Toshiba Qosmio G25-AV513 review: Toshiba Qosmio G25-AV513

The Qosmio G25-AV513's Media Center remote control provides a full complement of multimedia controls, though you need to connect the included IR receiver to the notebook before you can use it. We also received a very long USB 2.0 cable, a coaxial cable dongle, a set of composite cables, and a set of optical audio cables. The laptop comes preloaded with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 , as well as a nice package of software, including Nero and InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2.0 for disc burning, plus a number of system utilities.

Toshiba stuffed the Qosmio G25-AV513 full of high-end components to support its wide-ranging multimedia aspirations. Built on a blazing current-generation Pentium M processor running at 2.0GHz, our test unit was equipped with 1GB of 400MHz RAM; two 60GB hard drives, spinning at a brisk 5,400rpm; and Nvidia's midrange GeForce Go 6600 GPU with 128MB of dedicated memory. This strong lineup of parts proved powerful enough to give the Qosmio G25-AV513 a really good run in CNET Labs' benchmarks. It scored well ahead of the Sony VAIO VGN-A690 and the Dell Inspiron 9300 in our SysMark 2004 tests, coming in behind only the Pentium 4-fueled HP Pavilion zd8000.

The system also held its own in our gaming tests, beating all comers in our Unreal Tournament 2004 benchmarks and holding its own in our Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 tests. Though it lasted for only a scant 109 minutes in our battery-drain test, the Qosmio G25-AV513 turned in a 235 in our MobileMark 2002 test, even besting our top gaming machine: the Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2. The moral of the story: the Qosmio G25 delivers enough power for virtually any task--from gaming to office productivity--but don't leave it unplugged for long.

Toshiba backs its laptops with an industry-standard one-year limited parts-and-labor warranty, onsite support, and 24/7 toll-free phone support for the life of the warranty--not the life of the product. Though specific information pertaining to the Qosmio G25-AV513 was not available at the time of this writing, Toshiba's support Web site is industrial strength and very well organized. It features sections for driver downloads, tech support, warranty and service, and interactive support. Toshiba preloads the Qosmio's hard drive with a whole bunch of service and support utilities, and the system comes with both a helpful orientation flyer and a complete, but not overwhelming, printed resource guide.

SysMark 2004 performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo SysMark 2004 rating  
SysMark 2004 Internet content creation  
SysMark 2004 office productivity  
HP zd8000
177 
208 
151 
Toshiba Qosmio G25
161 
189 
138 
Sony VAIO VGN-A690
145 
176 
120 
Dell Inspiron 9300
143 
181 
113 

Unreal Tournament 2004 performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Atari Games/Epic Game's Unreal Tournament 2004  
System configurations:

Dell Inspiron 9300
Windows XP Media Center; 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 1GB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 6800 Go 256MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K80 80GB 5,400rpm

HP zd8000
Windows XP Media Center; 3.6GHz Intel Pentium 4 560; 1GB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon X600 256MB; Toshiba MK8026GAX 80GB 5,400rpm

Sony VAIO VGN-A690
Windows XP Professional; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium M 750; 1GB PC3200 DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon X600 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB 5,400rpm

Toshiba Qosmio G25
Windows XP Professional; 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 1GB PC 3200 DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 6600 128MB; (2) Fujitsu MHT2060BH 5,400rpm

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Toshiba Qosmio G25-AV513

Part Number: PQG20U-10K00E

MSRP: $2,499.99

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  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • CPU Intel Pentium M 760 / 2 GHz
  • Weight 9.5 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed
  • Graphics Processor PCI Express x16 - NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 - 128 MB DDR SDRAM