Toshiba Portege R-500-S5006X Notebook 12.1-Inch WXGA Display: Business Class Mini
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: The Toshiba Portege R500-S5006X is dynamite with its aluminum case. It has a definite business appearance. The Toshiba Portege R500 is first class all the way. It's a mini-class PC weighing in at 2.4-pounds. The Portege R500 measures 11.1-inches x 8.5-inches x 1-inch. A widescreen 12.1-inch WXGA display has a 1280 x 800 resolution. It has a 2 GB max RAM and 160 GB hard drive. To boost memory storage it has a DVD+RW/ DVD-RAM optical drive and a SD slot.
Conclusion: The Portégé R500-12P impressed us with its above mentioned strengths . Toshiba has even managed to improve on some of the weaknesses that we had pointed out , such as: the weak battery life . Even the now i ntegrated optical drive with a height of 7 millimeters scores plus points for the R500.
Excerpt: The Toshiba Portege R500-126 is an ultra thin and ultra light laptop. Despite its size, it still offers maximum performance. Powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processor and operated by the latest Microsoft Windows Vista Business. It is 28.3 cm in width, 21.5 cm in depth and 1.9 cm in height. It features a 30.7 cm Transflective TFT WXGA Colour screen, 24-bit stereo, EasyGuard features an 100cc spill resistant keyboard.
Summary: Priced at $2,999, the Toshiba Portégé R500-S5007V is a solid ultraportable, but we would recommend holding off investing in this machine. The newer Portégé R600-S4202, which we hope to review soon, comes with a faster 1.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor, improved graphics, more RAM, and an enhanced display for a more reasonable $2,099.
Pros: Very lightweight, Good productivity performance, Sleep and Charge USB port, Plenty of durability and security,
Cons: Display has narrow viewing angles, Mushy mouse buttons, SSD isnt very fast, Underside gets hot,
Summary: Even in terms of price, the R500 stands up well against the Air once you configure the latter with the 64GB SSD drive, coming in at Â£1,761 to Apple's Â£2,028. If you're after a usable, super portable machine that weighs hardly anything then the Toshiba Portege R500-126 will make an excellent travel companion.
Summary: Lift it while a DVD is spinning, and you’ll hear the lovely sound of the disc surface hitting the notebook and scratching the hell out of the disc. But even with a few minor gotchas, the R500 is one amazing ultraportable notebook. For anyone who spends more time on the road than behind a desk, it’s a perfect traveling companion.
Pros: So, so tiny. Transflective screen rocks! Amazing battery life.
Cons: More flexible than we usually like our notebooks.
Excerpt: One of the most exciting notebooks to come along in the last few months has been Toshiba’s R500. Though Toshiba does not have a reputation for making ultraportables, like Sony or Panasonic, they have been putting some serious effort into their R series. This time we will be looking at their newest release, the R500 notebook. Unlike some of Toshiba’s other products, this is something that should fail to impress very few people, at least initially.
Summary: Although the Toshiba Portege R500 is clearly not a power user's choice, its lightweight frame, small size and good battery life make it an excellent choice for simple tasks such as email, Web surfing and simple office applications while travelling for business.
Pros: Weight, Optical drive despite its size, Battery Life