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Toshiba Satellite A500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The performance and design also get good reviews. There are some mixed opinions about the touchpad and screen. There are some negative reviews about the resolution and battery.

keyboard, design, performance, price, size

battery, resolution

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Toshiba Satellite A500

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 10 user reviews of Toshiba Satellite A500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptop Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

performance, keyboard, size, price, reliability

touchpad

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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)Toshiba Satellite A500-17X / 16" Widescreen Toshiba TruBrite HD TFT / Intel Core Duo P7450 / 4GB DDR3 RAM / 500GB HDD / nVIDIA GeForce GT 230M - 1GB D

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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...

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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

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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

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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

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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;...

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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

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Toshiba A500-11U

 

Fitted with Sleep and Charge technology, you can charge your peripherals even when it's turned off

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

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

The Toshiba Satellite A500-11U is a very impressive machine and, despite average portability, it's a competent and feature-packed laptop that justifies its price tag

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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.

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Toshiba Satellite A500 review

 

There's not a great deal wrong with the Toshiba Satellite A500. It's pretty fast, relatively affordable and very solidly built. Give it a gander if you're looking for a decent multimedia machine with plenty of features

Great keyboard ; Decent core specs

Glossy black surface gets dirty quickly ; Low-resolution display

Worthy The Toshiba Satellite A500-19X isn't spectacular in any regard, but it's unquestionably a very good all-round laptop that offers decent value for money. It's slightly more expensive than the Advent Roma 3000, for example, but the A500-19X...

Recommended!

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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...

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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

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.2in
Height:1.6in
Weight:6.4lbs/7.3lbs
Width:15.1in

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Toshiba
Model:A500-01Y00J/A500-02200K/A500-04D01G/A500-04T00D/A500-09500X/A500-09E00L/A500-09L00L/A500-0FQ017/A500-ST5605/A500-ST5606/A500-ST56X1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba Satellite

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/800MHz

Miscellaneous

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

Modem

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

Networking

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)
Type:DVD
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

Processor

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

RAM

Installed Size:2GB/4GB/6GB
Max Supported Size:8GB/8MB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM/DDR3 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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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