P100.Fast -- Ferrari Fast!Fellas,
Thanks for all of your help. I ended up going for the P100 in the end. Mostly because I went to the store and the P100 really fit my needs, was about a grand cheaper than the G20/25, dual core, etc. I love it! First of all, the website at FS is wrong. This P100 has 512 MB video memory. Unbelievable. Th salewoman at the store showed me the specs on the sample computer. I verified mine when I got home. I don't know why they and Toshiba have it wrong on their websites, but this is in fact true. Also, I just didn't need the TV, multimedia things on the Qosmio. It was all frillz to me. Maybe when my stereo goes to junk in 10 years, I'll consider an all-in-one media center.
Below is is what I wrote on a website for a review.
Pros: fast, great LCD, video memory is top of the line, speakers, mouse
Cons: cramped keyboard, battery*
*battery life is 3 hrs, but for all the power I actually don't think of that as a con.
I have only had the p100 for 1-day, but I am thoroughly impressed. It has dual cores, 1GB of memory and 512MB of video memory (the Toshiba an FS websites only show it having 256) -- but it is in fact 512! I have verified this on my machine and the store employee at Future Shop where I bought it also pointed this out.
The p100 powers on in about 1 minute. There is no waiting – Period! As soon as the windows desktop shows itself, you can begin launching programs. This computer accomplishes all of my high-res photography needs with ease. I have no doubt it will handle my video editing needs as well. The 17" high-resolution monitor has great resolution (1440x900), maybe not quite as good as the Powerbook G4 by Mac (1680x1050), but it is quite close. The screen is bright and glossy. My photos have never looked so clean and sharp. It is a desktop replacement. I am able to use photoshop with 5 photographs open, firefox, thunderbird, picassa, and winamp all running at once with no perceptible slowness. I did scan an 18 MB photograph (a massive file!) and photoshop took its time (15 seconds) to process some of my requested tasks like sharpening the photo, but this was a massive file. Note: the fan remained off during the entire processing. There were no hiccups and I was able to surf the web for the 15 seconds or so during the processing.
The onboard speakers are fantastic. I will no longer use my externals.
The keyboard is a bit cramped, but it does have a number pad if you need to enter data. The mousepad is great, very functional with some extras compared to my 2000 Dell Inspiron 4000. If you think you need the Qosmio, like I thought, I would seriously reconsider the p100 . . . it is $1000 CAD cheaper and handles all the software with ease, unless of course you plan on using your computer as an all-in-one media center, like using it as your TV, then you may want the Qosmio.
The p100 also has expandability with regards to memory, but I don't expect to need this unless somebody gives me a 20 MP digital camera for my bday. Anyone? Anyone?
The fan hardly ever comes on. It is so quiet with the dual cores. When the fan does go on, it goes off within 1 second . . . NO JOKE! The keyboard is also cool to the touch.
I have no real complaints. I spent a lot of time researching this purchase and I know I made the right choice and I am so happy I did not get the Qosmio. Even the store employee made this point clear to me.