The Bottom Line
Jun 27 2011 - The Toshiba Qosmio X775-Q7270 is a 17.3 inch laptop that is a part of the newly released X770 line. This model is more affordable than other X775 laptops with a retail price of $1,199. However, it does contain the same high performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 1.5GB graphics card that is found in even more expensive X775 models. Unfortunately, the processor is a dual core Intel Core i5-2410M chip, which is a drawback outside of gaming. Luckily, the system features Optimus technology for improved battery life.
- High Performance Video Card with Optimus
- Medicore Processor
- Lack of a Blu-ray Drive
- Intel Core i5-2410M Dual Core Processor
- 6GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory
- 17.3 Inch 1600x900 TruBrite LED Backlit Display
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 1.5GB GDDR5 Video Card with Optimus Technology
- 600GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
- DVD-SuperMulti Drive
- Memory Card Reader
- One USB 3.0 Port, HDMI, Bluetooth
- 8 Cell Battery
- Starts at 6.6 Pounds
Review - Toshiba Qosmio X775-Q7270 17.3 inch Laptop PC
On the more affordable side, the Toshiba Qosmio X775-Q7270 is a part of the new X770 lineup, but this particular model is priced more modestly at $1,199. For this price, the laptop is equipped with a 720p 17.3-inch display versus the 1080p screen found in the Qosmio 3D X775-DV78. For those on a budget, a 720p display is adequate for playing games, but don't expect imagery as crisp as a 1920x1080 screen, especially with the large screen size.
Another feature that is more economical to achieve the lower price is the Intel Core i5-2410M dual core processor. You still get the added benefits of a Sandy Bridge chip, which include enhanced performance during video encoding, but a quad-core CPU affords increased speed when multitasking. You'll also get 6GB of DDR3 1333MHz memory, which is 2GB less than the 3D model. This amount of memory should suffice in the meantime, but more RAM equals smoother performance in intensive applications, such as Adobe Photoshop.
One nice attribute of the $1,199 Toshiba Qosmio X775-Q7270 is the fact that it contains the same video card as more expensive X775 laptops. The Q7270 has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M with 1.5GB of GDDR5 video RAM and support for popular technologies, such as CUDA, PhysX, and DirectX 11. This card was recently released (it was announced by NVIDIA at the end of May 2011), and both the card and the system in general offer Optimus Technology support. This means battery life is improved as graphics are automatically adjusted depending on usage so you aren't running the card at full throttle when you're simply surfing the net.
In comparison to other laptops in the Toshiba X770 line, the X775-Q7270 has a more economical hard drive, but it's spacious at 640GB and does run at 7200RPMs, which is nice. For reference, the Toshiba X775 3D model has a hybrid hard drive along with a larger 5400RPM hard drive for data.
The overall design of the Toshiba X775-Q7270 is improved from previous generations. Instead of shiny plastic, the X775 has a more subdued finish with red accents. The keyboard is backlit and features a full 10-key numeric pad for easy number crunching. Unfortunately port placement can be a drag as the USB ports are on the right side of the notebook, which can get in the way if you plug in a mouse.
The starting weight on the Toshiba X775-Q7270 is lighter than the 3D X775, which is a nice improvement. The Q7270 starts at 6.6 pounds, but you probably won't want to haul this 17.3-incher around for gaming as most titles tend to drain the 8-cell battery quite quickly.
If you are into photography, the Toshiba Qosmio X775-Q7270 does have a media card reader, although it does lack a SmartCard reader and Express slot. The system also lacks a Blu-ray drive compared to the higher resolution 3D model. But for under $1,200 it can be expected to sacrifice these features. The laptop also has an HDMI output and Bluetooth functionality, which offer added convenience.
In summary, the Toshiba Qosmio X775-Q7270 is an affordable desktop replacement for gamers looking more for a large screen over jaw-busting performance. Since games primarily utilize the resources of a graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 1.5GB GDDR5 card offers smooth game play. However, outside of gaming the Qosmio X775-Q7270 is limited by the dual core processor. Multimedia also is sacrificed since the system lacks a Blu-ray drive. But overall, having the high performance graphics card and 6GB of RAM adds to the value.