Product Type: Toshiba laptops
Newest Review: ... and much more. The things that impress me about this laptop: The build quality is top notch, The enrgonomics are excellent, Screen qual... more
Robust and reliable
Toshiba Satellite L500-11v
Member Name: Checuba1
Toshiba Satellite L500-11v
Date: 03/07/10, updated on 03/07/10 (51 review reads)
Advantages: Good looks, fast, user friendly
Disadvantages: Comes loaded with Toshiba software you may never use
On opening the box, the first thing that struck me was what a good
looking machine this is! Especially as this is one of Toshiba's budget machines. I bought this machine as a field work tool, as it's reputed to be robust and reliable. Six months down the line and it's living up to it's name!
The keyboard is a good size and the keys are amply large, making typing easy. I also liked the depth; There's not much space between the front edge of the machine and where the keyboard starts, just enough for the touch pad. This makes typing easier, as you don't have to reach far into the machine. The touch pad is nicely camouflaged with the main casing, making for nice asthetics.
The display is wide screen format, 15.6 inches, TruBrite HD+ TFT and makes for a good working environment. The only thing that can be said against the screen is that you need to tilt the screen to see it perfectly and people looking from the side won't get a good view either as the screen fades out on side view, that said, that makes it a plus for privacy, no nosy parkers on trains and planes will get to see what you're doing.
The machine I got was actually, not what was advertised on the box - this was Toshiba's mistake, but to my advantage!! I got a 2.2 T6600 processor instead of a 2.1 T6500 advertised on the box!! So you never know you might get lucky as well if you buy one! The motherboard Chipset Type is an Intel GM45 Express and there's a built on Graphics Processor which is Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD. Ram is 3gb of DDR2 SDRAM.
The Windows system loaded is Vista, but Toshiba prevent it from booting the first time you use it, so you can choose whether you want to install a 32bit or a 64bit system. Granted, it takes its time to load the system the first time, but once it's done, it works just fine. Interestingly, the hard drive (320gb) is partitioned with half of it designated to a rescue system and the other half to the OS. This is so that you can recover your system - if need be - from that partition without a rescue disk.
One of my pet hates is loads of unnecessary applications and Toshiba go to town on installing numerous applications that I probably won't ever use. I stopped some from loaded at boot to save boot time. I also loaded PC Tools Registry Mechanic to keep the registry ticking perfectly - very important with Vista. Annoyingly, McAfee came installed and it took an age to find the uninstall tool on their site - in fact I never found it on their site, rather on someone else's!! I got rid of McAfee and installed Eset Smart Security 4 instead, because it uses far less of the CPU's resources. I also installed MAX Secure's Spyware Detector for extra security.
The battery life on this machine is better than most Toshibas, with 3.2 hrs from 100%, so those wanting to work where there's no electricity will be pleased. Charging time is also very quick. When in battery mode the machine is set to have a darker screen though, to save juice.
There are three usb sockets, one doubling as eSATA, an HDMI and an RJ45. Optical Drive is as follows: Type Dual layer DVD±RW/DVD-RAM. Optical Drive ReWrite Speed 10x (CD-RW), 24x (CD-RW), 5x (DVD-RAM), 6x (DVD-RW), 8x (DVD+RW). Optical Drive Read Speed 24x (CD), 8x (DVD). For those of you who need a wireless connection then there's an Integrated 10/100 Network Card, Integrated Wireless LAN, which worked flawlessly!
Altogether this machine is remarkable value and a good size, as well as being reasonably light - can be picked up with one hand. The pros definitely outweigh the cons, so I highly recommend this model.
Summary: Altogether excellent robust reliable machine and excellent value for money
|Ease of use:|