Toshiba Satellite Pro U500-1DK reviews and prices: 13.3" Laptop computer

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+ This laptop has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on size and weight.

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7.7 out of 10 based on 30 reviews.
Toshiba Satellite Pro U500-1DK with Intel Core i3 i3-330M 2.13 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 320GB Storage on Windows 7 Professional. DVD drive, 3.25 hours of battery See full product description
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Some customer reviews of Toshiba Satellite Pro U500-1DK

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Battery Life is only good for 1 Hr 45 Mins

On the function keys on the top there is no Mute Button
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Jun 2010

Confirmed purchaser Music media researcher/producer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
1. Good processing power and speed: I can multitask professional video, audio and image editing software without problems.
2. Comes also with XP "downgrade" (=improvement!) allowing for maximum compatibility for older but fully functional software, as well as flexibility (driver/firmware updates, system personalisation, etc.).
3. Keyboard touch firm but easy: clear but unobtrusive.
Bad points:
1. Keyboard:
(a) |\¦ key occurs twice! One could've been used to improve point 1(b)
(b) Left Shift key too narrow (smaller than both Ctrl and CapsLock): causes unnecessary typing errors
(c) Home, End, Ins, Del, PgUp, PgDn + position of arrow keys unfamiliarly placed: causes unnecessary errors.
2. As usual with laptops, not enough USB ports (max 4). I need to quasi-permanently connect [1] printer/scanner, [2] synthesiser, [3] audio software dongle, [4-5] two external drives, [6-7] external CD-DVD writer (see 3, below) . That means at least two mains-powered USB hubs, especially if connecting [8] video camera, [9] mobile phone, [10] USB stick.
3. Internal DVD max write speed only 4x. Fine for reading CD/DVD but slow for DVD authoring. Weight and functionality better without internal CD/DVD drive. Pocket external CD/DVD drives are light, easy to carry and have better values. Also occasional driver/firmware problems with internal CD/DVD drive and Windows XP.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jun 2010

Confirmed purchaser Often on the move

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
this toolbar on the left that keeps on coming out- really nippy. not a guhe fan of when the laptop adds in its own branded tools that usually just get in the way.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Jul 2010

Alan, Manchester General home user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy on the eye and very stylish. Well laid out and exceptionally quiet.
Seamlessly moves between functions
Bad points:
Has a lot of idiosyncrasy's, tweeks that are needed but aren't that apparent until you actually need to do some real work and then you're side tracked into changing power settings.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser Business user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent battery life.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jul 2010

Charlotte, Dublin Often on the move

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I travel a lot amd the size and design of the lap top is excellent. It is very durable, good on the eye, and does everything I need.
Bad points:
Battery life a bit short. I really only get about 1.5hrs
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jul 2010

Salim, MAnchester Business user

Score 2.0/10
Good points:
There is nothing special to write as a good point and new.
Bad points:
1. the battery life is too short and I am really disapponinted.
2. Sometimes i cannot turn on for 15 or 20 minutes. whatever i do it never takes any action.
3. one of the button (ESC) which i do not use very often and it is a brand new laptop. how come it came out without touching.
4. it is very slow while opening and closin. also any other applications takes ages.
5. not easy to use and there is no guides to show some new applications.
Overall rating 2.0
Battery life 1.0
Design 5.0
Size and weight 4.0
Performance 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Jul 2010

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 13.3
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Windows 7 Professional
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 320
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core i3
Processor number i3-330M
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.13
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Card reader 5 in 1 Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 3.25
Weight (kg) 2.22
Graphics card brand Intel
Graphics card model number INTEL HD GPU
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Chipset series HM55
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:10
Width in cm 31.7
Depth in cm 23.06
Release date 2010-03-10
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Manufacturer's Description

Light, powerful and stunning. The Satellite U500 is a fully featured thin and light portable laptop with a 13.3” widescreen display. Featuring a stylish textured brown finish the design is matched by Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors to ensure you have plenty of power to simultaneously run applications for powerful business performance. 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. The Satellite Pro U500 includes hard drive protection and a built-in optical drive as standard. Also includes Toshiba’s unique Reliability Refund Guarantee.

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