After the hardware market for a long time on small netbooks looked, there now were increasing numbers of "old" compact laptops in appearances: the so-called sub-notebooks. Also in this area, Toshiba has released a new model. The name on the Satellite U500 series baptized with 13.3-inch display has until the end of August, three new members receive. They are significantly cheaper than the U500 first instances , the month before in the past were one. We tested one of the new models The Satellite U500-121.
Housing and interior trim are carved from the same cloth, or more precisely from the same solid material. The solid shell of the Satellite U500 is patterned in dark brown and achieved not only a better grip, but also defies the finger prints. As a motive, Toshiba - you guessed it is not - A collection of innumerable anvils selected. Why do the Japanese companies such crude tool with a laptop connects, Toshiba has not really the big bell hung on, but it fits the stable overall impression of the Satellite U500-121. Thus, the dark, dull material is not too bulky looking, silver-colored trim framing the computer inside and out.
This limit, the two speakers. Switching off the notebook light on above the keyboard, multimedia hot keys. The bar on the touchpad and the Satellite logo adorn themselves with the cool white tone. Once at the top of the right button is pressed and then you can turn off the lights if desired. Despite everything, the Satellite U500 has a fairly strong for a subnotebook. At the thickest part of the approximately 32x23 centimeters (cm) large laptop measures at least 3.8 cm. The same height and the 16-inch Toshiba Satellite A350D (test) , the 14-inch MSI GX400 (test) , for example, only three inches high.
Also the weight of 2.3 kg makes this subnotebook is not mobile. The black keyboard is shiny as a single element, therefore, must be cleaned from time to time, to get the beautiful look. Typing is fine and soft of hand, however, have to get used to the short flat and smooth buttons. The sensor bar is especially pleased multimedia users. The touchpad accepts gestures with two fingers and can therefore also for easy zooming and leaves are used. Above the manufacturer has installed a button that disables the pad of a button.