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Toshiba Satellite A500 Series

Toshiba Satellite A500-17XProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7350, Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, Intel Core 2 Duo T6600
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650, NVIDIA GeForce G210M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
Display: 16.0 inch, 16.4 inch
Weight: 2.8kg, 3kg, 3.15kg, 3.17kg
Price: 700, 750, 800, 1000, 1200, 1300 euro
Average Score: 76.18% - good
Average of 17 scores (from 18 reviews)
price: 78%, performance: 80%, features: 85%, display: 62%
mobility: 35%, workmanship: 81%, ergonomy: 56%, emissions: 70%

 

Toshiba Satellite A500-11U

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite A500-11UNotebook: Toshiba Satellite A500-11U
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Display: 16.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 3kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section
 Satellite A500-11U (Model)

Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 8 reviews)

 

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%
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%
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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%

 

Toshiba Satellite A500-15H

Specifications

Notebook: Toshiba Satellite A500-15H
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7350
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 1024 MB
Display: 16.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 3.17kg
Price: 1000 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section

Average Score: 75.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

74% Review Toshiba A500-15H Multimedia Notebook | Notebookcheck
Multimedia Notebook with Gaming Ambitions. The Toshiba A500-15H is especially aiming at movie fans with its 165 inch HD-display in a cinematic-friendly 16:9 format and its over dimensional Harman/Kardon loudspeakers. The A500-15H promises a good gaming performance at the same time, as it's been fitted with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4650. Read in this comprehensive review if this straddle can be achieved.
80% Toshiba Satellite A500 (PSAM3A-03P00E) notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Toshiba's Satellite A500 (PSAM3A-03P00E) is packed with features that not only make it a suitable desktop replacement notebook but also a credible home entertainment hub. The Toshiba Satellite A500 (PSAM3A-03P00E) 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: 09/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
66% Toshiba Satellite A500-15H
Source: T-Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 66% price: 80% performance: 82% features: 89% mobility: 10% ergonomy: 31%
81% Toshiba A500-15H
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 86% display: 70% mobility: 64% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 81%

 

Toshiba Satellite A500-14H

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite A500-14HNotebook: Toshiba Satellite A500-14H
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Display: 16.4 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 3.15kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section

Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

67% Toshiba Satellite A500
Source: PC Pro English
With budget laptops offering more and more for ever-diminishing prices, mid-priced models are having to work pretty hard to justify their existence. After all, when you can get a perfectly capable portable for under £400 exc VAT, then there seems little reason to spend more on the likes of the new Toshiba Satellite A500. Toshiba's latest portable boasts all-new design and a keen price, but it's when playing movies and games that it shines.
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 09/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 83% performance: 67%
80% Toshiba Satellite A500-14H
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 70% display: 40% mobility: 30% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
78% Toshiba Satellite A500
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 80% performance: 89% features: 100% mobility: 22% ergonomy: 44%

 

Toshiba Satellite A500-19X

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite A500-19XNotebook: Toshiba Satellite A500-19X
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce G210M
Display: 16.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Toshiba Satellite A500-19X notebook review
Source: Pocket Lint English
Where the last Satellite A500 we reviewed - the A500-11U - lost out due to the same 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, at around £400 cheaper it’s no longer such a consideration for the A500-19X. Sure, the A500 would still benefit from a higher pixel count, but if you're on the lookout for a semi-portable media centre with enough power to play the latest games, then the excellent quality and decent specification make this a difficult machine to ignore.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Toshiba Satellite A500-12W

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite A500-12WNotebook: Toshiba Satellite A500-12W
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Display: 16.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 3kg
Price: 800 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

Toshiba Satellite A500
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/06/2010
Rating: emissions: 40%
70% Toshiba Satellite A500-12W
Source: HwT DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 70%

 

Toshiba Satellite A500-17X

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite A500-17XNotebook: Toshiba Satellite A500-17X
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
Display: 16.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 750 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section
 Satellite A500-17X (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Toshiba Satellite A500-17X review
Source: Techradar English
An affordable media laptop, offering a great blend of performance and HD features. Toshiba's Satellite A500-17X is the company's mid-level multimedia machine, offering similar features and performance to its high-end Qosmio range at a more affordable price. 3D and office performance is excellent, and there's also a good range of features on offer. You should look elsewhere if HD playback is a priority, however.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/25/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

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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.

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

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.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M: The GeForce GT 230M features 48 shader cores as the 9700M GTS but only a 64 bit memory bus. Because of the 40nm process the power consumption is in the region of the GT 130M.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

NVIDIA GeForce G210M: The GeForce G210M is the successor of the G110M and also possesses 16 shader cores. Because of the 40nm process, the chip is clocked much higher but is still staying in the same power envelope.

» 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.

P7350:

Entry level Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB Level 2 Cache and due to the 25 Watt TDP also suited for 13" laptops.

T6600: Entry level Core 2 Duo dual core processor with a small 2MB level 2 cache and without virtualization functions.

P7450: Entry level Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB Level 2 Cache and due to the 25 Watt TDP also suited for 13" laptops.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.8 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

3.17 kg:


76.18%: 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.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

HP Pavilion dv6-2120eg
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Athlon II M320
HP Pavilion dv6-2005AX
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Turion II M500
Sony Vaio VGNFW54M
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo P7450
Toshiba Satellite Pro L500-1D6
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo P8700
Toshiba Satellite A500-12W
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo P8700
Sony Vaio VGN-FW560F/T
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo P7450
Acer Aspire 5940G-724G50BN
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core i7 720QM
Mesh Computers Edge15 TT
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo T6500
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Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo P8700
HP Pavilion dv6-1360us
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo P7450
Acer Aspire 5940G-KAQB0
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core i7 720QM
Cyberpower Xplorer X6-7900
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo T9600
HP Pavilion dv6-1211sg
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Pentium Dual Core T4200

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Fujitsu LifeBook AH530-P61
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core i5 450M, 2.5 kg

Devices with the same GPU

Dell Studio 1747
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.38 kg
Sony Vaio VGN-NW280F
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo P7450, 15.5", 2.7 kg
Asus N81Vp-D2
Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Core 2 Duo T9600, 14.0", 2.5 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Toshiba Satellite L50-C-15C
GeForce 930M, Core i7 5500U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-111
GeForce 930M, Core i5 5200U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
Toshiba Qosmio X70-B-10T
Radeon R9 M265X, Core i7 4720HQ, 17.3", 2.9 kg
Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5242
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A-Series A4-6210, 15.6", 2.2 kg
Toshiba Qosmio X70-B-10P
Radeon R9 M265X, Core i7 4710HQ, 17.3", 2.9 kg
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-133
Radeon R7 M260, Core i5 4210U, 15.6", 2.1 kg
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-14P
Radeon R7 M260, Core i5 4210U, 15.6", 2.1 kg
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12Z
Radeon R7 M260, Core i7 4510U, 15.6", 2 kg
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, Core i7 4510U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
Toshiba Satellite L50-A-1CE
GeForce GT 740M, Core i5 4200M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-B-12U
HD Graphics 4400, Core i5 4210U, 15.6", 2.3 kg
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-16C
Radeon R7 M260, Core i7 4500U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-09-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)