Toshiba Satellite Pro U500-1E5 reviews and prices: 13.3" Laptop computer

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+ This laptop has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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7.9 out of 10 based on 49 reviews.
Toshiba Satellite Pro U500-1E5 with Intel Core i5 i5-430M 2.26 GHz Single Core Processor, 3GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows 7 Professional. DVD writer, 3.15 hours of battery See full product description

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wilson, london Often on the move

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It is the smallest all in one laptop you can get these days. It is fast enough for most work.
Bad points:
A bit on the pricey side and it is still big.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jul 2010

Jim, Ireland Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
maximum screen resolution is from the 1990s
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Jun 2010

Confirmed purchaser Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good design, good features available on the keyboard. Compact.
Bad points:
Lack of usb ports - could do with a couple of additional. Sometimes screen can give off a bit of glare.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jun 2010

Dave , Oxford General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Performance is very good. Screen quality is great. The laptop design looks Good
Bad points:
None - although biometric security could have been included.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jul 2010

Ben , Sheffield Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Does what it says on the tin, enough ports, battery life is adiquate, all the features appear to work.
Bad points:
Horrible keyboard feels cheep and nasty, and is prone to missing key strokes. Shiney screen is a nightmare when working anywhere where there is a bright light source, office, train cafes, just about anywhere...
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Unfortunately the first Laptop which arrived had adefective touch pad and was returned. So our experience sofar has been somewhat limited but so far so good with the replacement!
Overall rating 9.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Jul 2010

Alec, Hartlepool Business user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Nice looking, nice size and weight, fantastic performance
Bad points:
Heavyweight vendor apps are too intrusive, construction quality is quite poor. Not enough USB ports for practical use.

I bought three, the SD slots on two of them required some screw-drivering to get them working properly. On two units also the soft buttons at the top stopped working - warranty centre refused to help saying it was a software problem so not their concern ?! They use a replacement service centre clean install hard drive, if it works for them then as far as they're concerned it's OK.

Also a bit worried that I've already had to do five BIOS updates

Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Jul 2010

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 13.3
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Windows 7 Professional
RAM (Gigabytes) 3
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500
Number of cores Single
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core i5
Processor number i5-430M
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.26
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Built-in disc drive DVD writer
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Card reader 5 in 1 Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 3.15
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 2010-03-03
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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 Toshibas unique Reliability Refund Guarantee.


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