User Review Toshiba Satellite P100-194

Toshiba P100-194 is a multimedia giant.

Equipped with striking hardware, it appeals gamers and film enthusiasts.
In my following review I used a different strategy compared to the pattern used in the other reviews. I consider this "review" as the story of my personal experiences, which I wrote down during the last days rather than an actual test report.

Still I considered essential features which belong to a review about notebooks.

Following computing power, graphical power and special equipments of the notebook mentioned above, are being considered.

I conscientiously created my "experience  report" in consideration of the accuracy of all test result.

I looked forward to getting my notebook for a long time. On Thursday, 21st of September, I finally got it. Against my expectations I bought one of the best notebooks currently available – at least concerning the mobile graphical power.
From the beginning to the completion of this report I had a critical look at my notebook. I checked its power during power supply operation as well as during battery operation – but extremely complex test, e.g. benchmark tests were only performed during power supply operation.

As this notebook is to be my faithful companion during many years, I paid special attention that this test report is very detailed.

Nevertheless, I omitted unimportant features like precise CPU specifications, because they can be looked up at the site of the manufacturer anyway. Finally, I want to state that this report is also my contribution for the Community, which I consider the best forum all days. The community is and will be a part of myself. It helped me to find the right notebook and taught me lots of things.

Advantages and Disadvantages of the hardware and the equipment

Processor

The Toshiba P100-194 is equipped with an Intel Core Duo T2400. Each core uses a clock rate of 1.83 GHz. Till now I have never had to wait a long time, when using computer games, office applications etc. – Everything ran fast without problems - self-evidently also with many open applications at a time. Pro Processor:

  • fast
  • yet enough reserve capacity
  • no problem with games

Contra Processor:

  • nothing

Main Memory:


The Notebook is equipped with 1024 MB RAM (2x 512 MB) with a clock rate of 533 MHz and using - far as I know - Dual Channel Mode. This is adequate for today’s applications and games, but in the future one might reach the 2 GB bound. One Gigabyte more would not have done any harm. I can’t complain about the speed, I think it is fast enough.

Pro Main Memory:

  • Dual Channel

Contra Main Memory:

  • 2 GB would have been preferable


Hard disk:

The Toshiba P100-194 has a real huge hard disk. Although the effective size is only 187 GB and the speed is only 4200 rpm, the hard disk works relatively fast and pleasantly quiet. Some might not be pleased that the manufacturer of the hard disk is Fujitsu. It is fast, if copying from one place of the hard disk to another place of the same hard disk. On the contrary, the hard disk could be a little bit faster, when copying from an external data carrier. Pro Hard disk:

  • 187 Gigabyte
  • pleasantly quiet
  • fast, despite of 4200 rpm

Contra Hard disk:

  • 4200rpm

Video Card:


This is the absolute highlight of Toshiba P100-194, because it uses the high-performance Nvidia Geforce 7900GS with 256 MB VRAM. It has sufficient power for current and certainly also for future games so that nothing will limit the absolute joy of gambling. Games like “Far Cry” or “Battlefield 2” run at maximum resolution and with all details without problems. Thanks to full Direct X 9.0c and SM 3 support effects are displayed on the screen. Furthermore the video card is connected with 256 Bit.
Because the notebook features “HD to go (Mobile High Definition)”, one will be astonished of the colours, the extremely accurate images and videos. No doubt that much power also leads to considerably waste heat, but it is lead off silently – so that nobody is disturbed.

Pro Video Card:

  • extremely fast
  • 256 MB dedicated memory
  • 256 Bit
  • SM 3 and Direct X 9.0c support
  • HD to go
  • silent

Contra Video Card:

  • considerably waste heat

Sound:


P100-194 is equipped with classy designed Harman/Kardon speakers, which promise excellent sound and also keep this promise. The hardware consists of a Conexant HD Audio TruSurround Chip. The pitches are excellent and the bass is okay – even if it does not really exist – and there is no noise. The only thing, which can be animadverted, is the maximum volume. While the maximum volume is sufficient in silent environments, one will unfortunately have problems hearing something in a louder environment.
In exchange P100-194 is equipped with proprietary additional accessories, e.g. a volume control and 2 audio-outs and 1 audio-in on the front side.

Pro Sound:

  • excellent sound
  • no noise
  • Volume control on the front side.
  • LineIn/LineOut/SDPIF (or so) on the front side.

Contra Sound:

  • to low in a loud environment

Network:


Toshiba P100-194 is equipped with an ordinary V.90 Modem, which is the standard of nearly all notebooks – so there is nothing special here.
Moreover it is equipped with a WLAN adapter, which uses the “Intel WLAN 3945ABG“ chipset and belongs to the Centrino technology. As expected, it can connect well to a WLAN router, even over long distances and even if there are lots of wall in between (this is the case in my house). Another outstanding feature is the integrated Intel Gigabit LAN Adapter, which supports 10/100/1000 Mbit.
The Intel Gigabit LAN Adapter is very fast, but I think that many notebooks, which come into the market nowadays, are equipped with Gigabit LAN too. Though at the moment, there aren’t available many – as far as I can see.
Besides that, there is only a Standard FireWire Port installed at the left side of the case.

Pro Network:

  • Gigabit LAN
  • WLAN long-range
  • Firewire and 56k Modem

Contra Network:

  • nothing

Other:


There is a 5in1 Card Reader on the front side of the case. Furthermore, the notebook is equipped with a PCMCIA Slot and a Express Card Slot.

4 USB ports (2 right, 1 left, 1 at the backside), a DVI-D and a VGA out, as well as a S-Video In (or Out kA).

Furthermore, the notebook has a Kensington Lock built in order to provide some security. All told it is a good handyman.

Software

Operating System:


The relative new Toshiba P100-194 is delivered together with „Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Rollup 2 OEM“. It is actually like any other Windows XP – but one realizes soon that is more like the Professional Edition, which has been enhanced by a nice desktop and the Media Center. Media Center is a real outstanding program for watching DVDs, Videos or pictures or listening to some songs. If you have the necessary hardware (the Toshiba is not equipped with it in standard fitting), you can also watch TV or listen to radio.
Therefore, one does not need to get additional DVD-Software or Media Player, because  the notebook is equipped with the Media Center anyway. – All together this is a nice add on.
 
Additional Software:


Toshiba is delivered with a small package on software. It comes with Recovery-CDs for the Media Center Edition and the Express Media Player and Microsoft Works 8.5.


Other:

Furthermore, the Toshiba notebook comes with T-Online Entertainment, which I did not test and the movie „Das Wunder von Bern“, which is encoded as video file. In order to get rid of all the software I do not need, I decided to reinstall the operating system from scratch. I successfully finished the reinstallation after two hours. The setup is easy, but it needed a fairly long time to copy the files to the disk. First of all the disk was defragmented, afterwards all the files were copied, but at 48% it stopped for a whole hour and afterwards the installation continued slowly. Over all, I think it was too slow.

Benchmarks

 

Doom3 (Patch 1.3)

Forceware 84.00
global driver configuration

  • 640x480                    low                              93,2 fps
  • 800x600                    low                              95,5 fps
  • 1024x768                  low                              92,4 fps
  • 640x480                    middle                         95,6 fps
  • 800x600                    middle                         92,7 fps
  • 1024x768                  middle                         92,2 fps
  • 640x480                    high                            93,0 fps
  • 800x600                    high                            93,1 fps
  • 1024x768                  high                            92,7 fps
  • 640x480                    ultra                            95,4 fps
  • 800x600                    ultra                            95,4 fps
  • 1024x768                  ultra                            94,8 fps
  • 640x480                    low/2xAA                   95,3 fps
  • 800x600                    low/2xAA                   93,0 fps
  • 1024x768                  low/2xAA                   92,6 fps
  • 640x480                    middle/2xAA              95,5 fps
  • 800x600                    middle/2xAA              95,2 fps
  • 1024x768                  middle/2xAA              91,6 fps
  • 640x480                    high/2xAA                  93,4 fps
  • 800x600                    high/2xAA                  92,9 fps
  • 1024x768                  high/2xAA                  90,9 fps
  • 640x480                    ultra/2xAA                  95,3 fps
  • 800x600                    ultra/2xAA                  94,8 fps
  • 1024x768                  ultra/2xAA                  90,2 fps
  • 640x480                    ultra/16xAA               57,2 fps
  • 800x600                    ultra/16xAA               40,2 fps
  • 1024x768                  ultra/16xAA               26,7 fps

As you can see above all result are constantly near  90 fps as long as  16xAA is not activated.

 

Battlefield 2

Forceware 84.00
global driver configuration

  • 640x480                    low                       can be played completely
  • 800x600                    low                       can be played completely
  • 1024x768                  low                       can be played completely 
  • 640x480                    medium                           can be played completely
  • 800x600                    medium                           can be played completely
  • 1024x768                  medium                          can be played completely
  • 640x480                    high                            can be played completely
  • 800x600                    high                            can be played completely
  • 1024x768                  high                            can be played completely 
  • 640x480                    all max.                  can be played completely
  • 800x600                    all max.                  can be played completely
  • 1024x768                  all max.                  can be played completely

BF 2 runs without problems  even with all details.

Bots are no problem.

Even a multi-player game runs without problems.

 

Far Cry (1.1)

Forceware 84.00
global driver configuration

  • 640x480                 all max./full AF               can be played completely
  • 800x600                 all max./full AF               can be played completely
  • 1024x768               all max./full AF               can be played completely
  • Native Aufl.             all max./full AF               can be played completely

I want to state that Far Cry  Version 1.0 displays the water incorrectly, but this problem is fixed through Patch 1.1.

During the test I turned off Anti-Aliasing, but I assume that it would also run with AA with excellent performance.

 

Quake 3: Arena

Forceware 84.00
global driver configuration

At a resolution of 1280x1024 (in the  cfg  1440x900, which was displayed correctly) „demo four“ reached 358,7 fps with  max. possible details. Ingame runs constantly at 125 fps, because  FPS limit was activated.

 

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault

Forceware 84.00
global driver configuration

 

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault runs with max. details without problems.
The loading times are pleasantly short.

 

Counter Strike: Source

Forceware 84.00
global driver configuration

 

Counter Strike: Source is playable without any problems at  maximum details, including maximum Anti-Aliasing and anisotrop filtering  at  90-120 fps

Likewise Source-Engine, which is based on Half Life2, does not cause any problems even if 8x Anti-Aliasing is activated.

 

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Forceware 84.00
global driver selections

Oblivion demands a lot from the system. With maximum resolution one can use all options including HDR - besides some shade effects. I recommend deactivating shades of grass and turn down inner and outer shades. Even if the mentioned options are set to their maximums, the program runs without problems. Sometimes (in the dawn)  the screen flickers a little bit. This is, because the program has to calculate less light sources during the day than in the night (torches etc.). Therefore, I would recommend turning down the number of details and the resolution in order to play without any problems.

 

Processor-Benchmark: Super Pi

Super Pi
Super Pi

Processor-Benchmark: Mandelbrot-Benchmark

Apfelmaennchen-Benchmark
Apfelmaennchen-Benchmark

Memory-Benchmark: 1. Writing

Schreibdurchsatz
Schreibdurchsatz

Memory-Benchmark: 2. Reading

Lesedurchsatz
Lesedurchsatz

Memory-Benchmark: 3. Memory Timings

Speichertimings
Speichertimings

Hard Disk Benchmark:

hard disk benchmark
hard disk benchmark
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE22934 points
3DMark 0313472 points
3DMark 056030 points
3DMark 06
 
4123 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
Dell Inspiron 14R-N4110
 2330M, HD Graphics 3000
4108
Toshiba Satellite U50t-A-100
 4200U, HD Graphics 4400
4111
Toshiba Satellite P100-194
 T2400, GeForce Go 7900 GS
4123
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
 4200U, HD Graphics 4400
4131
Dell Latitude E7240
 4200U, HD Graphics 4400
4134
   ...
Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
29496

Battery Runtime

The power pack can be used for at least 2:10 when using office applications (WLAN off, no sound, low illumination). In full load the power pack can be used for about 45 minutes.

So far I have only once completely emptied the power back – I worked until the notebook turned itself off. An average time of 2 hours until the power pack is empty is quite alright for me.

Funny enough, when the power pack was at 5 %, the system did not change the display off its status for 15 minutes, although I used music, WLAN and Internet during this period of time. Afterwards it displayed a percent less each minute until the notebook was turned off by itself.

The fan is quiet. When using office applications only it might be turned off completely for some minutes, but afterwards it will be present again. If one works in a very silent environment, it might well be that one hears the fan, but it still does not disturb. It’s always a little bit noisy in my school, therefore the fan won’t even be apparent under full load. I never felt disturbed by the noise of the fan, but I must admit that during the night, when everything is silent, one can hear it clearly.

Of course the notebook will get warm during operation, but only its left side where it has the fans.

At last I would like to thank everybody who helped my during the last time to learn more about notebook. Special acknowledgements to:

  • Deichgraf
  • Nuffybeerchen
  • Klaus Hinum
  • sb28
  • Free
  • Käsetoast
  • dark_wallow

…and all the others I am not aware of at the moment.
 
Thanks anima322 for reporting your experiences.

Toshiba Satellite P100-194
Multimedianotebook with 7900 GS

Spezifikationen

Specifications

Toshiba Satellite P100-194

:: Processor
Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83 GHz (Intel Core Duo)
:: Mainboard
Intel 945PM
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR2, PC4300, 533Mhz, max. 4096MB, 2x512MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
17 inch 16:10, 1440x900 pixel, WXGA Toshiba TruBrite TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
200 GB - 4200 rpm, 200 GB 4200 rpm Fujitsu MHV2200BT PL: 200GB, 4200rpm
:: Connections
4x USB 2.0 Port, 1 x RJ-45 Buchse für LAN, 1 x RJ-11 Buchse für Modem, 1x S-Video für TV out, VGA out, DVI, 2x PCMCIA Adapter, Kensington Lock, MicIn, HeadOut (S/PDIF), LineIn
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 42 x 394 x 275
:: Weight
3.54 kg
:: Battery
, 4000mAh Lithium-Ionen
:: Price
1999 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 200GB, 4200rpm, Fujitsu MHV2200BT PL, HDAudio, DVD Supermulti (Double Layer) Laufwerk HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GMA-4082N,

 

My New Notebook - A Picture Story

The notebook is delivered in a huge box sealed with a waranty seal.
Schnittstellen
Besides the notebook one can find the power adapter including cables, some handbooks and
the T-Online software and a small software packages of Toshiba and Microsoft.
The power cable and the power adapter are packed in the box.
It does not lack handbooks and other smaller documentation. Everything is presented perfectly by Toshiba.
The user handbook to the P100-194 is relatively comprehensive and there is also a small booklet about working ergonomically and the booklet which is usually supplied with Windows XP. Furthermore one can find the Media Center Edition in the box.
After removing a cardboard divider on can finally find the notebook itself.
I like the nice orange and feel that the design is top.
I don't think that the display reflects too much, if it is not turned off. Otherwise it is of top average quality.
The keyboard of the notebook is comfortable and does also include a numerical block. The keys are easy to press, but I feel that it does not react to the CTRL key all the time, if I do not press it hard enough. This annoys me time and again. The multimedia keys are alright and primarily dedicated for the use with the Media Center. The touchpad is comfortable and soft and the speed of reaction can be controlled self-evidentely by the software.
Even the bottom side of the notebook looks great.
The back side of Toshiba P100-194
Seitenansichten
the right side
the left side
the front side of Toshibas

3D Mark Tests

Default Settings:            

  • 1024x768
  • Optimal Filtering

3D Mark 2001SE:

The test with default settings lead to 22934 points.

3D Mark 2003:

The test with default settings lead to 13472 points.

3D Mark 2005:

The test with default settings lead to 6030 points.

3D Mark 2006:

The test with default settings lead to 4123 points.

  • SM 2.0 Score: 1621
  • HDR/SM3.0 Score: 1712
  • CPU Score: 1558

Aquamark 3

The test with default settings lead to (1024x768, Kein AA, 4x AF, Very High):

  • GFX: 10850 points
  • CPU: 8991 points

Total: 67664

Average: 67,66 fps
Triangles pro Sec: 20369246 tps

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Author: Klaus Hinum, 2006-11-19 (Update: 2013-01-15)