There is a similar inconsistency with connectivity: while recognising the unit's support for Wireless N, I can't understand why there is no Gigabit Ethernet. The Satellite U500-1EX feels like it is targeted at business, so maxing out wired networking at just 100Mbit/sec seems out of place.
Needs more touchscreen apps to do it justice
Touchscreen ought to be a killer app for portable computers – look what it did for mobile phones – but here in the Satellite U500-1EX it comes across as just another feature. To really make it worthwhile, Toshiba might have considered designing a built-in stylus for pen input and perhaps installing some more compelling touchscreen software. Without such sparkle to single it out, the product comes across as being merely quite good at quite a few things, which is akin to damnation by faint praise. It's also quite expensive at the suggested £821, although discounted prices are available. ®
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Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX
Which distro to pick is of course a concern but that's a separate issue. El Reg needs to come up with a policy on that
...and expensive. and only 2 USB ports?? No thanks!
No trouble at all...
For one distro. But what if they did it with, say, Knoppix, and you're, say, an Ubuntu fan? Do they just test if the distro will boot, or do they test each and every hardware module for compatibility with each app that uses it?
This is a review of hardware as delivered. The laptop was delivered with Windows 7, so that's what they tested. To test everyone's favorite OS would not be a good use of their time.
I love Linux, but I'll go to a Linux- (and preferably distro-) specific site for reviews of hardware compatibility with it.