Upside: At $2,599, the F15-AV201 comes in at the same price as the previous Qosmio E15 model, but the new F15 features a 15-inch wide-aspect panel--a welcome improvement over the E15's 15-inch standard-aspect screen. Another major improvement is the step up to Nvidia's GeForce FX Go 5700 graphics chip, with 128MB of dedicated video memory; that's enough to make this laptop a prime-time gaming contender. Also featured are a slightly faster, 1.8GHz Intel Pentium M 745 processor and Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, which gives you greater freedom in capturing, editing, managing, and playing your digital content.
Downside: We're psyched that Toshiba got wise and gave the Qosmio F15-AV201 a wide-aspect screen, but we would've preferred to see a higher native resolution, which would afford considerably more screen real estate.
Outlook: Priced the same as the lesser Qosmio E15, Toshiba's F15-AV201 offers more screen space and better components. Still, battery life and computing performance will ultimately determine whether this laptop is a true digital Swiss Army Knife or another four-in-one product that offers four times the mediocrity. Check back soon for a full review of the Qosmio line.