Toshiba Portege R500-S500 review: Toshiba Portege R500-S500

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 adaptor with you everywhere. The Portege R500's battery was especially impressive, lasting three hours and 48 minutes on our DVD battery drain test. That's second only to the Sony VAIO TZ (by about 20 minutes) out of recent ultraportable laptops. Our DVD battery drain test is especially intense, so you can expect closer to five hours from casual use, which should be enough for all but the most demanding users. We'll take long battery life over a slight performance bump any day of the week.

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)
Averatec 2371
1,650 
Toshiba Portege R500
1,748 
Averatec 1579
2,301 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Portege R500
547 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Portege R500
347 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Portege R500
228 

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System configurations:

Toshiba Portege R500
Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7600; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 120GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

HP Compaq 2510p
Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.2GHz Intel Core Duo Ultra Low Voltage U2500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 80GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Averatec 1579
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 1.06GHz Intel Core Duo Ultra Low Voltage U2400; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Intel Mobile Express 945GM; 120GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio TZ150N/B
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 4,200rpm

Averatec 2371
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB Nvidia GeForce Go 6100; 120GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

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    Toshiba Portege R500-S5001X (Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD, Windows XP Pro)

    Part Number: PPR50U-035020 Released: 5 Jun 2007
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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Regional specs shown for US. UK specs are unavailable.

    • Release date 5 Jun 2007
    • Installed Size 1 GB
    • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 / 1.2 GHz
    • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
    • Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • Color aluminum silver
    • Weight 2.4 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM - fixed
    • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950