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Toshiba Portege R500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 reviews of Toshiba Portege R500. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the battery and reliability are overall positive. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. The connectivity and touchpad get less positive reviews, and the energy efficiency and screen get mixed views.

portability, performance, usability, reliability, battery

price, durability, sound, touchpad, connectivity

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Toshiba Portege R500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Toshiba Portege R500 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Views about the reliability and size are overall positive. The keyboard and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the sound, and comments are divided on the durability.

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100% of the reviews on 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)

May, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Toshiba Portege R500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Toshiba Portege R500 from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the screen and usability. The reliability and performance are also appreciated. The durability and price get less positive comments, and comments about the keyboard and design are different.

portability, performance, reliability, usability, screen

price, durability

45% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba Portege R500-S5006X - Core 2 Duo U7700 / 1.33 GHz ULV - Centrino - RAM 2 GB - HDD 160 GB - DVD?RW / DVD-RAM - GMA 950 - Gigabit Ethernet - WLToshiba Portege R500-S5008X 12.1 Notebook PC (PPR50U-08K09D)Toshiba PPR50U-02M01W Portege R500-S5004 12.1" Notebook

May, 2016

Expert review by: Liu Shao-Hung (

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...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

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

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Will Smith (

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.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Jeffrey L. Wilson (

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...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Christopher Null (

Review: Toshiba Portégé R500


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...

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

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Christopher Null (

Review: 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...

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

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (

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.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: (

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

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Christopher Null (

Review: 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 extremes. The...

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

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Jerry Jackson (

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

Jul, 2007

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


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


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


Country Kits:Canada/United States
Localization:English / French
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba Portege

Input Device

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


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Color:Aluminum silver


Type: None


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
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


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


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty


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


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