Toshiba Satellite R25-S3503 - 14.1 - Core Duo T2050 - Win XP Tablet PC 2005 - 1 GB RAM - 100 GB HDD review: Toshiba Satellite R25-S3503 - 14.1 - Core Duo T2050 - Win XP Tablet PC 2005 - 1 GB RAM - 100 GB HDD

Aside from Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Toshiba bundles with its Satellite R25 Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, which is particularly useful for organizing handwritten notes, and the Microsoft Works 8.5 mini productivity suite, plus apps for viewing and burning discs.

Our Satellite R25-S3503 review unit included some decent components for its relatively low $1,300 price. Those included a 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo T2050 processor, 1GB of average 533MHz RAM, a midrange 80GB hard drive spinning at 5,400rpm, and integrated Intel graphics that share up to 128MB of system memory. Those didn't quite add up to stellar performance on CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks. The Satellite R25 performed better than its predecessor, which ran on a single-core 1.6GHz Pentium M processor, but the R25 was unable to keep up with the more recent Dell Latitude D520, nor could it match the performance of its tablet competitor, the Gateway CX200X. While the Satellite R25's performance while running on battery should be adequate for basic productivity tasks, such as checking e-mail, taking notes, and working on documents, there are better-performing laptops and tablets available on the market today. In our battery-drain tests, the Satellite R25 held out for 3 hours, 28 minutes--slightly above average for a laptop of its size but not as long as the Latitude D520's 4 hour, 51 minute battery life.

The Toshiba Satellite R25 comes with an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with return-to-depot service. During the warranty period, support is accessible through a 24/7 toll-free phone line; extending coverage to three years costs $149, and upgrades to onsite service are available. Online support is always free; Toshiba's support site includes a thorough knowledge database, but we wish it also offered the opportunity to chat in real-time with a support rep.

Mobile application performance
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BAPCo MobileMark 2005 performance rating  

Battery life
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BAPCo MobileMark 2005 battery life in minutes  

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System configurations:

Dell Latitude D520
Windows XP Pro; 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo T2300; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; Mobile i945GM Express 256MB; Fujitsu MHV2040BH 40GB 5,400rpm

Gateway CX200X
Windows XP Tablet 2005; 2.13GHz Intel Pentium M 770; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon X600 SE 128MB; Fujitsu MHT2080BH 80GB 4,200rpm

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

Toshiba Satellite R25-S3503
Windows XP Tablet 2005; Intel Core Duo T2050 1.6GHz; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; Intel Mobile 945GM 128MB; Toshiba MK1032GSX 80GB 5,400rpm

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