Toshiba Satellite A500-1GM reviews and prices: 16" Laptop computer

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This laptop is a good all rounder.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 10 reviews.
Toshiba Satellite A500-1GM with Intel Core i5 i5-430M 2.26 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows 7 Home Premium. DVD writer, 2.41 hours of battery See full product description
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TOR, Whitby UK always a toshiba fan

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The styling is particularly good. The touch sensitive controls for volume etc are particularly notable as is the means to switch off the touchpad with a simple button toggle. The sound system is v.good and the internal speakers more than up the job too. Processor and drive / graphics package all perform as expected. A fast machine with excellant response times.
Bad points:
One flaw for me with the layout is the non-central touchpad; right-handers will generally use their right index finger to control the cursor via the pad and this means using the left hand as a cross-over! Bigger battery as standard would be worth the extra - can't watch a full film without plugging in! Too much in-house software with no clear means to by-pass it or switch it out of the boot sequence - unless you have the knowledge!
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Apr 2010

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I liked it the moment i frst saw it so I took the opportunity to play around with it alot before i bought it.
I like the design, the looks and the feel. Specs are good too.
Bad points:
Not much I don,t like but the battery life could be a lot better. as a portable machine I would expect to use my laptop a lot longer away from the mains
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 2.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Apr 2010

Michael, Hampshire, UK General home user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good quality screen and nice feel to the keyboard.
Speedy start-up and easy to use functions.
Bad points:
Opening the laptop is difficult. The laptop lifts from the desk as one tries to open the unit. The hard drive is very sensitive to any movement whatsoever - a mere tap on the leg of the desk gets you a sharp message from the machine!
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Apr 2010

Anthea, London General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The size and format of the keyboard is good. It has been eight years since I bought my last laptop, and I'm delighted with all the technical improvements such as the sharp screen display and the wide screen which greatly improves the viewing of photos and other images, essential to my work, and the incorporation of good quality speakers and camera.
Bad points:
My problem is the instability of the screen display, which fails occasionally but recovers itself in a few moments.
I miss the standard supply of a recovery disk, as one has to create one's own disk, but this is not a real problem. I miss the software that used to come bundled as standard, particularly Microsoft Office and Microsoft Express, which have to be purchased separately. But I understand this to be because purchasers now prefer to make their own choice of software such as Linux. Given that my current new and improved model is even cheaper than the one I purchased 8 years ago, I can't really complain of having to buy in some software.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 May 2010

Walters, Kingston General home user

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Screen, keyboard, speakers.
Bad points:
Battery life could be better.
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 May 2010

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 16
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core i5
Processor number i5-430M
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.26
Number of USB ports 4
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive DVD writer
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Card reader 5 in 1 Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 2.41
Weight (kg) 2.76
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number GEF GT330M
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 1024
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 38.4
Depth in cm 25.9
Release date 40260

Also known as: Satellite A500-1GM

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Manufacturer's Description

The Satellite A500 offers great entertainment features, performance and easy usability in a stylish glossy black 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. The A500 is a multi purpose entertainment system with premium integrated Harmon Kardon speakers for optimum sound quality and an Integrated HD Web Camera to ensure you stay connected with family and friends. The Toshiba Eco mode function will help you save power whilst the Toshiba PC health monitor utility will give a real time view of your laptops vital statistics. 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. Selected models also feature a slot loading DVD-SupeMulti Drive, backlit keyboard and glass flush display.

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