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Toshiba Satellite M50 review:

Toshiba Satellite M50

In CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks, the Satellite M55 proved itself a solid contender. It performed 43 percent faster than the abhorrently slow Averatec 4200 and trailed the top-scoring VAIO VGN-S470P by just 7 percent. In our Labs' battery-drain trials, the Satellite M55 emerged the winner over the VAIO VGN-S470P, holding out for 3 hours, 22 minutes, compared with the Sony's 3 hours, 1 minute. The Averatec 4200 somewhat redeemed itself by beating both the Toshiba and the Sony with its 3 hours, 33 minutes of battery life.

Toshiba provides an industry-standard one-year warranty with the Satellite M55. During that time, you must mail or carry in the laptop to an authorized service center for repairs. You can buy an extended warranty with up to three years ($229) of coverage; you can also buy enhanced coverage, such as accidental damage protection and onsite service. Toll-free tech support is available around the clock for the length of your warranty. The Toshiba support Web site lacks one of our favorite features--real-time chat with a tech-support rep--but it does link out to the helpful Windows Users Group Network laptop forum.

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  

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System configurations:
Averatec 4200
Windows XP Home; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M 730; 512MB PC3200 DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 64MB; WD Scorpio WD800UE 75GB 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite M55
Windows XP Home; 1.73GHz Intel Pentium M 740; 512MB PC2700 DDR2 SDRAM 333MHz; Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Toshiba MK1032GAX 100GB 5,400rpm

Windows XP Pro; 1.73GHz Intel Pentium M 740; 512MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 6200 128MB; Fujitsu MHT2080BH 80GB 4,200rpm

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