Toshiba Qosmio F15-AV201
One of two new installments in Toshiba's Qosmio line of mobile entertainment laptops, the $2,599 F15-AV201 offers a few modest improvements over the inaugural model, the . With slightly more powerful components and all of the added benefits of , the Qosmio F15-AV201 looks to play the part of laptop, TV, DVD player, personal video recorder, and gaming machine, all at once. Also check out the brand-new, 17-inch wide-screen .
Upside: At $2,599, the F15-AV201 comes in at the same price as the previousmodel, 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 , 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.