Toshiba Satellite M505 Series

Toshiba Satellite M505-S4020Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6500, Intel Core i3 330M, Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 14.0 inch
Weight: 2.3kg, 2.4kg
Price: 650, 700 euro
Average Score: 67.2% - average
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)
: - %, performance: 64%, features: 69%, display: - %
mobility: 65%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

 

Toshiba Satellite M505-S4940

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite M505-S4940Notebook: Toshiba Satellite M505-S4940
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.4kg
Price: 650 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section

Average Score: 66% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

74% Toshiba Satellite M505-S4940
Source: PC World English
Toshiba knows a thing or two about squeezing a lot into a little laptop. Has the company succeeded with this student-friendly, $650 (as of 8/11/09) machine? Well, though the M505-S4940 cuts a corner (an obstructed HDMI-out) or two (an integrated GPU, a low-rent CPU), it is a decent deal with some flashy looks--and uninspiring guts. In all seriousness, though, the Toshiba Satellite M505-S4940 isn't a horrible laptop--it's just an underpowered portable that could have been so much more. And considering the price, the good multimedia performance isn't enough to make this laptop a clear winner.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 61% features: 79%
58% Toshiba Satellite M505-S4940
Source: CNet English
Positioned as a midrange affordable laptop in the budget area of our back-to-school retail roundup, the Toshiba Satellite M505-S4940 is a machine that simply looks a little better than it is. In terms of body design and many features, it's very similar to the almost identically-named Toshiba Satellite M505-S4945, which we also reviewed. At $649, the 14-inch S4940 falls into a range already mapped by products such as the Lenovo IdeaPad Y450 and the Gateway TC7804u. Equipped with great speakers and a good screen but an inferior processor and keyboard, the Toshiba M505-S4940 just isn't a good enough buy for the money
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/24/2009
Rating: Total score: 58% performance: 60% features: 50% mobility: 60%

 

Toshiba Satellite M505-S4945

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite M505-S4945Notebook: Toshiba Satellite M505-S4945
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.4kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section
 Satellite M505-S4945 (Model)

Average Score: 68% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

68% Toshiba's Satellite M505-S4945
Source: CNet English
Positioned as an affordable design-conscious Core 2 Duo laptop for less than $700, Toshiba's Satellite M505-S4945 is better for media than it is for all-day office work. Sitting at the budget level of our round up (a step above entry-level), the Satellite M505-S4945 is positioned as a midrange multimedia laptop designed for affordability and some degree of style. It's in a similar territory to the Lenovo IdeaPad Y450 and the Gateway TC7804u, both in specifications and price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 70% features: 70% mobility: 70%

 

Toshiba Satellite M505-S4020

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite M505-S4020Notebook: Toshiba Satellite M505-S4020
Processor: Intel Core i3 330M
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.3kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section

Average Score: 68% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

50% Toshiba Satellite M505-S4020
Source: PC World English
Take a standard, zippy laptop, slather on a thick layer of gloss--almost literally--and you've got the $999 Toshiba Satellite M505-S4020. This midrange portable smoothly handles Microsoft Office, online tools, media playback, and other general-purpose applications. Don't be fooled by the glossy features and finish. While it’s fast enough for typical business applications, this Satellite cuts corners.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/19/2010
Rating: Total score: 50% performance: 63% features: 77%
86% Toshiba Satellite M505-S4020
Source: Computer Shopper English
If you thought spending $999.99 on a thin-and-light laptop meant having to make compromises, the Toshiba Satellite M505-S4020 might force you to re-evaluate your assumptions. One of the best-performing under-$1,000 laptops we’ve seen, this Satellite comes with loads of extras, including a touch screen and HDMI and eSATA ports.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 86%

 

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Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

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


Intel Pentium Dual Core: The return of the name Pentium, though it is a Yonah core. In fact, it is a double Core processor with a very good relation of performance to current consumption.

T4200:

Entry class dual core CPU with 1 MB level 2 cache and no virtualization technology. Compared to the Core 2 Duo line, some power saving mechanism are deactivated. 

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.

T6500:

Entry level Penryn based dual-core CPU with a small 2MB level 2 cache and FSB800. Similar to the T6570 but without VT-x.

Intel Core i3:

330M:

The Core i3-330M is a slower clocked 350M and therefore also lacks the Turbo Boost feature and clocks with max. 2.13 GHz. Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD 3150) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.


14.0: 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. 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.


2.3 kg:

These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

2.4 kg:

This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


67.2%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-08-19 (Update: 2012-05-26)