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Toshiba Portege R500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 reviews of Toshiba Portege R500. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and usability. The battery and performance also get good feedback. There are some less positive opinions about the touchpad and sound. There are mixed views on the connectivity and image quality.

portability, performance, battery, usability, reliability

price, durability, sound, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Toshiba Portege R500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Toshiba Portege R500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Toshiba Portege R500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The portability is also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the durability.

portability, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Toshiba Portege R500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Toshiba Portege R500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People really like the battery and screen. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views about the durability and price, and opinions about the keyboard and design are different.

portability, performance, usability, screen, battery

price, durability

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

Mar, 2020

Expert review by : Christopher Null (wired.com)

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 (wired.com)

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 (pcmag.com)

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.

1.7-pound laptop. Full-size keyboard. Options for a built-in optical drive and extended batteries. GreenTech approved.

Must handle with care. Screen flexes too much and needs brightening. 3G wireless needs to come to the United States. SSD drives are expensive. Performance is unspectacular.

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Apr, 2008

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

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 : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Toshiba Portege R500-S5003 review: Toshiba Portege R500-S5003

 

Toshiba Portege R500-S5003

Extremely thin and light laptop; includes solid-state hard drive.

Fixed configuration; no mobile broadband; expensive external optical drive option; ULV CPU limits performance without seeming to do all that much to extend battery life.

Toshiba's SSD version of the Portege R500 may be the best ultraportable laptop available right now, and it packs in much of what the MacBook Air lacks while weighing nearly half as much.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Christopher Null (wired.com)

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 : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Toshiba Portege R500-S500 review: Toshiba Portege R500-S500

 

Toshiba Portege R500-S500

Extremely thin and light; excellent battery life; includes optical drive.

No mobile broadband; optional solid state hard drive drives up price; limited configuration options.

Toshiba's much-anticipated Portege R500 may be the best ultraportable laptop available right now, but mobile broadband is conspicuously absent.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Christopher Null (wired.com)

Toshiba Portg R500 S5002

 

They say there's no such thing as too thin, but Toshiba's latest ultralight, the Portg R500, may be taking things to Nicole Richie-esque extremes. The lightest notebook on the market, we thought the scale was broken when weighing the lithe machine. At...

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.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Toshiba Portégé R500

 

New technologies helped Toshiba to make its Portégé R500 a 2.4-pound ultraportable that integrates an optical drive.

Integrated optical drive at 2.4-pounds. 120GB hard drive. Sleek design. Full-size keyboard. Three USB ports. LED backlights.

DVD burner generates a lot of noise. Mouse buttons can be a nuisance. You'll need to bump the RAM up to 2GB.

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Jun, 2007

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Toshiba Portege R500 (SSD)

 

This new configuration doesn't have a built-in optical drive, although you can integrate one as an option (which, of course, will add to the weight, as well as the price), and it comes with a 64GB SSD drive. The SSD drive optimizes disk transfer times...

1.7-pound laptop. Full-size keyboard. Options for a built-in optical drive and extended batteries. GreenTech approved

Must handle with care. Screen flexes too much and needs brightening. 3G wireless needs to come to the United States. SSD drives are expensive. Performance is unspectacular

Toshiba drove the Portégé R500 (SSD)'s weight down to 1.7 pounds, but you'll have to do without an optical drive, work with a smaller battery, and pay for an expensive SSD drive.