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Toshiba Satellite U500

Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX touchscreen notebook

A light touch?

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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.

Toshiba Satellite U500

Needs more touchscreen apps to do it justice

Verdict

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

Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX touchscreen notebook

A 13.3in touchscreen Core i3 notebook with an HDMI output
Price: £821 RRP

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