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Toshiba Satellite U500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the energy efficiency and design are overall positive. The value for money and screen are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the keyboard and battery.

portability, screen, value for money, design, energy

battery, keyboard

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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 17 user reviews of Toshiba Satellite U500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptop Computers on

portability, value for money, usability, screen, sound

76% 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 U500-176 13.3-inch Laptop (2.13GHz Core2 Duo P7450, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, DVDSuperMulti Drive, WebCam, BT, Windows 7 Home Premium EdToshiba Satellite U500-12c 13.3-Inch Laptop (Core2 Duo Processor T6600 2.2ghz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Dvdsmdl, Webcam, Bt, Windows 7 Home Premium Editi

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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!

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Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 (PSU9NA-00600N)


With a small, 13in frame, a DVD burner tucked in its side and a powerful Intel Core i5-430M CPU under the hood, the Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 (PSU9NA...

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...


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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

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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


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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...

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Toshiba Satellite U500-178 notebook review


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

A great little machine. It’s not the lightest we’ve seen, but it’s one of the most powerful options we’ve seen at this size, and has a lot to offer

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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

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Toshiba Satellite U500-178 - 13.3in Laptop


Toshiba's latest 13.3in laptop adds a backlit keyboard and has a refreshed design.

Wired connectivity is also especially strong. Staples, such as VGA and HDMI for video, a memory card reader, audio jacks (one headphone/SPDIF, one mic) and a trio of USB ports are all present, but one of those USB ports doubles as eSATA and will charge...

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Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX - 13.3in Touchscreen Laptop


Toshiba adds a multi-touch screen and an Intel Core i3 processor to its 13.3in laptop.

At least this chunkiness gives the machine a feeling of solidity. Toshiba has always sold itself on the quality and reliability of its laptops, so this much shouldn't be a surprise. Aside from the keyboard, which we'll get onto in a moment, we could...

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Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 review


With a small, 13in frame, a DVD burner tucked in its side and a powerful Intel Core i5-430M CPU under the hood, the Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 has all the hallmarks of a potentially great business laptop. However, it's let down a relatively poor...

It may be a tad heavy and have underwhelming standard battery life, but the Toshiba Satellite Pro U500 has plenty of features, performs well for the most part and it's comfortable to use. We'd like it if a more powerful battery was installed by default...

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

Dimensions & Weight


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


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


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 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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T6600/T6670
Type:Core 2 Duo


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

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