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Toshiba Satellite A500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 reviews of Toshiba Satellite A500. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the usability and price. The keyboard and design are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative views about the touchpad and battery. There are some mixed comments about the screen.

performance, design, keyboard, price, usability

battery, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba Satellite A500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Toshiba Satellite A500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Views about the size and usability are on the whole positive. The price and design also get good feedback, but there are some mixed reviews about the keyboard. Many are negative about the touchpad.

performance, design, price, usability, size


91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba Satellite A500-15M (16.0 inch TruBrite Screen, 2GB+2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6500, DVD Super-Multi Drive)Toshiba Satellite A500-19X 16-Inch Laptop (Core2 Duo T6600 2.2GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD DVDSMDL, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64 Bit)Brand New Toshiba Satellite Black Uk Keyboard A500-1GL A500-17X A500-15M A500-15N A500-146

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (

Review Toshiba A500-15H Multimedia Notebook


Multimedia Notebook with Gaming Ambitions. The Toshiba A500-15H i

Chic design; Good gaming performance; Many connections and supplies (remote control); Impressive loudspeakers; Illuminated keyboard

Gets fairly loud; Keyboard bends; Contrast poor and pallid display; Low battery life; Very sensitive case

Other efficient notebooks orientated on gaming at a moderate price, such as the MSI GX623 or the MSI GT628. Other multimedia and/or all-round notebooks like the Dell XPS 16, the Samsung R522-Aura T6400 Edira, the Acer 7738G, the Packard Bell TJ65, or...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Philip Barker (

Toshiba Satellite A500-17X review


An affordable media laptop, offering a great blend of performance and HD features

Good screen ; Powerful ; Connectivity ; Price

No Blu-ray drive

This laptop would suit those looking for an affordable gaming laptop or those without the desire to upgrade to Blu-ray

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Andrew Tiney (

Toshiba Satellite A500-19X notebook review


Toshiba's Satellite A500-19X is a mid-range multimedia laptop. It's considerably smaller and cheaper than the company's own Qosmio range, yet proves every bit as able. While we've tested an A500 before, the internal specification has changed quite a...

Quality, bright and vibrant display, powerful GPU and multimedia capabilities, value for money

Screen would still benefit from a higher resolution, no Blu-ray

Toshiba's Satellite A500 has always offered decent value for money, but in this guise you’ll find more than ever before

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Tech Staff (

Toshiba Satellite A500-11U review


An impressively competent media laptop that's packed with features

Stylish design ; Eco mode ; Dedicated ATi graphics ; eSATA and HDMI

Weak battery life ; Quite heavy ; Keyboard is a bit spongy

This laptop offers good multimedia performance and some neat features but it wont offer it for long when away from the mains

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Toshiba Satellite A500 (PSAM3A-03P00E) notebook


Toshiba's Satellite A500 (PSAM3A-03P00E) is packed with features that not only make it a suitable desktop replacement notebook but also a credible home entertainment hub. It's a 16in notebook and weighs 3kg, so it will be a little awkward to lug to and...

Comfortable to use, illuminated keyboard, big screen, plenty of useful utilities, stylish, full sized antenna port ;

Lacks FireWire, screen has limited vertical viewing angles, screen is reflective ;

For $1899, there's not much to dislike about this notebook. It has all of the latest connections — you get external SATA; 802.11n networking via an Intel WiFi 5100 chip; an ExpressCard/54 slot; an SD card slot; a webcam; four USB 2.0 ports; HMDI CEC;...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Toshiba Satellite A500 (PSAM3A-03P00E) notebook


A fully featured Toshiba notebook that serves as a desktop replacement and home entertainment hub

Comfortable to use, illuminated keyboard, big screen, plenty of useful utilities, stylish, full sized antenna port

Lacks FireWire, screen has limited vertical viewing angles, screen is reflective

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Andrew Tiney (

Toshiba Satellite A500-11U notebook review


Toshiba's Satellite A500 marks a new direction for the brand, with excellent multimedia capabilities more in line with the company's Qosmio range than regular Satellite models. Along with raw power, it's also stylish, comfortable and well made. The...

Good quality, impressive feature-set, backlit keyboard, powerful

Low resolution screen

Offering impressive quality and comfort, this feature-packed media centre offers excellent performance, and is a great choice that the whole family can enjoy

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: (

Toshiba A500-19X review


The A500 is a smart-looking machine, with a swirling, glossy pinstripe pattern and silver strips around the edges of the case and lid, and subtle white LED indicators. Toshiba has used the entire width of the case for the keyboard, and has included a...

It's a decent, enough laptop, but the keyboard lets it down and you can get better specified laptops for the same price.

Feb, 2010


Expert review by: Andy Vandervell (

Toshiba Satellite A500-11U - 16.4in Laptop


Toshiba's Satellite A500-11U 16.4in laptop is a great productivity, gaming and multimedia all-rounder.

Minor fit and finish issues aside, the Toshiba Satellite A500-11U is a cracking desktop replacement laptop. It'll gobble up CPU intensive tasks and games with aplomb, while the addition of a TV tuner and ample storage space makes it perfect for people...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Toshiba Satellite A500 review


It's a 16in notebook and weighs 3kg, so the Toshiba Satellite A500 will be a little awkward to lug to and from work or the classroom, and it will only just fit into a modest-sized backpack. However, that's to be expected from a notebook designed to...

The Toshiba Satellite A500 is a fully featured notebook that's perfect as a desktop replacement, and even as a media hub for your lounge room. It's big, so you won't want to lug it around with you, but it's stylish, so you will want to show it to your...

Sep, 2009

Product Specifications

The Satellite A500 offers great entertainment features, performance and easy usability in a stylish design. The large 16" widescreen display is ideal for viewing the latest movies with its 16:9 true widescreen ratio. The Satellite A500 features Intel processors great for running all the demanding day to day computing and multimedia programs. Computing and multimedia tasks are made easy with features such as multi-touch mouse pad, which adds zooming and scrolling functionality, and feather touch media buttons to control your multimedia files.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:16in
Diagonal Size (metric):40.6cm
Max Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba Satellite

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/800MHz


Color:Fusion finish with sonic pattern in black onyx/Precious black with sonic boom


Max Transfer Rate:53Kbps/56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n/802.11 a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/802.11b/g/n

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.13GHz/2.1GHz/2.2GHz/2.53GHz/2.8GHz/2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:P7350/P7450/P8700/T4200/T6500/T6600/T9600
Type:Core 2 Duo/Pentium


Installed Size:2GB/4GB/6GB
Max Supported Size:8GB/8MB

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB/320GB/400GB/500GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:1GB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650/Intel GMA 4500MHD