Toshiba L 650-14E Gaming Review-big Disappointment
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As I promised in the first part, when I shared the personal impressions that the Toshiba L 650 – 14 E left me with after using it and installing Ubuntu 11.04 on it, in this article I will talk about the actual gaming impression and the way it performed in some games that I find relevant for testing laptops and computers alike.
The 4 GB of RAM did their best in running the games and even if the graphical processing unit scores generally less than the rival nVidia geForce 220 M with about 10% in 3D Mark06, it actually behaved better as I could compare them. I say that because I had the chance to tweak some apps with it two weeks ago and so the memories are still fresh.
The first game that I installed was Crysis which I managed to run under Ubuntu ( many of you out there will say this is not a real benchmark as the games were run under Ubuntu but hold your horses as I will explain in the last paragraph ). The laptop performed poorly when I tried to run the game on high settings. I got a poor 10 FPS in the best moments which I personally find more than disappointing. I would say unplayable unless you reduce the resolution and the details as close to a minimum as possible. Conclusion on Crysis: not playable.
The second laptop crusher games that I love to use as benchmark is Need for Speed Shift and unfortunately the game made the machine kneel and beg for mercy as it scored a maximum 28 FPS with all the details to a minimum and the resolution to the minimum widescreen compatible value. Need for Speed Shift conclusion: not playable under any circumstances.
As I’m a shooter fan I installed Fear 2 Project Origin trying to save the reputation of the video solution and the laptop did not disappoint me as it scored a minimum 17 FPS on medium settings ( with Anti-aliasing off ). The resolution used was the laptop’s native 1366 x 768 and it managed to let me play a few levels without any trouble.
As I wanted to play a driving game at all costs I tried to give it another chance and installed Colin McRae Dirt 2 and it scored better that Need for Speed Shift even allowing me to play a race at the native resolution with settings on medium at a minimum 14 FPS.
Gamers, go elsewhere.