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TOSHIBA TECRA A6-S513 REVIEW NOTEBOOK PERFORMANCE BENCHMARK


           

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 review notebook performance benchmark
Posted:2006-06-09 By notebook review
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TOSHIBA TECRA A6-S513 REVIEW

NOTEBOOK PERFORMANCE BENCHMARK



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Posted:2006-06-09






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Toshiba’s new Tecra A6-S513 is the last to be reviewed here.

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 overviewToshiba Tecra A6-S513 overview

Notebooks from Toshiba feature a very recognizable design, so you can guess the manufacturer without the prompting stickers. This consistency through generations is valuable for loyal fans of the brand that won’t be left without their favorite features after replacing their current notebook.

Like the notebook from Sony (see the previous section), this model offers but few interface connectors which are also not very conveniently placed around its case.

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 connector interface

The intricately shaped front panel which is the result of the original relief of the notebook’s bottom (they even had to attach feet to it to make the computer steady) carries a Wi-Fi switch on the left…

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 wifi

…and headphones and microphone sockets with a volume control on the right:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 headphone

Toshiba is not afraid of using such controls because their service time depends directly on the quality of the potentiometers and the company’s engineers have proved their quality in the numerous sold notebooks.

The notebook status indicators are located in the bottom left corner:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 left corner

They are well visible even when the lid is closed. The back panel carries a power adapter connector, one USB port, and LAN and modem ports.

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 lan modem...

I can put up with the latter two, but I can’t understand why you would ever need a USB port at the back of your computer. The power adapter connector is rather too far from the edge, so you have to get used to it to learn to attach the adapter blindly.

The rest is ordinary enough. The right panel accommodates an optical drive and two USB connectors:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 usb connector

On the left panel, there is an external monitor output, one more USB port, S-Video output, FireWire port, PCMCIA slot, and card-reader.

This keyboard should be familiar to all users of Toshiba notebooks:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 keyboard

The layout is classic except that the Window and Context Menu keys are in the top row – if you are used to keyboard shortcuts involving these keys, you have to learn them anew. There are only two additional buttons here:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 keyboard

And one button of these two is responsible for switching between the displays which is not a very frequent action.

A fingerprint scanner is available:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 scanner

So, the notebook is up to the latest trends in notebook-making. The touchpad looks like the one of the Sony notebook.

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 touchpad

The same minimalism and functionality, but the cursor positioning accuracy seems a little worse to me.

The display is average. Its maximum brightness is not very high; its anti-glare coating is too “grainy”; its viewing angles are narrow and color reproduction is average. This display would suit an ordinary low-end product better than to a midrange business notebook.

There are a lot of individual compartments here, so it’s not a problem to replace a component like memory or wireless adapter.

The battery is nearly standard:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 battery

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 battery

It’s a little below average in capacity, and you’ll see in the Tests section how it tells on the notebook’s battery life.

The Tecra A6-S513 is a kind of entry-level business-class notebook. With the configuration it has, it is not a low-end product, but it is not a normal business notebook, either. The most disturbing fact is its price. I doubt this model can make anyone interested when it costs the same or even bigger money than most other models in this review.

Performance

First I checked the notebooks in Business Winstone 2004 and Content Creation Winstone 2004 benchmarks

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513  winstone benchmark

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 winstone benchmark

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513   winstone benchmark

And here are the results produced by PCMark04:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 pcmark performance

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513  pcmark performance

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 pcmark performance

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 pcmark performance

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513  pcmark performance

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513  pcmark performance

The results of the Photoshop CS are indicative of the overall performance of the CPU, platform and hard drive:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513  adobe photoshop

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 adobe photoshop

The well-balanced LW40 is almost as fast as the two notebooks on the new platform. Other notebooks are slower. The two slowest models shouldn’t be used to run such applications at all – they are only capable of performing office tasks like processing text and spreadsheets, browsing the Web, etc.

The next test shows what you can expect from these notebooks in gaming applications:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513  gaming benchmark

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513 3dmark benchmark

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513  3dmark benchmark

performed this test using the maximum display resolution of each notebook, except for the LG T1 (I used 1280x800 with it because 1440x900 would have been too much for its integrated graphics core). The Acer TravelMate 3222WXMi is the best and can cope with modern games if you don’t use the highest graphics quality settings. Among other notebooks, only models with the X600 are interesting. The Samsung X11 is second after the TravelMate 3222WXMi but I doubt it’s going to be that fast in real games.

I also published the results of the CPU subtest to show you that 3DMark03 favors the Centrino Core Duo platform. This is indicated by the Samsung X11’s results. This platform is the most promising one when it comes to games, considering that all the leading game developers have confirmed support for dual-core processors in their upcoming products.

And now, the results of the most important test:

Toshiba Tecra A6-S513  battery life

I put the results the notebooks achieved in Reader’s mode and under maximum load into one diagram because the difference between the two is indicative of how well the manufacturer set up the power-saving parameters. The Sony VGN-FJ1SR looks best here as it yields you its full computing power under max load but is very economical in Reader’s mode. Besides the Sony, there are two more leaders: LG’s T1 with a high-capacity battery and an L series Core Duo processor which features low power consumption, and ASUS W3H00V. The latter proved to be a bit of a cheater, though. Even under max load with the portable/laptop power management scheme selected this notebook never increased its CPU frequency higher than 1.3GHz.

It’s all clear with the first two diagrams, but then there are some things I’d want to single out. The LW40 is very fast in the memory test; it’s the best Centrino-based notebook I’ve seen in this benchmark. The Acer TravelMate 3222WXMi is unrivalled in the graphics subsystem test just because it has the fastest graphics adapter among the tested notebooks.

Nvidia’s GeForce Go 7400 is downright disappointing. If you need fast graphics, buy a notebook that has dedicated graphics memory. Graphics subsystems of other kind (with such suffixes as TC, HM) are not much better than integrated graphics and cannot ensure high performance in 3D. In the disk subsystem test the notebooks rank up according to the spindle rotation speed of the hard drive they use.

Other related notebook:

Acer TravelMate 3222WXMi notebook review
Acer TravelMate 2423NWXMi notebook review
ASUS W3H00V notebook review
LG LW40 notebook review
LG T1 notebook review
MSI MegaBook S425 notebook review
Samsung X1 notebook review
Samsung X11 notebook review
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