Toshiba Qosmio E15-AV101 review:

Toshiba Qosmio E15-AV101

In CNET Labs' tests, the Toshiba Qosmio E15-AV101's battery life proved less impressive than its mobile performance. In fact, with the OS booted, the notebook's high performance drained its 39WHr (watt-hour) battery in 2 short hours. The Acer Aspire 2020, with mobile performance virtually identical to that of the Qosmio E15-AV101, lasted for 4 hours, 42 minutes, with its more powerful 64WHr battery. Worse yet, without the OS booted, the Qosmio played a DVD for only 1 hour, 34 minutes. So whether or not you're booting up the OS, you'll want to stay close to a power socket.

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

Battery life analysis written by CNET Labs assistant lab manager Eric Franklin.

To measure mobile application performance and battery life, CNET Labs uses BAPCo's MobileMark 2002. MobileMark measures both applications performance and battery life concurrently using a number of popular applications (Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Netscape Communicator 6.0, WinZip Computing WinZip 8.0, McAfee VirusScan 5.13, Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1, and Macromedia Flash 5.0). Find out more about how we test notebooks.

System configurations:

Acer Aspire 2020
Windows XP Professional; 1.8GHz Intel Pentium M 745; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 80GN 80GB 4,200rpm

Fujitsu LifeBook C2310
Windows XP Home; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel Extreme Graphics 2 64MB; Toshiba MK8025GAS 80GB 5,400rpm

Toshiba Qosmio E15-AV101
Windows XP Media Center; 1.7GHz Intel Pentium M 735; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Nvidia GeForce FX Go 5200 64MB; Toshiba MK8026GAX 80GB 4,200rpm

Toshiba backs its laptops with an industry-standard one-year limited parts-and-labor warranty and one year of 24/7 toll-free phone support. You can opt for several warranty upgrades, extending all the way up to four years of at-home service for a rather expensive $399. Students (that is, students' parents) might consider the gourmet SystemGuard program, which protects against accidental damage or spills. Three years of SystemGuard plus onsite service also costs $399.

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. The Ask IRIS search engine brings up articles relevant to support questions you ask in plain English or Spanish. The 10 most recent support updates are posted on the main page for quick reference.

The company preloads the Qosmio's hard drive with a whole bunch of service and support utilities, all collected in a single place. The Notebook Maximizer gives you up-to-the-minute system status, including free storage space, remaining battery charge, and current processor activity. We really missed having a thorough set of printed documentation, however. Setting up a system this complex can be tricky, and more than once we found ourselves scratching our heads, in need of a little more guidance.

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