Summary: Laptops with 13-inch displays are usually decent, as they tend to offer a great blend of performance and portability. But this isn't the case with the configuration of the Toshiba Satellite U500 that we reviewed, the U500-1EX. It's heavy, it's cumbersome and its gimmicky touch-sensitive display spoils the image quality so much you'll think there's something wrong with the laptop
Pros: Lovely brown finish; great keyboard; decent performance.
Cons: Touch panel spoils image quality; poor battery life.
Excerpt: Toshiba wants to buck the laptop trend with the U500-1EX, eschewing the overall move towards Apple-like looks and super-slim design. Not to mention loading it up with touchscreen tech that some manufacturers just don’t seem too keen on. Does this make it a winner? Read our Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX review.
Pros: Smart design, good performance, multi-touch options
Excerpt: The Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX has some pretty cool moves when it comes to touch screen features and we know its performance is impressive when you look under the hood. But let’s be honest – is it the kind of notebook you’d be proud to show off to your pals and will it fall apart if you bump it lightly? Our Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX design and build review has the inside story.
Pros: Textured brown lid, sturdy build, cool chrome and backlights
Excerpt: While 3D laptops are slowly making waves, touchscreen machines are becoming rife thanks to Windows 7’s support for multitouch gestures and prods. The Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX is the latest effort to get the touchscreen treatment. So how does it stack up to our probing digits? Read our Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX multitouch screen review now and find out.
Pros: Range of moves, speedy drag and drop, fun games
Cons: Poor screen quality, less efficient with smaller items and icons
Excerpt: The Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX can handle some nifty tricks with its multi-touch capability. We also know it looks funky and cool at the same time with is textured chocolate lid and chrome gilding. But it’s what’s inside that counts, right? Read our Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX review: speed & performance and find out if this micro machine can live up to our lofty expectations.