Hands on pictures - Toshiba U500-1EX touchscreen laptop

Toshiba unveiled its first touchscreen laptop yesterday, and we were there to give it a go and get some first hands on snaps.Touchscreen to one side f

Touchscreen to one side for a moment - the U500-1EX packs a 320GB hard drive, 4GB RAM, an Intel Core i3 processor and all the ports you'd want, including USB, HDMI and Ethernet. There's also an HD camera, DVD dual layer drive, and a 5-in-1 card reader.

The laptop in itself is probably not one for trekking around too much though - it's not heavy at just over 2kg, but it's not exactly light either. The 13-inch screen means though that if you do need to be taking it somewhere, it is compact enough not to be a pain.

But of course, portability is not the main selling point of this lappy. We gave the touchscreen capabilities a go on a couple of the apps and found it to be very responsive, and functional rather than gimmicky.

The touchscreen controls are pretty much the same as those you would find on a touchscreen phone, such as pinch to zoom.

The photos app in particular is very fluid and you're able to pick up photos, zoom, rotate and send them back to the photo bar with just a few flicks of your finger.

The U500-1EX is going to hit shelves for £649 with 320GB HDD and 4GB RAM. The price will mean it's not going to be for everyone, but for those looking for a little more from their laptop, the U500-1EX could be a winner.