Pros

  • Above average battery life
  • Battery-saving backlight toggle

Cons

  • Mediocre keyboard
  • Mousepad buttons awkward for big hands

At A Glance

The R500 is one of the lightest notebooks with its screen size that we've tested, but its overly flexible screen worries us.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Portege R500-S5008X Notebook is designed for people looking for the ultimate in no-compromise portability or who travel and work on the move. It's all about portability, plus power. Toshiba EasyGuard features such as shock protected casing and a 100cc spill resistant keyboard are also included.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number PPR50U-08K09D
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 5800 mAh
Interfaces/Ports
FireWire/i.LINK Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 12.10 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WXGA
Screen Resolution 1280 x 800
Graphics Controller Manufacturer Intel
Graphics Controller Model Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Storage
Storage Size 160 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
General Information
Manufacturer Toshiba
Manufacturer Part Number PPR50U-08K09D
UPC Code 883974086337
Brand Name Toshiba
Product Name Portege R500-S5008X Notebook
Marketing Information

The Portege R500-S5008X Notebook is designed for people looking for the ultimate in no-compromise portability or who travel and work on the move. It's all about portability, plus power. Toshiba EasyGuard features such as shock protected casing and a 100cc spill resistant keyboard are also included.

Product Model R500-S5008X
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.toshiba.com
Product Line Portege
Product Series R500
Memory
Standard Memory 2 GB
Maximum Memory 2 GB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR2-667/PC2-5300
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • Portege R500-S5008X Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • Additional Information

    Built in Device:

  • Microphone
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Intel
    Wireless LAN Model Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.0
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.0"
    Width 11.1"
    Depth 8.5"
    Color Aluminum Silver
    Built-in Devices
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core 2 Duo
    Processor Model U7700
    Processor Speed 1.33 GHz
    Cache 2 MB
    Bus Speed 533 MHz
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model 945GMS Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows XP Professional
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type PC Card Type II, SDIO

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 49.0
    WorldBench 6 Rating Poor
    Battery
    Battery Life 5:37:36 AM   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 537.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 510.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 599.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 1452.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 804.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 1367.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 428.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 1330.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 355.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Gaming
    Far Cry, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 8.29   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Doom 3, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 5.83   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Performance
    World Bench 5 Multitasking 689.0
    Number of Included Batteries 1.0