The Toshiba Portege M200 came in last place in mobile performance in this small test group. The system uses Toshiba's Power Saver utility for its power-management software, and we set the Power Saver utility to Normal when we tested it. As a result, since the Normal setting throttles the CPU to very low levels when the battery is nearing the end of its life, the system's performance was much lower than that of its peers. Both the Gateway M275 and the Fujitsu LifeBook T3000 beat the Toshiba by 23 points. If you're looking for a tablet with good on-the-go performance, consider the Gateway M275.
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Performance analysis written by CNET Labs assistant lab manager Eric Franklin.
Thanks to Toshiba's Power Saver utility, which throttles the system's CPU to low levels to conserve battery life, the Toshiba Portege M200 lasts far more than three hours. Its 10.8V, 4,400mAh (48WHr) battery has a hand in this system's long battery life. However, the Gateway M275, with its 14.8V, 3,600mAh (53WHr), takes first place, lasting more than 30 minutes longer than the Toshiba. Although it doesn't have the best battery life of the tablets, nearly four hours of battery life is nothing to sneeze at. You can count on the Toshiba Portege M200 to give you lots of time to get your tablet work done as it was meant to be -- on the go.
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Battery Life analysis written by CNET Labs assistant lab manager Eric Franklin.
To measure mobile application performance and battery life, CNET Labs uses BAPCo's MobileMark 2002. MobileMark measures both application performance and battery life concurrently using a number of popular applications (Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Netscape Communicator 6, WinZip Computing WinZip 8.0, McAfee VirusScan 5.13, Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1, and Macromedia Flash 5.0).
Fujitsu LifeBook T3000
Windows XP Tablet; 1.4GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller (up to 64MB shared); Toshiba MK6021GAS 60GB 4,200rpm
Windows XP Tablet; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel 855GM Extreme Graphics (up to 64MB); Toshiba MK6021GAS 60GB 4,200rpm
Toshiba Portege M200
Windows XP Tablet; 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Nvidia GeForce FX Go5200; Toshiba MK4019GAX 40MB 5,400rpm
Additional editing by Nick Hide