Here's a post from the dell forums where someone talks about their new Toshiba purchase and benchmarks...
"Well, I tried and I failed. I could only achieve a 8430 in 3DMark2001SE. But caboosemoose did bring up a very good point..
"The main problem for current games is that the fx5600 (and the radeon 9600) are essentially 4 pixel pipe with 1 texture unit designs. The 4200 is a 4x2 design and hence in today's multi-texture (rather than shader intensive based) games, the new gpus need double the clock speed for teh same theoretical performance, which they get close to, but don't quite achieve."
Also, like I alluded to in an earlier post, FutureMark and their 3DMark benchmarks are no longer used by the heavy-hitters in the hardware world. Here's a good write-up by Kyle Bennett of HardOCP fame: http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NDgy
So what does this all mean? We need to look into real-world performance, as suggested by RandyB. I have loaded a few games, including Command & Conquer: Generals, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Grand Theft Auto 3, and No One Lives Forever 2, and with ALL the settings on max, there is absolutely no slow-down. I promise.
Anyway, it's getting close to that time to give this argument a rest. What is there to achieve in all this? I really like Dell, but when it came time to buy a laptop two weeks ago for me, Toshiba clearly had the best solution for my needs, and still does today. Now I know there's a whole bunch of you waiting for the next advance in technology to purchase, but in the computer, that's happening EVERY SINGLE DAY. Something I learned a long time ago is that if you keep waiting for the next "thing" time to come before you upgrade/purchase, you'll be waiting forever. This is market has too much competition for things to be streamlined to a point where you can feel secure with what you have today and tomorrow.
As fellow computer junkies, let us not bicker and quarrel but assist and aide. Help the lesser learned in making a purchase decision based on THEIR needs, not our preferences. When someone needs something that isn't flashy with long battery life, talk 'em into Dell's Centrino solutions. When needing a powerhouse desktop replacement, suggest Toshiba's 5205 line. TOGETHER, WE CAN LIVE IN HARMONY!
With all that being said, this 5205-S705 majorly owns me. I've been on it constantly. It is dead silent most of the time; either there's no fan running or it's incredibly quiet. Boot time is very quick. The keyboard, oooh, is just SOOOO nice. Very quiet and comfortable to use. I was a bit timid about converting from a normal keyboard to a laptop's, but I'm typing with ease. The keys a little see-through, too. Looks cool.
I've burned a few CDs and the burner is quite speedy for a 16x. I haven't done a DVD yet, but I will soon. $25 for a 10-pack is quite pricey, especially after buying this laptop. As mentioned, all my games are running flawlessy, and I'm very grateful for that. It's also really cool playing these games with killer audio. Also, the touchpad is really neat in the fact that between the two buttons, there's a scroll wheel. Didn't notice that at CompUSA and it makes mousing a lot easier.
The Media Center functions are working infinitely faster than they did at CompUSA. Everything is instantaneous. I've yet to hook it up to a television, but I will soon.
Oh, and the monitor is so much frickin' cooler at home. I don't remember if I mentioned it or not, but I get ZERO glare or reflection except when the screen is completely black. Someone mentioned noticing glare when looking at from the side, but I don't see how that can ever be a problem since I sit directly in front of it when using it. I've leaned as far as I could in both directions in my chair and didn't notice any glare, just the screen got a bit darker. No biggie.
So yea, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. There is really nothing wrong with it that I can think of. I guess an 8lbs. laptop isn't too portable if you plan on using it on your lap a lot, but it isn't bad sitting down with it. I laid on my couch with it on my chest for 45 minutes yesterday watching Half-Life 2 trailers. Okay, this insanely long post is now officially over."