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Toshiba Satellite U505-S2940 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Toshiba Satellite U505-S2940 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Toshiba Satellite U505


The Bottom Line

Sep 18 2009 - Toshiba's Satellite U505-S2940 features a realtively compact 13.3-inch display, but it is really pushing its portability because of the excessive large battery that bulges from the back hinge area. This does give it long battery life but at the cost of portability. The laptop does provide some unique aspects including a large number of peripheral ports including eSATA and ExpressCard that many 13-inch laptops lack. It is too bad that Toshiba has a less than stellar keyboard otherwise it would be a decent choice for those needing long running time with higher performance.
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  • Above Average Sized Hard Drive
  • Wide Variety of Peripheral Ports
  • Longer Battery Life From 12-cell Battery


  • Thicker and Heavier Than Most 13-inch Laptops
  • Keyboard Less Than Comfortable Due to Size and Design


  • Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
  • 400GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With Labelflash
  • 13.3" WXGA (1280x800) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, eSATA, VGA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 12.5" x 9.1" x 1.5" @ 5.4 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Works, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite U505-S2940 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Sep 18 2009 - Toshiba's Satellite U505-S2940 may feature a 13.3-inch display typical of ultraportables, but this system carries a far amount of bulk because of the including 12-cell battery pack that juts down from the hinge portion of the laptop. This makes it clearly the thickest 13-inch laptop on the market and makes the system a bit more difficult to carry. On the other hand, the large battery pack does provide it with roughly 5 hours of video playback that is above average save for the all-day CULV based laptops.

Toshiba has managed to include a wide range of peripheral ports on the Satellite U505-S2940 that are absent on many ultraportables these days. This includes a full sized ExpressCard slot and a combination USB/eSATA port that can even be configured to supply power for charging peripheral devices when the laptop is powered down.

Performance and storage are also quite good for the Satellite U505-S2940. While the Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 isn't a new or particularly power efficient model, it does get the job done quite well even with the DDR2 memory rather than faster DDR3. It is also nice to see Toshiba including a 400GB hard drive that provides a fair bit more storage space for applications and data from the more typical 250 and 320GB drives.

Toshiba really needs to redesign their keyboards though. The flat key design of the Satellite U505 is difficult due to the slick surface of the keys that tend to have fingers slip across them while typing. The keyboard also is smaller than the average 13-inch laptop design that gives it a more cramped feel.

The net result of the Satellite U505-S2940 is that it is a system for those that want a fairly long battery life, don't want to have to sacrifice features and portability isn't as much of an issue.

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