Toshiba Satellite A500-11U

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite A500-11UNotebook: Toshiba Satellite A500-11U (Satellite A500 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Display: 16.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3kg
Price: 1300 euro
Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: 83%, performance: 85%, features: 90%, display: 80% mobility: 31%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: 48%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the Toshiba Satellite A500-11U

70% Toshiba Satellite A500 review
Source: CNet English
The Toshiba Satellite A500 is a budget laptop aimed at those who don't earn a banker's salary but still want a machine that will let them watch movies, listen to music and play the odd game. There are two versions available: the A500-17X and the A500-19X. There's not a great deal wrong with the Toshiba Satellite A500. It's pretty fast, relatively affordable and very solidly built. Give it a gander if you're looking for a decent multimedia machine with plenty of features
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Toshiba Satellite A500-11U - 16.4in Laptop Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Minor fit and finish issues aside, the Toshiba Satellite A500-11U is a cracking desktop replacement laptop. It'll gobble up CPU intensive tasks and games with aplomb, while the addition of a TV tuner and ample storage space makes it perfect for people short on space. We'd like to have had a 64-bit OS to go with the prodigious processing power, but it's still a system well worth recommending.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 50%
80% Toshiba Satellite A500 review
Source: PC Advisor English
It's a 16in notebook and weighs 3kg, so the Toshiba Satellite A500 will be a little awkward to lug to and from work or the classroom, and it will only just fit into a modest-sized backpack. However, that's to be expected from a notebook designed to reside on a desk. The Toshiba Satellite A500 is a fully featured notebook that's perfect as a desktop replacement, and even as a media hub for your lounge room. It's big, so you won't want to lug it around with you, but it's stylish, so you will want to show it to your friends.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Toshiba Satellite A500-11U notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English
Toshiba’s Satellite A500 marks a new direction for the brand, with excellent multimedia capabilities more in line with the company’s Qosmio range than regular Satellite models. Along with raw power, it’s also stylish, comfortable and well made. It’s a shame that the Satellite A500 centre doesn’t provide a higher resolution screen, but overall it’s an excellent choice, offering great performance and impressive value for money. The backlit keyboard makes it a comfortable proposition, and good quality means it’s also a machine you’ll be able to use on a daily basis. If you’re looking for a mid-sized media centre, and this is within your budget, then it comes highly recommended.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

80% Toshiba A500-19D
Source: PC Magazin - 2/2010 German
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
73% Toshiba Satellite A500 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 80% performance: 89% features: 100% mobility: 22% ergonomy: 44%
Verdrängungswettbewerb
Source: c't - 21/09 German
Comparison, , Very Long, Date: 10/01/2009
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 40% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 80%
66% Toshiba Satellite A500
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/22/2009
Rating: Total score: 66% price: 80% performance: 82% features: 89% mobility: 10% ergonomy: 31%

Comment

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650: The Mobility HD 4650 is based on the Desktop 4650 architecture, but features a lower clock rate of memory and core. Depending on the core clock (450-550MHz possible) and the used memory (DDR2, DDR3, GDDR3 with 600-800 MHz possible) the mobile 4650 can show a different performance. The current consumption of the chip alone ranges from 15-25W. Features Avivo HD video features.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


P8700:

Mid-range dual core processor with 3 MB level 3 cache and a TDP of 25 Watt.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


16.0": 16 inch display-variants exist since 2008 and partially got the market share of 15 inch notebooks. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


3 kg: This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.


Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Japan. The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and Electronic devices and components. Toshiba-made Semiconductors are among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Toshiba is one of the biggest international notebook-manufacturer. There exist many reviews for Toshiba models.

Toshiba reviews


77%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-09-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)