Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802 review: Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802

One area where the system excelled was in battery life. The Qosmio G55 ran for 3 hours and 7 minutes on our video playback drain test, which is especially impressive for a huge desktop replacement system. Acer's 18-inch Aspire 8920 ran less than 2 hours on the same test.

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads, although the Toshiba support Web site can be confusing (do you want the link for the "Tech Support Center," the "Warranty and Services Center," or the "Repair Center?").

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP HDX18
762 
Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802
897 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802
160 
HP HDX18
170 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP HDX18
131 
Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802
188 

Unreal Tournament 3 (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1280x800, 0X AA, 0X AF  
HP HDX18
61.2 
Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802
58.5 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802
187 
HP HDX18
136 

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Toshiba Qosmio G55-Q802
Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm (x2).

Sony Vaio AW170Y/Q
Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT; 320GB Hitachi 7,200rpm.

HP HDX18
Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9600; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT; 160GB Toshiba 7,200rpm.
Acer Aspire 8920-6671
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition SP1; 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9500; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9650M GS; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm.

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