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Toshiba Satellite U500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 reviews of Toshiba Satellite U500. 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. Opinions about the usability and size are on the whole positive. The design and portability are also appreciated, but there are some negative views about the sound and touchpad. Opinions about the image quality and screen are different.

performance, portability, design, size, usability

keyboard, battery, touchpad, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba Satellite U500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Toshiba Satellite U500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the usability and price. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the size, and some have doubts about the durability.

portability, performance, design, price, usability


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba Satellite U500-11G Laptop (13.3 inch TruBrite Screen, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Intel Pentium Core T4200)Toshiba Satellite U500-11G Laptop (13.3 inch TruBrite Screen, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Intel Pentium Core T4200)

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Simon Leitner (

Review Toshiba Satellite U500-115 Notebook


CULV? No thanks! Currently, an undaunted trend towards smaller no

Felicitous design; Very good case stability; Extensive interfaces equipped; Lavish keyboard; Bright display; Good 3D-performance; Low case heating

Partly disadvantageous placement of interfaces; Mediocre contrast and viewing angle stability; Sound quality below average; Limited battery life

First and foremost, probably the Dell Studio XPS 13. Furthermore: the soon to be released HP Envy 13, the Apple MacBook Pro 13, the Sony Vaio SR41, and the LG P310 with Geforce 9600M GT graphics card!

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: ZDNet (

Toshiba Satellite U500


Toshiba's Satellite U500 wants to be portable and powerful, which has a negative impact on both the battery life and the weight. Still, if you need power in a petite package, the U500 might do it for you.

Bright screen, Textured exterior gives a sense of quality, Eco mode gives an excellent idea of exactly how much power you're using

A little hefty for its size, Battery runs short due to powerful hardware

Jul, 2009

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Toshiba Satellite Pro U500


Capacitive touch screen works smoothly. Textured surface gives it a high-end look., Pro: Touch screen works smoothly. Textured surface gives it a high end look

No SSD option. Screen looks a bit grainy., Con: No SSD option. Screen looks a bit grainy

The Toshiba U500 is about affordable multi-touch. The included Microsoft Touch Pack works smoothly and shows off the responsive touch screen well. But while we’re bullish on Windows 7 touch, there aren’t a lot of apps that make good use of it yet; and...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 (PSU9NA-00600N)


Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 (PSU9NA-00600N) review: A great little business laptop, but it could use better battery life

Built-in DVD burner, ExpressCard/54 slot, good keyboard, good office application performance

Relatively poor battery life, fingerprint reader software had to be manually updated in order to use Firefox, sluggish hard drive

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 (PSU9NA-00600N)


Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 (PSU9NA-00600N) review: A great little business laptop, but it could use better battery life

Built-in DVD burner, ExpressCard/54 slot, good keyboard, good office application performance

Relatively poor battery life, fingerprint reader software had to be manually updated in order to use Firefox, sluggish hard drive

The 13.3in Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 looks good, performs well, has plenty of built-in features and is comfortable to use for long periods of time. Unfortunately, it has relatively poor battery life and it ships with fingerprint reader software that...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Tech Staff (

Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX review


A feature-packed touchscreen laptop flawed by a poor keyboard and battery

Good screen ; Touchscreen input ; Decent performance

Keyboard ; Battery life

The touchscreen control works well and there is enough power on hand for general computing, but the weak battery life and poor keyboard lose it some marks

May, 2010

Expert review by: Philip Barker (

Toshiba Satellite U500-12C review


Style, quality and comfort on offer from this compact laptop

Nice design ; Reasonable battery life ; 64-bit Windows 7 ; Capacious hard drive

Overly bright screen ; Keys flex under pressure ; Integrated graphics

Although this machine will not break any performance records, it has decent storage and can carry out general tasks with ease

Dec, 2009


Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Toshiba Satellite U500 (PSU5EA-00X012) notebook


Toshiba calls the 13.3in Satellite U500 (PSU5EA-00X012) its 'hero' notebook because it combines a small size with powerful performance, and it has alm...

Excellent backlit keyboard, good build quality, 4GB RAM, large hard drive, Sleep-and-Charge USB ports

Short battery life

Toshiba's Satellite U500 is a great laptop that doesn't make any compromises when it comes to features and performance. It's also very well priced. Above all, it's comfortable to use, looks good and is solidly built. You can't go past it if you're...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Andrew Tiney (

Toshiba Satellite U500-178 notebook


Toshiba's Satellite U500-178 is a highly portable laptop that's great for either home use or a life on the move. With a 13.3-inch screen, it's small enough to slip into most laptop bags, yet also packs in a powerful Nvidia GeForce G 210M graphics card....

3D power, neat design, compact and fast

Spongy keyboard could be better

Although the quality of the keyboard lets it down, the Toshiba Satellite U500-178 is a great machine for those wanting to combine their desktop PC and laptop. It’s easily small enough to take to work with you each day, yet provides outstanding office...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Tommy Melville (

Toshiba Satellite U500-10Z review


A terrific mix of style, power and portability from this 13.3-inch laptop

Good graphics power ; Good portability ; Connectivity

Poor keyboard ; Glossy screen

A well made machine that has good graphics power and good connectivity but is let down by a poor keyboard and a shiny TFT screen

Oct, 2009

Product Specifications

The Satellite U500 is a thin and light portable laptop with a 13.3" widescreen display. This laptop represents the ultimate in laptop fashion with its elegant textured finish and glossy keyboard. The U500 range is powered by the powerful processors to ensure you have plenty of power to simultaneously run applications. At the touch of a button you can save power with the Toshiba Eco mode utility, and Toshiba PC health monitor utility is included to give a real time view of your laptops vital statistics.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):3.6hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 800
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Dimensions & Weight



HD type: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:13.3in
Diagonal Size (metric):33.8cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.5 / 1.254 / 1.294 / 1.34 / 1.753 / 1.76 / 1.79 / 1.791 / 2.304 / 3
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics


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

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad / Touch-screen


Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Color:Luxury brown / Texture finish in luxe brown/Texture finish in luxe brown


Max Transfer Rate:53Kbps
Type:Fax / modem


4G: No
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n (draft)/802.11b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)/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 7 Professional

Ports & interfaces

USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.2GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:800,1066
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor cache level:L2
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Penryn
Processor Number:T6600/T6670
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P7000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Pentium T4000 series for Mobile
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35
Type:Core 2 Duo

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:36734 / 37006 / 37251 / 37253 / 37255 / 39311 / 42109 / 43537 / 47663
Processor package size:34 / 35


Installed Size:3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year 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/500GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500MHD/NVIDIA GeForce G210M