Toshiba Satellite U505-S2930


Toshiba Satellite U505-S2930Notebook: Toshiba Satellite U505-S2930 (Satellite U505 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.2kg
Price: 700 euro
Average Score: 76% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the Toshiba Satellite U505-S2930

70% Toshiba Satellite U505 (U505-S2930)
Source: Laptop Mag English
This 13-inch notebook delivers a striking design and good performance for a reasonable price. The Toshiba Satellite U505 combines style with good performance for those on a budget. In this price range, we prefer the $899 Acer Aspire 3935, which delivers 40 minutes of extra battery life and a higher-res screen in a lighter 4.2-pound brushed metal design. Nevertheless, for $799, the U505 provides good power and portability, and Toshiba includes features that enhance the computing experience.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
82% Toshiba Satellite U505-S2930
Source: Computer Shopper English
Toshiba has launched the all-new Satellite U505-S2930 into the teeth of one of the most competitive laptop segments. This 13.3-inch thin-and-light is up against the likes of the Apple MacBook Pro, Dell Studio XPS 13, and HP Pavilion dv3z. The Satellite U505-S2930 distinguishes itself among the many 13.3-inch laptops on the market with a pleasingly subtle design and decent performance. A few details expose that it’s a budget entry, but you certainly get a lot for the money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 82%


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.

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


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

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

13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.2 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.

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

76%: 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 dm3-1340EV
Pentium Dual Core SU4100
» Toshiba Satellite T135-S1310
Pentium Dual Core SU4100
» Dell Vostro 1320
Core 2 Duo T6670

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Dell Vostro V130D-158
Core i5 470UM, 1.6 kg
» Gigabyte inNote i1320
Celeron Dual-Core SU2300, 1.5 kg
» Mesh Edge 13 Aero RS
Core 2 Solo SU3500, 1.7 kg
» Viewsonic ViewBook VNB130
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-14X
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.68 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T135-S1305WH
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.6 kg
» Viewsonic ViewBook Pro
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-13K
Pentium SU2700, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-14T
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.68 kg
» Medion E3211
Celeron M 723, 1.7 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Core 2 Solo SU3500, 1.6 kg
» Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T
Core 2 Solo SU3500, 0 kg
» Dell Adamo
Core 2 Duo SU9400, 1.4 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Toshiba Satellite C660-15z
Celeron M 925, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad L410
Core 2 Duo P8700, 14.0", 2.3 kg
» Dell Inspiron Duo 1090
Atom N550, 10.1", 1.6 kg
» Samsung R540-JA0BUK
Pentium P6100, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Zoostorm 3389-9426/A
Pentium Dual Core T4500, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch EU-046
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 11.6", 1.7 kg
» Schenker Xesia E500-2EC
Celeron Dual-Core T3500, 15.6", 2.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-08-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)