Review Toshiba Qosmio F30-147 Notebook

Couch potato: If in the office, or in the bed room or away, the personal multimedia center is always present as Toshiba Qosmio F30. It is equipped with an analog/digital TV tuner and excellent Harman/Kardon speakers and provides one with the pleasure of location-independent TV and HiFi.

Toshiba Qosmio F30-147 Logo

Case

The Toshiba Qosmio F30 is the current 15 inch version of the Qosmio series. As its big brother (Toshiba Qosmio G30 reviewed by us), also the F30 has a relative huge case, which convinces through good workmanship.

The design is nearly atypical for Toshiba, because gentle and pleasing forms normally dominate. On the contrary, The Qosmio has linear and geometric forms and an absolutely plane surface. In tandem with the relative huge height, this design has rather negative affects on the ergonomics, especially when writing etc.

Further design characteristics are the Harman/Kardon speakers, which are placed left and right of the keyboard, the stretched bar for the media keys, the aluminium molding in between and the silver volume control at the right outer edge.

Unfortunately, a graphical feedback is missing for the volume control as well as for adapting the display's brightness.

The notebook is despite of its high weight of 4 kg, relatively flexural rigid. Only if one picks up the Qosmio F30 at the front region, one can hear it creak. The display is relative big and moderate flexural rigid.

The display's hinges are of sufficient size and can be adjusted with adequate power. Thereby, one can observe a slight see-saw of the display.

Although it was obviously designed for operation at the desk, it is equipped with a single transport hook, which holds the display in closed position at the center, but allows a clear wobbling at the right and the left edge.

A stylish slot-in DVD drive is placed at the front side of the Toshiba F30. It does not have a drawer, instead it mounts the CDs and DVDs similar like a car radio. Furthermore, there is an infrared receiver at the front edge, which can be used to remote control the Qosmio with the provided remote control.

 

 

 

DVB-T in actuib
Toshiba Qosmio F30 DVB-T

The Qosmio F30 is equipped with and integrated analog/dvb-t tuner, which can be used together with the provided aerial to turn the notebook into a TV instantly. During our review, we found some digital sender instantly (location: Vienna). The quality of the pictures was passable.

Left, there is a switch for deactivating the WLAN sender, a firewire port, a PCcard slot, 2 USB 2.0 ports and a 5in1 Cardreader.

 

 

At the back side are VGA-Out, S-Video Out and a digital video out (Scart Adapter is provided), which is convenient for the use at a desk. Furthermore, there are the power connector, the Kensington Lock, an aerial connector, 2 further USB 2.0 ports and the LAN port.

The right side of the case keeps the audio ports (headset, S/PDIF and microphone), an AV in and a modem port.

The order of the ports suggests that the Toshiba Qosmio F30 is thought to be used at a fixed location, which allows to integrate the notebook into an existing HiFi and multimedia equipment.

Interfaces at the left
Toshiba Qosmio F30 Interfaces
Interfaces at the right
Toshiba Qosmio F30 Interfaces
Interfaces at the front
Toshiba Qosmio F30 Interfaces
Interfaces at the back
Toshiba Qosmio F30 Interfaces

Input Devices

On the one hand Qosmio's keyboard is very clear, because groups of keys have been moved away from other keys and were grouped together. On the other hand one needs to search for some keys at the beginning. 

E.g the [^/°] key is left beside the space bar and the [</>], [INS] and [DEL] keys are right beside the space bar. Additionally, one needs to adapt to the size of some keys. [TAB], [CAPSLOCK] and also the space bar are rather small.

Nevertheless, it is very comfortable to write with this keyboard - once one has adapted. We liked the typing feeling, which is soft and of low pressure resistance. Even the noise emissions were very low.

The touch pad was, regarding response time and precision, without any complain. The pad is slightly sunk, which might well disturb, because one hits ones fingers at the surrounding edge time and again.

 

 

Also both buttons are sunk a little to much in the case and are therefore difficult to use. The resistance of both buttons could be a little lower. The clicking noise of the buttons is shrill, annoying and clearly too loud.

Touch pad
Toshiba Qosmio F30 touch pad
Keyboard
Toshiba Qosmio F30 keyboard

Display

Color Diagram
Toshiba Qosmio F30 Display Measurement

The Toshiba Qosmio F30's display is equipped with an reflecting 15.4 inch WXGA "TrueLife" Display, which has a maximum resolution of 1280x800 pixels in 16:10 format. Subjectively the display is very bright and has a very good contrast. We measured a maximum value of very good 337.0 cd/m². The illumination of the display is 71.8 %, which is clearly below-average.

By means of the color diagram, one can detect that the blue curve deviates a little more from the ideal, but also the red and the green curve deviate clearly from the ideal. This leads to warm color.

242.1
cd/m²
288.8
cd/m²
247.1
cd/m²
271.7
cd/m²
330.0
cd/m²
289.7
cd/m²
297.3
cd/m²
337.0
cd/m²
318.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 337.0 cd/m²
Average: 291.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 72 %
Black: 0.5 cd/m²
Contrast: 660:1

Bezüglich des Kontrastes des Displays kann man dem Qosmio F30 ebenfalls ein gutes Zeugnis ausstellen. Der gemessene Schwarzwert betrug 0.5 cd/m² was einen ausgezeichneten maximal möglichen Kontrast von 674:1 bedingt.

Operation Outdoors
Toshiba Qosmio F30 Outdoors

Outdoors the display clearly reflects as do also many other displays with reflecting surface. The good brightness ensures that the displayed pictures can be recognized even in very bright environments. Still, the F30 is better used indoors.

We were very pleased by the notebook's stability to the vantage point. Horizontally as also vertically, there are nearly no impairing changes of the displayed images. Vertically, the display gets slightly darker or slightly brighter at very acute angles. However, the display's contents keep always legible.

Toshiba Qosmio F30 stability to the vantage point
Toshiba Qosmio F30 stability to the vantage point
Toshiba Qosmio F30 stability to the vantage point
Toshiba Qosmio F30 stability to the vantage point
Toshiba Qosmio F30 stability to the vantage point
Toshiba Qosmio F30 stability to the vantage point
Toshiba Qosmio F30 stability to the vantage point
Toshiba Qosmio F30 stability to the vantage point

Performance

Toshiba's Qosmio F30 is equipped with a high performance Core 2 Duo T7200 CPU with 2.0 GHz and a NVIDIA Geforce Go 7600 video card. Although  this video solution is of grade 2 in our comparison of mobile video cards, the notebook had excellent benchmark results.

The Geforce 7600 (GPU Takt: 450 MHz, RAM Takt: 400 MHz) won clearly against all notebooks with similar hardware equipment in the benchmark test of 3D Performance. Only a 7600 GT wins clearly against a 7600. 

Even in office operation the notebook had very good benchmark results. The Core 2 Duo CPU with 2.0 GHz should be sufficient current and future requirements (Vista). Additionally, the F30 is equipped with a 200 GB Fujitsu MHV2200BT hard disk and an easily accessible second slot for installation of a second 2.5“ hard disk. So the notebook can have a total storage volume of 400 GB (Raid 0), if e.g. another 200 GB hard disk is added. Alternatively the existing hard disk can be mirrored and the data security enhanced (Raid 1).

We observed slightly above-average (longer) access times of the 200 GB hard disk by means of HDTune, a hard disk benchmark test. This is because of a slightly slower rotation speed of 4200 revs.

Further information about the video card can be found here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core 2 Duo T7200 CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Toshiba Qosmio F30 Benchmark Comparison
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
Toshiba Qosmio F30 Benchmark Comparison
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE23455 points
3DMark 039515 points
3DMark 054024 points
3DMark 06
 
2366 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
HP Pavilion dm3-1010eg
 L335, Mobility Radeon HD 4330
2357
Asus X401U-BE20602Z
 E2-1800, Radeon HD 7340
2360
Toshiba Qosmio F30-147
 T7200, GeForce Go 7600
2366
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
 A6-1450, Radeon HD 8250
2366
Asus U32U-RX042V
 E-450, Radeon HD 6320
2374
   ...
Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 046606 points
PCMark 054497 points
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PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Acer Aspire 5920G
 T7300, GeForce 8600M GT
4482
Dell Vostro 1500
 T7100, GeForce 8600M GT
4487
Toshiba Qosmio F30-147
 T7200, GeForce Go 7600
4497
Asus B50A
 P7350, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
4507
Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
 P8600, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
4508
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
200 GB - 4200 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 17.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 36.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 28.7 MB/s
Access Time: 21.3 ms
Burst Rate: 75.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.8 %

Emissions

Loudness

There are two reasons which lead to low emissions: First of all, the relative big height of the notebook, which allows a good air circulation inside the notebook. The second reason is the heavily perforated bottom side of the base unit, which allows an extensive aeration of the notebook, which in turn avoids possible heat accumulations or hot spots.

At the beginning the fans were deactivated during operation. Even under load the fans stayed qualm for a long time, they are turned on as soon as the case gets slightly warmer (even in idle mode). However, even if the fans run, the emissions are not annoying at 33.3 db.

Noise Level

Idle 31.6 / 33.3 / 33.3 dB(A)
HDD 32.7 dB(A)
DVD 39.1 / dB(A)
Load / 36.5 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Similarly to the loudness are the surface temperatures of the notebook. The surface temperatures are distributed evenly by the aluminum inside the notebook. The maximum temperatures at the top side are about 34.7°C (which is nearly not worth mentioning). The bottom side gets slightly warmer and reaches a maximum of 41.5°C, which is harmless too.

Upper side

palmwrist: 28.8°C max: 34.7°C avg: 30.9°C

Bottom side

max: 41.5°C avg: 32.7°C

Speakers

It's always a pleasure for us, if a notebook is equipped with high quality speakers. In contrary to other manufacturer even of multimedia notebooks, which argue that external speakers can be (and will be) plugged anyway, Toshiba acts fortunately differently. 

Harman/Kardon speakers convince through full sound and an excellent maximum volume. However, we could observe that they overmodulate at 90% of the maximum volume.

Battery Runtime

Against our expectations we measured a convenient battery runtime during our reviews. Under load the battery runtime is about 1.5 hours. Without load and everything configured for power saving the battery runtime of the 7050 mAh battery is above 3 hours. It should be even possible to watch a movie (a DVD) with a playtime of about 2 hours.

Energy demand

Without load (Idle), min. brightness, without WLAN: 32.4 Watt
+ max. brightness: 41.7 Watt
+ WLAN: 43.7 Watt
Full load (+WLAN, max brightness): max. 71.6 Watt

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 36min
DVD
2h 02min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 36min

Verdict

Toshiba Qosmio F30-147
Toshiba Qosmio F30-147

Toshiba's Qosmio F30 is rightly called a multimedia notebook. All important aspects were without objections.

Besides its good workmanship and the high quality of its case, the F30 convinces through its interfaces and their order. Its total weight of 4.0 kg and its big dimensions, especially its huge height of 52 mm, limit the F30's mobility and have also negative impacts on the ergonomics.

The display convinced nearly in all aspects: a very good brightness and an excellent  contrast, as well an excellent stability to the vantage point. However, the calculated illumination was not really excellent, but this was not so important, because of the display's good brightness.

Toshiba Qosmio F30's performance is convenient, although it comes only with a middle class video card. Compared to other similar equipped notebooks of the same class, the Qosmio is nearly always top.

We were even more pleased by its low temperature and noise emissions. Neither the surface temperature nor the maximum noise of the fans can be criticized.

The battery runtime is convenient and should be sufficient for a DTR. F30's mobility is not more than moderate.

 

 

Reviewed: Toshiba Qosmio F30-147
Reviewed: Toshiba Qosmio F30-147

Specifications

Toshiba Qosmio F30-147

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel 945PM
:: Memory
2048 MB, DDR2-533 SDRAM, max. 4096MB, 2x1024MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, WXGA TruBrite TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
200 GB - 4200 rpm, 200 GB 4200 rpm Fujitsu MHV2200BT: 200GB, 4200rpm
:: Connections
PCCard, IEEE1394 Firewire, Mikrofon, Kopfhörer-S/PDIF, AV-In, Antennenanschluss, 4x USB 2.0, S-Video out, VGA-out, Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 52 x 379 x 290
:: Weight
4.02 kg
:: Battery
, 7050 mAh Lithium Ionen Akku
:: Price
1999 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 200GB, 4200rpm, Fujitsu MHV2200BT, SigmaTel Audio, DVD +/-R (DL) Matshita UJ-846S,

 

The multimedia notebook Toshiba Qosmio F30...
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
...Harman/Kardon speakers, which are know for their 1A quality.
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
Brilliantly designed: the volume control for...
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
One reason is the heavily perforated case.
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
F30's fans are pleasantly qualm.
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
...there is a slot for adding an additional hard disk.
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
For desktop user, which are not satisfied with a 200GB hard disk,...
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
...which leads to a good performance.
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
Qosmio F30 is equipped with a Core 2 Duo CPU and a Geforce video card...
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
The interfaces are good, it is even equipped with a digital Video-out.
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
One needs to get used to the keyboard's layout first.
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
...are alright.
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
Even the robustness and the workmanship...
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...which does not disturb the overall design.
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...has edged forms,...
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view
The notebook is equipped with a 7050 mAh battery and has an acceptable battery runtime.
Toshiba Qosmio F30 view

Pro

  • good Workmanship
  • robust Case
  • equipement and order of interfaces
  • bright display and with high contrast
  • very good stability to the vantage point of the display
  • good performance
  • low temperature and noise emissions
  • integrated speakers are excellent
  • passable battery runtime
  • Contra

  • high weight and big dimensions
  • ergonomics
  • keyboard layout
  • Unterdurchschnittliche Helligkeitsverteilung des Displays
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    Toshiba Qosmio F30-147
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    84%
    Keyboard
    82%
    Pointing Device
    84%
    Connectivity
    90%
    Weight
    56%
    Battery
    68%
    Display
    90%
    Games Performance
    90%
    Application Performance
    96%
    Temperature
    80%
    Noise
    90%
    Add Points
    94%
    Average
    84%
    85%
    Multimedia *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2006-12-11 (Update: 2013-05- 8)