crapped out in just 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Color calibration
So let's turn our attention to the Satellite P50t's other first: The first laptop to be Technicolor Color Certified. You've probably seen the Technicolor brand in the credits of many films. The company did pioneering work in color film processes in the early days of Hollywood, and it has provided technical services to the motion-picture industry for decades. Technicolor developed the Technicolor Color Certified specification as a means to guarantee the color you see on a consumer computer or mobile display is accurate, without needing to whip out a colorimeter or other pricey hardware. The spec focuses on three use cases: Entertainment, e-commerce, and consumer content creation.

In the entertainment space, Technicolor Color Certified guarantees that the colors you see on your display when you're watching a movie or video are exactly what the director and the cinematographer intended. When it comes to e-commerce, the spec ensures that the color of the items you buy from online retailers will match what you saw online when you placed your order, eliminating unpleasant surprises when you open the box when it arrives in the mail. And when you're producing your own content, you can be certain that the photos and videos you shoot will look the same on your computer as they do in your camera.

 

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