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finest: speakers of Harman/Kardon
finest: speakers of Harman/Kardon


The implemented Harman/Kardon boxes are integrated in the case design by visible resonance accentuations. By right! A clean sound and good basses speak for itself. In addition the Toshiba Qosmio F20 offers SRS Trusurround XT and WOW technology and got a set of setting possibilities for the sound creation.


In the Idle mode the fan is principally out of operation. Then the Toshiba Qosmio F20 runs with a pleasant volume of 33,6 dB. If the requirements rise, the fan switches itself rapidly on and rises relatively fast and steplessly up to a maximally measured volume of 43,9 DB, but regulates itself rapidly back again.

The DVD drive assembly remains decently in the background with maximally measured 41.3 dB.

Measured volumes

Environment: 30,0dB
Idle, exhaust off: 33.6 dB
All fans running: 43.9 dB
DVD max.: 41.3 dB

Benchmark test HDTune
Benchmark test HDTune

HD Tune 2.10
TOSHIBA MK1032GAX benchmark

Transfer Rate Minimum: 19.7 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum: 34.5 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average: 28.1 MB/sec
Access Time: 17,3 ms
Burst Rate: 73.8 MB/sec
CPU Usage: 2.1%

The diagram of the color representation shows a good positioning of the green and red curves and the usual deviation of the blue curve. This results in a rather warm color representation (red colours dominate). Nevertheless  the image is very well.

In the Pixperan readability-test we could achieve level 6, the creation of image diffusity is inconspicuous for a notebook TFT display.

Also the viewing angle stability of the display is very good both in the horizontal and in the vertical range. The colors and the brightness remain constant for a long time during a change of the viewing angle. Depending on the position of the light source(s) reflections may occur due to the display.

373,2 cd/m² 382,2 cd/m² 344,5 cd/m²
382,3 cd/m² 424,8 cd/m² 340,6 cd/m²
388,3 cd/m² 407,7 cd/m² 369,2 cd/m²
illumination of the screen


Toshiba Qosmio F20
Toshiba Qosmio F20

Without any doubt the Toshiba Qosmio F20 is an excellent multimedia notebook. The features, which are offered for this purpose are for example good speakers, a lot of multimedia keys and a brilliant display. A further important aspect is the integrated DVB-T/analogue TV Tuner, included antenna and a remote control.

The quality of workmanship is ok except a few crunching noises. We were pleased by the shining painted surface of the case, even if it will be covered by numerous finger marks within a short period of time.

The technical basic equipment with Pentium M 750 and Geforce Go 6600 offers a solid performance in current games and applications, and still places a purchasable alternative to core duo and X1xxx video cards.

If one merges televisions, video recorder and radio with a notebook of average performance and pays attention to quality and design, one receives the Toshiba Qosmio F20.

Battery Runtime

Despite the 15.4 inch widescreen display with good 424.8 cd/m² and an attractive performance by Pentium M 750 and Geforce 6600 Go, the battery runtimes of the Qosmio F20 are pleasing. The running times could be somewhat short during the DVD representation with maximum brightness.

Battery Eater Readers Test - corresponds for instance to the maximum running time (min. brightness, WLAN /Bluetooth off, current savings function P active)
Achieved battery runtime: 3h 12min

Battery Eater Classic Test - corresponds for instance to the minimum running time (all max., WLAN etc.)
Achieved battery runtime: 1h 15min

WLAN Operation (brightness max., WLAN on)
achieved battery runtime: 2h 18min

DVD Representation (max. brightness, WLAN out)
Achieved battery runtime: 1h 32min

Current consumption
Minimum (everything off and/or on minimum): 31.8 Watts
Idle (max. brightness): 42.1 Watts
Maximally (full load inclusive. WLAN): 64,8 Watts

stability of viewing angle


benchmark comparison
benchmark comparison 3DMark05
benchmark comparison PCMark04

The Pentium M750 1.86 GHz and the Nvidia Geforce Go 6600 do not cause any surprises. All benchmarks result are as expected. There is sufficient performance for current games, in the future there could be a lack of performance.
The HDTune benchmark test of the hard disk (Toshiba MK1032GAX) showed better results than the average tesed harddrive.

3DMark 06
1148 points

3DMark 05
2203 points

3DMark 03
5491 points

3DMark 01
14337 points

PCMark 05
2791 points

PCMark 04
3667 points

Quake 3 Arena
The time demo benchmark (Four.DM_68) resulted in 308.4 fps.

Doom 3
The 3D Shooter from ID software can be played without problems with details on "ultra" (without antialiasing). Timedemo demo1 supplied the following results with different resolutions/details:

Detail fps
Low 91,0
Medium 90,8
High 73,9
Ultra 51,7
Ultra 2xAA 37,9
Ultra 4xAA 24,3
Ultra 8xAA 9,2


The warming up of the laptop is tolerable at the top (maximally 36,6°C). At the bottom clearly higher temperatures are possible in the range of the ventilator (46,9°C).

The lower surface is highly perforated, which allows a good aeration and skillfully prevents from a blocking of a single opening.

temperature development at the top side
temperature development at the lower surface


Color slide diagram of the Toshiba Qosmio F20 display
Color slide diagram of the Toshiba Qosmio F20 display

The display showed an extremely strong illumination. In addition a good viewing angle stability, but also 2 pixel errors were detected.
The "TruBrite" WXGA TFT screen with a maximum resolution of 1280x800 pixel showed a maximum measured brightness of outstanding 424.8 cd/m²!! This is almost the value of 450cd/m², indicated by the manufacturer. The illumination amounted to average 80.2%.
The brightness is sufficient for working at direct sun exposure. However with unfavorable light angles in the free environment the display reflects very strongly.

input devices

The keys can be used very pleasantly and got a clear pressure point and a gentle clicking noise. According to my opinion the shape of the keys is somewhat too sharp-edged, which particularly can be felt during rapid writing.

The Touchpad is inserted somewhat too far into the case. The same applies to the pertinent keys. Nonetheless the touchpad can be used pleasantly, and responds well. The surface feels well and offers good sliding qualities.

I think specially cool is the round rotary button for audio volume control. According to the design this button supports the positioning of the Qosmio F20 as a multimedia-notebook and exhibits special abilities according to sound and image representation.

Also the auxiliary keys indicate, that this is an entertainment notebook. But thus not enough: Also included in the scope of supply is a remote control, which allows to operate the Toshiba Qosmio F20 comfortably from the couch. Apple greets...

Small disadvantage: The WLAN slide switch at the front is somewhat wobbly.

interfaces in the front
interfaces at the left side
interfaces at the left side
interfaces at the backside


Concerning the design of the Qosmio F20 the two silver Harman/Kardon speakers and the silver turning wheel for audio volume control are noticeable. Also the high polish painted surface of the mobile computer and the numerous additional keys above the keyboard make the Qosmio exceptional.

As most Toshiba notebooks the quality and workmanship is very good. The chassis consists completely of plastic. Nevertheless we could notice several crunching noises when pressing at the case of our tested laptop. Within the range of the auxiliary keys the plastic tortioned noticeably.
The display proved very stiff torsionally as it measures 16mm at the outside edges. Unfortunately the hinges of the Qosmio F20 permit a slight trembling noise.

The connections are reasonably distributed, the monitor, network and power connections are positioned at left side within the rear range and/or at the back.

In addition the highly flexible power cable was noticeable, which is good compared with conventional, partly much resisting cables.

Review Toshiba Qosmio F20

Are you searching for a pure multimedia laptop? The Toshiba Qosmio F20 could be the best for you. It offers numerous features like a DVB-T/analogue tuner, Harman/Kardon speakers, SRS TruSuround XT technology and much more.
Equipped with a Pentium M 750 and a Nvidia Geforce 6600 Go, the F20 further offers sufficient power.

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In the test: the Toshiba Qosmio F20
generous equipment...
average battery runtimes despite the super bright display (4400 mAh battery)
solid performance by Geforce 6600 Go and Pentium M 750
a whobbling WLan-switch
...and is enhanced by some additional keys
The keyboard can be used easily...
elegant reflecting surface, but can get dirty easily
well designed: volume turning button
resonance volume of the good sounding Harman/Kardon boxes
...characterize the Qosmio F20
...and solid workmanship...
generous Toshiba equipment, e.g. remote maintenance and antenna cable

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Pro / Contra



  • pleasent keyboard
  • bright display
  • good stability of the viewing angle
  • full sound
  • generous equipment
  • DVB-T tuner
  • big HDD for video recording



  • partially strong warming
  • quite heavy
  • reflecting display

Equipment (Data Sheet)

Processor: Intel Pentium M 750 with 1.86 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 Cache

Mainboard: Intel 915PM (ICH6-M)

Memory: 2x 512 MB DDR2 RAM, max. 2048 MB

Video card: NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600, 128 MB DDR memory

Display: 15,4” Toshiba TruBrite WXGA TFT screen, 1280x800 Pixel

Hard Disk: 100 GB Toshiba MK1032GAX

Sound Card: SoundMAX Digital Audio, Toshiba DVB-T/analogue Hybrid Tuner

Connections: 3x USB 2.0 port, 1 x IEEE 1394a (Firewire) port, TV antenna In, video In, 1x S-video port for TV-out, 1 x RJ-45 port for LAN, 1 x RJ-11 port for modem, VGA out, 1x PCMCIA adapter, Kensington Lock, MicIn, HeadOut (S/PDIF)

Card Reader: 5-in-1 Card Reader (SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, xD-Picture Card)

Network: Ethernet 10/100 Base-TX, Intel Pro/Wireless LAN 2200BG(802.11b/g), Wi-Fi, int. V.90 modem

DVD Burner: DVD supermulti (Double Layer) drive Matshita DVD RAM UJ-840S

Dimensions: 373 x 274 x 43 mm, weight: 3,3 kg inkl. battery (info of the manufacturer), power supply 0,4 kg

Battery: 4400mAh Lithium-ion

Josef Simon Leitner, 2006-03-29 (Update: 2013-01-15)