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Toshiba Portege R500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and design. The battery and screen also get good feedback, but the touchpad and connectivity get mixed comments. There are some critical comments about the sound and value for money.

portability, screen, battery, design, performance

value for money, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba Portege R500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Toshiba Portege R500

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 3 user reviews of Toshiba Portege R500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptop Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

keyboard, portability, usability

sound

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Toshiba Port R500-11Z 12.1 Inch Laptop (Core 2 Duo U7700 1.33GHz, 2048MB (2x1024MB) RAM, 160GB HDD, WXGA, TFT, DVD, BT Vista Business)

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Amazon.com review summary for Toshiba Portege R500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Toshiba Portege R500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

portability, screen, performance, design, build quality

value for money

48% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba Portege R500-S5008X 12.1 Notebook PC (PPR50U-08K09D)Toshiba PPR50U-02M01W Portege R500-S5004 12.1" NotebookToshiba PPR50U-07X020 Portege R500-S5006X 12.1" Notebook

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Review Toshiba Portégé R500-12P Subnotebook

 

First Class Travelling, the second. The laptop producer Toshiba e

Only, the proud price tag attached to the laptop, of about 3199,- Euro (the recommended retail price from the Toshiba homepage (in German)), mars the otherwise very sturdy and mobile impression exuded by the subnotebook. The R500 will find it hard to...

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Review Toshiba Portégé R500 Subnotebook

 

First Class Travelling. The Portégé R500 can be called a prototyp

Attractive design; Compact size, low weight; Good workmanship, high-quality materials; A lot of communication options; UMTS/HSDPA integrated; Spacious, user-friendly keyboard; Transreflective LED display, well fit for outdoor operation

Touch pad needs getting used to; Moderate picture quality and viewing angles; Fan is always audible; Moderate battery runtime

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Toshiba Portege R500

 

When we first laid eyes on Toshiba's latest ultraportable, we were in awe of its crazy-thin, crazy-light profile. In the past, such notebooks sacrificed performance to fit into such tiny shells. To combat this performance sag, Toshiba paired its...

So, so tiny. Transflective screen rocks! Amazing battery life

More flexible than we usually like our notebooks

But even with a few minor gotchas, the R500 is one amazing ultraportable notebook. For anyone who spends more time on the road than behind a desk, it’s a perfect traveling companion.

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Toshiba Portege R500-S5007V

 

The refresh to the world's thinnest, lightest 12-inch notebook with an optical drive offers security, durability, and smooth performance.

Priced at $2,999, the Toshiba Portégé R500-S5007V is a solid ultraportable, but we would recommend holding off investing in this machine. The newer Portégé R600-S4202, which we hope to review soon, comes with a faster 1.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400...

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Thin Is In: When Lightweight Is Just Too Light

 

When the Portègè R500 hit in June 2007, it was an impossibly portable ultralight that stood out in a field of also-rans. But with only minimal

Amazingly, almost suspiciously, light. Integrated optical drive

One of the dimmest screens on the market — hard to read if you're not viewing straight on. Pitiful performance running Vista. Scary lack of sturdiness

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Toshiba R500

 

What a difference a year makes. When we first reviewed the Toshiba Portege R500 in July 2007, it was a breath of fresh air, an impossibly portable ultralight

Amazingly, almost suspiciously, light. Integrated optical drive. 12.1-inch screen a decent compromise between 11.1 and 13.3-inch models

Terrible screen quality, one of the dimmest on the market and hard to read if you're not looking straight-on. Pitiful performance under Vista. Lack of sturdiness is outright scary. Only 1GB of RAM

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Toshiba Portégé R500 (SSD)

 

The Toshiba R500 (SSD) sticks it to Lenovo X300 and Apple MacBook Air by offering a laptop that's barely half their weight.

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Toshiba Portégé R500 Ultraportable Laptop

 

The R500 is one of the lightest notebooks with its screen size that we've tested, but its overly flexible screen worries us.

Above average battery life ; Battery-saving backlight toggle

Mediocre keyboard ; Mousepad buttons awkward for big hands

Toshiba does many things right with the Portégé R500--you just can't become too bent out of shape over the twisty monitor

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Toshiba Portégé R500 S5002

 

They say there's no such thing as too thin, but Toshiba's latest ultralight, the Portégé R500, may be taking things to Nicole Richie-esque

Loaded with ports: USB (three!), PC Card, Firewire, and an SD card reader. Not exactly a powerhouse, it at least survived our gaming benchmarks-10.2 fps on Quake 4. Big hard drive (120GB) for a laptop of this size. Respectable battery life: 2 hours, 40...

Ultra-tiny mouse buttons are just way, way too small. Somewhat dim screen. We'd prefer two adjacent USB ports, instead of haphazardly placing them around the sides

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Toshiba Portege R500 Review

 

Toshiba recently announced that they have further reduced the weight of the Portege R500 Series to 1.72 pounds (without optical drive) by replacing the Serial-ATA HDD with a 64GB solid state drive. This makes the R500 the world's lightest widescreen...

Amazingly thin ; Amazingly light ; Super thin 7mm optical drive ; Reasonable battery life even at maximum screen brightness ; Very quiet

Poor viewing angles and light leakage on screen ; Produces too much heat ; Build quality is too delicate for everyday use and abuse ; Not the best location for the PC card slot (may block optical drive) ; Performance is too slow for anything but...

Bottom line, the R500 is the thinest and lightest full-featured notebook in its class. Unfortunately, you will have to make some sacrifices if size and weight are important to you

Product Specifications

The Portege R500 is designed for people looking for the ultimate in no-compromise portability or who travel and work on the move. Weighing less than a kilogram and only 19.5 mm thick the Portege R500 sets the standard in thin and light laptops. The battery can last for up to 8.5 hours on one charge and the transflective LCD screen gives you great picture quality both indoors and out. It's all about portability, plus power. Toshiba EasyGuard features such as shock protected casing and a 100cc spill resistant keyboard are also included.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)/7.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.5in
Height:1in
Weight:1.8lbs/2.2lbs/2.4lbs
Width:11.1in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Gold

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:Canada/United States
Localization:English / French
Manufacturer:Toshiba
Model:R500-00V/R500-S5001X/R500-S5002/R500-S5002X/R500-S5003/R500-S5004/R500-S5006V/R500-S5006X/R500-S5007V/R500-S5008x/R500-SP1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba Portege

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:533MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Aluminum silver

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Type:DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Business
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.33GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:U7600/U7700
Type:Core 2 Duo

RAM

Installed Size:1GB/2GB
Max Supported Size:1.5GB/2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:Solid State Drive
Type:Portable/Solid state

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/128GB/160GB/64GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino/Intel Centrino Duo
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950