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Toshiba Satellite Pro S500 review

Strong Intel Core performance and great features from this business laptop

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Performance
  • Features
  • Usability

Against

  • Design
  • Portability

Toshiba's Satellite Pro range aims to strike a balance between a work machine and a home laptop. The S500-15W is a strong performer and has an excellent array of features that help it to stand out in the crowd.

At 2.6kg, this laptop is only marginally heavier than the Acer Aspire 5552 and the Zoostorm 3389. It can certainly be carried around if needed, but the Dell Adamo 13 inevitably proves a much slimmer and lighter option.

The chassis is reasonably solid with just a little flex, although the black plastic design looks a little cheap. However, the screen tilts all the way back to horizontal, letting you find your ideal viewing angle.

Although it isn't the brightest display, images are colourful and pleasing to the eye, thanks to the glossy Super-TFT coating. Unfortunately, this also means that it's fairly reflective.

This laptop features an Intel Core i3 370M processor, which provides stunning performance. The Toshiba racked up some high scores in our benchmarking tests, proving it could comfortably multi-task with a number of programs without slowdown.

Despite this strong performance, we managed to use it for 272 minutes away from the mains, which is almost as good as the Dell Adamo 13.

Similarly, while a basic integrated solution has been used for graphics, this laptop almost doubled the performance of the Dell and Zoostorm 3389. While you won't be able to run the latest games, we found high-definition video played smoothly.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 272 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 223
3DMark 2003: 3280

The touchpad is a little compact, but it's also responsive, with two firm mouse buttons. The keyboard is comfortable to type on with well-mounted, bevelled keys and a dedicated numeric keypad.

Toshiba satellite pro s500

Damage limitation

You should have enough space for your files on the 250GB hard drive, which features anti-vibration technology to prevent damage during transit. Those with large media collections will, however, be better served by the Zoostorm 3389 and Acer Aspire 5552 machines, which offer 320GB and 500GB storage space respectively.

Networking is speedy, however, with both 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet onboard.

There are plenty of other features, such as a fingerprint scanner for extra security and an ExpressCard slot for upgrading the laptop.

There's also a DisplayPort connection, a VGA port for hooking up to an external display, and one of the USB ports features Sleep-and-Charge technology, for charging peripherals even when the laptop is in sleep mode.

The performance and features of the Satellite Pro S500-15W make it a worthy Silver award winner. Only the Dell Adamo 13's sleek, highly portable form kept this machine from winning the Gold award.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4.67 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilySatellite Pro S500
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-370M
ColourPrecious Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.54 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height37.6 mm
Width374 mm
Depth250.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesS500
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelS500-15W
Product NameSatellite Pro S500-15W Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite Pro
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPSSE0E-0S90CTEN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

High quality and reliable business computing. The Satellite Pro S500 features a new lightweight textured design weighing from 2.5kg and a 39.6cm (15.6") TruBrite display. The latest Intel Core i-series processors give faster and more responsive performance when running multiple applications, whilst the integrated numeric keypad is ideal for working with business applications such as spreadsheets. The Satellite S500 also features a mini DisplayPort for easy connection to HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort devices. EasyGuard security, protection and connectivity features provide peace of mind and include a shock-protected chassis, hard drive protection, spill-resistant keyboard and fingerprint reader. Also includes Toshiba's Reliability Refund Guarantee.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite Pro S500-15W Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year