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Toshiba Satellite L25 review: Toshiba Satellite L25

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The $799 Satellite L25 is available in one lower-end fixed configuration that includes a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron M processor; a paltry 256MB of slow, 333MHz RAM; a decent-size 60GB, 5,400rpm hard drive; and an integrated ATI Radeon Xpress GPU. As a result, the laptop earned mediocre scores on CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks, running 8 percent behind the similarly configured, $999 Toshiba Tecra A5 and a whopping 23 percent behind the $799 Acer TravelMate 2355LCi. Still, the Satellite L25's performance should prove sufficient for basic business apps, e-mail, Web browsing, and CD or DVD playback.

The Toshiba Satellite L25's great weakness, however, is its below-average battery life; it lasted just 95 minutes on a charge--not even enough to watch most DVD movies. By comparison, the Tecra A5 lasted 2 hours, 43 minutes, while the TravelMate 2355LCi lasted just over 2 hours. When we tried to burn data to a CD on our Satellite L25, a window popped up to remind us to plug in the AC adapter. And after just 2 minutes of burning, the battery meter went from 90 percent to 68 percent remaining. Clearly, the system shouldn't be away from an outlet for long.

Toshiba provides an industry-standard one-year warranty with the Satellite L25. During that time, you must mail or carry in the laptop to an authorized service center for repairs. For $100 you can extended the carry-in warranty to two years; three years of coverage with screen damage protection costs $220. 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 a helpful forum. Specific downloads and manuals for this model are also available online.

Mobile application performance
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BAPCo MobileMark 2002 performance rating  

Battery life
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BAPCo MobileMark 2002 battery life in minutes  
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System configurations:
Acer TravelMate 2355LCi
Windows XP Pro; 1.4GHz Celeron M-360; 512MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Intel 82852/82855 64MB; Hitachi Travelstar 80GN 60GB 4,200rpm

Toshiba Satellite L25
Windows XP Home; 1.5GHz Celeron M 370; 256MB DDR-SDRAM PC4300 333MHz; ATI Radeon Xpress 200M 128MB; Fujitsu MHV2060AH 60GB 5,400rpm

Toshiba Tecra A5
Windows XP Pro; 1.5GHz Celeron M 370; 256MB DDR-SDRAM PC2700 166MHz; Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 40GB 4,200rpm (NTFS)

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