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

This is evident in our multitasking benchmark test, where the G55 fared no better (slightly worse, actually) than other 18-inch laptops. That's because even though this test includes video encoding, it uses QuickTime, which gets no benefit from the Cell processor. Anecdotally, we took a 226MB HD WMV file and used Ulead MovieFactory to burn it on a standard video DVD. The process took 5:50 (or 12:07, if you include "disc finishing," which didn't tax the CPU at all), which seems reasonably speedy, but not game changing.

Aside from that, the Qosmio G55 is a robust performer, which gave us no trouble even while multitasking with several Web browsers, office documents, and a media player going simultaneously. The other 18-inch laptops we've looked at all have older but slightly faster CPUs from Intel's T series, but in everyday use, you're unlikely to notice a practical difference.

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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    Part Number: PQG55U-02102C Released: Sep. 24, 2008

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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Sep. 24, 2008
    • Resolution 1680 x 945
    • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32/64 bits)
    • Installed Size 4 GB
    • Color vibe
    • Weight 10.8 lbs
    • Hard Drive 250 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed
    • Graphics Processor PCI Express x16 - NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT - 512 MB GDDR2 SDRAM
    • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 / 2 GHz
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