Toshiba Portege R500-S5003 review: Toshiba Portege R500-S5003

A tiny ultraportable laptop lives or dies based on battery life. After all, there's no point to carrying one of these systems around all day if you have to bring an A/C adapter with you everywhere. The Portege R500's battery was reasonably impressive, lasting 2 hours and 49 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. We didn't see much benefit in the battery department from either the ULV processor or the supposedly power-saving SSD hard drive.

Toshiba includes a three-year standard warranty with the R500, as we would expect for a premium-priced system like this, but it's only mail-in service. On-site will cost an extra $152 for the three-year term. The tech support toll-free phone line is open 24-7, and the Web site offers all the standard driver downloads and manuals.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus U6S
952 
Toshiba Portege R500-S5003
1654 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus U6S
255 
Toshiba Portege R500-S5003
472 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus U6S
196 
Toshiba Portege R500-S5003
343 

DVD battery-drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Portege R500-S5003
169 
Asus U6S
116 

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Toshiba Portege R500-S5003
Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7600; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 64GB Samsung Solid State Drive


Windows Vista Business Edition; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 8400M G; 160GB Seagate 5,400 rpm


OS X 10.5.1 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 144MB Intel GMA X3100; 80GB Samsung 4,200 rpm


Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7500; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 100GB Toshiba 4,200 rpm

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    Toshiba Portege R500-S5003

    Part Number: PPR50U-03X020 Released: Jan 21, 2008
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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Jan 21, 2008
    • Installed Size 1 GB
    • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 / 1.2 GHz
    • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
    • Weight 1.8 lbs
    • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950