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Oddly, sound is central to the R15, with an integrated Analog Devices audio chip and SRS TruSurround XT technology that make the tablet's tiny speakers sound larger and more powerful. Though the speakers are partially covered when the display is folded flat, the sound is surprisingly good once you get the hang of the SRS adjustments. In addition, the machine features an array microphone with echo cancellation technology that makes it almost as good as a dedicated mike, letting you record meetings, dictate to a speech recognition program, and navigate menus by speaking simple commands such as "cut," "paste," and "undo" to the system. If there's a lot of background noise, however, you'll still need to use a headset microphone.

Inside the Toshiba Satellite R15's case dwells yesterday's technology, with a previous-generation 1.6GHz Pentium M processor; 512MB of somewhat pedestrian, 333MHz memory; and a slow 4,200rpm hard drive with an average 60GB of storage. Those components turned in merely adequate scores on CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks, coming in 16 percent behind the more expensive HP Compaq tc4200, which has a faster, 1.8GHz processor. But the R15's score is 28 percent better than the less expensive Averatec C3500 , which also has a faster processor; in the end, the R15 should be more than acceptable for most business tasks. In our battery-drain tests, the R15 ran for 4 hours, 22 minutes, more than twice as long as the Averatec C3500 and just 12 minutes behind the HP Compaq tc4200.

While other tablet makers get by with Windows Tablet PC Edition 2005 and a couple of pen programs on their systems, Toshiba loads a slew of software, including Microsoft Works and Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 , as well as a two-month subscription to Norton AntiVirus and trials for Microsoft Office 2003, Alias Sketchpad Pro, and FranklinCovey TabletPlanner organizer. Toshiba's included utilities range from the must-use hard drive protector that senses if the device is being rattled to the superfluous PowerSaver, which duplicates Windows' power conservation interface.

As with its other Satellite systems, Toshiba backs the R15 with an underwhelming one-year warranty (mail-in service) and lifetime support. Extending the warranty to a business-ready three years adds $120; three years with onsite service costs $225. The company leads the pack with a well-stocked and organized Web site that has product tours and a chat room to help resolve problems, as well as setup tips, spec sheets, and downloads. If the toll-free, 24-hour support desk is too personal, you can always e-mail a technician and expect a reply the next day.

Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2002 performance rating  

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2002 battery-life minutes  

System configurations:
Averatec C3500
Windows XP Home; Athlon XP-M 2200+1.67GHz; 512MB DDR SDRAM; ATI Radeon IGP 320M 64MB; Fujitsu MHT2060AT 60GB 4,200rpm

HP Compaq tc4200
Windows XP Tablet 2005; 1.8GHz Intel Pentium M 745; 512MB DDR SDRAM; Intel 915GM 128MB; Toshiba MK6026GAX 60GB 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite R15-S822
Windows XP Pro; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M 725; 512MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME 64MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 60GN 60GB 5,400rpm

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    Toshiba Satellite R15-S829 (Pentium M 735 1.7GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, XP Tablet 2005)

    Part Number: PSR10U-0XE00G Released: Apr. 1, 2005
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    • Release date Apr. 1, 2005
    • Installed Size 512 MB
    • Weight 6.2 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM - removable
    • CPU Intel Pentium M 735 / 1.7 GHz