Touchpad The touchpad is located slightly to the left of the entire palm rest and can be turned on/off via a touchpad button at the top of the touchpad. The activation of the touchpad will be accompanied by a bar of white light which basically indicates the proximity of the touchpad, especially useful when in the dark. The touchpad surface is rough yet providing a pleasant feel as well as grip. In general, touchpad navigation is very sensitive and accurate, provided that you don’t have sweaty palms. Vertical and horizontal scroll areas are not indicated but they do exist. The touchpad buttons come with a shinny chrome-look that is both stylish and effective. However, they do accumulate fingerprints with time. No fingerprint reader is available for the Toshiba Qosmio F60, much to the delight of users (like me) who often gets electrically shocked by it. The function of the fingerprint reader is gradually being replaced by Toshiba’s SmartFace technology.
There is quite a number of software provided by Toshiba for the Qosmio F60. Most programs are universally utilized for all ranges of Toshiba notebooks. However, only a handful of the software actually comes in handy in our daily lives. These include the Toshiba Eco Utility, Toshiba SmartFace Technology, Toshiba Reel Time, Toshiba HDD Protection, Toshiba Bulletin Board and the Toshiba PC Health Monitor.The Toshiba Eco Utility, indicated by the green glowing Earth symbol, is basically a convenient tool that measures the amount of power utilized during usage and is therefore, particularly useful during battery usage. The program actually estimates the amount of power saved/carbon emissions reduced via the user’s power consumption rates. We can all do our part in saving power which we do not need for a greener, better tomorrow. A rather green application by Toshiba [Thumbs up]
The Toshiba SmartFace Technology slightly resembles the DELL’s FastAccess, which attempts to recognize the user’s facial features to enable successful log ins. Not much is known on how this particular software recognizes an individual’s face, but it is very accurate indeed. The SmartFace Technology can be accessed and activated via the webcam controls (switched on by navigating the mouse pointer to the farthest left). All one needs is to create an account and allow the program to scan his/her face. Upon completion, the SmartFace Technology will be initiated each time during the 1st Windows7 menu. As promising as it may seemed, the SmartFace Technology does have
major disadvantage- slow loading. Even with the moderately superior i5-520M of the Qosmio F60, it would still take a short while to load during the 1st Windows menu. (Slow as in slower than the time taken to swipe a finger or type a password.) So, the SmartFace Technology is still not that convenient at the moment, but it will eventually be better in the future with way shorter load times.
Toshiba Reel Time, one of the most convenient tools by Toshiba, generally allows the user to refer to recently used documents with ease, which can be rather good (or bad if fallen to the wrong hands).
Toshiba HDD Protection basically retracts the HDD into a safe, protected position upon any detection of intense vibrations or falls. A program that should never be disabled.
Toshiba Bulletin Board enables the user to place notes and pictures on a board-like picture as well as customizing shortcuts. The program will also report updates from Toshiba, if any. This application is basically less popular due to the availability of the Sticky Notes (Gadgets) by Windows 7.
Last, but not least, the Toshiba PC Health Monitor constantly checks on the functionality and performance of critical computer parts i.e. power consumption, battery health, HDD status, CPU temperature and fan speed. This will enable easier diagnostics should problems occur with the notebook.
In order to address heat issues associated with previous Toshiba models, the Qosmio F60 sees a huge change in terms of the heat dissipation system. Apart from the standard heat sink at the left side of the laptop, large numbers of air vents are placed at the bottom surface of the notebook for better aeration and cooling. The effects of these heat removal mechanisms are apparent; the Qosmio F60 remains cool under normal usage. Of course, the heat increases significantly during intense gaming and strenuous tasks, still, the heat is tolerable compared to other notebooks. Usage of a decent cooler pad is still recommended for better performances and experiences. Although the Qosmio F60 is slightly cooler than its counterparts, the increased numbers of heat sinks are not without their flaws; internal hardware is more prone to short- circuiting upon contacting liquid substances which enter through those sinks. Hence, care must be taken. The fan of the Qosmio F60 is surprisingly quiet and will often go unnoticed during usage, be it normal web-surfing or intense gaming sessions.
A few simple temperature measurements were taken using SpeedFan 4.0:
Normal usage- web surfing. No notebook cooler. Desktop desk surface. Non- air- conditioned room.
Gaming- Batman Arkham Asylum (1280x768) Very high details setting. No notebook cooler. Desktop desk surface. Non- air- conditioned room.
Temperatures decreased approximately 2-4°C with the usage of the Cooler Master NotePal U2.
Continue to part 3: http://erikuworld.blogspot.com/2010/05/qosmio-f60-review-part-3.html