Average of 2 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba NB500-108
Source: Netbooklive Archive.org version
Usually, I wouldn’t advice buying a netbook powered by a single core Atom processor, but if you are on a tight budget and every buck counts, this Toshiba is for sure one of your best bets for the money. As long as you know what to expect from it in terms of performances, of course. I’ve also took some time to search for feedback posted online by regular buyers and average reviews rate this one highly as well. So that also stands proof of how good it actually is.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/04/2011
Source: Reg Hardware Archive.org version
Yes, the NB500 comes at a bargain basement price, for a netbook, but its a cheap-feeling machine that's desperately in need of more memory and a better wireless card. You can add an extra gig of Ram easily and cheaply, but tough luck if you want faster Wi-Fi.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/07/2011
Rating: Total score: 65%
Source: Kieskeurig NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/05/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN Archive.org version
positive: long battery runtime, matte display; negative: lout fan
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/31/2011
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150: Integrated (shared memory) graphics card in the intel Atom N4xx CPUs. Minimally faster than an old GMA 950 and therefore not suited for 3D games or HD videos (only MPEG2 acceleration).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
N455: Intel Atom CPU for Netbooks with integrated DDR3 memory controller and GMA 3150 GPU. The performance of the system should be only minimally faster than the previous Atom N280 / GMA 950 combination.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a standard display format for tablet computers or small convertibles. You see more on the screen than on a smartphone but you can't use big resolutions well. On the other hand, mobility is not a problem.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate or technology group. The company was established in 1939 and in 1978 Toshiba became the official company name. The company's products and services include power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard drives, printers, batteries, lighting, logistics and information technology. Toshiba was one of the largest manufacturers of personal computers, consumer electronics, home appliances and medical equipment.
72.5%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.