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The Toshiba Satellite P500 is a mid-range laptop that is designed as a desktop replacement with numerous entertainment features.

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Pros

Ships with a Blu-Ray optical drive starting Oct/09

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HD webcam provides much higher-quality video than most laptop webcams

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Extensive connectivity options and media support will please entertainment-minded users

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Impressive speakers provide far superior audio performance compared to most laptop speakers

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Multi-touch touchpad is large, responsive, and easy to use

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Cons

Lacks Blu-ray drive, now common in entertainment-centric notebooks

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Does not support full HD resolution like many competitors despite large screen size

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Poor viewing angles for an LCD screen, especially apparent in dark scenes

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Glossy surface is magnet for fingerprints

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The Toshiba Satellite P500 is a mid-range laptop that is designed as a desktop replacement with numerous entertainment features.  The laptop is an upgrade in size to the A500 with a large 18.4" widescreen LCD display with Toshiba's TruBrite technology and a high definition ATI Radeon graphics card for 3D gaming and HD movies.  It features either an Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Turion X2 processor with 4GB DDR2 SDRAM and an up to 400GB hard drive.  The Satellite P500 is designed with a slot-loading DVD SuperMulti drive, illuminated LED backlit keyboard, and can be upgraded to include high performance harman/kardon stereo speakers that provide immersive virtual surround sound.  It has a built-in webcam and microphone and can be configured to include Bluetooth connectivity as well as HDMI and SPDIF ports.  The laptop operates on Windows Vista Home Premium and includes a PC-Express slot and memory card reader.  The Satellite P500 comes in an onyx black finish and has a 1 year limited warranty. 

Specifications/Features
  • 18.4" Widescreen LCD Display
  • TruBrite Panel Technology
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Turion X2 Processor
  • 4GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Up to 400GB HDD
  • Slot-Loading DVD SuperMulti Drive /w LabelFlash
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series graphics
  • Optional harman/kardon® Stereo Speakers /w Virtual Surround
  • LED-Backlit Keyboard
  • Built-in Webcam and Microphone
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, Optional Bluetooth 
  • Inputs/Outputs: 3 x USB, 1-eSATA/USB Combo /w Sleep & Charge, 1 x PC Express, SPDIF(Optional), HDMI (Optional), Memory Card Reader, Firewire
  • Black Onyx Finish
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 1 year limited warranty
Pre-Configuration Models
  • Toshiba P505D-S8930 - MSRP $770
  • Toshiba P505D-S8935 - MSRP $800
  • Toshiba P505-ST5800 - MSRP $819
  • Toshiba P505-S8940 - MSRP $950
  • Toshiba P500-ST5801 - MSRP $1049
  • Toshiba P505-S8945 - MSRP $1200
  • Toshiba P505-S8950 - MSRP $1600
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