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.
Pros: Lovely brown finish; great keyboard; decent performance.
Cons: Touch panel spoils image quality; poor battery life.
Summary: A mildly attractive and average performing machine, brought down by an unnecessary unique selling point, leaves us pretty disappointed with a device from a company that normally does so much better.
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?
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...
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?
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?