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Toshiba Qosmio X500-Q930S 18.4-Inch Gaming Laptop

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Toshiba Qosmio X500 Q930S Gaming Laptop Review
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Jan 18 2011 - The Toshiba Qosmio X500-Q930S is a large 18.4-inch gaming laptop computer with a new Intel 2nd Generation Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor. This Sandy Bridge processor is fast, as are the two 500GB 7200RPM hard drives. While the notebook is very heavy, it can be used as a desktop replacement with excellent gameplay utilizing an NVIDIA GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 graphics card. Unfortunately, the Toshiba X500-Q930S only supports 8GB of memory. However, this attribute can be overlooked due to the overall value and extra features.

Pros

  • Powerful Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor
  • Excellent Multimedia Capabilities
  • Large High Resolution Screen
  • Two Fast and Spacious Hard Drives

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Supports Only 8GB of Memory

Description

  • Intel Core i7-2630 Quad-Core Processor
  • 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
  • 18.4-Inch TruBrite TFT LCD Screen (1920x1080)
  • NVIDIA GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
  • Two 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drives
  • Blu-ray Drive
  • Harmon Kardon Built-In Speakers
  • Webcam
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Four USB 2.0 Ports, One HDMI Port
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
  • 17.4" x 11.6" x 1.63"/1.83" @ 10.1 Lbs (Starting Weight)

Review - Toshiba X500-Q930S 18.4-Inch Gaming Laptop Computer

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So you're transitioning from your beloved gaming desktop to a more portable solution, but hate to be confined to a 15-inch screen? The Toshiba Qosmio X500-Q930S features a large 18.4-inch TruBrite LCD display that supports 1080p 1920x1080 resolution. This high resolution is excellent for gaming battles.

Visually, the Toshiba Qosmio X500-Q930S offers the same red and black glossy chassis as seen in previous models. Fortunately, the colors aren't overly distracting and create a unique design compared to mainstream laptops.

Processing power comes from the recently launched 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor using the Mobile Intel HM65 chipset. The CPU has a stock speed of 2.0GHz and 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost technology. This Sandy Bridge processor is a powerful chip and is suitable for a laptop in this price range ($1,899 MSRP).

The Toshiba Qosmio X500-Q930S also has an abundance of memory - 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM is equipped in this laptop. Unfortunately, the system only supports up to 8GB with two main memory slots. While 8GB of memory is plentiful for gaming and working in a variety of applications, such as Microsoft Office, capping memory at 8GB impedes future upgrades.

But since the Qosmio is built for gaming, you're most likely wondering how good the graphics are. The Toshiba Qosmio X500-Q930S features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M video card with 1.5GB of GDDR5 discrete graphics memory. The GTX 460M has 192 shaders and supports DirectX11 for smooth gameplay in the latest games. However, since the system rings in at $1,899, some gamers would prefer the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 (seen in the ASUS G73JH) for slightly better performance in demanding games.

Since the Toshiba Qosmio X500-Q930S is a high performance gaming laptop, storage space must be fast and spacious. The Qosmio doesn't disappoint with two 500GB 7200RPM hard drives. It also makes a great multimedia machine with a Blu-ray drive and HDMI output, so you can watch your favorite Blu-ray movies on a compatible HDTV. Sound quality is also good with built-in Harmon Kardon speakers.

Unfortunately, with an abundance of screen real estate and powerful components comes added weight. This system is very heavy, starting at 10.1 pounds. Don't count on carrying this notebook around for long periods of time unless you're looking to build some muscle. And while battery life is enhanced with a 12-cell pack, don't forget that gaming for a prolonged period of time requires plugging the system in.

Overall, the Toshiba Qosmio X500-Q930S is a nicely equipped desktop replacement. Gaming is a pleasurable experience thanks to the high resolution screen and decent graphics card. While the weight and price are turn-offs, the new Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7-2630QM CPU is one of the top processors on the market today, and the NVIDIA GTX 460M graphics card offers smooth gameplay. Small details, such as including Windows 7 Professional versus Home Premium are also excellent additions to the overall value.

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