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Toshiba Satellite U505-S2010 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Toshiba Satellite U505-S2010 13.3-inch Multitouch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Toshiba Satellite U505

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The Bottom Line

Mar 26 2010 - Toshiba's updated Satellite U505 laptop adds a fair amount of performance thanks to the new Core i5 processor and functionality with the multitouch enabled display. The $1000 street price makes this a very affordable multitouch enabled ultraportable. The system still is one of the bulkiest on the market for a 13-inch laptop and its battery life is not that strong compared new ultraportables on the market but it does offer more performance and extra ports as a trade-off.
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Pros

  • Multitouch Display With Anti-Glare Screen
  • Strong Performance From Core i5 Processor
  • ExpressCard Slot

Cons

  • Below Average Battery Life
  • Relatively Thick And Bulky For 13-inch Laptop

Description

  • Intel Core i5-430M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 13.3" WXGA (1280x800) Multitouch Display With VGA Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Memory Card Slot
  • 12.5" x 9.1" x 1.5" @ 4.8 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, DVD Movie Factory, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Toshiba Satellite U505-S2010 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Mar 26 2010 - Toshiba's Satellite U505 was never a very svelte ultraportable system. The focus of the system has been more about performance and features than portability. This continues with the latest revision of the 13-inch that upgrades the display and the processor.

The processor for the Satellite U505 has been upgraded to use the new Intel Core i5-420M dual core processor. This provides it with a significant boost in performance that allows the system to be used as a primary computer system for more demanding tasks such as video work that the new ultra-low voltage laptops lack. The 4GB of DDR3 memory also allows it to multitask smoothly. The downside is that this does draw more power.

The other major feature added to the Satellite U505 is a new 13.3-inch LCD display that supports multitouch. This may be a major draw for some users but the laptop does not ship with many applications designed around the new Windows 7 touch features and many laptops now features multitouch trackpads for functions like zoom that work just as well. On the other hand, the screen features a matte display coating that prevents fingerprints but also reduces glare compared to the typical glossy coatings used by most laptops.

Graphics are still powered by an integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD processor that will limit some capabilities. It lacks any sufficient performance for even casual PC gaming. It does provide for a smooth experience streaming HD video from the web though.

One of the nice aspects of the Satellite U505 is the inclusion of an internal DVD burner. This allows the system to easily load software or being used to playback or record CDs and DVDs. It also contains a large 500GB hard drive that provides more space for applications and data than traditional ultraportables that typically have 320GB of space. The drive tested was a bit slower than some other laptops that also use 5400rpm spin rates.

Battery life is one of the big draws for consumers looking at ultraportables now. This is probably one of the biggest problems with the Satellite U505 laptop. In my DVD playback test, the system was only able to run a little bit more than two hours before it went into standby mode. This is well below the average for an ultraportable and far behind the new ultra-low voltage class laptops.

The Satellite U505 is bulkier than the average ultraportable at roughly one and a half inches thick. This added bulk does have the added benefit of providing extra space for peripheral ports. Unlike most 13-inch laptops, it includes a full sized ExpressCard/54 slot for adding expansion cards for wireless networking and other capabilities.

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