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Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 17.3-Inch 3D Gaming Laptop

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Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 3D Gaming Laptop
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The Bottom Line

Jun 25 2011 - The Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is the high-end model in the new X770 line. Retailing for $1,899, this particular laptop is capable of running 3D games thanks to the included NVIDIA 3D Vision kit and new GeForce GTX 560M 1.5GB GDDR5 video card. Although the port placement isn't the best, the Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 makes a very nice gaming and multimedia machine with a full 1080p 17.3-inch display, 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz memory, and a fast quad-core Sandy Bridge processor.

Pros

  • Full HD Display
  • 3D Capability
  • Good Audio

Cons

  • Placement of Ports
  • Lack of a SmartCard Reader and PC Express Slot
  • Expensive Compared to a Similarly Equipped 2D Laptop

Description

  • Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor
  • 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory
  • 17.3 Inch 1920x1080 3D Ready Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 1.5GB GDDR5 Video Card
  • 500GB Hybrid Drive + 750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit
  • Blu-ray Drive
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Harmon/Kardon Speakers
  • 1 USB 3.0 Port, HDMI, Bluetooth
  • 8 Cell Battery
  • 7.75 Pound Starting Weight

Review - Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 3D Gaming Laptop

Toshiba's Qosmio laptop line has been around since 2004, and the 2011 launch of the X775-3DV78 features a 3D-capable 17.3 inch model. The Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is the high-end system in this new Qosmio X770-series lineup with a retail price of $1,899. The notebook sports a quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM processor for added speed in tasks such as video editing. The Core i7-2630QM CPU offers a base clock speed of 2.0GHz with TurboBoost functionality up to 2.9GHz. The chip also has 6MB of L3 cache.

The Qosmio X775-3DV78 is equipped with 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz memory, which offers flexibility in multitasking and memory-intensive applications, such as Adobe Photoshop. The overall design of the system is a continuation of Toshiba's typical black and red color scheme with a red backlit keyboard and Fusion X2 finish that does offer a more subdued feel compared to previous generations. The starting weight of the Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is 7.75 pounds, and the system comes with an 8-cell battery. Since it is a 17.3 inch laptop that can be used as a desktop replacement, portability isn't the name of the game. Instead, the Qosmio X775-3DV78 features high performance components that are perfect for PC gaming.

And luckily that includes a 1920x1080 16:9 widescreen display that is 3D ready. The laptop comes with an NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit, which includes a pair of active shutter glasses, so you are on your way to an immersive 3D experience. The 3D Vision IR emitter is embedded in the display, so you don't have to worry about an additional adapter. And while 3D gaming may not be well liked by all, it is nice to have the option as more and more games are 3D-ready and 3D Blu-ray movies are also on the market. Speaking of Blu-ray HD content, the Qosmio X775-3DV78 is equipped with a Blu-ray drive, which is a nice feature to have since the display supports 1080p video.

But in order to have a great gaming experience, graphics must also be up to par. The Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 boasts an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics card with 1.5GB of GDDR5 video RAM and, of course, support for 3D Vision. This card was recently announced by NVIDIA at the end of May, and specifications include 192 CUDA cores, a 1550MHz processor clock, and DirectX 11 support. Overall, the GeForce GTX 560M is a high performance mobile card that is capable of running the latest games.

Toshiba has also upped the ante with a dual hard disk configuration featuring a 500GB hybrid hard drive and a 750GB 5400RPM drive. You can use the hybrid hard drive for your OS to improve boot times and save additional data on the 750GB drive. This offers a more affordable solution that is quick but not nearly as expensive as investing in a spacious full-on solid state drive.

One downside to the Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is the layout of the ports. The USB ports are on the lower right hand side of the notebook, which can be a pain when you plug in a mouse for gaming. The system is equipped with Bluetooth and an HDMI port, but for those who use a SmartCard to connect to work, you'll find the lack of a built-in SmartCard reader to be disappointing.

Overall, the Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is a decent value with a 1080p 17.3-inch display that is capable of 3D gaming. Having a hybrid hard drive is a nice touch, and 8GB of RAM makes tasks other than gaming run smooth, too. On top of that, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 1.5GB video card is a new card that offers support for CUDA and PhysX. In conclusion, the Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is a fast machine, but be aware you are paying for 3D capability.

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