Feeds
75%
Toshiba Satellite U500

Toshiba Satellite U500 Ducati Edition

Superbike performance?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Other laptops have buttons that disable the touchpad, but only this one puts it half a centimetre above the touchpad itself, waiting for a rogue press that will leave you wondering why the cursor is no longer moving.

Toshiba Satellite U500

The touchpad disable button is a tad too easy to tap

There's another giveaway: a bright white bar that glows when the slightly smaller than expected touchpad is enabled. It's a daft idea, but it'll sure appeal to boy racers.

We're not sure who the keyboard will appeal to: it demonstrates a tad too much flex and rattliness for our taste, but that's not to say typing on it is a chore. And it's augmented with a touch-sensitive panel for calling up Windows Media player, starting and pausing playback, skipping tracks, and adjusting the volume.

Toshiba Satellite U500

Extra buttons, above the function keys, are touch-sensitive

It also has a key to disable its permanent white illumination and this - oh, joy - turns off the trackpad light. It's last remaining key glows green when pressed, and this activates Toshiba's Eco Utility, which runs the machine on reduced performance to cut its power consumption.

PCMark Vantage Battery Life Results

Toshiba Satellite U500

Battery life in minutes
Longer bars are better

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?