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The Toshiba NB500 is a small portable netbook which is probably the most basic netbook there is. I was using this laptop for school work during classes as it was provided by the school; and I got to say, nothing stands out about this laptop. It works fine for small tasks such as word documents and power points, the occasional *flash programs work pretty good as well provided there are no other programs running in the background. Casual web browsing on Google Chrome posses no problems to the device despite the harsh ram consumption. At times there were small lags and delays but nothing to worry too much about if you are willing to wait a few seconds every now and then. Moving on to the battery life, I would say its weak, but of course for something this small running a few programs, it is bearable. ( probably you would get 4-6 hours for casual use and 2-3 watching some videos). One of the things I should point out is it's durability. JUST AMAZING. I mean the outer shell is plastic, but despite me dropping it multiple times over a range of heights, I was so amaze it could still work. ( cant guarantee will be the same for yours :D ). As I said, if you are just getting a laptop for some small work, it would be enough. Its very basic, but taking the price into consideration, I'd say that this is a well valued product. Would recommend it: 6/10.