Toshiba R500-S5006V: Price, Battery, Performance
Toshiba sells the R500-S5006V directly from its Web site for $1,699, which is the lowest price in this roundup. I venture to speculate that the materials used in the building of this product, while extremely light weight, are on the cheaper side. With respect to the R500’s price for performance, its graphics processing abilities were the worst of this group, but performance was above average in all other areas.
With the R500 you get acceptable performance at an acceptable price—a very good example of "getting what you pay for." As an extra benefit, with this machine you get 40 more gigabytes of storage (160 GB versus 120 GB) than any other machine in this roundup, at no extra "weight" cost.
If your eyes would like a closer-to-normal sized screen, and your briefcase would like the lightest machine in this roundup with the ability to watch DVDs on an airplane, this machine will look like it has been priced reasonably. It feels like a spiral paper notebook. But for rough and tumble road warriors, maybe choosing a more rugged machine is more important than choosing the lightest one.
Price score: 4.5
Like Sony’s VAIO VGN-TZ298N, Toshiba’s Portege R500-S5006V sports a 5800 mAh battery at 10.8 V. However, the battery would only charge to a level of around 5200 mAh. With the same 1.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 as the Sony VAIO, and considering the its charged capacity, the Toshiba achieved a decent battery life of 168 minutes compared to the Sony’s 207 minutes.
Battery Life score: 4.06
The Toshiba R500-S5006V turned in a relatively poor performance score, given that its processor matches the Sony’s. The latter unit’s solid state disk drive clearly gave it a serious advantage over the Toshiba.
Performance score: 2.85