The Toshiba Qosmio X775 features an Intel i7-2630QM processor, supported by the new Intel GTX 560M gaming card. The Qosmio X775 couples 1.5GB GDDR5 with that GPU, and 1.25TB of storage between two drives, and then there’s 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
Bragging powerhouse is the general reputation of the Toshiba Qosmio over the years – often kitted out in shocking pink or flaming red paint. The new Toshiba Qosmio X775 is no exception, with its vibrant splash of red on the lid. Under the lid we find a touch-sensitive media-bar situated between a pair of mean-looking speaker grilles. The standard controls are all present – power, WiFi-n , volume, even a toggle for 3D, and each button, once activated, glows to match the Qosmio’s red lip.
Move a few inches down and we’re into the monotone business district, a dull gray textured surface covers the rest of the notebook’s expanse, broken only by a single red line of trim on the touchpad . Oh and then there’s the thrilling red backlit keyboard. Let’s take a break and see Toshiba Qosmio X775 in pictures:
The Toshiba Qosmio X775 measures 16.3 x 10.8 x 1.4 inches, and weighs in at a lumbago-inducing 7.5 pounds. It qualifies as a laptop, but a portable? But it’s still two pounds lighter than Dell’s alienware M17x R3, and fractionally ‘slimmer’. The front edge thins out, and the thicker parts of the body accommodate rewritable Blu-Ray drive and a hefty vent.
At left we have VGA, HDMI, and Ethernet, plus 2 USB sockets – one 2.0, one 3.0. Right-side are two more USB 2.0 ports and a pair of headphone/mic jacks. Then on the front a 5-in-1 card reader. The X775′s keyboard layout crams in all the core features of a desktop-sized keyboard – hence there is a paucity of secondary function buttons.
The comfortably-spaced and silky keys and thrillingly lit by a red glow, easily switched on or off with a Fn shortcut. Although the touchpad was fine under optimal conditions, its position was awkward for larger hands.An external mouse is a great help. The cursor movement is satisfactory but the touchpad buttons felt loose and flimsy. So a wireless mouse would be a cheap fallback.
No great shock that the Toshiba’s famous Harman/Kardon stereo speakers and underside subwoofer boom rich, crystal-clear sound, even at 95% volume. The inbuilt Dolby Advanced Audio and Waves Maxxaudio 3 enhancments should also take some credit. Undoubtedly some of the finest speakers we’ve heard on a notebook. The Toshiba Qosmio X775′s 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 full HD display may be marginally smaller than its predecessor’s 18-incher, but no complaints. The LED-backlit TFT display gave bright, vivid colors, and produced stunningly crisp images. Screen viewing angles were supreme, even at sharp angles, although we grumbled at the high gloss finish. Staying indoors with this one, methinks.
The top of the screen wields a dual-webcam to capture stereoscopic video blogs, and an embedded IR emitter so you can enjoy vids of yourself or friends with the machine’s included NVIDIA 3D vision glasses. These also work for watching 3D Blue-ray movies or 3D-enabled games.
Fallout 3, Team Fortress 2 and Crysis were run simultaneously – all fully playable at high/very high settings – with two over-stuffed web browsers and watching a high-definition film in Blu-Ray. Majestic isn’t the word. The only stutter came when Crysis was pushed to the absolute max, although turning the NVIDIA 3D switch brought framerate down by half. Batman’s 30 fps sunk to an unplayable 13fps, for instance. The game settings were cranked up to 11. Individually, every game tried broke the 100 fps barrier and played well with NVIDIA’s 3D vision.
And so to multitasking, looking at performance benchmarks courtesy od engadget, Qosmio was equally adequate tearing through our cluttered desktop, with 30 open tabs across two browsers, Photoshop, two open email accounts, a bunch of chat apps, even a couple of word processors. A walk in the park. PCMArk Vantage gives the Qosmio X775 a phenomenal 7900. Sony Vaio Z impressed here with awesome 9949 score, trailed by Dell XPS M15z with commanding 8023.
Battery life on such a powerful machine was bound to be low, we clocked 1:26 at highish settings, this can fall to barely forty minutes with 3D. But this is more a desktop replacement than a carry-everywhere convenience machine. Big screens, high spec, it couldn’t be otherwise. Asus U33Jc impressed in this comparison with whopping 5 hours and 10 minutes of battery life. PCMarkVantage score for Asus U33Jc was the lowest.
The flagship model as described here costs $1900, but the same get-up with 6GB RAM and 1 tera stg instead of the two drives will set you back a very reasonable $1450. For less demanding users the i5 version might do, with its 640GB storage and bog-standard DVD rewriter. J&R has base model of
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My first ever laptop was – I’m writing on it now – a single core Toshiba. For durability they are impeccable. I also remember seeing my first quadcore laptop – a quad Qosmio in brilliant red. Sell the car, get one of these – people will live in the cloud before this lets you down.
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