Toshiba Satellite X205 SLI4 Gaming Notebook

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The Toshiba X205-SLi4 comes with a broad collection of software, hardware and printed materials to help get the most out of the laptop.  Toshiba provides a QuickTour card to help get familiar with the system's features quickly while more comprehensive manuals are provided for the overall system and Hybrid USB TV Tuner.  A recovery disk is included which will restore the system to its factory defaults or be used to reinstall individual applications.  Toshiba also throws in an accessory catalog which is loaded with items including cases, routers, docking stations, MP3 players, Webcams and other items.


   


The package also included a decent compliment of hardware accessories, including a USB 2.0 Hybrid TV tuner which is accompanied by a Remote Control, IR Receiver, USB cable and IR Extender.  Surprisingly, Toshiba opted not to provide batteries to power the Remote Control, which is commonly done with other manufacturers.  On the software side, the system comes pre-configured with a wide variety of proprietary and commercial trial software as listed below.


TOSHIBA ConfigFree
TOSHIBA Disc Creator
TOSHIBA HD DVD Player
TOSHIBA Speach System
Skype
TOSHIBA Games Console
(designed by WildTangent)
TOSHIBA Security Assist
Google Picasa2
Vongo

Microsoft Office Trial Home/Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial)
Microsoft Works 9
Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5 for Toshiba
Memeo Life Agent (Backup Utility)
McAfee Internet Security Suite (30-day trial)


Much of the non-Toshiba software included on the Satellite X205-SLi4 is limited to 30 or 60 day trials while most other software that is fully functional, is already freely available or is custom produced by Toshiba.   We found the system to be a bit cluttered with numerous offers from QuickBooks, Shutterfly, Napster, Lojack for Laptops and PhotoWorks, but not quite as severe as other laptops we've seen.  Toshiba provides a number of utilities for troubleshooting, which were useful, while the most impressive Toshiba title offered was arguably the Toshiba HD-DVD Player which compliments the now defunct HD-DVD player included in the system.  There were a number of simple games offered through Toshiba's Gaming Console and Ulead's DVD Movie Factory for Toshiba handled basic DVD authoring (not HD-DVD).  Lastly,
Toshiba includes vouchers for 30 free minutes of call time with Skype, a 30-Day free trial to the Vongo movie download services as well as 35 free music downloads from eMusic.com.


 Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi4 Warranty Coverage
Standard 1 Year Warranty with More Coverage Available

The Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 comes with a standard 1-Year Limited Warranty which includes online support, 24x7 toll-free telephone support, mail-in warranty service and carry-in warranty service at authorized service centers.  The 1 Year Standard Warranty protects the unit from defects in material and workmanship for 1 year while 2, 3 and 4 year extended service plans are available for those wanting additional protection against failure, accidental damage and other problems that may arise.

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looks nice 

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Great Review!! :)..

But I wanna see toshiba coming up with more Powerful video cards,.. Like 2x 8800M chipset :)

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^Bad_Boy^:
Great Review!! :)..

But I wanna see toshiba coming up with more Powerful video cards,.. Like 2x 8800M chipset :)
 

Indeed man..Everything was nice until I saw that 8600m =(...The 8800M solutions are DAMN nice. 

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 i wonder how long the battery would last

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frg1:

 i wonder how long the battery would last

 

Next time try to actually read the review before you post questions that are already answered in it.

"When assessing overall battery life, the system performed as expected, with MobileMark 2007 reporting 1:15hrs of battery life"

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I think he meant if the unit was outfitted with 8800Ms.

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JeffB:
I think he meant if the unit was outfitted with 8800Ms.

thats what i was talking about 

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Aside from the 8800m having more stream processors, faster core and shader clock speeds, and higher bit memory interface the two cards are very similar. Both have the same amount of DDR3 memory, support Directx10 and share the same power saving technologies. Correct me if I am wrong, but I would assume any difference in power consumption to be negligible and thus battery life would be  virtually the same regardless of which card was installed. Although if the cards were being pushed to their absolute limit there may be a slight difference in power consumption but I would still predict it to be rather insignificant.

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I noticed HD-DVD player was listed under the system specs. I wonder when Toshiba will begin offering Blu-Ray players instead?

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