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Toshiba Satellite R10 review: Toshiba Satellite R10

While other tablet makers get by with Windows Tablet PC Edition 2005 and a couple of pen programs on their systems, Toshiba loads a slew of software, including Microsoft Works and Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, as well as a two-month subscription to Norton AntiVirus and trials for Microsoft Office 2003, Alias Sketchpad Pro, and FranklinCovey TabletPlanner organizer. Toshiba's included utilities range from the must-use hard drive protector that senses if the device is being rattled to the superfluous PowerSaver, which duplicates Windows' power conservation interface.

As with its other Satellite systems, Toshiba backs the R15 with an underwhelming one-year warranty (mail-in service) and lifetime support. Extending the warranty to a business-ready three years adds $120; three years with onsite service costs $225. The company leads the pack with a well-stocked and organized Web site that has product tours and a chat room to help resolve problems, as well as setup tips, spec sheets, and downloads. If the toll-free, 24-hour support desk is too personal, you can always e-mail a technician and expect a reply the next day.

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  

System configurations:
Averatec C3500
Windows XP Home; Athlon XP-M 2200+1.67GHz; 512MB DDR SDRAM; ATI Radeon IGP 320M 64MB; Fujitsu MHT2060AT 60GB 4,200rpm

HP Compaq tc4200
Windows XP Tablet 2005; 1.8GHz Intel Pentium M 745; 512MB DDR SDRAM; Intel 915GM 128MB; Toshiba MK6026GAX 60GB 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite R15-S822
Windows XP Pro; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M 725; 512MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME 64MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 60GN 60GB 5,400rpm

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